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February 5, 1992
My first reaction to the article about Santa Clarita Mayor Jill Klajic's proposal to require developers to hire local construction workers was that she could benefit from the new clothing shops being built at the Valencia Town Center scheduled to open this fall. After reading the article, however, she can wear what she wants as long as she continues to pull Councilman Carl Boyer III's tail. "The lady simply doesn't have a basic grasp of what government is all about," says Mr. Boyer III. Why doesn't Carl Boyer III move downtown and then he can discuss government with Joy Picus and Joel Wachs?
January 17, 2008 | David Haldane
Steve Anderson, a longtime city councilman and newly appointed vice chairman of the Municipal Water District of Orange County's board of directors, died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack, according to officials. He was 55. First elected to the City Council in 1992, Anderson was its longest-serving current member. He served terms as La Habra's mayor in 1995, 1999 and 2005. He played a pivotal role in completion of the city's La Bonita Softball Complex. Anderson is survived by his wife, Josie; children Chris and Eric; daughter-in-law Vanessa; and granddaughter Savannah.
April 16, 2008
Re "Mayor focuses on crime," April 15 It's been years since I coached, but I have some free advice for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Your batting average will never improve if you continue to just swing for the fences. Villaraigosa has started so many wild initiatives that The Times would need to print a two-page table just to squeeze in the highlights. The travel commitments alone would stagger a normal man, including his campaign swings for Sen. Hillary Clinton. Stay around for a change and finish something.
June 9, 1985
I read with dismay and disbelief the words of our mayor, David Sills, (May 20). Sills is quoted as saying, "I'm not particularly concerned or interested in municipal budgets, streets, sewer systems and the police force." These, however, are the very responsibilities that Sills accepted when he was reelected just a year ago. With out city budget increasing so dramatically over the past two years, someone on the Irvine City Council better show an interest. Words of elected officials are sometimes misquoted or taken our of context.
January 14, 2007
THE mayor should take a position in support of the 100-year-old Southwest Museum, which remains as a cultural anchor at its historical location in northeast Los Angeles (Mt. Washington) ["A Patron at the Helm," Jan. 7]. His priorities as stated: bringing art to the neighborhoods, revitalization of the urban core, increased use of rapid transit and providing inspiring educational opportunities for area school children. The Southwest Museum at its current site epitomizes these priorities.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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