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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worried that everything from sexual orientation to unpopular speech will become the subject of official condemnation, members of the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday said they are not yet ready to adopt guidelines for censuring colleagues under the new City Charter. The council unanimously decided that more committee hearings are needed before it can create a process for rebuking members.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2000 | By JIM NEWTON,
Los Angeles taxpayers have been overcharged roughly $12 million for fire and paramedic services and equipment, a mix-up that Mayor Richard Riordan and City Controller Rick Tuttle denounced Monday even as they used it to argue in favor of changes to the City Charter that they say will make a reoccurrence unlikely. "This is unacceptable and intolerable," Riordan said at an afternoon news conference. "Our financial structure has been in a mess for many, many years."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1999 | JIM NEWTON
With Mayor Richard Riordan as the driving force, two of Los Angeles' most battered institutions were overhauled in 1999, a year that the mayor had dubbed at its outset as "the year of reform." First up was the City Charter, an antiquated constitution that dispersed power throughout the government. Hailed by defenders as a bulwark against corruption, it was viewed by Riordan and others as an obstacle to efficient, accountable government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1999 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski remembers the day a few months ago that her office received a call from a disgruntled constituent. The man called often, and almost always to complain. "I call him the grumbler," Miscikowski said. "It's the kind of call many people would cringe at and just give lip service to." But this time the woman on the receiving end was Rosalind Stewart, Miscikowski's deputy for special projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1999
Hoping to solicit a broad sampling of ideas and opinions on City Charter reform from the local business community, the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. will survey more than 600 representatives from member businesses next month, VICA officials said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Councilwoman Laura Chick was appointed Friday to head a council panel that will oversee implementation of a new City Charter approved by Los Angeles voters in June. Council President John Ferraro assigned a mix of supporters and opponents to the new Ad Hoc Committee on Charter Implementation, which has until July 1, 2000, to draft ordinances that will enact most of the charter changes approved by the voters.
BUSINESS
June 10, 1999 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The timing, perhaps, couldn't be more awkward for today's second annual City Hall Legislative Day sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The event, in which scores of area business leaders descend on City Hall to discuss local economic issues, comes just two days after voters decided a contentious election battle over revamping the city's charter.
NEWS
June 10, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tuesday's Los Angeles municipal elections produced an undisputed winner in Mayor Richard Riordan, as well as a clear set of losers--foremost among them, the Los Angeles City Council and its allies in organized labor. Riordan not only held off the council and its self-funded campaign to beat charter reform, but he also saw his chosen candidate for the council's 14th District seat, Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
June 9, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The campaign to overhaul Los Angeles' 74-year-old, phone-book-sized City Charter scored a decisive victory Tuesday, cheering leaders of an effort that was launched by Mayor Richard Riordan, opposed by some City Council members and pursued for more than two years by two citizen commissions. At 10:35 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The battle over reforming Los Angeles' City Charter ended Monday with a financial bang and a campaign whimper, as both sides drew on controversial contributors to make a last-minute reach for voters likely to cast ballot's in today's election. Because a low turnout is expected, most observers declined to venture a prediction on the race.
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