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Pat Mcosker

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November 6, 2011
Perhaps no Los Angeles City Council district is as difficult to represent as the oddly shaped 15th, which runs south from Watts and north from the harbor communities of Wilmington and San Pedro, meeting in Harbor City and the awkward, jagged strip that is Harbor Gateway. Voters in the Nov. 8 special election who seek to fill the vacancy left by Janice Hahn's election to Congress this year can choose from among advocates with deep roots in one or another of those communities but generally limited expertise, and City Hall or political insiders with some know-how but priorities attuned less to the needs of the district than to public employee unions.
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October 20, 2005 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
A grim-faced firefighter in a red helmet looks out from a campaign mailer sent to millions of Californians by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, implying the man supports the governor on a controversial Nov. 8 election initiative. But Schwarzenegger's camp bought the image from a photo archive in Seattle, angering a group of unionized California firefighters who say the governor should stop using them as props. "This just goes along with his whole mantra of, 'I played a firefighter in a movie.
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January 15, 2012 | Kate Linthicum
Joe Buscaino is not a dockworker, and yet everyone at the longshoremen's union dispatch hall near the Port of Los Angeles seemed to know him. They approached from all sides -- a stream of friends, former classmates, athletes he had once coached and even a few proud relatives. Some slapped Buscaino on the back. Others posed with him for pictures. Nearly each interaction ended with the same pledge: "You've got my vote. " Buscaino, a 37-year-old police officer whose only previous political experience was a stint in 1992 as president of his senior class at San Pedro High School, is the favorite to win Tuesday's runoff election against state Assemblyman Warren Furutani for an empty seat on the Los Angeles City Council.
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October 27, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
When Los Angeles County labor chief Miguel Contreras died of a heart attack in May 2005, some news reports said he had been stricken in his car after a long day of meetings. But according to an LA Weekly cover story published Thursday, Contreras was found unconscious at a business that purported to sell herbal medicines on Florence Avenue in South Los Angeles.
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April 21, 2005 | Daniel Hernandez and Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writers
Mayor James K. Hahn and his opponent, Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa, can spend an unlimited amount of money on their May 17 runoff election because the cap was lifted Wednesday when two unions with close ties to Hahn reported spending $320,000 to support his reelection. Hahn has so far benefited from $402,632 in independent spending, primarily from unions, while Villaraigosa has benefited from $121,865, less than a third as much.
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September 9, 2006 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The event at the Foshay Learning Center was billed as a momentous occasion: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. But while cameras trained on Angelides' speech, a smaller moment occurred off-screen: A 12-year-old girl standing on the stage in the hot auditorium crumpled in a faint, and Villaraigosa scooped her up in his arms and carried her outside.
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April 22, 2005 | Steve Hymon and Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writers
At least 14 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department have been disciplined or face sanctions over allegations of troubling behavior toward women and minorities over the last year, a department official said Thursday. In one case, a rat was placed in the locker of a black firefighter; one firefighter was suspended and two were transferred, said Fire Capt. Andrew Fox, who handles department discipline.
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March 14, 2012 | By Robert J. Lopez and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Amid growing criticism from political leaders, Los Angeles' fire chief acknowledged Tuesday that his agency should have acted sooner to disclose that it had changed the way it calculated emergency response times used in public reports. "Potentially, we should have put down that we changed our method," Fire Chief Brian Cummings told reporters at a downtown news conference. "We should have done that. " In several reports to lawmakers last year, the department included old data that made it appear that its personnel were getting to medical emergencies faster than they actually were.
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March 26, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
A day after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a "watershed" labor agreement with city workers, he was quick to send a pointed message to other municipal unions. "We will be asking all employees and departments to consider how they too can offer reasonable, responsible changes at this time of historic deficits," the mayor said Friday. Though the pact tentatively struck with a coalition representing about 19,000 workers will help ease the city's budget crisis, its real import could be elsewhere: pressuring other city unions to follow, providing a multiplier effect — and tens of millions of dollars in additional savings.
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May 29, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
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