June 2, 2002 |
On San Fernando Valley nights lately, if you have a long memory, you can almost sense Howard Jarvis' ghost prowling the shopping centers and suburban neighborhoods where he found recruits for his Proposition 13, the state constitutional amendment that has forever limited the growth of government in California. Jarvis was the prototype neighborhood character, a loud, unmannerly, cantankerous former pro boxer who loved a stiff drink almost as much as he loved bending his neighbors' ears about crooked politicians and spendthrift bureaucrats.
June 1, 2002
Ron Kaye, managing editor of the Daily News, was a journalistic "watchdog" long before there ever was a Valley secession movement ("Daily News Becomes a Herald of Secession," May 30). How about a few words--in this story, not the next one--about The Times' financial stake in opposing secession? As a former Daily News reporter, I would like to note for the record that the paper's editing style has changed little in the last decade, with the exception of today's more sensational headlines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2002 |
In what's been described as an "unintended consequence" of the secession movement, an expanse of hillsides and canyons above Hollywood, home to about 20,000 people, may be virtually cut off from the rest of Los Angeles if the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood secede from the city. The odd situation has produced, at least in this corner of Los Angeles, a lot of believers in what the 17th-century author John Donne once sermonized: "No man is an island."
May 1, 2002 |
What Los Angeles needs: a coherent discussion of our shared future. What Los Angeles has: a laugh track. Greater Los Angeles--you define its boundaries--is a community, except in name. Except in organization. Except by how we govern ourselves. Regionally, we have grown big without thinking big. We entrust no civic body, no individuals, to see from our mountains to our coast. Yet vision, above all, is the catalyst for making our community livable. At the start of the millennium, I opened a file folder for news clippings: "Ideas Offered for the Future of Los Angeles."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2002 |
Right next to the bakery where they make Wonder Bread, in a quiet business park on the site of San Pedro's old drive-in movie theater, a group of church volunteers, retired teachers and union members are plotting revolution. Andrew Mardesich, an earnest nonstop talker who sometimes garbles quotes from the Founding Fathers, lays out for the gathering his vision of a community so small, so intimate that the mayor is your brother-in-law and your city councilman is the local dentist.
February 3, 2002 |
The San Fernando Valley secession movement is stalled. What once seemed all but inevitable now appears increasingly unlikely. There are many reasons, most of them unrelated to the virtue of the cause. For example, the state's energy crisis during the past year highlighted the importance of the Valley's link to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Sept. 11 and its aftermath made the very idea of breaking away seem "unpatriotic." But the biggest obstacle to the success of the secession movement is the Valley's own political and social culture.