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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Capping investigations into two unrelated schemes to illegally influence city elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission's director released agreements Tuesday for a combined $252,000 in fines against former City Councilman Martin Ludlow and prominent attorney Pierce O'Donnell. The $147,000 fine against O'Donnell and $105,271 fine against Ludlow represent the second- and fourth-highest penalties levied against individuals in commission history.
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June 22, 2008 | Kurt Streeter
In the cramped, cobwebbed weight room, filled this early morning with soft-eyed high school football players from this city's hardest parts, Martin Ludlow's past is but a memory. Here, every school day morning starting at 6:30, he pushes. Come on, come on, let's go . . . do not give up! He prods. That's it, good job . . . lift, lift, don't think, just lift! He cajoles. When you leave here this morning, remember that there are people out there who might challenge you. I'm telling you, walk away!
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The FBI and the inspector general of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have launched inquiries into the role that MTA board member Martin Ludlow played in a development project. The contractor for the project, a bus yard, was RAD Jefferson. Ludlow, who is also a Los Angeles city councilman, was disqualified from voting on the project as an MTA board member by state conflict of interest laws because he had received a $500 contribution to his council campaign from an affiliated firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has called Martin Ludlow a "good man" who "is like a son to me." Assemblywoman Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) allows Ludlow to use her name to raise money to pay off his legal bills. Ludlow and longtime L.A. lobbyist Maureen Kindel have exchanged a draft proposal for a program for helping at-risk students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Federal and local authorities are investigating whether leaders of a Los Angeles union for school workers misappropriated union money and improperly funded efforts to elect Martin Ludlow to the City Council in 2003, labor officials said. The investigation by the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2005 | Steve Hymon and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor will hold an election July 18 to pick a new chief after about 500 delegates failed Monday night to unanimously approve City Councilman Martin Ludlow for the job. Ludlow was, however, appointed the federation's interim leader as of July 1 after the sudden resignation Monday of the interim secretary-treasurer and veteran political director Charles Lester.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Union delegates used a voice vote Monday night to elect Martin Ludlow secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. He was sworn in after the vote. Later this week, Ludlow will head to Chicago for the national convention of the AFL-CIO. Several major member unions -- including the Service Employees International Union and the Teamsters -- have threatened to break away from the AFL-CIO.
MAGAZINE
March 26, 2006
Angelenos' opinions of union leaders and elected politicians took a plunge when Martin Ludlow, a former L.A. City Council member and ex-head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, pleaded guilty to a felony charge that he conspired to illegally steer union money to his 2003 campaign. Ludlow apologized for his mistakes, vowed to spend the rest of his life "being a better man" and agreed to cooperate with authorities.
OPINION
February 24, 2006 | On the Web For more letters see www.latimes.com/letters.
Re "Labor's loss," editorial, Feb. 22 Martin Ludlow's resignation as leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is a sad day for all working people in Southern California. He was a charismatic leader who had the ability to bring a fractious labor movement together. Unfortunately, there is a double standard for labor and business. U.S. labor laws are not set up to protect dues payers; they are set up to preserve corporate dominance of the political system. Ludlow ran afoul of that double standard.
OPINION
March 8, 2006 | ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN
ANYBODY FEEL an earthquake last week? Don't worry, it wasn't the Big One. That giant crash heard by political observers across the city was not a natural disaster but man-made. It was the sound of one of this region's most promising African American leaders falling to Earth. Martin Ludlow, the former city councilman who left that post to lead the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, is hardly the first public official to run afoul of the law.
OPINION
July 25, 2006
IT'S PERFECTLY LEGAL for former Los Angeles city councilman and admitted felon Martin Ludlow to form a committee to raise money to pay his legal expenses, even though raising and spending money was what got him into trouble in the first place. And it's perfectly legal for some of the city's top officials to headline a reception in Holmby Hills, where donors were asked to pay up to $4,000 a pop for the privilege of rubbing shoulders with decision-makers. And with Ludlow. It's legal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A judge sentenced former Los Angeles City Councilman Martin Ludlow on Friday to three years' probation and $45,000 in fines and costs for conspiring to illegally divert school employees union funds to his 2003 election campaign. Ludlow escaped jail time by agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors and pleading guilty on March 8 to a felony count of conspiring to violate the city's $500 limit on campaign contributions and two misdemeanor counts.
MAGAZINE
March 26, 2006
Angelenos' opinions of union leaders and elected politicians took a plunge when Martin Ludlow, a former L.A. City Council member and ex-head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, pleaded guilty to a felony charge that he conspired to illegally steer union money to his 2003 campaign. Ludlow apologized for his mistakes, vowed to spend the rest of his life "being a better man" and agreed to cooperate with authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Martin Ludlow pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge that he conspired with the head of a school workers union to illegally funnel union funds into his 2003 council campaign. Under the terms of a plea bargain, Ludlow, when he is sentenced April 21, will shoulder $40,000 in fines and court costs and accept a four-year ban on holding elected office and three years' probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Capping investigations into two unrelated schemes to illegally influence city elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission's director released agreements Tuesday for a combined $252,000 in fines against former City Councilman Martin Ludlow and prominent attorney Pierce O'Donnell. The $147,000 fine against O'Donnell and $105,271 fine against Ludlow represent the second- and fourth-highest penalties levied against individuals in commission history.
OPINION
March 8, 2006 | ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN
ANYBODY FEEL an earthquake last week? Don't worry, it wasn't the Big One. That giant crash heard by political observers across the city was not a natural disaster but man-made. It was the sound of one of this region's most promising African American leaders falling to Earth. Martin Ludlow, the former city councilman who left that post to lead the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, is hardly the first public official to run afoul of the law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Martin Ludlow, a Los Angeles city councilman, could become one of the most powerful local labor leaders in the nation today, when County Federation of Labor delegates are scheduled to decide whether to endorse him as secretary-treasurer. Ludlow's path to the union post began when he was just 9 months old and a white couple in Idaho chose to adopt the black child as an expression of their dedication to social justice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
In a dramatic fall from a position of political influence, former Los Angeles City Councilman Martin Ludlow announced his resignation Tuesday as head of a powerful Southern California labor group and was close to reaching a plea bargain with prosecutors who believe union money flowed illegally to his council campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles City Councilman and labor leader Martin Ludlow has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal conspiracy that secretly diverted union money to his 2003 council campaign, officials said Friday. Faced with embezzlement and coverup allegations that include backdating records and passing an envelope of unreported cash to a campaign worker, Ludlow will pay fines and restitution of $186,000 and accept a four-year ban from public office and a 13-year prohibition on leading a union.
OPINION
February 24, 2006 | On the Web For more letters see www.latimes.com/letters.
Re "Labor's loss," editorial, Feb. 22 Martin Ludlow's resignation as leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is a sad day for all working people in Southern California. He was a charismatic leader who had the ability to bring a fractious labor movement together. Unfortunately, there is a double standard for labor and business. U.S. labor laws are not set up to protect dues payers; they are set up to preserve corporate dominance of the political system. Ludlow ran afoul of that double standard.
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