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May 21, 1996
On the heels of a controversy that forced the departure of top mayoral aide Michael Keeley, the Los Angeles city attorney's office on Monday released a detailed report spelling out who has authority to act in legal matters involving the city. In making its case that "individual employees and officers of the city, other than the city attorney, do not have control over litigation," the city attorney's office confirmed key conclusions of the mayor's investigators.
May 4, 1996
Members of a gay Republican group are rallying around besieged mayoral aide Michael Keeley, who drew a vote of no confidence from the Los Angeles City Council last week after he surreptitiously gave city documents to opposing attorneys in a contract dispute. Carol Newman, president of the 200-member Los Angeles chapter of the Lincoln Club, said the organization at its monthly meeting this week urged members to send letters to their council representatives.
March 1, 1996
State Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren has issued an ultimatum to city officials in a two-year feud over Los Angeles port revenues: return a $20-million payment made by the Harbor Department last year or face a lawsuit. In a Feb. 15 letter to Michael Keeley, the city's chief operating officer, Lungren and Chief Assistant Atty. Gen. Roderick E.
July 29, 1995
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted 13 to 0 to seek a $48-million federal grant to help underwrite Mayor Richard Riordan's plan to beef up the Los Angeles Police Department, although several lawmakers warned that the plan may put other city services at risk. The grant application, which the Clinton Administration is expected to approve, will help pay for hiring 643 additional LAPD officers over three years.
May 11, 1996
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan said Friday that he will not have a decision on the fate of beleaguered top aide Michael Keeley until the middle of next week. Riordan said the city's Ethics Commission is expected to conclude its review of Keeley's conduct then, and the probe by the mayor's office also should be done by then. Ethics Commission officials could not be reached for comment.
April 25, 1996
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday agreed to let Mayor Richard Riordan bring in former City Atty. Burt Pines to help investigate a top aide's controversial role in a contract dispute that evolved into a suit against the city. Pines, now in private practice, will donate his time in investigating aide Michael Keeley's release of city legal strategy documents to a private attorney on the opposing side.
August 19, 1995
State officials are taking issue with plans by the city of Los Angeles plans to help itself to about $70 million in revenues from its lucrative, semi-independent Harbor Department. The California Lands Commission, armed with an analysis from the state attorney general's office, asked the Harbor Commission to delay a decision on transferring Tidelands Trust revenues to the city's general fund.
June 30, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
The California Chamber of Commerce on Thursday blasted a state agency's goal of sharply reducing petroleum consumption as an arbitrary policy that would cost motorists $8 billion a year and eliminate 90,000 jobs. In a study funded by the chamber, economist Michael Keeley laid out an economic critique of the California Energy Commission's 2005 energy policy report.
The political powder keg that blew up in the face of top mayoral aide Michael Keeley late last week had its origins in an obscure contract dispute over city-leased lands in Inyo County. More than a decade ago, the city Department of Water and Power, looking to develop new sources of energy, leased about 6,800 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management holdings.
December 23, 2008 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick called Monday on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to look seriously at contracting out services as a way of addressing the city's budget woes. With a budget shortfall of $432 million expected by July 1, Villaraigosa and the City Council need to take a hard look at such concepts as hiring private companies to pick up trash and leasing out municipal buildings, Chick said. "Nothing is too sacred for discussion and scrutiny," she said.
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