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September 14, 1998 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Throughout his long career at City Hall, Keith B. Comrie has rarely been a candidate for most popular boss. Ernest, demanding, not given to glad-handing, the city administrative officer--Los Angeles' top bureaucrat--has presided over tough employee contract negotiations and kept a close eye on the taxpayers' purse strings. Yet he has earned admiration from many quarters for his hard work, integrity, caution--and his determination to stay out of the political fray.
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January 7, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taxpayers have been charged more than $400,000 in late fees because the city failed to pay its phone bills on time last year, sparking a bitter round of mutual finger-pointing by Mayor Richard Riordan and the city's top bureaucrat. Riordan said the losses are "appalling" and cited the waste in the debate over revision of the city charter.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1998 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Continuing his campaign to derail a set of controversial charter reform proposals, Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Keith Comrie on Thursday released a study amplifying his concerns and presenting them, as he put it, "in more basic words."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1998 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Continuing his campaign to derail a set of controversial charter reform proposals, Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Keith Comrie on Thursday released a study amplifying his concerns and presenting them, as he put it, "in more basic words."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1992 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would take full economic recovery and enough staff and service reductions to save $300 million over the next two years to balance Los Angeles' budget for the 1993-94 fiscal year, a city finance official said Tuesday. "The only good news, and it is not particularly good news, is that there is a possibility to bring spending in line," City Administrative Officer Keith Comrie said in a report delivered to the city Budget and Finance Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1989 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
In the blizzard of audits, reports, critiques and investigations ricocheting throughout Los Angeles City Hall this summer, the inevitable finally happened. The paper copying machines ran amok, and one city agency wound up mistakenly leveling a blast at another. When the paper work tangle finally was straightened out Friday: - A member of the city administrative office staff apologized to City Clerk Elias Martinez.
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September 11, 1998 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Infuriated by a set of charter reform proposals that he believes will foster inefficiency and corruption, one of Los Angeles' most senior officials Thursday blasted the efforts to rewrite the city's constitution and blamed Mayor Richard Riordan's overzealous and inexperienced staff for sidetracking the debate. "I was going to retire in January," the usually taciturn City Administrative Officer Keith Comrie said Thursday in a blunt, pointed interview.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taxpayers have been charged more than $400,000 in late fees because the city failed to pay its phone bills on time last year, sparking a bitter round of mutual finger-pointing by Mayor Richard Riordan and the city's top bureaucrat. Riordan said the losses are "appalling" and cited the waste in the debate over revision of the city charter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1997 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' top fiscal officials Thursday backed a scaled-down version of a measure that would require city contract holders and some other private firms to boost their bottom-tier workers' pay and benefits, a triumph for supporters of the strongly contested proposal. City officials said the latest version of the proposal, dubbed the living wage ordinance by its proponents, would cost relatively little and displace few workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1989
As an active participant in earthquake relief for Armenia I found Esther Schrader's article "Armenia Quake Relief Stuck in Pipeline" quite accurate (Part I, July 23). I am happy, however, to report that in the last month the pipeline has been unstuck! Armenians the world over have raised $45 million for aid to Armenia. Seventy-five percent of this money has been allocated for projects now in the implementation stage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1998 | XANDRA KAYDEN, Xandra Kayden, who teaches at UCLA's School of Public Policy and Social Research, is writing a book on the political structure of Los Angeles. She is the author of "Surviving Power" (Free Press, 1990)
When the city's chief administrative officer, Keith Comrie, spoke out against the elected charter reform commission and Mayor Richard Riordan's weak leadership, it marked a watershed in the yearlong charter reform process. Comrie, a respected senior civil servant, has essentially said that the emperor has no clothes--the "emperor" in this case meaning both the mayor and the elected charter reform commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1998 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Throughout his long career at City Hall, Keith B. Comrie has rarely been a candidate for most popular boss. Ernest, demanding, not given to glad-handing, the city administrative officer--Los Angeles' top bureaucrat--has presided over tough employee contract negotiations and kept a close eye on the taxpayers' purse strings. Yet he has earned admiration from many quarters for his hard work, integrity, caution--and his determination to stay out of the political fray.
NEWS
September 11, 1998 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Infuriated by a set of charter reform proposals that he believes will foster inefficiency and corruption, one of Los Angeles' most senior officials Thursday blasted the efforts to rewrite the city's constitution and blamed Mayor Richard Riordan's overzealous and inexperienced staff for sidetracking the debate. "I was going to retire in January," the usually taciturn City Administrative Officer Keith Comrie said Thursday in a blunt, pointed interview.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1997 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' top fiscal officials Thursday backed a scaled-down version of a measure that would require city contract holders and some other private firms to boost their bottom-tier workers' pay and benefits, a triumph for supporters of the strongly contested proposal. City officials said the latest version of the proposal, dubbed the living wage ordinance by its proponents, would cost relatively little and displace few workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1992 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would take full economic recovery and enough staff and service reductions to save $300 million over the next two years to balance Los Angeles' budget for the 1993-94 fiscal year, a city finance official said Tuesday. "The only good news, and it is not particularly good news, is that there is a possibility to bring spending in line," City Administrative Officer Keith Comrie said in a report delivered to the city Budget and Finance Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1989 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
In the blizzard of audits, reports, critiques and investigations ricocheting throughout Los Angeles City Hall this summer, the inevitable finally happened. The paper copying machines ran amok, and one city agency wound up mistakenly leveling a blast at another. When the paper work tangle finally was straightened out Friday: - A member of the city administrative office staff apologized to City Clerk Elias Martinez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1998 | XANDRA KAYDEN, Xandra Kayden, who teaches at UCLA's School of Public Policy and Social Research, is writing a book on the political structure of Los Angeles. She is the author of "Surviving Power" (Free Press, 1990)
When the city's chief administrative officer, Keith Comrie, spoke out against the elected charter reform commission and Mayor Richard Riordan's weak leadership, it marked a watershed in the yearlong charter reform process. Comrie, a respected senior civil servant, has essentially said that the emperor has no clothes--the "emperor" in this case meaning both the mayor and the elected charter reform commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1989
As an active participant in earthquake relief for Armenia I found Esther Schrader's article "Armenia Quake Relief Stuck in Pipeline" quite accurate (Part I, July 23). I am happy, however, to report that in the last month the pipeline has been unstuck! Armenians the world over have raised $45 million for aid to Armenia. Seventy-five percent of this money has been allocated for projects now in the implementation stage.
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