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May 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
A tired but jubilant Ron Galperin declared victory Wednesday in his quest to become Los Angeles' next city controller, attributing his win to voters who "did their homework. " Galperin, a little-known Century City lawyer, pulled off a lopsided defeat of three-term City Councilman Dennis Zine in unofficial election results. Galperin polled 56% of the vote compared with 44% for Zine. There are still mail-in ballots to be counted, but the results are not expected to change substantially.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Los Angeles officials are starting to get serious about freeing up $7.5 million or more in city government funds that are earmarked for visual art, performances or other cultural events, but have been wrapped tightly for years in legal red tape. The unspent funds were rendered all but useless in 2007 when then-City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo ruled that the fees developers are required to pay to fund public art had to be spent within a one-block radius of the construction project that generated the fees.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Jean Merl and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
After an especially contentious campaign, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich conceded to challenger Mike Feuer late Tuesday, while attorney Ron Galperin was leading City Councilman Dennis Zine in partial returns for another citywide office, controller. From his jampacked party at a home in Hancock Park, Feuer said he was gratified by the "tremendous outpouring of support" he found as he campaigned in communities across the city. He promised to bring a "new level of connection" between the city attorney's office and L.A.'s neighborhoods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Two opposing forces squared off last week in the latest round of a long-running battle over a $40-million mystery. In one corner was one of the most powerful heavyweights in the history of local politics: Brian D'Arcy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. On the other side was a wonkish, nerdy newcomer on the political scene: City Controller Ron Galperin. And the pipsqueak knocked out the bully. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled that Galperin has every right to issue subpoenas and audit two nonprofit trusts under the joint control of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and D'Arcy, who has refused to comply with requests for more information on how $40 million of ratepayer money that went to the trusts was spent.
OPINION
February 20, 2006
The Army made up for recruiting shortfalls by welcoming 630 recruits last year with histories of what the Army termed "serious criminal misconduct" -- including manslaughter and making terrorist threats (Feb. 14). Meanwhile, more than 10,000 personnel have been discharged since 1994 under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian service members. Interestingly, a University of California commission's report on the same day as your article estimates that the Pentagon policy of booting sexual minorities has cost taxpayers $363.
OPINION
October 26, 2005
Re "Bill to Shield Gun Makers Is Approved," Oct. 21 Thank God that Congress and the Bush administration have been hard at work protecting innocent gun makers and sellers from frivolous litigation by greedy plaintiffs like those who filed suit after the shootings at the Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. Aren't the roughly 30,000 gun-related deaths a year in the U.S. a small price to pay for protecting gun industry profits? RON GALPERIN Beverly Hills
BUSINESS
April 26, 1994
Unfortunately, Ron Galperin's article, "Filing for Bankruptcy Won't Always Save Your House" (April 12), will result in more individuals filing bankruptcy cases for themselves and unnecessarily losing their properties. Although Mr. Galperin's article begins strongly by warning consumers not to believe the inflated claims of advertisers, and even quotes the assistant U. S. trustee, the article sadly concludes by suggesting that individuals can save money by doing their own paperwork or "perhaps hiring a paralegal service instead of a law firm."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Former lawmaker Mike Feuer and City Councilman Dennis Zine continue to hold leads in their races for citywide Los Angeles offices, new polling showed Monday. In polling conducted April 29 through May 7 by the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., Feuer, a former member of the state Assembly and City Council, led City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who is seeking reelection in next week's balloting -- 35% to 24%, with 41% of voters still undecided.  Attorney and government efficiency commissioner Ron Galperin trailed Zine, meanwhile, by 15 percentage points -- 33% to 18%, with 49% of voters yet to make up their minds, the poll showed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Sunday's inaugural festivities at Los Angeles City Hall aren't just about Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, the veteran councilman who is replacing termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The event marks the most dramatic transformation of the city's political leadership since 2001, with nine of the city's 18 elected offices changing hands. A total of 11 politicians, including Garcetti, will be sworn in during the event, which will be held on the Spring Street side of City Hall, followed by a party at Grand Park.
