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June 14, 1998
The death of Sam Yorty (June 6) brings back memories of his first race for mayor in 1961. Most of your stories mentioned Yorty's two races against Tom Bradley in 1969 and 1973. Mayor Norris Poulson was running for reelection in 1961 against a number of opponents, with the strong backing of The Times. The two strongest opponents were City Councilman Pat McGee and Yorty. I was McGee's campaign manager and we knew the importance of getting in a runoff, since incumbent L.A. mayors who didn't get over 50% of the vote in the primary usually lost in the final election.
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March 5, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
In the midst of this campaign for a new mayor for Los Angeles, I spent a bit of time writing about the old ones , the characters, the bloviators and crooks, the puritanical and the amorous. And readers loved them. But truthfully, now, would we really elect some modern-day version of these eccentrics? Would we find them too vivid and unstable for the job? Is "colorful" a shorthand word for wacky? Would the political blender of today chop them up and homogenize them into bland and presentable beings to get them on the ballot in the first place?
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NEWS
June 6, 1998 | JUDITH MICHAELSON and MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Samuel W. Yorty, who served three contentious terms as Los Angeles' mayor during the turbulent 1960s, died Friday at the age of 88. Yorty--a perennial seeker of higher political office often derided as "Shoot From the Lip Sam" for his controversial opinions on issues ranging from recycling to race--died peacefully at home at 7:40 a.m., said his wife, Valery. He was hospitalized last week at UCLA Medical Center and later at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center after suffering a stroke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Marguerite P. Justice, who was hailed as the first black woman to serve as a police commissioner in the United States when she stepped into that role in 1971 in Los Angeles, has died. She was 88. Justice, a longtime community activist who was fondly referred to as "Mama J," died Sept. 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness, her family said. When then-Mayor Sam Yorty appointed Justice to the Los Angeles Police Commission, she was only the second woman to sit on the five-member board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1989
Turnout in Tuesday's Los Angeles municipal primary was the lowest in any mayoral election in at least 32 years, the city clerk's office records showed. Year Results % 1957 Norris Poulson over Robert Yeakel 52% 1961 Norris Poulson over Sam Yorty 42% 1965 Sam Yorty over James Roosevelt 59% 1969 Sam Yorty over Tom Bradley 66% 1973 Tom Bradley over Sam Yorty 57% 1977 Tom Bradley over Sam Yorty 42% 1981 Tom Bradley over Sam Yorty 37% 1985 Tom Bradley over John Ferraro 35% 1989 Tom Bradley over Nate Holden 23% Runoff Elections Year Results % 1961 Norris Poulson over Sam Yorty 49% 1969 Sam Yorty over Tom Bradley 79% 1973 Tom Bradley over Sam Yorty 64% Runoff elections occur when no candidate wins 50% plus vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1989
Former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty, who was defeated by Tom Bradley in 1973, announced Friday that he will endorse Councilman Nate Holden in this year's mayor's race. Yorty, 79, who was mayor for 12 years, said he chose to back Holden because he believes Bradley has neglected the Police Department. "The Police Department has been so handicapped by Bradley that the gangs have taken over," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1995
"Any man who reads beyond the second paragraph of the Los Angeles City Charter would be out of his mind to run for mayor." -- SAM YORTY, mayor from 1961-1973
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1989
Mayor Bradley now stands accused on the exact same issues he used to defeat Sam Yorty--too-frequent travel abroad, financial imbroglios, and cronyism. I remember as a Los Angeles-area college student in the late 1960s embracing Bradley's idealism and honesty. In fact, I remember voting for him the first time I voted as an 18-year-old. How sad and disappointing it's all become. KEITH H. KARPE San Clemente
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1998
Former Mayor Sam Yorty was moved out of UCLA Medical Center's intensive care unit Thursday during treatment for an undisclosed ailment, a hospital spokeswoman said. Yorty, 88, was transferred to the medical center Monday from another hospital. His condition and illness were being kept private at his family's request, said Rachel Champeau, a spokeswoman for the medical center. A former state assemblyman and congressman, Yorty was elected mayor in 1961.
