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The city's conditional use permit system--damned last week by Mayor Richard Riordan as worthy of a Communist country--is to be overhauled to make it easier for non-controversial projects to win City Hall approval, a top Los Angeles city planner promised Tuesday.
April 18, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
In the latest sign that business interests are coalescing around his candidacy, Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver was endorsed Friday by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Riordan cited Shriver's time on the Santa Monica City Council and his business and nonprofit backgrounds in announcing his support for the candidate. Shriver is seeking to replace Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on the five-member Board of Supervisors. "The job of Los Angeles County supervisor is a challenging and important one," Riordan said in a prepared statement.
May 8, 2010 | Patt Morrison
Richard Riordan spent eight years as mayor of Los Angeles, but he didn't start his civic engagement with L.A. when he was sworn in, and he didn't end it after he was termed out. Since then, he's become part tribal elder, part fun uncle, but just now the City Council isn't sending any love his way. It's pretty irked by Riordan's warnings that the city may have to resort to bankruptcy to save itself. Riordan's post-mayoral resume includes a short stint as California Secretary of Education -- a still-public life in the public eye. Personally and through his foundation, the attorney/investor/venture capitalist has given away what he figures is tens of millions of dollars to L.A. causes.
September 18, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Michael Finnegan
Four mayors, three of whom struggled for years to modernize Los Angeles International Airport, were guests Wednesday at the grand opening of five new passenger gates and other improvements designed to vastly enhance the foreign travel experience at the nation's third-busiest airport. Richard Riordan, James K. Hahn, Antonio Villaraigosa and current Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ribbon-cutting for the new south concourse and grand central hall at LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is undergoing a $2-billion overhaul.
July 2, 1993
I stand before you today as your servant. The people of Los Angeles have entrusted me with the future of our city. I am truly honored and also very humbled. I give my oath to serve you to the very best of my abilities. Together we must face the future with hope and pride. My fellow Angelenos--the time has come for all of you to take part in the healing of our great city. When I began my campaign last November, I made one promise: to turn Los Angeles around.
April 2, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Former KB Home chief Bruce Karatz turned to a powerful ally Thursday in his defense against stock-options backdating charges, presenting former Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan as the first of his character witnesses. Riordan, who served as mayor from 1993 to 2001, told jurors at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles that he's known Karatz for 30 years, considers him a close friend and does not believe Karatz would knowingly commit a crime. "I think he's an outstanding character who respects the law. He has a very high level of integrity," said Riordan, whose voice was so powerful that defense attorney John Keker instructed him to back away from the microphone.
May 14, 2010
Woofing about Riordan Re "Unleashed," Opinion, May 8 Where was Hizzoner in taking on the unions when he was in a position to actually do something? If former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan had fought to reduce the pension promises to all new hires who started with the city during his eight years, we would not now be looking at the ballooning pension costs that may cripple the city's fiscal future. If Riordan, with tons of his own money to finance his political career, and ostensibly no further political ambitions, couldn't face down the powerful public unions, who can?
November 27, 2002 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
Richard Riordan, the former mayor of Los Angeles, is not lost, he just doesn't quite know where to park. The garage beneath 10100 Santa Monica Blvd. reads "monthlies only" and there seems to be nothing to do but pull onto the small driveway that runs alongside the street. Riordan is on his way to see Haim Saban, the billionaire head of Saban Entertainment, and is running a tiny bit late. "I guess I can leave it right here," he says, although all appearances are to the contrary.
May 30, 1993 | FRANK CLIFFORD and LENNIE La GUIRE, Clifford is a Times Staff Writer. LaGuire is anAssistant Metropolitan Editor
Richard Riordan, a highly successful businessman and senior partner in the Riordan & McKinzie law firm in downtown Los Angeles, is running for mayor on a platform stressing public safety and job creation. Riordan, 63, a Brentwood resident, is also portraying himself as a government outsider. But he has served as president of the city Recreation and Parks Commission and the Coliseum Commission and is one the largest political contributors in California.
August 21, 1988 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, Ronald Brownstein is a contributing editor of this magazine.
RICHARD J. RIORDAN has the beginnings of a pained look on his face. It's a little hard to tell, because Riordan affects such a pleasant poker face through even the most difficult situations. But irritation is pinching him like a tight collar: There's a hint of exasperation in his eyes and a weary slump to his shoulders. This is all perfectly forgivable.
