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January 24, 1999
I read with great pride "Councilman Alatorre to Retire When Term Ends" (Jan. 16), on Richard Alatorre, after having been a personal witness the day before, when many friends and family of the Eastside Latino leader gathered at City Council chambers in tears as he made his announcement that he was not seeking reelection in the 14th District. To many who were the beneficiaries of this man's 28 years of service, which speak for themselves, it was a disappointment to see the Jan. 17 news analysis from Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez, as they blatantly attacked Alatorre once again.
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November 8, 2012 | David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Arthur K. Snyder, a famously colorful figure who spent nearly two decades in office while contending with an array of personal, legal and political troubles, died Wednesday. He was 79. Snyder died in his sleep at his Huntington Beach home, said Emerson Duque, a family friend. A cause of death has not yet been determined. From 1967 to 1985, Snyder represented a swath of neighborhoods that included Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Eagle Rock. After leaving office, he saw his career as a high-flying lobbyist marred by a campaign money-laundering scandal that resulted in misdemeanor convictions.
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October 22, 1989 | BILL BOYARSKY, Bill Boyarsky, former Times City-County bureau chief, now writes a political column for The Times
LOU KORANSKY needed help in the credit department of his busy jewelry store on Whittier Boulevard. It was 1960 and the old East Los Angeles of Russians, Armenians, Japanese, Latinos and Jews, which existed when Koransky arrived in Boyle Heights from Chicago in the '20s, had disappeared. The Koranskys and many other Jewish families, for example, had moved to West Los Angeles after World War II. Now East L.A. was almost entirely Latino, and a large number of Koransky's customers spoke no English.
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August 28, 2009 | Jim Newton, Jim Newton is editor of the editorial pages of The Times.
Eleven years ago, Robin Kramer and I were part of a delegation that accompanied then-Mayor Richard Riordan on a trip through the Far East, she as his chief of staff, I as a reporter. One afternoon, we were stuck in a conference room in Beijing, surrounded by a cluster of scrambling mayoral aides and business people. They were frenetically preparing for a meeting, but nevertheless found the time to fret about a story of mine in that day's paper. In it, I recounted how the mayor had muffed the introduction of a Chinese official the night before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1997
So why don't we just fine Al Gore--or whoever's responsible--and get on with it, as they did with Richard Alatorre in L.A.? JIM BUCKLEY Cambria
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August 16, 1990
A group of East Los Angeles residents have begun a petition drive to recall Councilman Richard Alatorre, claiming that he has brought too much development to the community--especially an overabundance of low- and moderate-cost housing projects. The Committee to Recall Richard Alatorre has 120 days to collect 9,484 signatures of registered voters living in Alatorre's 14th District in order to force a recall election, according to the city clerk's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1990
Acuna's long article regarding the historic Los Angeles County redistricting case contained a reference to a recent recall against our councilman, Richard Alatorre. There's just not much to it. Acuna probably didn't have time to learn that the effort is an oddly timed, strange and mean-spirited attack by a few people who seem to have political aspirations themselves. But those of us who work daily in the community, particularly with its youth, know that it's Richard Alatorre who rolls up his sleeves to help and be of service, not the people with loud voices and selfish interests.
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May 22, 1999
A City Council motion to name an Eagle Rock community center for Richard Alatorre was criticized by two of the outgoing councilman's colleagues Friday before lawmakers approved the name change. The council voted 9 to 2 to call the Eagle Rock Community and Cultural Center in the 2200 block of Colorado Boulevard the Richard Alatorre Community Cultural Center.
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December 5, 1998
Children from Eastside housing projects will get a chance today to meet and receive gifts from Santa Claus at Olvera Street, a spokeswoman for City Councilman Richard Alatorre said. "A lot of these kids are overlooked and live in areas where crime is rampant," Luisa Acosta said. "The councilman wants to make there areas a lot brighter and give them something to smile about."
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June 25, 1993
Officials decided in a unanimous vote this week to appoint Councilman Richard Alatorre to serve as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for one year. Alatorre has served as interim chairman of the MTA since the agency came into existence this year. "It's a challenge," he said. With Wednesday's vote, Alatorre will serve as chairman for a one-year term ending June 30, 1994.
OPINION
September 2, 2001
Crime doesn't pay? (Unless it's white-collar.) Richard Alatorre [former assemblyman and Los Angeles city councilman] receives probation and is ordered to pay $12,970 in back taxes after admitting he accepted $42,000 as a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from parties seeking influence (Aug. 28). The L.A. Department of Water and Power rewards him with a consulting contract at $7,500 a month, and now the Compton Community College District hires him at $5,000 a month. Ever wonder why there is cynicism about politicians?
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August 28, 2001 | JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Compton Community College District this summer approved a $5,000-per-month consultant's contract for former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre as part of a campaign for new facilities and better public relations. The board of the small district, which has just Compton College, awarded the contract July 24.
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August 28, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre was sentenced in federal court Monday to eight months of home detention for evading income taxes in 1996 on $42,000 in payments from parties seeking influence. Alatorre, once a rising star in state politics as an influential member of the Assembly, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi to pay the $12,970 in back taxes.
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August 21, 2001 | RICH CONNELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Former Mayor Richard Riordan early this year pushed the Department of Water and Power to give a consulting contract to his longtime ally Richard Alatorre, a pact that paid him $15,000 and continued even after he pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion in a federal corruption probe, according to records and interviews. Alatorre, who is expected to be sentenced next week, is still owed thousands of dollars more.
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April 16, 2001
I hope former Councilman Richard Alatorre was not hurt by the slap on the wrist given to him by our U.S. district judge ("Alatorre Formally Enters Guilty Plea on Income Tax Evasion," April 10). How many less fortunate and less prominent citizens would love to have heard a sentence such as he received? In addition to which, he does not have to pay a fine because he lacks "the ability to pay." But let's not forget his ability to earn big dollars. Surely the IRS is not letting him off the hook without paying back taxes and a penalty; however, this may be part of President Bush's new tax cut. BOB COSTELLO Palm Desert Re "Affidavits Reveal Details of Alatorre Inquiry," April 12: I hear a deafening conspiracy of silence from Los Angeles City Hall and the MTA. JIM HEYNE Lakewood
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April 12, 2001 | RICH CONNELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre allegedly extorted tens of thousands of dollars from the owner of an 1,100-unit apartment complex who feared Alatorre would report building code violations, according to federal court records unsealed Wednesday. Alatorre pleaded guilty this week to felony tax evasion, admitting that he accepted $42,000 in unreported income from people seeking his influence as a councilman and member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.
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April 10, 2001 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre pleaded guilty Monday to felony tax evasion, admitting that he failed to report almost $42,000 he received from individuals attempting to influence him in his official duties. Alatorre's plea ended the veteran Eastside power broker's involvement in a four-year federal corruption probe that helped derail his political career. U.S. District Judge Robert M.
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April 4, 2001 | RICH CONNELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The corruption investigation surrounding former Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alatorre, who has agreed to plead guilty to felony tax evasion, is now focusing in part on individuals who allegedly tried to bribe the lawmaker with cash. The disclosure of an ongoing investigation and Alatorre's acceptance of thousands of dollars in cash to influence his official actions was made Tuesday by the U.S. attorney's office.
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