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December 28, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In government realms, 1998 for the San Fernando Valley was like spring on a farm: Seeds were planted, things took root, but the fruit has yet to ripen. The most obvious example is the drive for Valley cityhood, a troubled effort that suddenly showed promise late in the year.
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June 7, 2008 | Rich Connell, Times Staff Writer
In a conference room atop a downtown Los Angeles tower, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's point man on water conservation was confidently ticking off the protections built into a plan to recycle highly treated sewage effluent into the drinking supply. But when his staff explained that community meetings on the project might not begin until early next year, H. David Nahai quickly grew uneasy. That's too slow, too risky, the Department of Water and Power general manager told his team. "Folks on the street who'll hear about wastewater treatment [may]
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The national executive committee of the Mexican American Political Assn. voted Saturday not to take a position on the Valley's secession effort, but reinstated a Valley chapter that opposes a breakup. Meeting in the City of Industry, the committee voted 8 to 1 against involvement in the secession debate. "It's a local issue, not a national issue," said Steve Figueroa, president of the national committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2002 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Opening a third front in the battle to split Los Angeles, secession leaders said Friday they have formed a group to bring together pockets of breakup supporters outside the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. The secessionists launched the Alliance for a New Los Angeles even as they struggled to win over majorities on their home turf. "Folks have been working in other parts of the city but they have been on their own," said attorney Bob Scott, the alliance co-chairman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1999
Re "Valley, South Bay Secession Drives Run Into Roadblocks," Sept. 26. Valley VOTE [Voters Organized Toward Empowerment] leaders have expressed displeasure with the Local Agency Formation Commission's slow, deliberate steps in the required comprehensive study of the results of the present secession drives. The impatient leaders, like genuine agent provocateurs, would have LAFCO issue the required report hurriedly in year 2000 in time for the 2002 ballot--never mind the quality of the report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1989
A petition to split the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District into two systems will be taken up at meetings of the state Board of Education on July 13 and 14, district spokeswoman Nancy Mahr said. She said the agency has definitely put the issue on its July calendar, after a series of postponements over the last six months. In April, the agency delayed its decision indefinitely when resignations and a death depleted its membership to seven. Two more members have been appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian and confirmed by the state Senate, but it appeared unlikely that another two can be seated before the July meeting to bring the board up to its full membership of 11. Mahr said a five-member subcommittee is expected to allocate 30 minutes to each side in the secession dispute July 13. The board as a whole will decide the issue at a meeting the next day. If the board approves the petition, it will also call for an election and decide whether the balloting should be peninsula-wide or limited to the proposed new school district east of Crenshaw Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1998
The story, "Valley VOTE Joins Flood of Debate on Secession and Water Rights," (June 5) spoke nothing of joining the debate but rather of blocking any debate that could damage their campaign in the slightest way. The idea of a Valley secession has been ludicrous from the start, and Valley VOTE's effort to stop any opposition proves they have little to stand behind. Valley VOTE wants the Los Angeles City Council to "cease making inflammatory comments without basis of fact" regarding water rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1993 | CAROL CHASTANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lomita activists plan to submit a petition today calling on the Los Angeles County Office of Education to consider their proposal to form an independent school district. The Committee to Unify Lomita Schools, which launched its campaign in June, expects to have 3,000 signatures in support of its secession drive. That amounts to 25% of the city's registered voters, the minimum needed to qualify as a valid petition. The group argues that the Los Angeles Unified School District is too big and too distant to address Lomita's schooling needs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2008 | Rich Connell, Times Staff Writer
In a conference room atop a downtown Los Angeles tower, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's point man on water conservation was confidently ticking off the protections built into a plan to recycle highly treated sewage effluent into the drinking supply. But when his staff explained that community meetings on the project might not begin until early next year, H. David Nahai quickly grew uneasy. That's too slow, too risky, the Department of Water and Power general manager told his team. "Folks on the street who'll hear about wastewater treatment [may]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2002 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Opening a third front in the battle to split Los Angeles, secession leaders said Friday they have formed a group to bring together pockets of breakup supporters outside the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. The secessionists launched the Alliance for a New Los Angeles even as they struggled to win over majorities on their home turf. "Folks have been working in other parts of the city but they have been on their own," said attorney Bob Scott, the alliance co-chairman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2002 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ice-encrusted metal ladder on the ferry that links this tiny New England town to the mainland was the unlikely catalyst for a municipal revolution. Day after dank day, the residents of Long Island climbed the frozen ladder that joined boat to land. They clung to rungs in snow, and they clung to rungs in rain. Morning and night. Sometimes, they slipped. And though they complained, nothing was ever done. Finally, in the early 1990s, islanders decided they'd had enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The national executive committee of the Mexican American Political Assn. voted Saturday not to take a position on the Valley's secession effort, but reinstated a Valley chapter that opposes a breakup. Meeting in the City of Industry, the committee voted 8 to 1 against involvement in the secession debate. "It's a local issue, not a national issue," said Steve Figueroa, president of the national committee.