March 20, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan backed Wendy Greuel's mayoral bid Wednesday and said if she wins, he will join her administration as a senior advisor on the ongoing budget crisis at City Hall. Riordan, a Republican whose crusade to overhaul the city's pension system has made him an enemy of labor unions, said Greuel asked him to serve on her staff to help connect the business community and organized labor on ways to control the costs of healthcare benefits and city pensions.
February 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Republican Kevin James received two significant boosts Friday to his long-shot bid for Los Angeles mayor: the endorsement of former Mayor Richard Riordan and the first of nearly $400,000 in television ads purchased by a committee backing his campaign. Political observers say the developments could improve James' standing in the March 5 primary, but some questioned whether they would be enough to counter the city's heavy Democratic tilt. "It increases his prospects and puts him credibly in the ballgame to make the runoff … and it makes the race more interesting," said Allan Hoffenblum, a former GOP strategist and publisher of the nonpartisan California Target Book, which handicaps legislative races.
January 20, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Since my knee replacement surgery less than two weeks ago, I've been popping narcotic painkillers that come with long lists of potential side effects. Among them are vomiting, hallucinating and impaired thinking. It is perhaps that third one that made me feel compelled to write about the race for mayor of Los Angeles. It goes without saying that mayoral politics in Los Angeles is not that closely followed - not like in, say, New York or Chicago, where people pay close attention to what's going on at City Hall and respond with cheers, boos, or calls for grand jury investigations.
November 20, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant and Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
A ferocious battle between former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and the city's police and civilian unions broke out at City Hall on Tuesday, overshadowing a City Council action to help stabilize municipal finances by putting a sales tax increase on the ballot. The 82-year-old Riordan strode to the podium Tuesday morning, urging the council to refrain from putting a sales tax hike on the ballot until it exhausts other ways of repairing its chronically underfunded budget. "What Los Angeles needs is more jobs, not more taxes," Riordan said shortly before the council voted 11 to 4 to place a half-cent sales tax increase before voters during the March 5 primary.
September 23, 2012 | Jim Newton
There are a couple of assumptions guiding much of the civic conversation about public employee pension reform: first, that organized labor would fight any reform tooth and nail; and second, that labor's strong presence in Los Angeles would doom such measures to defeat. I'm starting to doubt both of those assumptions, having talked at length to former Mayor Richard Riordan about some of his ideas for dramatically altering city pensions. Riordan is gearing up to put a pension reform proposal before L.A. voters.
August 21, 2012 | Steve Lopez
It's mid-2013, and you're the new mayor of Los Angeles. Congratulations, but what were you thinking? You've got a terrible mess on your hands. As projected, city employee retirement costs are eating up bigger and bigger portions of the city budget, yet taxpayers still want potholes fixed and quicker response times on fire calls. DOCUMENT: 841 six-figure L.A. city pension What are you going to do about it? Rather than wait 'til next year, I thought I should ask candidates that question now, especially after I read a weekend story by my colleague David Zahniser , who reported that retirement costs for police and firefighters are expected to climb 56% in the next four years, from $506 million to $789 million.
Two months ago, Richard Riordan stood on Olvera Street--the traditional Mexican marketplace that marks both the birthplace of Los Angeles and the symbolic heart of its Latino heritage--and announced his bid to become California's governor. The location was no accident.
August 16, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles business leaders Wednesday pressed elected officials to address ballooning city employee pension costs, pushing for salary freezes as well as a ballot measure that would let voters - instead of lawmakers - decide how much employees should collect in retirement. A brigade of civic leaders that included former Mayor Richard Riordan took their pitch to a closed-door meeting of City Hall's labor negotiations committee, which has spent months mulling a proposal by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to scale back benefits and increase the retirement age for newly hired civilian employees.
September 27, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Dwindling enrollment and other challenges have decimated urban Catholic schools nationwide, but a high-profile initiative to raise $100 million in tuition assistance may allow thousands of children to continue attending schools in the Los Angeles Archdiocese and save those schools from extinction. The initiative, headed by former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, will ask supporters to make provisions in their trusts or wills for the archdiocese's Catholic Education Foundation, which already awards thousands of grants annually to needy students.
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