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February 13, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
Mayor Richard Riordan and challenger Tom Hayden have agreed to debate March 13, and now local television stations have a chance to show they can do more than regurgitate the day's most frightening crime news. Century Cable, which is staging the debate, is offering it to all of L.A.'s commercial broadcast stations. The stations can show it live, replay it later, or use sizable segments for their news shows.
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February 20, 2000 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Karen Park bundles herself with sweaters to keep warm; the kindergartners in her class huddle around a small electric heater on the floor. This is the second winter the heat has been out at Ivanhoe Elementary School. A contractor turned the heat off nearly two years ago to install a new air-conditioning system. It still isn't finished.
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April 7, 1997 | JIM NEWTON and JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Reaching out to churches, dropping in on diners and racking up endorsements as they pressed their campaigns through the final weekend, Mayor Richard Riordan and state Sen. Tom Hayden stumped Sunday in the styles that have typified the race for mayor since it began three months ago--Hayden dogged and combative, Riordan confident and understated. With just two days to go until election day, Hayden continued to stump across town, pushing his last-ditch effort to topple the incumbent mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1997 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan announced Thursday that he would hurdle a City Council roadblock and ride to the financial rescue of the penniless elected charter reform commission that he helped create. After Riordan said he would see to it that $100,000 of the $300,000 he had promised to raise was turned over to the commission, the names of the donors were released.
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March 9, 1997 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dorothy Madson was in the middle of a discussion with her English class at San Fernando High School recently when a student collapsed in an epileptic seizure. Instinctively, she grabbed the classroom phone that connects to the main office. It didn't work. It hasn't for years. Instead, she had to send a student racing to the nurse's office. Fortunately, the nurse's office was near and help arrived within minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1997 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Learning a lesson from their razor-thin loss in last year's election, backers of a bond measure to repair Los Angeles schools took their campaign straight to the neighborhoods Saturday in a last-minute scramble to get out the vote for Tuesday's balloting. Bolstered by a flurry of television commercials, supporters of the $2.
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March 9, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Making use of a civil rights resume that began with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) is attacking Mayor Richard Riordan where he has always been weakest: in black neighborhoods of South Los Angeles. On Saturday, the underdog challenger stood with anti-gang activists in the Crenshaw district to sign a pledge for peace, then joined a cadre of black elected officials to rally against welfare cuts at the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of speculation, Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City) publicly acknowledged Friday that he is giving serious consideration to running for mayor of Los Angeles in the April 1997 election. Although he is not the first Democrat to express interest in the mayor's race--state Sen. Tom Hayden is another potential candidate--Berman's political clout is such that even an exploratory bid is potentially bad news to Mayor Richard Riordan, according to some political professionals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to allegations by his political opponent that he failed to aggressively prosecute O.J. Simpson in 1989 for beating his wife, Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn said Thursday that he has made domestic violence his No. 1 priority since his election 12 years ago. Flanked by a dozen domestic violence activists on the steps of City Hall, Hahn said he started fighting for battered women a quarter-century ago as a law student, helping them get restraining orders against abusive husbands.
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March 30, 1997 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the race for mayor of Los Angeles enters its final days, Richard Riordan enjoys a commanding lead over state Sen. Tom Hayden, but the city that both candidates seek to govern is cleaved by a stark racial divide that could further complicate its next mayor's job. According to a new Times poll, Riordan has the support of 57% of the city's likely voters and is picking up backers as election day nears.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
An election on the downtown Los Angeles arena is a bad idea. It sounds good, an exercise in direct democracy: "Let the people decide." But that's not the way it will work out. Expect the usual incredibly expensive, completely phony California-style initiative campaign, financed by sources whose true identity is revealed only when the final financial reports are filed--after the vote. Anti-arena forces will protest a giveaway to billionaires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1997 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite complaints of being underserved and underrepresented at City Hall, San Fernando Valley voters have passed on an opportunity to send a "local" downtown by staying away from the polls, thereby allowing Westside voters to determine the outcome of the 11th District council race. Cindy Miscikowski, a Brentwood resident, defeated Georgia Mercer of Tarzana on Tuesday in the race to replace retiring Councilman Marvin Braude.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1997 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than two decades as an aide-in-waiting, Councilwoman-elect Cindy Miscikowski was introduced to her new Spring Street colleagues as a peer Wednesday morning after defeating former mayoral aide Georgia Mercer by 1,375 votes. The 52.8% to 47.2% victory for Miscikowski represented a comeback from a disappointing primary effort in which she finished second to Mercer in a four-way race to represent a district that is split almost evenly between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1997
Key to Election Tables * An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate. * Elected candidates and approved measures are in uppercase and in bold type. Results are not official and could be affected by absentee ballots. * Write-in candidates are not included in the tables. COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS Consolidated Fire Protection District 100% Precincts Reporting: votes (%) E--Special property tax for fire and paramedic services. Requires two-thirds vote YES: 141,561 (77.2%) No: 41,756 (22.
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June 4, 1997 | TED ROHRLICH and HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In electing a commission Tuesday to rewrite the city of Los Angeles' 72-year-old charter, voters put their hands into a grab bag. And no one knows what they're going to pull out two years from now, when the commission is scheduled to report back with a plan to redistribute power in city government. In the words of a senior aide to Mayor Richard Riordan: "The genie is out of the bottle. No one controls the genie."
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June 4, 1997 | JEAN MERL and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In local elections ignored by near-record numbers of voters Tuesday, a high-stakes bond measure to pay for Los Angeles County's fire and paramedic services appeared headed for approval by the required two-thirds of the electorate, while labor unions won a majority of seats on a commission to rewrite the City Charter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1997 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Believing their values were only as meaningful as their actions in the community, a group of socially conscious Los Angeles residents started a synagogue in the west San Fernando Valley some years back. One of the congregation's founding members and its first president was Tarzana resident Georgia Mercer.
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June 4, 1997 | TED ROHRLICH and HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In electing a commission Tuesday to rewrite the city of Los Angeles' 72-year-old charter, voters put their hands into a grab bag. And no one knows what they're going to pull out two years from now, when the commission is scheduled to report back with a plan to redistribute power in city government. In the words of a senior aide to Mayor Richard Riordan: "The genie is out of the bottle. No one controls the genie."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1997 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the sun beating down and the temperature soaring on a recent afternoon, 11th District City Council candidate Cindy Miscikowski could hardly have been called cool as she knocked on voters' doors in Mar Vista. But the veteran council staffer doesn't seem to be sweating Tuesday's election to replace her ex-boss, Councilman Marvin Braude.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1997 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In April, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and his supporters spent nearly $300,000 to help elect a slate of 12 candidates to a citizens panel that will work to overhaul the city's 72-year-old charter. But Riordan's plans were thrown off kilter when only three of the eight candidates elected to the 15-member panel were from his slate. Instead, the big winners were the city's labor unions, which spent nearly half what Riordan did, but had seven of their candidates elected to the panel.
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