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July 18, 1999 | BOB RECTOR, Bob Rector is opinion editor of the Valley and Ventura County editions of The Times
A year ago, volunteers and paid petition gatherers were fanning out across the San Fernando Valley in an attempt to collect 200,000 signatures that would trigger a study to see if Valley cityhood is viable. At that time, there was concern about getting enough signers, and worries that even if the signatures were gathered, money to pay for the study could be in short supply. Those were uncertain times for Valley VOTE, the organization behind the effort to secure a secession study.
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July 24, 2003 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
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June 2, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley secession leader denounced as "extortion" a proposal by Los Angeles officials to determine whether a municipal divorce would harm the remainder of the city. The city attorney's office concluded that under state law Los Angeles would be harmed if Valley cityhood results in Los Angeles losing more revenue than is needed to cover existing expenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2002 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Redistricting Commissioner Richard Close has proposed two alternatives to plans for City Council districts in the San Fernando Valley, but they immediately drew concerns for dividing communities of interest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997
NAME: Richard Close AGE: 52 HOME: Sherman Oaks PROFESSION: Attorney and president of Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn. LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Close co-founded Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment (VOTE), which successfully lobbied the state Legislature to adopt a bill that eliminates the Los Angeles City Council's power to veto secession.
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September 2, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prodded by state and local ethics panels, state lawmakers have approved a measure that will give local agencies the power to force disclosure of contributors and political expenditures by groups lobbying for secession. The provision was a reaction to Valley VOTE, the group pushing secession of the San Fernando Valley, which has acknowledged spending more than $500,000 but has refused to release all but a few names of those bankrolling its effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1998 | BOB RECTOR
Initiating what could become one of the most significant developments in the city's history, hundreds of volunteers have begun gathering signatures for a petition drive that could eventually detach the San Fernando Valley from Los Angeles and form it into its own municipality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1993 | Aaron Curtiss, Times staff writer
As the recession lingers in Southern California, politicians are blaming Proposition 13 for government's fiscal woes, and business leaders are complaining that special interest groups are slowing down development in Los Angeles. Both claims irk Richard Close, president of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn. and one of the San Fernando Valley residents crucial to the passage of Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that restricted government taxing authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time when cappuccino was still exotic, avocado was a desirable color and ranch-style homes were sprouting up throughout the San Fernando Valley, a handful of greenhorn political activists huddled in a restaurant on Ventura Boulevard to hatch a plot against the city of Los Angeles. Their mission: uncoupling the Valley from Los Angeles to form a separate, independent city. The year: 1975.
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August 16, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time when cappuccino was still exotic, avocado was a desirable color and ranch-style homes were sprouting up throughout the San Fernando Valley, a handful of greenhorn political activists huddled in a restaurant on Ventura Boulevard to hatch a plot against the city of Los Angeles. Their mission: uncoupling the Valley from L.A. to form a separate, independent city. The year: 1975.
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May 22, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comparing it to an "inquisition" shrouded in secrecy, a leading San Fernando Valley activist said Monday he will not attend a closed-door discussion called by Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger M. Mahony on the morality of secession. Richard Close, chairman of the secession group Valley VOTE, said he expects that a group of Valley religious leaders will appear instead on Wednesday. "Because of the secretive nature of the proceedings, I feel it's inappropriate for me to attend," Close said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prodded by state and local ethics panels, state lawmakers have approved a measure that will give local agencies the power to force disclosure of contributors and political expenditures by groups lobbying for secession. The provision was a reaction to Valley VOTE, the group pushing secession of the San Fernando Valley, which has acknowledged spending more than $500,000 but has refused to release all but a few names of those bankrolling its effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley secession leader denounced as "extortion" a proposal by Los Angeles officials to determine whether a municipal divorce would harm the remainder of the city. The city attorney's office concluded that under state law Los Angeles would be harmed if Valley cityhood results in Los Angeles losing more revenue than is needed to cover existing expenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1999
In his July 18th interview, Richard Close expresses the opinion that Valley secession will be on the ballot by 2002, and that its approval is a foregone conclusion. If he is so sure of the outcome, why are we spending $2.5 million to study the issue? Wasn't that the original purpose of those petitions people signed? If Close has all the answers, let's hear them; e.g. how will police services be provided? Further, his stated reason for not revealing donors' names is their fear of having "pressure" applied.
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August 16, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time when cappuccino was still exotic, avocado was a desirable color and ranch-style homes were sprouting up throughout the San Fernando Valley, a handful of greenhorn political activists huddled in a restaurant on Ventura Boulevard to hatch a plot against the city of Los Angeles. Their mission: uncoupling the Valley from Los Angeles to form a separate, independent city. The year: 1975.
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August 16, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time when cappuccino was still exotic, avocado was a desirable color and ranch-style homes were sprouting up throughout the San Fernando Valley, a handful of greenhorn political activists huddled in a restaurant on Ventura Boulevard to hatch a plot against the city of Los Angeles. Their mission: uncoupling the Valley from L.A. to form a separate, independent city. The year: 1975.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1990
"More traffic. Less parking. Resembles more of the East Coast rat race that a lot of us moved to the West Coast to avoid. East meets West. "It just takes longer to get anywhere. The village atmosphere is gone. People were trying to avoid a lot of the problems that exist on the city side. They moved to the Valley and created the same types of problems. It's similar to the people who moved from the East Coast to escape problems and ended up bringing the problems with them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1998 | BOB RECTOR
Initiating what could become one of the most significant developments in the city's history, hundreds of volunteers have begun gathering signatures for a petition drive that could eventually detach the San Fernando Valley from Los Angeles and form it into its own municipality.
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