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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.