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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1990 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles City Council committee has endorsed a proposal by Councilman Richard Alatorre that would make a police museum the centerpiece of any commercial project built at the site of the old Northeast Police Station in Highland Park. The council's Public Works Committee has reviewed plans from two private developers who proposed apartments, offices and a restaurant in and around the historic 1925 police station--which is no longer in use--at 6045 York Blvd.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1996 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven months after his right-hand man and longtime friend was forced to leave office, Mayor Richard Riordan on Wednesday announced the latest in a series of staff shake-ups that have marked his administration periodically since the businessman-turned-politician took office 3 1/2 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1997 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Backing down in the face of federal threats to withhold $70 million in subway construction funds, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan ordered repayment Thursday of nearly $1.1 million in airport revenues that an audit determined was improperly diverted to the city's general fund. The move came only days after federal transportation officials formally notified the city that auditors had found an improper diversion of airport funds to finance city operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today he had hired as his No. 2 policy advisor one of the city's top public interest lawyers -- an attorney who spent nearly a decade advocating on behalf of immigrants, low-income neighborhoods and homeless residents in need of legal representation.
NEWS
November 27, 1986 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Plans to convert a vacant police station built in 1926 in Highland Park into commercial offices and to build 30 adjoining retail stores have been suspended while Los Angeles city officials study the feasibility of using the landmark building as a community center. Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre approved the study last week at the urging of about 30 Highland Park residents.
OPINION
November 5, 2009 | By Robin Kramer
Robert Greene's Nov. 1 Op-Ed article, "The real Villaraigosa era begins now," in which he portrays Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's first term as largely a continuation of his predecessor James K. Hahn's policies and offers prognostications regarding his second term, was strange and strained. And wrong. As every serious student of modern cities -- and of Los Angeles history -- knows, the aspiration for safer neighborhoods, improved mobility and public transit, and the development of jobs and affordable housing must be staples of focus for municipal leadership.
NEWS
November 14, 1993 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Feliz Navidad takes on a different meaning in the housing projects than the usual Christmas greeting. The Feliz Navidad program, started in 1987 by Councilman Richard Alatorre, converts recreation rooms at each of the six sites into "winter wonderlands" complete with clowns, magicians, music, toys, food and Santa Claus. There may even be snow this year. Alatorre began a toy drive for the nonprofit program last week, seeking checks or in-kind donations from individuals and companies.
OPINION
May 31, 2005
Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa's transition team, which numbers more than 80 people, could devolve into a tower of Babel. Or, more optimistically, it could allow Villaraigosa to enter office with his mayoral arms around every interest he'll need to call on later. There's no guidebook for political transitions. Many are chaotic and all are inevitably infused with some hard feelings between the ingoing and outgoing, between the chosen and unchosen in a new administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1995 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Making an effort to get back to business as usual, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and Police Chief Willie L. Williams made some cordial joint appearances Thursday, but there were signs it will be a long time before City Hall can put the recent reprimand controversy behind it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1994 | JILL BETTNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Sell L.A.!" That's economist Jack Kyser's advice to San Fernando Valley business people worried that the recent earthquake will delay Southern California's economic recovery. The biggest obstacle to a recovery is overcoming Los Angeles' negative image--compounded by the quake, coming on top of riots, fires and floods, said Kyser, chief economist for the Economic Development Corp. of Los Angeles County. Selling L.A.
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