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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2004 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
California education secretary Richard Riordan and a close group of advisors are formulating plans to radically alter the way the state's 8,000 public schools are funded and managed. Riordan's team wants to increase the power of individual campuses, with state money following students to schools, rather than being allocated by school districts' central administrations.
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OPINION
November 23, 2003
I see that Richard Riordan, not content with being the new secretary of education, also wants to be president of the State Board of Education (Nov. 20). As a teacher, I'm just curious: Why would we want someone with absolutely no experience in a classroom occupying not just one, but two, significant positions? Lots of people have opinions about education; plenty of academics study it, in varying degrees of depth. But it seems to me that part of the problem we face at the state and local levels is that a lot of policy is made up by bureaucrats and politicians who haven't had any experience where it counts: in a classroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2003 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Richard Riordan, California's newly appointed secretary for education, is exploring the possibility of also becoming president of the State Board of Education as a way to further his and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's influence over school policy and to press their reform ideas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2003 | George Skelton
Sacramento For good political theater, you've got to like Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointment of Richard Riordan as his education secretary. It produces fun and excitement, by Sacramento standards, and there hasn't been much of that around the governor's office in recent years. It's also a bold move, in many respects. Riordan, 73, can be a loose cannon, a trait he himself seems to be on guard against.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2003 | Peter Nicholas, Dan Morain and Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers
Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger made two appointments Monday that will help define his administration, naming former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan as education secretary while hiring away Florida's budget chief to serve as state finance director. Having promised a fresh approach to governing, Schwarzenegger turned to two people steeped in the duties of public office, but removed from the political culture in Sacramento.
MAGAZINE
October 19, 2003 | Diane Haithman, Diane Haithman is an arts writer for The Times' Calendar section.
On the eve of Disneyland's opening in 1955, Walt and Lillian Disney threw a bash at America's first theme park to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Guests sipped mint juleps on the Mark Twain riverboat, followed by a lavish dinner at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, complete with cancan dancers. Diane, their shy 21-year-old daughter, wore a "sort of bare" red linen dress that her mother had bought for the occasion. "I never saw my Dad happier, ever, ever, ever," Diane Disney Miller now says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2003 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Among the many Californians amazed when Arnold Schwarzenegger entered the governor's race late Wednesday afternoon was the actor's Brentwood neighbor and friend, Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles. Riordan was "stunned" when he learned from a television newscast that Schwarzenegger would challenge Gov. Gray Davis for the state's top post, according to one of Riordan's closest confidants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2003 | Michael Finnegan and James Rainey, Times Staff Writers
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan is close to taking over Arnold Schwarzenegger's political team to run a possible campaign for governor in the Oct. 7 recall election, Riordan's advisors said Thursday. For Riordan, a Republican who began serious campaign preparations less than two weeks ago, taking over Schwarzenegger's operation could ease a sudden entrance into a race that poses enormous strategic challenges for all the GOP candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2003 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
With rising doubts over whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will run for governor, another moderate Republican, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, edged closer Monday to becoming a candidate to replace Gov. Gray Davis. Noelia Rodriguez, press secretary to First Lady Laura Bush and Riordan's former close aide, spent Monday at his house in Brentwood helping him assemble a possible campaign team, sources said. President Bush supported Riordan when he ran for governor last year.
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