April 15, 2009 |
If he was nervous, Salvador Vergara Cruz didn't act it. The mayor of this well-groomed town in central Mexico, Vergara traveled without bodyguards even after callers to his cellphone tried to extort $70,000 from him, and demanded that he play ball with drug traffickers, friends said. "He didn't give them what they wanted," said Raymundo Fuentes, a city councilman. "What happened was bound to happen." On Oct.
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August 5, 2013 |
Under a brilliant white canopy, mayors from dozens of Los Angeles County cities gathered on the back lawn at Getty House on Monday to talk about public safety, traffic congestion, job creation and how they can better work together to tackle problems. New Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti invited mayors from the 87 other cities in the county to his ceremonial residence, and 63 (including representatives of mayors) showed up. Garcetti said he planned to make such informal get-togethers a regular occurrence during his administration.
December 19, 2012 |
Silicon Valley angel investor Ron Conway is famous for all-caps emails that command the attention of an impressive social circle that includes celebrities, business leaders and politicians. So when Conway sent out an email urging support for an effort to end gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut, a notable group of people signed on. On Wednesday, Lady Gaga, Martha Stewart, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams were among those who signed their names in an ad in the New York Times, throwing their weight behind Demand A Plan, the organization of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other mayors who are pushing for greater gun safety.
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January 20, 2012 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was among a group of 80 mayors in Washington on Friday who pledged their support for gay marriage and announced an initiative aimed at expanding marriage rights for same-sex couples. The initiative, called Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, was announced during a press conference held at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' winter meeting. Villaraigosa will co-chair the group. The mayors have pledged to push their cities to pass laws allowing same-sex marriage and urge Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman.
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September 18, 2013 |
Four mayors who worked to reshape Los Angeles International Airport turned out Wednesday for the grand opening of five passenger gates and a grand central hall at Tom Bradley International Terminal. Richard Riordan, James Hahn, Antonio Villaraigosa and current Mayor Eric Garcetti were guests of honor at ceremonies hailing the nearly $2-billion modernization. A similar celebration was also held for departed Mayor Villaraigosa, who left office three months ago after serving two terms.
May 6, 1987
Gary, Ind., Mayor Richard Hatcher, one of the first black mayors of a large American city, was defeated in his battle for nomination to a sixth term by former supporter Thomas V. Barnes. With 96% of the vote counted in the Democratic mayoral race, Barnes had 57% and Hatcher had 43%. Hatcher has been mayor since 1967, when he and Carl Stokes of Cleveland became the nation's first black mayors of major cities.
March 3, 2013 |
One was nicknamed "Pinky," for rather obscure reasons. Another, for lamentably obvious ones, was known as "Horse Face," and the military buddies of a third called him "Old Chubby Cheeks. " One was a used-car salesman and a KKK member. A couple were French Canadian. Some were mired in scandal, and some did vast and magnificent things - occasionally, at the same time. The mayors of Los Angeles have never had the political muscle of their Big Apple and Big Shoulders counterparts.