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Los Angeles Elections 2001

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August 24, 2001 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Fair Political Practices Commission has found no evidence to support allegations made by James K. Hahn's campaign that the state Democratic Party received large contributions last spring that were earmarked to support Antonio Villaraigosa's unsuccessful candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles.
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August 16, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A special election will be held Dec. 11 to fill an expected vacancy in the east San Fernando Valley's 2nd Council District seat, the Los Angeles City Council decided Wednesday. But the council split over when to allow candidates to begin fund-raising, an issue with potential political implications. Council President Alex Padilla, who has backed Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) in the race, sought unsuccessfully to block any fund-raising until Councilman Joel Wachs vacates the seat Oct. 1.
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July 31, 2001
The surprise entry of Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) into the Los Angeles City Council's 2nd District race caused its first casualty Monday, when council aide Mark Dierking announced he was dropping out of the contest. Dierking is an aide to council President Alex Padilla, a close political ally of Cardenas, and is the husband of Los Angeles Board of Education President Caprice Young. With Councilman Joel Wachs quitting Oct.
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July 28, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) said Friday he has decided to give up his candidacy for California secretary of state and instead run for the Los Angeles City Council seat being vacated in October by Joel Wachs. He had raised $600,000 for the state race. Cardenas announced at a breakfast with legislative and labor leaders Friday that after the exhausting budget battle that just concluded in Sacramento, he wants to stay in Los Angeles, closer to his family, and tackle more local issues.
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June 20, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tom Hayden conceded defeat Tuesday in his race for the Los Angeles City Council, using the occasion to blast what he called the "shameful insider culture of power" at City Hall. Hayden's concession in the 5th District came as the council voted Tuesday to certify Jack Weiss' victory by 369 votes of 53,000 cast on June 5. Weiss, a former federal prosecutor, will take office July 1.
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June 18, 2001 | STEVE LOPEZ
East we travel in chauffeur-driven BMW luxury, our chariot gliding under Beverly Hills palms that stand as erect as palace soldiers. Eli Broad, the baron of Los Angeles, is in the front passenger seat; I'm in the back. We are going to Los Tacos for lunch. A column under my name suggested that Broad had violated the spirit of election law by pushing $100,000 through a back door and into the campaign of mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa.
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June 17, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After four stormy decades on the public stage, embracing roles from fiery student agitator to righteous state legislator, Tom Hayden is taking an unscheduled bow and stepping into the wings. On Saturday, the city clerk finally tallied the last of the ballots in Hayden's Los Angeles City Council race, declaring his opponent, Jack Weiss, the winner. A former prosecutor who has never held elected office, Weiss won by just 369 votes.
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June 17, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With all of the votes finally counted in two close contests for Los Angeles City Council, the winners did not change Saturday: Dennis Zine was the narrow victor over Judith Hirshberg in the 3rd District race and Jack Weiss won over Tom Hayden in the 5th District.
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June 14, 2001 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Antonio Villaraigosa's loss in last week's mayoral election overshadowed clear signs that the long-delayed political power of Latino voters continues to expand. Even as supporters bemoaned Villaraigosa's failed bid to become the city's first Latino mayor since 1872, political analysts were seizing on the positives: the overwhelming support he had among Latinos, the group's higher-than-average turnout and the victory of City Atty.-elect Rocky Delgadillo.
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June 14, 2001 | GEORGE SKELTON
One last point about the L.A. mayoral election: It showed that most Latinos have moved beyond the reach of the Republican Party. At least in L.A. and probably throughout California. And it's not just because of that GOP scapegoat, Proposition 187--the old illegal immigration initiative that Republican politicians conveniently blame for their rejection by Latinos. True, Latinos were alarmed by Pete Wilson's pro-187 TV ads.
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