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March 18, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying local and state officials misled him last year about the fiscal health of the Los Angeles Community College District, state Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) called Tuesday for a state audit of the struggling system. Polanco plans to make an official request for the audit this morning at a meeting of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in Sacramento. Polanco, the Senate Democratic leader, withdrew a similar audit request last year.
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May 22, 2001 | JAMES RAINEY and MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Working to explode the notion that Antonio Villaraigosa will be the de facto choice of Latinos, state Sen. Richard Polanco endorsed James K. Hahn for mayor of Los Angeles on Monday, calling the city attorney the "best prepared to serve the needs of the people of this great city."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge Thursday threw out a libel suit by former Assemblyman Richard Katz that alleged state Sen. Richard Polanco smeared him with an untruthful campaign mailer that cost him a close election. Katz--who lost a bitterly fought 20th Senate District primary to Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon by just 29 votes in June--immediately vowed to appeal, maintaining that the mailer was simply too dirty to let pass.
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March 28, 2001 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A leading women's rights organization demanded Tuesday that state Sen. Richard Polanco be removed from a legislative leadership post for conduct that resulted in a $117,200 settlement paid by the state to one of his former employees.
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April 3, 1994 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an area with a history of bitter campaigns, the June Democratic primary race in Northeast Los Angeles' 45th Assembly District is likely to mirror past elections. Front-runners Bill Mabie and Antonio Villaraigosa are gearing up for a bruising primary contest to fill a seat being vacated by Assemblyman Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles), who is running for the state Senate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1991 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A private foundation Monday opened a clinic in Hollywood that is expected to help people in the early stages of AIDS avoid long and often debilitating delays in treatment.
NEWS
October 25, 1990 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As in many elections past, campaigning for the state Assembly districts covering Glendale and northeast Los Angeles is proving uneventful as all three incumbents apparently head comfortably toward victory on Nov. 6. In the only race with any suspense, the anticipated assault by Democrats in the staunchly Republican 41st District, which includes Glendale and much of Pasadena, fizzled this summer as its main asset--a federal investigation of incumbent Pat Nolan--dragged on without resolution.
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October 14, 1999 | TED ROHRLICH and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One day last summer, state Sen. Richard Polanco was probably about as close to heaven as a machine politician can get in California. With Gray Davis as the first Democratic governor in 16 years, a patronage feast was underway. And the man in charge of the seating was a young lawyer-lobbyist whom Polanco recommended for the job. Polanco had a staffer place a call to the man, Dario Frommer, whose assignment was to vet Davis' potential appointees. Three minutes later, Frommer called back.
OPINION
June 15, 1986
Richard Polanco's about-face on the issue of building a jail on the Eastside is a prime example of political opportunism and community back-stabbing. On April 9, Polanco issued a press release supporting the efforts of community leaders to keep the state from building a jail on the Eastside. On June 5, only three hours after he was sworn in as an assemblyman, Polanco bowed to the "powers that be" in the Assembly and voted to bring the issue to a vote before the full Assembly, which is likely to approve the Eastside site for the jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1999
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday backed an effort by state Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) to declare the birthday of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez a state holiday. "Let us bestow respect upon Cesar Chavez, a glowing role model of how one person can ameliorate any unjust situation using peace and democracy," said Supervisor Gloria Molina, who introduced the motion to support Polanco's legislation.
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March 15, 2001 | CARL INGRAM and ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former assistant to Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles), who had complained that she was retaliated against for rejecting his advances, was paid $117,200 in a confidential settlement with the California Senate. Of the sum, $102,500 was earmarked as compensation to Karri Velasquez, 34, for unspecified "emotional and physical injuries" she suffered while an employee of the powerful lawmaker for three years, ending in 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2001 | ANTONIO OLIVO and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Until the day he pulled out of the race for City Council, state Sen. Richard Polanco was seeking donations and solidifying support for his campaign. Then, nothing. Polanco--one of the most powerful and polarizing political figures in Sacramento and Los Angeles--abruptly announced in a written statement Feb. 21 that he was withdrawing from the race. Over the next few days he and his aides gave shifting reasons for his decision: He wanted to give full attention to his legislative duties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2001
State Sen. Richard Polanco, who announced last week that he was dropping out of the race for a City Council seat, filed the paperwork Tuesday that will take his name off the April ballot in the 1st District. The remaining candidates in the race are attorney Fumio Robert Nakahiro, college professor David Sanchez and Eduardo Reyes, who is former chief of staff to outgoing Councilman Mike Hernandez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2001 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Democratic state Sen. Richard Polanco announced late Wednesday that he will no longer seek a Los Angeles City Council seat in the 1st District, sending confusion and excitement through the working-class area where he was considered a heavy favorite. The announcement, made through Polanco's Senate office, cites the Senate majority leader's desire to fulfill his obligations in Sacramento before his Senate term expires next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2001 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As they campaign through some of Los Angeles' meanest streets and oldest neighborhoods, candidates in the 1st Council District are rarely far from local landmarks that have become symbols of civic dysfunction and crisis. Among them: * The former headquarters of the Rampart Division's anti-gang unit, center of the worst police corruption scandal in city history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2001 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Democratic state Sen. Richard Polanco plans to formally declare his candidacy today for a Los Angeles City Council seat, ending months of speculation about a next move for the Sacramento power broker facing state term limits. His announcement in one sense is expected. Polanco had pressed for a ballot measure to expand the county Board of Supervisors from five to nine members, partly in hopes of running for one of the new seats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2001
State Sen. Richard Polanco, who announced last week that he was dropping out of the race for a City Council seat, filed the paperwork Tuesday that will take his name off the April ballot in the 1st District. The remaining candidates in the race are attorney Fumio Robert Nakahiro, college professor David Sanchez and Eduardo Reyes, who is former chief of staff to outgoing Councilman Mike Hernandez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday slowed plans by the Los Angeles Community College District to open a small branch campus at the former Van de Kamp's Bakery in Glassell Park north of downtown Los Angeles. State Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) had pushed to insert $4 million into the state budget to create the campus in his district, bypassing normal routes for creating satellite college campuses. Davis signed several education spending bills Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prodded by a state legislator who is intent on creating more electoral opportunities for minorities, possibly including himself, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved reluctantly Wednesday toward expanding from five members to nine. The legislator, state Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles), had already secured Senate passage of a bill that would have set up a statewide vote to expand the board.
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