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April 25, 2001 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With temperatures rising and electrical supplies strained, Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday tapped a former Clinton administration official and executives from major construction firms to help speed completion of power plants. Davis, who predicted that the worst of the energy crisis will abate by the fall, announced that he has retained Richard Sklar, 67, former president of a construction firm, to head a team that will help accelerate the building of power plants.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Richard Sklar, an engineer who as general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission from 1979 to '83 oversaw the city's water, power and sewer operations as well as its public transportation network, has died. He was 74. Sklar, who led the U.S. effort to rebuild infrastructure in war-torn Bosnia in the 1990s, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at his home in San Francisco, his wife, Barbara, told Bloomberg News.
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SPORTS
July 29, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For $2,100, Richard Pfau held back a horse in an Arabian race at Los Alamitos two years ago, and the 35-year-old jockey could be facing a five-year prison sentence. In an emotional hearing before a federal judge Monday in Los Angeles, Pfau pleaded guilty to taking a bribe to fix a race. His wife sobbed for the 45 minutes that Pfau faced Judge William J. Rea. Pfau will be sentenced by Rea on Oct. 20. In addition to the possible prison term, he can be fined up to $250,000.
NEWS
April 25, 2001 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With temperatures rising and electrical supplies strained, Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday tapped a former Clinton administration official and executives from major construction firms to help speed completion of power plants. Davis, who predicted that the worst of the energy crisis will abate by the fall, announced that he has retained Richard Sklar, 67, former president of a construction firm, to head a team that will help accelerate the building of power plants.
SPORTS
December 24, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The story that recently convicted race-fixer Richie Sklar hopes to sell some day has been coming out in dribs and drabs, and the other day one of the dribs was that rigging races is a tough way to make a living. "I've only won about a third of these races," Sklar told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "There's not much a jockey can do when he's paid to run third, but the horse running first or second suddenly stops badly and drops back. He can't just fall off the horse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Richard Sklar, an engineer who as general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission from 1979 to '83 oversaw the city's water, power and sewer operations as well as its public transportation network, has died. He was 74. Sklar, who led the U.S. effort to rebuild infrastructure in war-torn Bosnia in the 1990s, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at his home in San Francisco, his wife, Barbara, told Bloomberg News.
OPINION
July 25, 2003
Re "Quicksand in Liberia," editorial, July 22: I cringe in despair this summer as the government of the most powerful nation on Earth hesitates to heed the cries of desperate Liberians. Just as British troops helped bring salvation to Sierra Leone three years ago and French troops rescued Ivory Coast last year, so should the United States now act in recognition of its historic obligation to Liberia. We have rightly sent 150,000 troops to free Iraqis and repel fascism in the Middle East.
SPORTS
December 10, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials of the California Horse Racing Board had little to say Tuesday about convicted race-fixer Richard Sklar's claim that he had fixed about 500 races at major thoroughbred tracks in the state in the last 10 years. "I know [Sklar] only too well," said Roy Wood, executive director of the racing board, who was attending a racing conference in Tucson. "What he said doesn't deserve a comment, and it would be stupid for me to do so.
SPORTS
July 14, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An admitted race-fixer and friend of late jockey Ron Hansen, whose body was found on a levee near the San Mateo Bridge three years ago, said the Northern California rider was not the victim of a gang murder. The name of Hansen, who in 1990 was suspended for six weeks by Golden Gate Fields in a race-fixing investigation, has resurfaced following investigations into suspicious races at Bay Meadows and Los Alamitos.
SPORTS
August 18, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Guillermo Gutierrez, one of the leading jockeys at Los Alamitos, was caught with an electrical prodding device after a quarter horse race Sunday night. Approached by a state investigator after riding Secret Kitty to a third-place finish in a race for $2,500 claiming horses, Gutierrez reportedly said, "Here's what you're looking for." Then he took the device--sometimes called a battery around the track--off his wrist and gave it to the investigator, Bill Westermann.
SPORTS
December 24, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The story that recently convicted race-fixer Richie Sklar hopes to sell some day has been coming out in dribs and drabs, and the other day one of the dribs was that rigging races is a tough way to make a living. "I've only won about a third of these races," Sklar told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "There's not much a jockey can do when he's paid to run third, but the horse running first or second suddenly stops badly and drops back. He can't just fall off the horse.
SPORTS
July 29, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For $2,100, Richard Pfau held back a horse in an Arabian race at Los Alamitos two years ago, and the 35-year-old jockey could be facing a five-year prison sentence. In an emotional hearing before a federal judge Monday in Los Angeles, Pfau pleaded guilty to taking a bribe to fix a race. His wife sobbed for the 45 minutes that Pfau faced Judge William J. Rea. Pfau will be sentenced by Rea on Oct. 20. In addition to the possible prison term, he can be fined up to $250,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2001 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis' administration is considering pressing into service thousands of diesel-powered generators, a move that would eke out a little more electricity but pump massive quantities of pollutants into the air. The proposal, part of an emerging strategy to avert blackouts this summer, is one of several options being advanced by Richard Sklar, whom Gov. Davis appointed last month to bring more electricity online with less red tape.
NEWS
December 20, 1997 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.N. General Assembly on Friday created a powerful executive post for the world body that was described as crucial to American-backed reform plans for the organization. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said approval of the job of deputy secretary-general, which will be the No. 2 job in the U.N., was "indispensable" to his efforts to bring greater administrative control and accountability to a diffuse organization often resistant to central authority.
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