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June 5, 2002 | NITA LELYVELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gene La Pietra sits in a back corner booth at Musso & Frank, telling the story of his first days in Hollywood, when he begged for nickels in front of the Hollywood Boulevard restaurant and slept for a month in a nearby church parking lot, washing his one shirt each night in the gas-station sink across the street. At 54, he's now a millionaire, the owner of two of the most popular gay nightclubs in town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2001 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
School secession fever is running high in a cluster of communities southeast of Los Angeles International Airport. Community leaders in two of the four elementary districts that make up the troubled Centinela Valley Union High School District are launching petition drives, initial steps in a long and arduous process they hope will enable them one day to leave the district and add ninth through 12th grades to their own educational programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2000 | JEFF BRAIN and ANDREI CHERNY, Jeff Brain is president of Valley VOTE. Andrei Cherny is the policy director and a member of the executive board of Valley VOTE
The famous old song "Hooray for Hollywood" extols the community as a place where "any office boy or young mechanic" can realize his dreams. Recently, Hollywood became a dream factory again--not for movie stars but for average citizens all over Los Angeles who imagine living in a city that works and that works for them. The announcement that the Hollywood independence movement had generated more than enough signatures to trigger a study of cityhood was a landmark moment for all of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2000 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO and KRISTINA SAUERWEIN and T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While the year 2000 may be filled with zeros, it's far from empty when it comes to the potential for big, new developments for the San Fernando Valley. From the courtroom to the classroom, the year promises events that will shape the future far into the new millennium, changing the very nature of where we live. A new subway will open. Elections will mean new leadership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2001 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
School secession fever is running high in a cluster of communities southeast of Los Angeles International Airport. Community leaders in two of the four elementary districts that make up the troubled Centinela Valley Union High School District are launching petition drives, initial steps in a long and arduous process they hope will enable them one day to leave the district and add ninth through 12th grades to their own educational programs.
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December 5, 1985 | DONNA ST. GEORGE, Times Staff Writer
Efforts by a group of Lomita parents and city officials to secede from the Los Angeles Unified School District were boosted this week when more than 60 other residents pledged their support for the campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1999
Re "Valley, South Bay Secession Drives Run Into Roadblocks," Sept. 26. Valley VOTE [Voters Organized Toward Empowerment] leaders have expressed displeasure with the Local Agency Formation Commission's slow, deliberate steps in the required comprehensive study of the results of the present secession drives. The impatient leaders, like genuine agent provocateurs, would have LAFCO issue the required report hurriedly in year 2000 in time for the 2002 ballot--never mind the quality of the report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In government realms, 1998 for the San Fernando Valley was like spring on a farm: Seeds were planted, things took root, but the fruit has yet to ripen. The most obvious example is the drive for Valley cityhood, a troubled effort that suddenly showed promise late in the year.
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