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February 1, 1998
Re "VOTE Should Open Books," Jan. 25. The Times is correct in demanding that Valley VOTE open its books to public view. And The Times should do the same. You are very vocal about your opposition to San Fernando Valley secession, but how many of your editorials have even hinted that secession might have a negative impact on the circulation of a newspaper with the name "Los Angeles" on its masthead? How will the building of a new sports complex downtown impact the financial interests and property holdings of Times Mirror Inc.?
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August 1, 2010 | By Rich Connell and Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Keith Richman, a three-term Republican state assemblyman who fought for pension reform and was a leader in the San Fernando Valley secession movement, has died. He was 56. Richman died of brain cancer Friday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said his brother Craig. A physician, Richman was elected in 2000 to the California Assembly, representing the 38th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley, Simi Valley and northeast San Fernando Valley. He could serve only six years because of term limits.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2001
Re "LAFCO Chief May Have to Register as Lobbyist," Feb. 17. This article pinpointed Larry Calemine, the full-time official in charge of the San Fernando Valley secession issue, and his apparent built-in conflicts of interest. These involve representing clients on zoning actions within Los Angeles. These actions resulted in our city's Ethics Commission notifying Calemine that his outside involvements in zoning actions within the city appear to classify him as a paid lobbyist, and as such he must so register with the city.
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December 8, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Marie Harris, a Pacoima community activist who was one of three San Fernando Valley residents who signed the paperwork that officially set in motion the Valley secession movement, died Dec. 2 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. She was 87. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said her daughter, Rolene Naveja. Leaders of the Valley's bid for cityhood chose the trio in 1998 to represent a cross-section of the region's inhabitants, said Joe Vitti, president of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment, the group that pushed for the area to break away from Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2009 | Seema Mehta
It's not exactly a new San Fernando Valley secession movement, but residents of a small area of Van Nuys are petitioning Los Angeles officials to redraw their neighborhood boundaries so they can become part of the tonier community of Sherman Oaks. The area is bounded by Sepulveda, Oxnard and Burbank boulevards and Hazeltine Avenue. It contains 1,800 homes and nearly 5,000 residents. Advocates of the change -- their group is known simply as "Part of Sherman Oaks" -- argue that they should merge with the neighboring community because they are physically separated from Van Nuys by an industrial strip and the Orange Line busway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS and NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The stalled movement to break up the giant Los Angeles Unified School District found new life this week as a San Fernando Valley group filed papers with the secretary of state to set up a committee to raise money for the effort. The group--named Finally Restoring Excellence in Education, or FREE--is in its organizational stage, with its membership and structure in flux, said Stephanie Carter, one of two people who filed the document. She said the group will be based in the San Fernando Valley.
OPINION
May 7, 2002
I want to make note of the excellent May 2 editorial on street gangs, "No More Duck and Cover." At its conclusion, I could not help but recall John Balzar's May 1 commentary, "Too Many Officials, No Leaders," on the ungovernable nature of overgrown L.A. communities and their problems. It was one of the best, most directly applicable columns ever printed in The Times. It is just as applicable to the street gang editorial as it is to the San Fernando Valley secession movement. As Balzar states, it takes more than housing tracts and shopping centers to make cohesive, self-governing communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1997
The latest wrinkle in the San Fernando Valley secession saga, ("Goldberg to Seek a Vote on Secession," Oct. 22) includes a proposal by two City Council members suggesting that the council create a citywide advisory vote on secession, to be placed on the June 1998 ballot. I believe this is likely an attempt to derail breakaway efforts. There is no need today for any City Council action on secession. The framework for the procedure has been set in part by the state Legislature's approval of Assembly Bill 62, which removed the council's unilateral power to block secession efforts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2002 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leigh Bailey, on loan to the San Fernando Valley secession campaign from its better-funded sister effort in Hollywood, is standing in the only spot of shade in the center of a flat, wide Valley park. There, the campaign worker says, pointing to the very center of the sun-baked meadow, will be red-white-and-blue bunting, kids in towering Uncle Sam hats and, on a big easel, a declaration of independence for the San Fernando Valley, ready for signing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2002 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the eve of a vote likely to put Hollywood secession on the November ballot, Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn joined about 50 anti-secessionists in the heart of Hollywood to argue against it. "Los Angeles wouldn't be a great city without Hollywood in it," the mayor said at a midmorning rally staged at the MTA Red Line station at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street by a group calling itself HALO--Hollywood and Los Angeles as One. "Secession," Hahn...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2009 | Seema Mehta
