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June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
April 15, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
When Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his first budget this week, he proudly announced that he was doubling funding to fix broken sidewalks from $10 million to $20 million. There's just one problem: None of the money that was budgeted for this year has been spent so far. And it remains unclear how much of it will be used before the budget year comes to an end June 30. Any unencumbered money will be swept back into Los Angeles' general fund. City officials said they held off on sidewalk spending because of a lawsuit filed by disabled residents who assert that broken sidewalks infringe on their rights to public access.
June 30, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Eric Garcetti was sworn in as mayor on June 28 in a private but “official” ceremony in Echo Park. So doesn't that mean he's mayor? Why not? Since when does somebody get sworn in to be some kind of public official and then still have time to wait around before taking office? He's getting sworn in again this evening just after 6 p.m., ceremonially but “unofficially.” Will he be mayor > then ? Nah. Not until midnight. Pull out your Los Angeles City Charter (you have one, right?
April 15, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
When three city officials were arrested trying to shake down a marijuana dispensary owner, Cudahy was branded a town where bribes were routine and elections were rigged. On Tuesday, state officials added one more indignity to Cudahy's battered reputation: a city with a staggering inability to keep an eye on public funds. In a damning audit, the state controller concluded that leaders in the working-class town used city-issued credit cards for excessive travel, meals and entertainment, mismanaged state funds and had virtually no internal controls to prevent the misuse of taxpayer dollars.
February 20, 2013
Re "2 big boosts for a long shot," Feb. 16 It's unwise to downplay L.A. mayoral candidate Kevin James' chances. In 1993, Republican Richard Riordan captured one-third of the first-round vote against three Democrats; he went on to win. It is this model that James seeks to replicate, with the recent endorsement of the former two-term mayor. Just four years ago, an underfunded Republican named Walter Moore received more than one-fourth of the vote and nearly pushed incumbent Antonio Villaraigosa into a June runoff.
October 25, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Long Beach politics junkies may have relished the prospect of   Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal duking it out for mayor next year with her ex-daughter-in-law, City Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal.   But a Lowenthal vs. Lowenthal match apparently was not to be, at least not this time. Councilwoman Lowenthal had already launched her candidacy - along with seven others - when termed-out Assemblywoman Lowenthal   announced last month she   too was getting into the race.
May 22, 2013 | By Ted Rall
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  
November 20, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson
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.
September 21, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
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.
July 16, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
It's not as if San Diego hasn't had plenty of civic scandals in the past, but you don't get too many news conferences like the one that went down Monday morning in front of San Diego City Hall. After days of references to “unspecified” allegations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, three of his former supporters (a one-time city councilwoman and two attorneys) gathered before a bank of microphones and told stories about Filner that would have been shocking 20 years ago, let alone in 2013.
April 14, 2014 | By Ben Welsh, David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's first proposed budget calls for hiring 140 firefighters and the start of a sweeping overhaul of the city's 911 dispatch system, part of a bid to speed the response to hundreds of thousands of calls for help each year. The revamped dispatch operation, outlined Monday by the mayor's office as it presented an $8.1-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year, would unify separate police and fire emergency call centers and gradually replace some uniformed firefighters with lower-paid civilian phone operators.
April 11, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia, Doug Smith
Mayor Eric Garcetti wants buildings across Los Angeles to be graded for their seismic safety as part of an ambitious plan to help residents understand the earthquake risks of their office buildings and apartments. Garcetti announced what would be the nation's first seismic safety grading system for buildings during his State of the City address Thursday, when he also for the first time said he supports some type of mandatory retrofitting of older buildings that have a risk of collapse in a major earthquake.
April 11, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Louis Sahagun
Faced with losing an ambitious $1-billion plan to revamp the Los Angeles River, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday raised the stakes by offering to split the cost with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps, which manages the river as a flood control channel, last year recommended a $453-million package of parks, bike paths and other enhancements to make the river more inviting to Angelenos. It recently informed the mayor's office that it was sticking with that plan rather than pursuing the $1-billion version, known as Alternative 20, that Garcetti backs.
April 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser, Emily Alpert Reyes and Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti presented a long and eclectic list of initiatives in his first State of the City address Thursday, promising to reinvigorate the city's major boulevards, cut taxes for businesses, put building records online and keep a lid on rates at the Department of Water and Power. Speaking at the California Science Center in South Los Angeles, Garcetti spelled out in detail his "back to basics" agenda, which focuses on public safety, economic prosperity, quality of life and a well-run city government.
April 9, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
High-level Los Angeles officials were scrambling Wednesday after the City Council approved an ordinance that could have inadvertently boosted the pay of its top executives - a move portrayed by Council President Herb Wesson as "a mistake. " The council voted unanimously for a two-year salary plan covering non-union employees. A document prepared for the council suggested that there would be three increases over the next 15 months - 2.75% in June, 2.75% in December and 2.75% in June 2015 - for about three dozen department heads, including top executives at the police, planning, parks, library and transportation departments.
April 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Setting the stage for a shake-up in city politics, a councilman and a real estate investor held off heavily favored Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal in Long Beach's mayoral election and will meet in a June runoff. Unofficial tallies in Tuesday's vote showed Councilman Robert Garcia leading the pack with 25.4% of the vote, and former NFL player and real estate investor Damon Dunn close behind with 22.3%. Lowenthal, a political heavyweight in the port city, garnered 19.6%. It marked the first time in her lengthy career that she lost an election day contest.
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?
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 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
A story line has developed during Mayor Eric Garcetti's first nine months on the job, and it goes something like this: In stark contrast to his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, who often held multiple news conferences a day and launched big initiatives, Garcetti has taken such a low-profile, behind-the-scenes approach that people wonder what he'll have to show for his first year in office. Though Garcetti hasn't avoided the limelight - he was on stage last week with former President Clinton, for instance - he often goes days without a public event, and he hasn't yet proposed a major program or policy change.
April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A field of candidates - many political heavyweights and city insiders - are locked in an expensive battle to become Long Beach's newest mayor, a job that comes with expectations of reviving both the port city's economy and reputation. The April 8 election has candidates vying for city attorney and a majority of Long Beach's nine council seats, setting the stage for one of the most significant shake-ups in city politics in more than a decade. But all eyes are on the mayor's race, and with the crowded field a June runoff is likely.
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