February 25, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Two new mayors, two big cities, two unfortunate traffic incidents. But one incident - in Los Angeles - was viewed as awkward and sad, while the other - in New York - has become yet another irritant for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Maybe the differing reactions reflect the differences between the cities. To recap: De Blasio has been under fire for traffic violations committed by his convoy after he had vowed to crack down on dangerous drivers. In his first extensive public comments on Thursday's incident, De Blasio on Monday said, "I don't tell the NYPD how to do their work when it comes to protecting me. " De Blasio and the New York police commissioner, Bill Bratton, have said the NYPD officers who provide security and transport to the mayor are specially trained to watch for possible threats and to drive accordingly.
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.
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.
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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.
June 13, 2000 |
Republican George W. Bush promised America's mayors meeting in Seattle that they will have a seat at the decision-making table if he is elected president. He also pledged to address their urban concerns--improving education, making streets safer and increasing homeownership. Speaking by satellite from his parents' vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush offered no new policy initiatives but underlined parts of his platform that would please mayors.
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March 22, 2005 |
Mayors from around the world will meet in San Francisco in June to sign an agreement to improve urban environments. During the United Nations World Environment Day conference, scheduled for June 1-5, the mayors plan to develop "urban environmental accords" that seek to improve urban design, transportation and recycling, Mayor Gavin Newsom said Monday. This is the first time the conference will be held in the United States.
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December 19, 1991 |
What is the best part of being honorary mayor of Encino? "Free food," recalled former honorary mayor and entertainer Steve Allen. And the worst part? "Having to eat all the free food." Indeed, being able to eat luncheon and banquet food is a vital skill for honorary mayors.
June 9, 2003 |
Frustrated and angry over delays, a coalition of the nation's mayors asked federal officials to bypass state governments and give them the money they need to beef up homeland security. "I'm not asking for a handout, I'm asking for a partnership," Louisville, Ky., Mayor Jerry Abramson told Undersecretary of Homeland Security Michael Brown at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Denver.
January 4, 2000 |
John F. Street was inaugurated as Philadelphia's 122nd mayor, promising to look beyond the city's revitalized downtown to revive schools and attack blight and crime in outlying neighborhoods. The inauguration marked the end of Edward G. Rendell's eight-year administration, which saw the nation's fifth-largest city recover from the brink of bankruptcy..
January 19, 2001 |
Suspected leftist guerrillas executed a mayor in a remote jungle village as Colombian government negotiators met with rebel leaders in a bid to revive peace talks to end a 4-decade-old civil war. Henry Perea Torres, mayor of the northwestern village of Jurado in Choco province, was dragged out of his office in daylight by two gunmen, who then shot him twice in the head, authorities said.