It's not exactly a new San Fernando Valley secession movement, but residents of a small area of Van Nuys are petitioning Los Angeles officials to redraw their neighborhood boundaries so they can become part of the tonier community of Sherman Oaks. The area is bounded by Sepulveda, Oxnard and Burbank boulevards and Hazeltine Avenue. It contains 1,800 homes and nearly 5,000 residents. Advocates of the change -- their group is known simply as "Part of Sherman Oaks" -- argue that they should merge with the neighboring community because they are physically separated from Van Nuys by an industrial strip and the Orange Line busway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2002 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leigh Bailey, on loan to the San Fernando Valley secession campaign from its better-funded sister effort in Hollywood, is standing in the only spot of shade in the center of a flat, wide Valley park. There, the campaign worker says, pointing to the very center of the sun-baked meadow, will be red-white-and-blue bunting, kids in towering Uncle Sam hats and, on a big easel, a declaration of independence for the San Fernando Valley, ready for signing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2002 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the eve of a vote likely to put Hollywood secession on the November ballot, Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn joined about 50 anti-secessionists in the heart of Hollywood to argue against it. "Los Angeles wouldn't be a great city without Hollywood in it," the mayor said at a midmorning rally staged at the MTA Red Line station at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street by a group calling itself HALO--Hollywood and Los Angeles as One. "Secession," Hahn...
OPINION
May 7, 2002
I want to make note of the excellent May 2 editorial on street gangs, "No More Duck and Cover." At its conclusion, I could not help but recall John Balzar's May 1 commentary, "Too Many Officials, No Leaders," on the ungovernable nature of overgrown L.A. communities and their problems. It was one of the best, most directly applicable columns ever printed in The Times. It is just as applicable to the street gang editorial as it is to the San Fernando Valley secession movement. As Balzar states, it takes more than housing tracts and shopping centers to make cohesive, self-governing communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2001
Re "LAFCO Chief May Have to Register as Lobbyist," Feb. 17. This article pinpointed Larry Calemine, the full-time official in charge of the San Fernando Valley secession issue, and his apparent built-in conflicts of interest. These involve representing clients on zoning actions within Los Angeles. These actions resulted in our city's Ethics Commission notifying Calemine that his outside involvements in zoning actions within the city appear to classify him as a paid lobbyist, and as such he must so register with the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1999
Allowing any L.A. city politician or bureaucrat to filter the data going to the Local Agency Formation Commission ("Battle Lines Form Over Study Data," June 14) is like permitting Charles Manson to filter the parole board's decisions on his application before the public sees the final result. JOEL FINKEL Woodland Hills Jeff Brain's column on Sunday ("Charter Vote Affirms Desire for Change," June 13) was full of grand generalities--improved basic public services, safe and clean neighborhoods and a government that is accessible and responsive, to name a few--and all of this with lower taxes and fees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997 | BOB RECTOR, Bob Rector is Op-Ed Editor for The Times Valley and Ventura County editions
Steven W. Lew, vice president of Universal Studios, is the new chairman of the influential Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. While he assumes his position at a time of renewed economic growth, his organization also will have to deal with the thorny issues of secession, charter reform and myriad local issues including education and transportation reforms. * * * Question: One of the major issues of your administration will be the so-called San Fernando Valley secession movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1998
Re "VOTE Should Open Books," Jan. 25. The Times is correct in demanding that Valley VOTE open its books to public view. And The Times should do the same. You are very vocal about your opposition to San Fernando Valley secession, but how many of your editorials have even hinted that secession might have a negative impact on the circulation of a newspaper with the name "Los Angeles" on its masthead? How will the building of a new sports complex downtown impact the financial interests and property holdings of Times Mirror Inc.?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997 | BOB RECTOR, Bob Rector is Op-Ed Editor for The Times Valley and Ventura County editions
Steven W. Lew, vice president of Universal Studios, is the new chairman of the influential Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. While he assumes his position at a time of renewed economic growth, his organization also will have to deal with the thorny issues of secession, charter reform and myriad local issues including education and transportation reforms. * * * Question: One of the major issues of your administration will be the so-called San Fernando Valley secession movement.
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