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December 8, 2004 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn has appointed Councilman Ed Reyes to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, filling a seat that had been vacant for more than two months. "Ed shares my goal of providing efficient, affordable and effective mass transit to the residents of Los Angeles," Hahn said in a statement. "He understands that no big city can truly offer economic opportunity to its residents without also providing a great public transportation network."
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August 18, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Acknowledging that the county's fledgling transit agency has been beset by "turmoil and inefficiency," Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on Thursday proposed a major restructuring, this time by replacing its board of elected officials--including himself--with appointees. Riordan, who is looking for a state lawmaker to sponsor the required legislation, said his proposal would "take the politics out of the MTA."
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January 24, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has delayed until February a decision on whether to turn over policing of its rail and bus system to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The MTA staff had recommended that the Sheriff's Department get the contract, taking over what is now a joint operation with the Los Angeles Police Department. Projections suggest the transit agency could save more than $21 million in the first three years of a five-year contract.
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March 27, 1997 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angry members of the Bus Riders Union, arguing that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is not abiding by a landmark federal consent decree, were rebuffed Wednesday when they demanded immediate action by the agency's board to improve bus service in Los Angeles.
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October 29, 1999 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan reasserted himself with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday, appointing an aide to a vacancy on the agency's governing board and then slamming the door on rival directors, who wanted to grab a piece of the $30 million earmarked for traffic improvements tied to the controversial Playa Vista project near Marina del Rey.
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December 20, 1995
Today the full board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority takes up what may be the last chapter of Franklin White's tenure as MTA chief executive officer. Specifically, the board is to decide whether to support last Friday's 3-2 committee vote urging that White be fired. We continue to question the timing of this development, mostly because the CEO was less than four months away from a scheduled evaluation, which would have been the proper time to act, whichever way it went.
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August 2, 1994 | HARRY BERNSTEIN, Harry Bernstein for many years was The Times' labor writer.
The tentative agreement reached early Monday to end the crippling strike against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority certainly did not mean that MTA had broken the mechanics' strike or ended the long-range hopes of some transit board members to break the unions themselves. But the unity of the striking mechanics, along with clerks, drivers and others who observed the mechanics' picket lines, must have dampened the hopes of the true anti-union MTA board members.
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October 27, 1994 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A long political battle over the future of mass transit in the San Fernando Valley ended Wednesday in victory for a line to be mostly subway and defeat for an elevated railway proposal. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to approve the mid-Valley subway option from Universal City to Canoga Park along Burbank and Chandler boulevards. The vote was 8 to 5, although neither side dared predict victory until the last moment.
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November 16, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority averted a showdown over whether to fire the agency's leader Wednesday, opting instead to study the question as it weighs the future of the region's troubled rail and bus system. The decision leaves MTA Chief Executive Officer Franklin E. White in his $178,000-a-year job at least temporarily in the face of increasingly strident criticism from some board members over the leadership of the multibillion-dollar agency.
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September 28, 2004 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa has resigned from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board because he is running for mayor against the man who appointed him, James K. Hahn. Villaraigosa notified Hahn by letter Friday that he was leaving the 13-member board of the MTA, which operates Los Angeles County's largest bus and rail system, effective immediately. "As the mayor's appointee, I feel it is appropriate to step down," Villaraigosa said in a statement.
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