November 20, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY -- As a small-town mayor in the drug-trafficking western state of Michoacan, she survived two assassination attempts. One claimed the life of her husband; another three months later left her badly wounded. That was in 2009 and 2010. Her mayoral term ended in 2011. And over the weekend, Maria de los Santos Gorrostieta Salazar was slain, apparently tortured and beaten to death, her body dumped in a ravine. Gorrostieta had been mayor of Tiquicheo, a remote town in the so-called hotlands of Michoacan, farmland firmly under the thumb of drug-trafficking cartels.
May 22, 2013 |
The Los Angeles mayor's race saw record-high campaign spending and low turnout for a job that's not all that powerful. ALSO: How to buy happiness Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons In L.A., a bad case of Anthony Weiner envy Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1990
Couldn't San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor have used a different analogy in her remarks to GOP officials, instead of calling San Diego "a beautiful girl" who "doesn't have a dowry" ("Mayor Tries to Sweet-Talk GOP Into Picking S.D.," Oct. 12)? And boos also to City Councilwoman Judy McCarty for saying that "we may not have a dowry . . . but we can promise you a lot of fun." In other words, we are for sale; we'll give you our bodies for your money. Can you imagine "a handsome boy" with no dowry who'll give you a lot of fun?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1995
The report issued by the district attorney's office on allegations concerning Port Hueneme Mayor Toni Young clearly exonerates her of all wrongdoing. Beyond this and unknown to the public, all the while she was under the cloud of investigation for allegedly taking more than she was due, she was actually accepting 10% less pay than her colleagues. Evidence indicates that the mayor was merely a victim of vengeance from a disgruntled city manager. Fortunately, this evidence surfaces in the D.A.'s characterization that "it makes this appear to be a setup."
April 15, 2007
Re "Defeating homelessness," Opinion, April 12 Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Op-Ed article on defeating homelessness only reinforces the idea that government is unable to spend taxpayer money efficiently. A billion dollars buys only 1,500 units of housing? That's more than $660,000 per housing unit. Rent subsidy and rehabilitation services get thrown in with this figure, but how much does it really cost to get people off the streets? Maybe City Controller Laura Chick needs to take a peek at the books.
September 21, 2012 |
The former mayor of Detroit grew rich while in office by receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from a contractor who performed work for the city water department, prosecutors alleged Friday at the start of the former official's corruption trial. Kwame Kilpatrick, 42, forced from office by another scandal in 2008, is on trial on charges including racketeering, conspiracy, extortion and bribery. Also on trial are his father, Bernard Kilpatrick; friend and contractor Bobby Ferguson; and former city water commissioner Victor Mercado.