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When Pete Wilson becomes governor next month, he will bring with him one of his closest friends--the man he has always trusted to tell him when he is wrong. He is Bob White: loyal adviser, political strategist, keeper of the gate and hatchet man. To some, he is Wilson's alter ego. Without question, he is the man Wilson relies on to make things work. "He is politically very adept and sensitive," Wilson says. "He is not a yes man. I have great personal affection for him.
May 18, 2013 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
An incumbent who styles herself as an outsider and a reform-minded community activist and political aide will face each other in a runoff election Tuesday for the final seat on the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. Unlike the hard-fought Los Angeles mayor's race, the match between trustee Nancy Pearlman and challenger David Vela has been conducted with little public scrutiny and virtually no contact between the two candidates. It's a source of frustration for Pearlman and Vela, running for a seat in the largest community college district in the nation - with nine campuses serving 240,000 students in communities spread across 882 square miles, from Sylmar to San Pedro.
February 14, 1986 | ALEX NEILL, Times Staff Writer
Bill Garcia walked briskly back into his office, wiping his hands after hauling trash cans around Echo Park in a pickup truck. He had been there several times, cleaning trash from vacant lots and scrubbing graffiti off neighborhood walls. Garcia, a 38-year-old field deputy for Los Angeles Councilman John Ferraro, spends much of his time out in the district listening to residents' concerns and lending a hand in such roll-up-your-sleeves-and-pitch-in activities.
November 26, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Federal prosecutors recommended Monday that former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee - who pleaded guilty earlier this year to mail fraud involving the theft of more than $7 million from her clients - be sentenced to about eight years in prison. Among those who said Durkee had raided their campaign funds were Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Democratic Reps. Laura Richardson of Long Beach, Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove, Linda T. Sanchez of Lakewood and Susan A. Davis of San Diego, and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
June 6, 2003 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
Garry South, the pugnacious political strategist who masterminded Gray Davis' last three election victories, is signing on as a senior campaign advisor to Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph I. Lieberman. South's appointment, to be announced today in Washington, comes as Davis faces the threat of a recall, and means the governor will have to fight back with only part-time help from his closest political aide.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Deane Dana, forced into a runoff election by the upstart campaign of Rolling Hills Mayor Gordana Swanson, has fired his longtime political adviser and brought in a new team to plot a different course for the November election. The shake-up in the campaign comes after Dana's surprising weakness in the June primary, in which he polled just 42% of the vote, far less than the 50% plus one vote need to win the election outright.
Clashing sharply over what kinds of political payments are lawful, attorneys in the federal corruption trial of two former legislative aides made their final arguments to the jury Friday. There was general agreement between the two sides over what was said by defendants Tyrone Netters and Darryl Freeman, because the prosecution in the seven-week trial relied heavily on secretly recorded videotapes and audiotapes.
For at least five years, Mayor Tom Bradley's staff operated a political fund-raising network inside City Hall, according to interviews and internal campaign records. City telephones and postal meters were used by Bradley campaigns. During one month, City Hall aides took nearly 150 phone calls from a single Bradley campaign office. Campaign-related memos were typed by city secretaries on city equipment.
Tripped up by his own telephone number, an aide to Assemblyman Jim Battin (R-Palm Desert) was caught this week using a false name in attacking a Battin political rival in a local newspaper. Blaming "youth and inexperience rather than maliciousness," Battin suspended Chris Brown, who heads the assemblyman's district office, for two weeks without pay for a letter to the editor Brown wrote and signed "Jorge Rosa." The letter appeared in the Desert Sun of Palm Springs on Dec.
April 15, 2005 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
It was Inauguration Day in Washington, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his top aide bumped into Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld invited the governor to visit him at the Pentagon. Schwarzenegger agreed and even said he wouldn't trouble the secretary by talking about possible base closings in California. The aide, Patricia Clarey, jumped in: I'll talk to you about base closings, she said. "You must be the chief of staff," Rumsfeld answered.
