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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
One of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's most veteran advisors is stepping down, marking another exit from his administration that has been dramatically reshaped over the last year. Deputy Chief of Staff Jimmy Blackman, who oversees the mayor's schedule and his interactions with neighborhood councils, other politicians and other government agencies, notified Villaraigosa that his last day would be Aug. 13. Since August 2009, Villaraigosa has hired investment banker Austin Beutner to be his "jobs czar," a post that has authority over roughly a dozen city agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti on Monday named a former community organizer as the first hire of his administration, picking his longtime City Council aide Ana Guerrero as chief of staff. Guerrero, 42, has been working for Garcetti since 2001, serving first as his organizing director and the last five years as chief of staff of his council office. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, she is the daughter of migrant farmworkers and has been a single mother who for nearly a year received public assistance, including food stamps.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1996 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District board on Monday named a citizens committee to aid its search for a new superintendent and help the district rise above the kind of ethnic politics that have marked the search thus far.
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