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October 1, 2010 | By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
President Obama said that his now-former chief of staff would be an "excellent" Chicago mayor, offering strong support for Rahm Emanuel's still unannounced campaign for the office. "I think he would make an excellent mayor, and he would bring an incredible energy to the job," Obama said in an interview in the Oval Office, following an East Room event announcing Emanuel's departure. Earlier Friday, during his last morning staff meeting, Emanuel told the president's top aides that he was proud of the work he'd driven them to do. "I know that I pushed you all very hard," Emanuel told the approximately 35 staffers gathered in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
March 1, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
Sitting in a spare office on the sixth floor of City Hall, a sweeping view of San Bernardino behind him, the incoming mayor paused a conversation and picked up a ringing phone. It was somebody wanting to know what time the office closed. "I don't think I was supposed to answer that," he said, cracking a smile. Carey Davis didn't hide the fact that he doesn't yet know his way around City Hall. If anything, the 61-year-old accountant sees his status as a political newcomer as an advantage as he takes the helm of a deeply troubled city.
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