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October 16, 2012
Re "Riordan targets L.A. city pensions," Oct. 13 As a lawyer, former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan surely knows that a pension benefit is an enforceable contract. He may not like unions, but their members are entitled to the same legal protections as he is. No doubt Riordan would have been furious if the city were to have broken its promise to pay him his salary as mayor and his pension (if he were entitled to it), which is exactly what his measure proposes to do to hardworking city employees.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Public employee unions scored a major victory Monday as former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan abandoned his campaign to take a pension overhaul plan to voters next year. The sudden retreat followed an attack by organized labor on a plan that Riordan said is vital to avoiding municipal bankruptcy. City leaders are coping with a financial crisis and will ask voters next spring for a sales tax increase to avert more cuts. Riordan argued that City Hall should reduce employee pension benefits instead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a Republican, has thrown his support behind state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) in the crowded race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills). Riordan, a moderate and pragmatist who has sometimes aligned himself with Democrats, praised Lieu a "problem solver" in a statement released by the Lieu campaign Monday. "He is smart, tenacious and effective," the statement continued, adding, "Ted has worked across the aisle with legislators and the executive branch for many years and made the tough choices that helped turn California's budget deficit into a budget surplus.
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's push for a May ballot measure to cut pension benefits of city employees abruptly collapsed Monday, with a spokesman saying Riordan had suspended signature-gathering efforts. Riordan's Save Los Angeles campaign had hoped to gather 300,000 signatures by Dec. 28 for a measure that would cut the pension benefits of existing employees and require new city workers to rely on a 401(k)-style retirement plan. But according to a statement from spokesman John Schwada, "Riordan recently concluded that the Dec. 28 deadline cannot be met. " The statement said Riordan would explore other options "to accomplish the goal of pension reform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's plan for cutting city pension costs took center stage at Wednesday's mayoral forum in Koreatown, with three of the four leading candidates in the March 5 election speaking against it during or after the event. Former federal prosecutor Kevin James was the only candidate at the forum, sponsored by the nonprofit Korean American Coalition, to speak in favor of Riordan's plan, which would move newly hired city employees into 401(k)-style plans, not government pensions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2002 | STEVE LOPEZ
With only two weeks to go until the primary, it's now as clear as could be. Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan should never have run for governor. In a matter of weeks, he's gone from a Republican primary shoo-in to a real question mark, and I'm not just talking about politics. I'm talking about whether he'll get a crypt in the new cathedral. Riordan's name popped up on a list of major donors who might have an inside track to prime real estate in the 1,300-crypt mausoleum under Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1997
It turns out that Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan will have a faux inauguration Monday. His real swearing-in will take place privately today--just in case he gets into an accident and can't make the Monday gala on the City Hall steps. "This is probably being over-dramatic, but you never know," said City Clerk J. Michael Carey, who will administer the oath of office in the private ceremony scheduled this morning.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1993 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
We may not know much yet about Los Angeles Mayor-elect Richard Riordan, but we do know this: He won't be playing the sax on "Arsenio." Political choices aside, it's refreshing in this electronically hot-wired age to see someone elected mayor of the nation's show-and-glitz-biz capital despite being somewhat of a television nerd. A multimillionaire businessman off camera, Riordan is largely unimpressive on camera, closer to Gerald R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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March 26, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Attorney Ron Galperin picked up a key endorsement Tuesday in his bid to become the city's next controller, winning the backing of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Riordan praised Galperin as someone who will do a good job ferreting out waste, fraud and abuse, the primary job of the city controller. He faces City Councilman Dennis Zine for the controller's seat in the May 21 runoff. "The fact that Ron is very well qualified for this important job is something on which Democrats, Republicans and Independents can all agree," the former mayor said in a prepared statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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December 3, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles voters who cast ballots in last month's election were more supportive of a major overhaul of the city's pension system than in increasing the sales tax to boost city revenue, according to a survey conducted by Loyola Marymount University's Center for the Study of Los Angeles. Nearly 44% of voters surveyed backed a proposal by former Mayor Richard Riordan to transition city workers from fixed-benefit government pensions to 401(k)-style, investment-based retirement plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1997 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan is in retreat on key elements of his efforts to whip the city's famously plodding bureaucracy into more responsive shape. "I think it's fair to characterize it as a retreat," said Deputy Mayor Kelly Martin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2000
Re Mayor Riordan's July 13 column: It appears that Los Angeles will be hosting the Un-Democratic convention. BINK GONCHAROFF Santa Barbara
OPINION
November 27, 2012
A debate over taxing and spending appeared to be brewing in next year's Los Angeles city elections, with voters first being asked whether to boost the sales tax by half a cent on the dollar to help close a budget gap and, two months later, whether to trim pensions for city workers. Never mind the second part. With former Mayor Richard Riordan on Monday suspending his effort to put the pension measure on the May 21 ballot, voters will now get to decide whether to pay more but not whether to ask the city to pay less.
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's push for a May ballot measure to cut pension benefits of city employees abruptly collapsed Monday, with a spokesman saying Riordan had suspended signature-gathering efforts. Riordan's Save Los Angeles campaign had hoped to gather 300,000 signatures by Dec. 28 for a measure that would cut the pension benefits of existing employees and require new city workers to rely on a 401(k)-style retirement plan. But according to a statement from spokesman John Schwada, "Riordan recently concluded that the Dec. 28 deadline cannot be met. " The statement said Riordan would explore other options "to accomplish the goal of pension reform.
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