August 31, 2004
Good for the Airport Land Use Commission, whose recent ruling will force Mayor James K. Hahn to get a two-thirds vote to approve his Los Angeles International Airport improvement plan (Aug. 26). I support the mayor's plan and trust he can get the required vote. The point is that any project so controversial and so expensive should not go forward without a clear consensus of the citizens as represented by the City Council. Jeff Warner La Habra Heights
December 17, 2005
Union contracts -- Articles in the California section on Wednesday and Dec. 5 about a contract dispute at Los Angeles City Hall said a lucrative pay package awarded to members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, was negotiated by former Mayor James K. Hahn. Articles on Dec. 7, Nov. 23 and Aug. 3 described the contract as having been negotiated by Hahn's administration. The contract was negotiated while Hahn was mayor, but the negotiations were conducted by the city's administrative officer, who reports to the mayor and the City Council.
May 7, 2005
Re "Rivals Traffic in Ideas for Relieving Congestion," May 2: I commend The Times for providing an examination of the two Los Angeles mayoral candidates' perspectives on key transportation issues. Undecided voters may also find helpful the responses by Mayor James K. Hahn and Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa to questionnaires on regional transportation issues prepared by the nonprofit community group Southern California Transit Advocates and posted on socata.net, the group's website.
April 16, 2005
Re "L.A. Out of the Picture as Stars Back Candidates," April 11: The Times got only part of the story. Although celebrities are drawn to national issues, the business of making movies, television programs and commercials relies on Los Angeles and its elected officials to maintain pro-filming policies. And we appreciate their efforts on behalf of our industry. The Motion Picture Assn. of America (Disney, Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros.) works with its allies -- including the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America, other guilds and unions, the commercial industry and related groups -- to build and maintain relationships with city leaders.
February 25, 2009
Re "Reelect Villaraigosa," editorial, Feb. 21 Did I miss something? I read The Times' endorsement of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa twice to try to get your point. The accomplishments The Times desperately touts are the least we expect from a mayor. Keeping a good police chief and replacing a fire chief are not noteworthy but rather typical and expected. The billions-of-dollars "subway to the sea" makes you wonder if there is any modern thinking at City Hall at all. Los Angeles needs and deserves better.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2010 |
Since taking office in 2005, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has sat courtside next to movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg at three Lakers games at Staples Center. He has cheered alongside Tommy Lasorda and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt in the owner's box at Dodger Stadium. Rarely has he missed an awards show: the Academy Awards, the Grammys, the Emmys and the BET Awards —anywhere there was a red carpet in Los Angeles, odds were Villaraigosa was photographed standing on it. It's no surprise that the mayor attends many of the city's premier sporting and cultural events.