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
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 6, 2003 |
In what is becoming as much of a ritual as a thunderous dunk from Shaquille O'Neal, Mayor James K. Hahn is offering a little wager for the Western Conference semifinals between the Lakers and the Spurs: a case of home-grown wine from, fittingly, the San Antonio Winery. Hahn made his offer hours before tip-off Monday, without waiting to see what his San Antonio counterpart, Ed Garza, might put up in return.
April 10, 2002
The Los Angeles Police Commission's decisive 4-1 decision to deny Chief Bernard C. Parks a second five-year term is expected to mean the end of Parks' enduring 37-year career with the Police Department. Parks has put up a mighty fight, masterfully fought--he's a much better politician than his foe, Mayor James K. Hahn--but he unsurprisingly failed to get the support he needed from the mayor-appointed commission. Now what? The tenacious chief has said he will pursue his next option: appealing to the City Council and hoping he can find support to overturn the commission's decision.