OPINION
May 4, 2005
Re "Villaraigosa to Face Probe of Donations," April 30: With two weeks until the mayoral election, Mayor James Hahn's opponent will be investigated at the eleventh hour, for a matter he's taken care of by returning funds. However, the incident does remind us that two major investigations are well underway for Hahn. How are those probes coming along and how much money was involved in these two criminal investigations? Jerold Drucker Tarzana Villaraigosa for Mayor, beat back special interests, get rid of Hahn sounds a lot like Schwarzenegger for governor, beat back special interests, get rid of Gray Davis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jack Rourke, 86, a television executive best known for producing and co-hosting Sam Yorty's television show when he was mayor of Los Angeles, died Thursday at his home in Toluca Lake. The cause of death was not announced. Rourke, who also produced a variety of fundraising telethons in the Los Angeles market, was a native of Boston. He studied at Dartmouth College and the New England Conservatory of Music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1999
Re "Latinos May Give Labor Key to City Hall Control," Dec. 29: The coalition-building of the late Tom Bradley to secure the mayor's seat from Sam Yorty was a great victory for all ethnic groups and poor whites. The coalition formed for the Bradley campaign was an inclusive coalition of people of all colors. Bradley's long-term impact of ethnic inclusion into Los Angeles city government was one of his greatest achievements. The upcoming election for City Council seats and the future mayor of Los Angeles may be decided by which candidate is endorsed by the L.A. County Federation of Labor and Latino voters, as mentioned in your article.
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September 6, 1998 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You could see it in the way he vigorously pumped the hand of then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan, blurting something as the camera snapped that apparently had a young Nancy in stitches. Or in how Samuel W. Yorty strummed the banjo--in a photo of "The Tonight Show" during the 1960s--so quickly that Jimmy Stewart, Phyllis Diller and a boyish-looking Johnny Carson struggled to keep up on their instruments in an impromptu concert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1998 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You could see it in the way Samuel W. Yorty vigorously pumped the hand of then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan, blurting something as the camera snapped that apparently had a young Nancy Reagan in stitches. Or in how he strummed the banjo so quickly--in a photo from "The Tonight Show" during the 1960s--that Jimmy Stewart, Phyllis Diller and a boyish-looking Johnny Carson struggled to keep up with their instruments in an impromptu concert.
OPINION
June 14, 1998
The death of Sam Yorty (June 6) brings back memories of his first race for mayor in 1961. Most of your stories mentioned Yorty's two races against Tom Bradley in 1969 and 1973. Mayor Norris Poulson was running for reelection in 1961 against a number of opponents, with the strong backing of The Times. The two strongest opponents were City Councilman Pat McGee and Yorty. I was McGee's campaign manager and we knew the importance of getting in a runoff, since incumbent L.A. mayors who didn't get over 50% of the vote in the primary usually lost in the final election.
NEWS
June 6, 1998 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A quarter of a century after his last day as Los Angeles' mayor, Sam Yorty was remembered Friday as a controversial politician who played a central role in the creation of modern Los Angeles politics--"for better and for worse." There appears to be no middle ground among those who recall the Yorty years, from 1961 to 1973. "He ran the most racist campaign in the history of California in 1969," said U.S.
NEWS
June 6, 1998 | JUDITH MICHAELSON and MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Samuel W. Yorty, who served three contentious terms as Los Angeles' mayor during the turbulent 1960s, died Friday at the age of 88. Yorty--a perennial seeker of higher political office often derided as "Shoot From the Lip Sam" for his controversial opinions on issues ranging from recycling to race--died peacefully at home at 7:40 a.m., said his wife, Valery. He was hospitalized last week at UCLA Medical Center and later at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center after suffering a stroke.
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