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August 30, 1992 | FRANK CLIFFORD and RICH CONNELL and STEPHEN BRAUN and Andrea Ford, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
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January 8, 2002 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a record settlement, Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla has agreed to pay $2,500 in fines and repay the city $76,821 in matching funds after the city Ethics Commission found he exceeded spending and contribution limits in his 1999 election, officials said Monday. Padilla issued an apology to his colleagues and constituents Monday.
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February 22, 1998 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council is parochial and dim, its members occasionally thoughtful but more often preoccupied with personal political advantage. The mayor is smart and well-intentioned, but he misses opportunities to lead. Civic services are reliably available, but undermined by inefficiency and waste. Residents are poorly represented and disconnected from one another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2001 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voicing strong concerns over Los Angeles' term limits law, members of the City Council agreed Wednesday to ask voters to lengthen the amount of time they and other elected officials could spend in office. The council members say they will seek a March ballot measure to overturn a 1993 referendum that limited city officials to two four-year terms. The move is being made by a council that has been dramatically affected by term limits.
NEWS
April 13, 1992 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's just a typical meeting at the Los Angeles City ethics commission: Beleaguered bureaucrats loudly plead their cases, begging to rehire former employees who have retired, or arguing--loudly--that such employees have been tainted by post-retirement work and should never be hired again. Street people show up to voice their opinions--very loudly.
NEWS
April 6, 1991 | RICH CONNELL and RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As Police Chief Daryl F. Gates fights to regain the helm of his besieged department, Police Department investigations of Mayor Tom Bradley and the Police Commission president are becoming a new legal and political battlefront. Knowledgeable sources say the chief in recent days has made pointed--even threatening--references to ongoing probes of the mayor and Police Commission President Daniel P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1989 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
Daniel P. Garcia, former president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, was explaining why he became a land development lawyer-lobbyist--one of the most successful at City Hall. "When I had my heart attack or whatever it was, I was in the hospital," he said. "It occurred to me that leading the two lives of doing litigation on the one hand and running the Planning Commission was too much. "It had taken too big a personal toll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1988
Los Angeles Councilwoman Gloria Molina said Friday that she is cooperating with a criminal investigation into allegations that the bookkeeper of her 1986 reelection committee embezzled more than $9,800 of her campaign funds. Molina said she notified the district attorney's office soon after learning from state auditors late last year that nine checks totaling $9,811.50 were not disclosed in the committee's campaign statements.
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December 29, 1990 | JANET CLAYTON and TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Gilbert W. Lindsay, the flamboyant politician who worked his way up from city janitor to become Los Angeles' first black City Council member and one of its most powerful local elected officials, died early Friday. Lindsay, who helped fashion downtown Los Angeles into a major metropolitan center, was 90. Left speechless and nearly motionless by a massive stroke on Sept. 2, the veteran politician died shortly after 2 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1994 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On at least three occasions last year, campaign contributions to Los Angeles Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr. were brought to his San Pedro district office despite a ban on such political activity in city offices, five former Svorinich aides have told The Times. Further, one of the aides says that last year he saw Svorinich with an envelope of campaign checks--from Ft. Worth, Tex., contributors--totaling thousands of dollars.
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October 30, 2001 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn was due to arrive at the El Sereno Senior Center any moment. But before the mayor walked through the door Monday morning, City Councilman Nick Pacheco issued a warning to the lively gathering of senior citizens. "Now remember what I said," Pacheco urged. "Just be nice." The center, after all, lies blocks from the Eastside neighborhood where former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa grew up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said Monday that he spent his first 100 days in office completely reviewing the municipal law office and has begun implementing his reorganization plan. He said the changes reflect his main priorities: keeping neighborhoods safe, conducting "meaningful" police reform and saving taxpayers' dollars from high judgments and settlements. His moves also reflect a subtle criticism of Mayor James K. Hahn, who was city attorney for 16 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2001 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One hundred days into Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn's administration, he has kept several of his campaign promises: He expanded after-school programs, helped lighten the tax burden for small businesses and moved to ease congestion at dangerous intersections. And as Hahn enters the next phase of his leadership, the mayor and his administration are moving on one of his most debated promises.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The president of Los Angeles' North Valley Planning Commission violated the state open-meeting law by discussing a controversial housing project by Airport Commission President Ted Stein during a panel meeting even though it was not on the agenda, prosecutors said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Ethics Commission gave final approval Wednesday to proposed rules that would bar elected officials from voting on issues involving lobbyists who also serve as their political consultants or fund-raisers. The new regulations, which will be considered by the City Council, also would apply to issues involving lobbyists who have made donations to nonprofit organizations at the officials' behest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2001 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With angry words of protest, nearly 300 African American leaders and community activists packed the Los Angeles City Council chambers on Tuesday to urge Council President Alex Padilla to reverse his decision excluding the council's three black members from two key committees. After more than an hour of listening to complaints, Padilla assured the audience that he would meet with Council members Nate Holden, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Jan Perry to reach a resolution.
NEWS
June 14, 1988 | GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
Siun Park was scrubbing office floors in 1973 when he first tried to see the new mayor of Los Angeles. A secretary politely informed Park that Tom Bradley had no time for a private visit with a janitor. "I said, 'No, I want to talk to mayor,' " recalled the 50-year-old Park, who said he called the mayor's office at least three times, making the secretary "a little bit mad." But his persistence paid off.
NEWS
July 10, 1992 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his first bold strike as Los Angeles police chief, Willie L. Williams on Thursday ordered both offices of the LAPD's Organized Crime Intelligence Division "closed and sealed" because of allegations that police for years have spied on local politicians and community organizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles city official in charge of helping build a network of neighborhood councils resigned Thursday, dogged by criticism that she was not effectively helping communities organize. Rosalind Stewart, head of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, submitted her resignation Thursday, and told Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn she would remain in her position until Aug. 31. Her resignation letter did not indicate why she was leaving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing concerns about undue influence at City Hall, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission on Thursday recommended that elected officials be barred from acting on issues involving lobbyists who have doubled as their campaign consultants or fund-raisers in the previous year. The action follows a February story in The Times that described how two-thirds of the Los Angeles City Council members hired political consultants who later returned to City Hall to lobby on behalf of businesses and other clients.
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