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May 8, 2006 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
The two events are separated by thousands of miles and almost half a century, yet they never stray far from Ron Oden's mind. As a child, he remembers hiding beneath a kitchen table when members of the Ku Klux Klan showed up at his grandfather's Alabama home. Decades later, when he was marching in a San Diego gay rights parade, tear gas was tossed into the crowd and sent him scurrying for cover. The first incident opened Oden's eyes to discrimination.
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May 8, 2006 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
The two events are separated by thousands of miles and almost half a century, yet they never stray far from Ron Oden's mind. As a child, he remembers hiding beneath a kitchen table when members of the Ku Klux Klan showed up at his grandfather's Alabama home. Decades later, when he was marching in a San Diego gay rights parade, tear gas was tossed into the crowd and sent him scurrying for cover. The first incident opened Oden's eyes to discrimination.
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March 10, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden, who made national headlines when he became the country's first openly gay, black city leader, announced Thursday that he would run for the state Assembly. The longtime Democratic councilman hopes to unseat incumbent Republican Bonnie Garcia, who was first elected to the 80th District seat in 2002, in what is expected to be a fiercely contested race.
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March 10, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden, who made national headlines when he became the country's first openly gay, black city leader, announced Thursday that he would run for the state Assembly. The longtime Democratic councilman hopes to unseat incumbent Republican Bonnie Garcia, who was first elected to the 80th District seat in 2002, in what is expected to be a fiercely contested race.
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June 28, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Assemblyman Steve Clute defeated Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden by fewer than 100 votes in the 80th Assembly District's Democratic primary, according to final tallies by election officials. Officials in Riverside and Imperial counties finished tabulating several thousand provisional, absentee and paper ballots this month, with Riverside announcing its final count Tuesday. Clute, who bested Oden by 89 votes, will challenge Republican incumbent Bonnie Garcia for the seat in November.
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July 15, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, Times Staff Writer
Stephen Payne is serious about nudity. He prefers the term "naturist" and, at the upper-crust resort he own in Palm Springs, bathing suits are banned in the swimming pools and spa. Payne wears little but a straight face when he calls his Desert Shadows Inn Resort & Villas a "family hotel." With business booming, Desert Shadows will embark this week on a $5-million expansion that will include 11 additional condominiums and a nudists-only footbridge over busy Indian Canyon Drive.
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November 28, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A United Airlines flight attendant long active in airline-related legislative causes will run for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Mary Bono (R-Palm Springs). Elle Kurpiewski, a 54-year-old Democrat, said she had weighed running for the seat but decided to go ahead after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which took place as she was working aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight from Sydney, Australia. "It made me realize that life is fragile.
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May 29, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt and Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writers
Voters in the Inland Empire will decide the fate of a new desert casino in San Bernardino County, the top law enforcement official in Riverside County and other issues in the June 6 primary. Among the top political races in the two counties: * Riverside County sheriff: The race has generated considerable heat, with incumbent Bob Doyle grappling with recent reports of issuing badges to civilians who contributed to his campaign.
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March 29, 2004 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Most Hollywood couples go out of their way to avoid paparazzi. But on Sunday, just moments after he officially registered as a domestic partner with Raymundo Vizcarra, West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang jumped in front of the television cameras. "We don't have marriage," he said at the close of the ceremony. "We don't have that choice here in West Hollywood today."
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October 16, 2001 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Strollers on downtown streets in this vacation mecca may get a surprise next time they gaze up at the desert sky: Someone may be gazing back. Trendy Palm Canyon Drive, a tourist favorite prowled by everyone from Hollywood's elite to bikers from Reseda, is about to get a battery of police surveillance cameras to keep an eye on the millions who visit each year. The city hopes the cameras will reduce crime along the bustling strip of shops, bars and restaurants.
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November 5, 2003 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
A millionaire entrepreneur cemented his lead Tuesday in the race for mayor of this famously liberal city. But restaurateur and city Supervisor Gavin Newsom now faces a Dec. 9 runoff against a fellow supervisor and Green Party member who rose from obscurity to dominate the city's left. Newsom had been polling well ahead of his competitors in the nine-way race to replace flamboyant Mayor Willie Brown. Brown's chosen successor, Newsom has campaigned longer and spent far more than his opponents.
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March 7, 2005 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Less than two years after Palm Springs voters shook up City Hall by electing a new mayor and three new council members, creating a Democratic political majority, they're at it again. Two voter initiatives on the ballot in Tuesday's election would strip the council of authority over two major land-use issues, prompted in part by some controversial decisions by the new city leaders.
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