March 17, 2011 | Robin Abcarian
Sarah Palin wanted to meet Rebecca Mansour. It was the summer of 2009 and the former Alaska governor was in Del Mar, Calif., working on her book "Going Rogue. " Earlier that year, Mansour had co-founded a website that offered detailed defenses of Palin's record and acidic attacks on her critics. Palin was impressed. The pair hit it off. Mansour helped Palin with research on her score-settling bestseller, and a few months later, Palin offered Mansour a job with SarahPAC, Palin's political operation.
March 11, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Federal inspection of the runaway Toyota Prius that took a wild ride on a San Diego County freeway was delayed several hours Wednesday when a California congressman insisted that someone from his office witness the examination. A team of inspectors from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was already at Toyota of El Cajon examining the car -- which reportedly had a stuck accelerator, causing it to speed for half an hour before the driver got it stopped -- when a staffer from the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)
September 26, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
A Ventura County jury Friday acquitted the chief of staff of a state assemblywoman on charges of assaulting protesters outside a political fundraiser last year. Jose "Joel" Angeles, the top aide to Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks), was found not guilty of misdemeanor criminal charges stemming from a scuffle in which a 69-year-old Episcopal priest alleged that he was body-slammed by Angeles. Angeles testified during the trial that it was he who had been roughed up during the scuffle, and that he had not hit or shoved anyone.
August 12, 2009 | Tom Hamburger and David G. Savage
Karl Rove and other officials in George W. Bush's White House played an active role in the firing of the top federal prosecutor in New Mexico, according to documents released Tuesday that also show Bush political aides tried to influence Justice Department officials on other matters. The e-mails and interview transcripts made public by the House Judiciary Committee show Rove and other White House aides paying particular attention to complaints from Republican officials in New Mexico that U.S. Atty.
March 20, 2009 | Kenneth R. Weiss
The Senate gave its blessing late Thursday to key members of President Obama's science team, including an Oregon State University ecologist who will be the first woman and first marine scientist to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
March 11, 2009
A former longtime aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) pleaded guilty to swapping legislative favors for event tickets and other gifts from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's firm. Ann Copland, 52, wiped away tears as she admitted to U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts that she took $25,000 to $30,000 in gifts for helping one of Abramoff's top clients, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. She was released pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled. Copland is the latest among more than a dozen congressional aides, lobbyists, lawmakers and Bush administration officials convicted in a lobbying scandal spawned by Abramoff, who is serving a four-year prison term.
December 14, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A first-time GOP legislative candidate charged Wednesday that Republican Assembly Leader Curt Pringle's chief of staff warned him to stay out of the 70th District race, "threatening" to use the party's resources against him if he took on the incumbent. Despite what he described as a last-minute demand from Pringle aide Jeff Flint at the Orange County registrar of voters office Nov. 29, Jacob "Jim" Rems of Irvine took out nominating papers to challenge Assemblywoman Marilyn C.
November 27, 2008 | John McCormick, McCormick is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.
For those clamoring for invitations to future White House functions -- including Christmas parties and state dinners -- there will be few people more important than Desiree Rogers. The Chicago businesswoman will wield major clout for such events as the next White House social secretary, an appointment President-elect Barack Obama's transition office announced this week.
November 26, 2008
Re "A too-harsh lesson," editorial, Nov. 21 I wanted to thank you for your editorial calling on Israel to lift its blockade. Your assertion that, regardless of political considerations, civilians should not be made to suffer inhumane circumstances is right on point. Collective punishment is not only prohibited by Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, but it should not be tolerated by any government that wants to see a viable and just peace take root in the Middle East. Noura Erakat Washington :: Your editorial overlooks one simple solution to the problems the people of Gaza are experiencing: They can get rid of a government that threatens the extinction of its neighbor, repeatedly attempting to kill and kidnap that neighbor's citizens -- and then weep crocodile tears when the neighbor attempts to defend itself.
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