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January 3, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Bill de Blasio, the new mayor of New York City, has been getting grief for making a priority of banishing horse-drawn carriages from Central Park in Manhattan. It was one of his campaign promises and he announced at a news conference on Monday - two days before he was sworn in - that the city would “get rid of horse carriages, period. " Let me get this straight: The first week a mayor comes into office, he announces, in no uncertain terms, that he's going to do something he promised to do and do it right away.  Yeah, that's outrageous.
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OPINION
January 23, 2010
Aman isn't easily separated from his salt. Consider the French Revolution. Salt prices contributed to the overthrow of the monarchy after it imposed and abusively enforced taxes on this basic commodity. According to Mark Kurlansky, author of "Salt: A World History," uneven tax apportionment led to huge differences in salt prices on opposite banks of the Loire. Smuggling became rampant, with many French subjects imprisoned for their salt crimes. Maybe that's why the mayor of New York is proposing only a voluntarycrackdown on the ubiquitous seasoning, now that the city already has banned smoking and trans fats at restaurants and was the national leader in requiring calorie counts on the menus at chain eateries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1997
Pat Reddy's Aug. 5 commentary, "Why the Next Mayor Will Be Jewish," was alarming. I hope many readers had the same immediate reaction I did: What was that all about? Was it an attempt to be funny or just offensive? Following on the heels of a forward-looking article by Joe Hicks of the L.A. Multicultural Collaborative (Opinion, July 20), this felt like two steps backward. Hicks spoke of the need to demand that leaders, regardless of their racial or ethnic background, put the welfare of all of their constituencies first.
NEWS
April 13, 1989 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Amid laughter and tears, City Councilman Jerold Milner was sworn in as mayor of Glendale on Monday night, John F. Day bid farewell after 12 years on the council and Dick Jutras became its newest member. During the installation for the winners of the April 4 election, Councilman Larry Zarian got the biggest laugh by dressing Milner with a crown, purple velvet cape and a medieval sword. "Now let anybody try and vote against me," Milner said with a smile, sword in hand. Milner replaces Carl Raggio, continuing the council's policy of rotating the largely ceremonial position every year.
WORLD
January 22, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Iran's Foreign Ministry has barred the mayor of Tehran, a rival of conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, from traveling to the United States to be honored for improving the capital's public transportation system, a local newspaper reported Saturday. Mohammed Baqer Qalibaf has been denied permission to attend a conference Monday of the Institute for Transport and Development Policy, reported the newspaper Tehran Emrouz, which is close to the mayor. Tehran, along with the Chinese city of Guangzhou, the Spanish city of Leon, the Peruvian capital of Lima, and the French city of Nantes, are finalists for the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award bestowed by the international transport institute.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Barely a month ago, Christopher Pengra became mayor of a bedroom community outside Salt Lake City, anticipating the usual headaches of a fast-growing area, such humdrum fare as traffic congestion and zoning disputes. But there was nothing in his newcomer's manual to handle this: A Utah County sheriff's deputy was killed late last month, gunned down on a lonely rural highway in Eagle Mountain after stopping to assist a stranded motorist. Sgt. Cory Wride, 44, a father of five whom friends knew as a "shy cowboy," had served the town for two decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Under a pro-business Republican mayor, it was a no-brainer: allocating millions of dollars each year to buy national advertising for the tourism industry - a major economic driver in this vacation mecca. Then Bob Filner got elected, and he had questions: Why couldn't Sheraton and Hilton buy their own advertising? And why should the cash-strapped city lavish funds on an industry that pays low wages to bottom-rung employees like maids and bellhops? The new Democratic mayor also thought the city attorney should provide him with legal guidance on the matter in private, not in front of reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2009 | Phil Willon
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will select a new police chief at a time when crime is declining and the city is enjoying a prolonged respite from racial strife, sparing him from the political perils that bloodied the three previous mayors facing similiar appointments. Even the potential gift of a controversy-free selection process, however, does little to diminish the pressure on Villaraigosa to name a successor capable of measuring up to William J. Bratton. The outgoing police chief is largely credited with transforming the LAPD into a more effective and accountable agency that has salved decades of animosity with minorities in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2010 | By Phil Willon, David Zahniser and Maeve Reston
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a second round of city job cuts Thursday -- between 1,200 and 2,000 positions -- and warned that much deeper layoffs would be needed if the City Council and employee unions failed to act quickly on proposals to cut payroll costs, trim services and auction city assets. With the current $212-million budget shortfall expected to double next year, Villaraigosa said the threat of layoffs was his only leverage to force the city's powerful unions to accept lower wages and help rescue the city from insolvency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Maeve Reston and David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for shutting down non-essential agencies two days a week Tuesday as he and City Council members remained locked in a standoff over the intertwined issues of electricity rates and the city's worsening budget shortfall. Villaraigosa's action topped another day of threats and name-calling at City Hall. During a morning news conference, the mayor said the council had caused the latest financial crisis by engaging in the "politics of 'no' " and accused it of "the kind of demagoguery you see in the Congress."
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