OPINION
March 6, 2007
Re "Hizzoner the mentor," editorial, March 3 L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa "at his worst" is how your editorial describes the mayor's offer to mentor a high school student accused of writing graffiti on a bus. To the contrary, this is Villaraigosa at his best. True, he can't personally mentor every delinquent, but neither can any one individual. This could be the kid's luckiest break, and what a great way for the mayor to stay connected to the challenges of our youth in South L.A. Let's be a little less cynical.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
Los Angeles firefighters on average earned nearly $43,000 in overtime in 2013, up nearly 20% from the year before, according to data released Tuesday by City Controller Ron Galperin. With overtime and bonuses factored in, the average firefighter was paid more than $142,000 last year, the data show. Though firefighters got the biggest share, overtime was up substantially across city departments, climbing more than $70 million to a total of $378 million in 2013, the data show. "The city is a 24-hour operation, so overtime is a part of doing business," Galperin said in a press release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
More than $40 million spent over the last decade to improve labor relations at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has, instead, sparked an increasingly tense standoff between a union boss and the city's most powerful elected officials. City Controller Ron Galperin announced Wednesday afternoon that he was issuing subpoenas to compel Brian D'Arcy, leader of the DWP's largest employee union, to show where the millions went. The rare legal maneuver came hours after D'Arcy failed to appear in Galperin's office to begin an audit of two DWP affiliated nonprofits D'Arcy co-manages - the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Sunday's inaugural festivities at Los Angeles City Hall aren't just about Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, the veteran councilman who is replacing termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The event marks the most dramatic transformation of the city's political leadership since 2001, with nine of the city's 18 elected offices changing hands. A total of 11 politicians, including Garcetti, will be sworn in during the event, which will be held on the Spring Street side of City Hall, followed by a party at Grand Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | Jean Merl and Abby Sewell
The seeds of one-term Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's resounding election defeat Tuesday were planted in his ill-fated run for district attorney last year. The candidate himself acknowledged that with less than a quarter of the ballots counted. Observers have said that voters did not like that he went back on his pledge to not seek higher office until finishing two terms. Mike Feuer, a onetime city councilman and a former member of the state Assembly, trounced the incumbent 62% to 38%, unofficial election returns showed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Wendy Greuel officially conceded the Los Angeles mayor's race to Eric Garcetti on Wednesday after final results showed Garcetti with a 54% to 46% advantage in a low-turnout election. "I may not have been able to break the glass ceiling, but we sure made a crack in it," Greuel, the city controller, told supporters gathered at her Van Nuys field office. Greuel, who was heavily backed by labor unions in the expensive campaign, would have become L.A.'s first female mayor if elected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
A tired but jubilant Ron Galperin declared victory Wednesday in his quest to become Los Angeles' next city controller, attributing his win to voters who "did their homework. " Galperin, a little-known Century City lawyer, pulled off a lopsided defeat of three-term City Councilman Dennis Zine in unofficial election results. Galperin polled 56% of the vote compared with 44% for Zine. There are still mail-in ballots to be counted, but the results are not expected to change substantially.
OPINION
May 21, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Mayor: Eric Garcetti . Garcetti, a creative problem-solver, is a better choice than Wendy Greuel to pilot the city through budget problems and contract negotiations, out of malaise and into a more confident future. City attorney: Mike Feuer . Feuer has the talent, experience, judgment and demeanor needed for the position that incumbent Carmen Trutanich lacks. Controller: Ron Galperin . Los Angeles changed the job of controller in 1999, making it less about paying the checks and more about critiquing city management.
REAL ESTATE
February 9, 1992
For an article in the Real Estate section ("Drug War Cross Fire," Jan. 12), author Ron Galperin seems to have done a fair amount of research. Unfortunately, he didn't do enough. As a result, there is a glaring error which I feel compelled to call to your attention. Near the end of the article, Mr. Galperin makes reference to a General Accounting Office (GAO) report that, according to Mr. Galperin, said the U.S. Marshals Service is mismanaging seized properties. Wrong! The report to which he refers is entitled "Asset Forfeiture: Need for Stronger Marshals Service Oversight to Commercial Real Property Seizures", and its obvious Mr. Galperin never read it. Nowhere in the report does GAO accuse the Marshals Service of mismanagement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Jean Merl and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
After an especially contentious campaign, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich conceded to challenger Mike Feuer late Tuesday, while attorney Ron Galperin was leading City Councilman Dennis Zine in partial returns for another citywide office, controller. From his jampacked party at a home in Hancock Park, Feuer said he was gratified by the "tremendous outpouring of support" he found as he campaigned in communities across the city. He promised to bring a "new level of connection" between the city attorney's office and L.A.'s neighborhoods.
OPINION
May 21, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Mayor: Eric Garcetti . Garcetti, a creative problem-solver, is a better choice than Wendy Greuel to pilot the city through budget problems and contract negotiations, out of malaise and into a more confident future. City attorney: Mike Feuer . Feuer has the talent, experience, judgment and demeanor needed for the position that incumbent Carmen Trutanich lacks. Controller: Ron Galperin . Los Angeles changed the job of controller in 1999, making it less about paying the checks and more about critiquing city management.
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