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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1991
A lot of people stayed home, many, no doubt, in disgust. Those who went to the polls Tuesday in Los Angeles punched in their votes, and punched hard--often against incumbents who typically would have been shoo-ins. Election business as usual at City Hall uses a simple formula: Longtime politicians raise big money, get big endorsements and waltz back into office without significant opposition.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Acting to heal a racial rift on the Los Angeles City Council, Council President Alex Padilla began meeting Thursday with the group's three African American members about complaints that he excluded them from committees dealing with housing and social service programs.
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March 12, 1997 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this age of the televised live event, it seems Mayor Richard Riordan and Tom Hayden need to do something far more dramatic than debate their visions for the future of Los Angeles to win some air time. Only one local television station has committed to broadcasting Thursday's debate between Riordan and his challenger in its entirety, even though the cable TV program sponsoring it has offered the video and audio feeds for free.
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November 9, 1991 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles officials didn't stand on ceremony the other day when a memorial was unveiled at Griffith Park to honor the three Russians killed in August's short-lived Soviet coup. They didn't stand anywhere, in fact. Not a single dignitary or city representative showed up when a marker and a newly planted magnolia tree were dedicated at the city park in a ceremony organized by the son of a Russian immigrant. The Oct.
OPINION
July 14, 1991 | Mike Davis, Mike Davis is the author of "City of Quartz: Excavating the Future of Los Angeles" (Routledge, Chapman & Hall).
Will a few minutes of homemade videotape continue to darken the image of Los Angeles for years to come? Parts of the daunting mandate of the Christopher Commission is to reassure the world that underneath the surface brutality of its streets--and its police--Los Angeles remains the Land of Sunshine. It won't be easy. In a profound sense, the commission is 26 years too late.
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January 12, 2005 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
The four challengers to Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn sharply criticized the incumbent Tuesday night for lack of leadership during his first term in office. Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa drew applause from nearly 175 guests at Temple Judea in Tarzana when he said: "We have a mayor who is missing in action." Hahn did not attend the debate, the first of two sponsored by Jewish organizations. However, a campaign spokesman said the mayor would attend Thursday's debate on the Westside.
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February 15, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, who nearly two years ago announced she would retire from one of the region's most powerful elected positions, endorsed Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks on Thursday in the hotly contested race to succeed her. The veteran politician's endorsement of Parks, whom she called "dedicated and thorough," comes as the former Los Angeles police chief competes with state Sen.
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October 7, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The proposed San Fernando Valley city now resembles not so much a divorcing spouse as a rebellious teenager leaving home--but still relying on mom and dad for day-to-day essentials. Under the radically changed plan for Valley cityhood, the new municipality would be free from Los Angeles as a political entity, but its independence would be severely limited in a practical sense--at least for a while.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
He was L.A.'s top official lawyer; she was his wife. Together, they were powerful players in the city's political backroom deals. They ran the city attorney's office together, and together were convicted of corruption and wound up behind bars. Erwin "Pete" Werner and his wife, "Queen Helen," as she was known in 1930s political circles, were central figures in a liquor-license scandal that reached all the way to Sacramento.
MAGAZINE
August 21, 1988 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA has become richer and more powerful than most nations. And as the capital of Southern California, Los Angeles is experiencing strong, startling spasms of change. The powerful demographic, economic and generational forces that are changing the city are producing a new, unique power elite, one that reflects the shifting contours of the city.
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