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April 24, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
This Los Angeles mayoral election isn't exactly setting the city's electorate on fire. Nor the world, for that matter. It's so low key that I was surprised to see a very focused piece in the Guardian, Britain's liberal national newspaper -- an intense analysis of the methodology of a Times-USC poll about a race that even the candidates' hometown isn't paying much attention to. Former Mayor Sam Yorty once told me, in what I think was the last...
September 11, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- New Yorkers awoke Wednesday still uncertain over who would be their Democratic nominee for mayor as primary results showed front-runner Bill de Blasio clinging to the lead needed to avoid a runoff, even as his rival vowed to keep fighting. William Thompson, who was in second place and who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2009 against Michael Bloomberg, was upbeat late Tuesday as returns indicated that he would face De Blasio in a runoff next month. "We took Mike Bloomberg on, and we almost beat him," a broadly grinning Thompson told supporters near midnight Tuesday, referring to his failed mayoral bid four years earlier.
August 13, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Five Democrats fighting to become the city's next mayor sparred over housing costs, police tactics and term limits at their first debate Tuesday evening, but they agreed on one thing: They don't want to talk about Anthony Weiner's sex life anymore. The televised debate came hours after release of a new poll that showed the roller coaster ride of the candidates since Weiner, who was forced to resign his congressional seat in June 2011 over a sexting scandal, entered the race in May. Weiner, who once led the Democratic field, now is in fourth place, with support from only 10% of likely Democratic primary voters, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.
December 17, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
In the 1931 satirical musical "Of Thee I Sing," a politician is advised by his party's bosses that if he really isn't running for president, he should stop denying he's running ? only a real candidate does that. Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York and one of the richest men in America, made such a denial in the last week. He also gave a major economic address, appeared on a network talk show, got top billing at a political meeting, and saw his powerful media company launch an opinion section, offering a whole new platform for his views ?
In a bitterly contested mayoral election that will determine New York's response to the World Trade Center attacks for years to come, Republican media mogul Michael Bloomberg won a stunning upset victory Tuesday over Democrat Mark Green. The stakes have rarely been higher for the city, and voters had a clear choice between Bloomberg, a political neophyte with proven business skills, and Green, the public advocate and a savvy career politician. Mayor Rudolph W.
February 2, 2013 | Geraldine Baum and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
In the late 1970s when Edward I. Koch won his first term as mayor of New York, the city was in shambles, its coffers and confidence sapped by financial crises and a paralyzing blackout. It needed a fighter and found one in Koch, a well-practiced pol with the determination - and bite - of a bulldog. He steered the city out of bankruptcy and restored its swagger, a one-man cheerleading squad who personified the witty and feisty New Yorker. The three-term mayor of New York and perennial civic combatant, who rallied and riled the city in and out of office with his tenacious style and irrepressible opinions, died Friday of congestive heart failure at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital, said his friend and spokesman George Arzt.
December 22, 2002 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, Times Staff Writer
Michael R. Bloomberg, 60, is New York's 108th mayor. He took office Jan. 1, succeeding Rudolph W. Giuliani. Bloomberg has spent much of his first year grappling with a major budget crisis -- a municipal deficit now estimated at more than $6 billion for next year, caused by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as well as a downturn in the national economy and setbacks suffered by Wall Street firms.
June 21, 2007 | Michael Finnegan and Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writers
No, he is not running for president, Michael R. Bloomberg insisted on Wednesday. But a day after the billionaire mayor of New York City quit the Republican Party, his clear flirtation with a White House run kept alive a frenzy of speculation on the what-ifs of a prospective third-party bid.
November 6, 2009 | Tina Susman and Mark Z. Barabak
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg may have narrowly won a third term this week but he also earned -- or, rather, very handsomely paid for -- a less-welcome distinction: becoming the latest in a long line of politicians to prove that money can't buy everything. It's something Californians know, having rejected a number of rich candidates, and something President Obama can attest to; his path to Washington was paved in 2004 when he beat a wealthy rival who spent $30 million in a U.S. Senate primary.
May 31, 2005 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Before he became mayor of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg made himself a billionaire. He didn't get to be a billionaire by being bashful about what, in his view, needs to get done and by when. Last September, for instance, asked at the New York Jets' home opener about the city's proposal for a stadium on the far West Side of Manhattan, the centerpiece of New York's bid for the 2012 Olympics, Bloomberg said: "I have to be able to look the IOC in the eye and say this stadium is going to get built."
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