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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.
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.
December 9, 2009 |
A week after a hotly contested mayoral runoff in Atlanta, the second-place finisher on Tuesday requested a recount, while her supporters complained of potential voting irregularities. City Councilwoman Mary Norwood trails former state Sen. Kasim Reed by 715 votes, or less than 1% of the total ballots cast -- the threshold for a recount under Georgia law. Fulton County officials said the process would begin this morning and could be completed by the end of the day. A group of Norwood's supporters also this week filed a complaint with the secretary of state's office.
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.
July 27, 2012 |
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has an opinion on the controversy over Chick-fil-A's stance on gay marriage. But it's not the same one spouted by the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. The others have strongly suggested or outright demanded that the restaurant chain - whose president, Dan Cathy, recently went on the record supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” - stay away from their cities. According to Bloomberg in a radio address , such a ban based on political or religious beliefs is “inappropriate” and “just not government's job.” A few caveats: Bloomberg thinks the trio of Chick-fil-A-bashing mayors are “good mayors”; he just disagrees “really strongly” on this particular issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2009 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced on Thursday a shake-up of his administration, bidding farewell to two top advisors and elevating his anti-gang czar to chief of staff. Villaraigosa announced the departure of Chief of Staff Robin Kramer, who has run the mayor's office since the start of his first term in 2005. Replacing her will be the Rev. Jeff Carr, who has won praise for his handling of the city's anti-gang program. Kramer, who also worked for former Mayor Richard Riordan, said she informed Villaraigosa two months ago that she planned to leave.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1998
City Council members Sandra J. Levin and Richard Marcus have been appointed mayor and vice mayor, respectively. They were sworn in this week along with newly elected Councilman David Hauptman and reelected incumbents Ed Wolkowitz and City Clerk Tom Crunk. Former council member Mike Balkman was ineligible to run again because of the city's term-limit ordinance. A new chair of the Redevelopment Agency, to replace Marcus, will be chosen at the group's May 4 meeting.
September 21, 1989 |
Leftist guerrillas belonging to Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) have killed two mayors in the Andean region of Peru, one after an apparent mock trial in the town square, an army statement said Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1999
To help improve political and business ties across the border, California and Mexican mayors will hold a summit in Orange County Nov. 14-17. Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Irvine Mayor Christina Shea began organizing the meeting, called "Hands Across the Border," after a successful trip to Guadalajara in April with three other Southern California mayors. They expect to draw mayors, business leaders and economic developers from both countries.