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September 11, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Steve Cooley, who wants to be Los Angeles County's next district attorney, cranks into high gear on the campaign trail, he is almost certain to bring up "the Uzi killer of Calabasas." The phrase has a nice, alliterative ring to it, which Cooley uses to full effect: "the OOOZY KILLer of KAL-uh-BASS-us." It refers to an especially chilling murder case that, Cooley says, typifies the failure of his opponent, incumbent Gil Garcetti, to turn his rhetorical support for gun control into action.
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July 31, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Ten people, including former state Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti, have been certified to run for the seat held for 35 years by late Councilman John Ferraro, elections officials said Monday. In addition to Roberti, the others qualifying for the ballot are Community College Board member Beth Garfield, council gadfly "Melrose" Larry Green, Hollywood neighborhood activist Richard L.
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November 12, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did Gil Garcetti ever have a chance? Under other circumstances, it might be an odd question to ask about a charismatic, savvy district attorney who had the support of virtually the entire Los Angeles County political establishment in his bid for a third term. But after Steve Cooley's landslide victory Tuesday, Garcetti's political advisors have been left wondering if there was anything they could have done to win. The answer: probably not, short of finding a new candidate.
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February 16, 2001 | TERENCE MONMANEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Atty. and mayoral candidate James K. Hahn charged Thursday that voters in some areas of the city may not have cast ballots last November because of overcrowded, understaffed or out-of-the-way polling places. Election officials may have violated federal law if avoidable obstacles kept people from voting, Hahn warned the city clerk in a letter that was short on detail. It said several individuals and groups have complained to the National Assn.
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December 11, 1999 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Most San Fernando Valley-area congressional representatives face no opposition in the March 7 primary, but seven open seats in Assembly and state Senate districts promise lively local contests. Friday was the filing deadline for candidates to enter the primary. In Valley-area races, there are three open seats in the Senate and four in the Assembly. Here's a district-by-district look at the races.
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July 18, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL and PETER HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
All the candidate wanted to do was invite the judge to his party. But one man's gimmicky party invitation is another man's "suspicious package." And so it was that sheriff's arson investigators blew up district attorney candidate Steve Cooley's talking greeting card to Superior Court Judge Patrick T. Meyers in the parking lot of the Norwalk courthouse. Law enforcement types who neutralized the potential threat reported only that the packet had been "rendered safe." "I can confirm that Mr.
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April 3, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
With hundreds of thousands of dollars in television ads and mailings, three of the four school board candidates backed by Mayor Richard Riordan are pulling well ahead of their opponents in the critical ability to get their names and messages out to voters, campaign donation reports released Friday show. Riordan's committee, the Coalition for Kids, reported receiving about $330,000 in the month ending March 27, bringing its total to just under $1.8 million.
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October 24, 1999 | TED ROHRLICH and ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
What many see as the humiliating way that a school board with a non-Latino majority has treated the Latino superintendent it inherited has prompted an outpouring of anger from Latino elected officials and civil rights leaders with political implications far beyond the school board. That anger looms as a potential stumbling block for candidates who hope to incorporate the swelling ranks of Latino voters in their winning coalitions in next year's Los Angeles mayoral race.
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February 16, 2001 | TERENCE MONMANEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Atty. and mayoral candidate James K. Hahn charged Thursday that voters in some areas of the city may not have cast ballots last November because of overcrowded, understaffed or out-of-the-way polling places. Election officials may have violated federal law if avoidable obstacles kept people from voting, Hahn warned the city clerk in a letter that was short on detail. It said several individuals and groups have complained to the National Assn.
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July 31, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Ten people, including former state Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti, have been certified to run for the seat held for 35 years by late Councilman John Ferraro, elections officials said Monday. In addition to Roberti, the others qualifying for the ballot are Community College Board member Beth Garfield, council gadfly "Melrose" Larry Green, Hollywood neighborhood activist Richard L.
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November 26, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With local term limits finally kicking in, nowhere is the changing of the political guard generating more excitement and interest than in two open Los Angeles City Council seats in the San Fernando Valley. Citywide, 66 candidates have already filed papers in races for 11 seats--including nine open seats--in what city officials predict will be the most crowded political contests in decades. Voters in April will choose a mayor, city attorney, city controller and eight council members.
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November 20, 2000 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with the double whammy last week of jurors convicting Los Angeles police officers and legal experts finding deep problems with the LAPD itself, the field of mayoral candidates split decisively over who is best suited to oversee the city's Police Department and whether Chief Bernard C. Parks is to blame for the current crisis. Of the six leading candidates for mayor, three--U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, City Atty.
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November 12, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did Gil Garcetti ever have a chance? Under other circumstances, it might be an odd question to ask about a charismatic, savvy district attorney who had the support of virtually the entire Los Angeles County political establishment in his bid for a third term. But after Steve Cooley's landslide victory Tuesday, Garcetti's political advisors have been left wondering if there was anything they could have done to win. The answer: probably not, short of finding a new candidate.
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November 9, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their paths meandered over familiar ground well-traveled by women in the latter half of the 20th century: In an age of limited choices defined by gender, both Fran Pavley and Carol Liu became teachers as young women fresh out of college, got married and had children. Both eventually became activists, committed to such causes as education and the environment, and wound up deeply involved in their small-town governments as mayors and councilwomen.
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November 7, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The campaign to defeat an initiative expanding the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday's ballot has apologized for issuing a flier erroneously implying that Gov. Gray Davis opposes the measure. The mailer, sent to 500,000 county voters late last week and early this week, features a photo of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who opposes Measure A, and Davis, who has taken no position on it. Then the mailer declares: "Gov. Gray Davis and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky agree. . . .
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November 5, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles voters must decide whether to tax home and property owners an extra $33.60 per year to overhaul the city's outdated fire stations and animal shelters. Proposition F on the November ballot calls for issuing $532.6 million in bonds--to be repaid over the next 25 years--to address what public officials are calling a public safety crisis.
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August 15, 2000 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If President Clinton a few days ago was not fully versed in who is running for Los Angeles mayor next year, he is now. Three of the five leading candidates--Antonio Villaraigosa, Xavier Becerra and Steve Soboroff--have gotten together with the president during the past few days. Though the private meetings will probably not lead to a presidential endorsement, they did help in securing one of the more sought after byproducts of the Democratic National Convention: exposure.
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June 22, 2000 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Candidates for mayor of Los Angeles engaged in a spirited, sometimes raucous debate Wednesday night, highlighted by businessman Steve Soboroff's declaration that he opposes entering into a consent decree with the federal government to address charges of civil rights abuses by the Police Department. In a debate that often featured the candidates trying to outdo one another in professing affection for the San Fernando Valley, where it was held, they found at least three points of agreement.
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November 3, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost every day, democracy is crammed anew into Jean Webster's mailbox. It tumbles out when she unlocks the tiny metal door, handfuls of political mail clamoring for her vote. The tally on a recent day: four mailers from Rep. James E. Rogan, the Republican fighting to hang on to his seat; two from his opponent, Democratic state Sen.
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October 27, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Challenger Steve Cooley ambushed incumbent Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti on radio Thursday with a transcript of Garcetti's own, not-ready-for-prime time ad attacking Cooley as an untrustworthy Republican plea-bargainer. "This guy's a smear artist," Cooley said after reading the ad--twice--during a hastily scheduled debate on radio station KPFK-FM 90.7. "He doesn't tell the truth."
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