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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2001
Re "Backing a Secession Study Doesn't Equate to Favoring a Split," Jan. 7. As chairman of the United Chambers of Commerce, I can assure your readers that Valley VOTE has significant organizational support, including virtually every Valley Chamber of Commerce and homeowners group. Never before has the San Fernando Valley been so united behind any one issue. From one end of the Valley to the other, people support the LAFCO [Local Agency Formation Commission] study to determine if the Valley would be better off as its own city.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2002 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a new challenge to secession proposals, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to ask the state controller to review another agency's financial studies that concluded the San Fernando Valley and harbor areas could be fiscally viable as separate cities. The action came on the same day that a new poll by KABC-TV Channel 7 and SurveyUSA found that 59% of adult residents in the Valley support secession, while 43% of residents citywide supported creation of a Valley city.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1999
Breaking apart Los Angeles was never going to be easy, let alone wise. But the enormity of the task facing secessionists--and the potential costs to all of us--is only now becoming clear. Last week, a county report estimated that preliminary study of a municipal divorce could cost as much as $8 million. That's several times what was expected and a lot more than anyone--the city, the county, the secessionists themselves--wants to pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles City Council adopted a position paper Friday stating that the studies of San Fernando Valley and harbor-area secession are inadequate and that the breakup would financially harm what remains of the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blaming the city of Los Angeles for delays, the agency studying cityhood for the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and the Harbor area warned Monday that its initial report will be three months late. The head of the Local Agency Formation Commission said the agency will miss a Jan. 1 deadline for the report, but the delay should not make it impossible to put cityhood proposals on the November 2002 ballot. "It's going to make it tight," said LAFCO Executive Director Larry Calemine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1998
Re "Fee Proposed for Secession Study," June 10: It is the opinion of L.A. City Councilman Hal Bernson and the leaders of Valley VOTE that [most of] the cost of a Valley secession study, which may weigh in at over a cool $1 million, should be paid by county and state taxpayers. They claim it's unfair to charge the entire cost of the study to Valley VOTE. I guess they think it's "fair" to stick the bill to the county and state. But hey, Valley VOTE would be "willing to make a contribution" to fund the study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN
The commission studying plans for San Fernando Valley and Harbor area secession from Los Angeles voted Wednesday to decide by March 2002 whether to put the proposals before voters. The Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County set the deadline in response to accusations by its staff that City Hall was trying to delay the secession study by withholding data on municipal operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an apparent setback to secessionists, a study concluded Wednesday that a breakaway city in the harbor area of Los Angeles would generate $35.4 million less in revenue than is needed to pay for existing city services. Leaders who oppose a breakup of Los Angeles said the study proves that independence for Wilmington and San Pedro would cost residents dearly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
A San Fernando Valley cityhood group is launching a campaign this weekend to gather public input on a financial study on secession that was recently released by the Local Agency Formation Commission. Valley VOTE's mail campaign is part of its effort to analyze and respond to the LAFCO's Initial Fiscal Analysis, said Jeff Brain, the secessionist group's president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2001
Michael Finnegan's story about LAFCO [Local Agency Formation Commission] executive Larry Calemine's conflict of interest activities with lobbyists and developers reinforces other evidence that he is not an objective person to be heading the secession study ("LAFCO Official Earns Substantial Fees Advising Clients on City Hall Business," Feb. 6). Recently, Calemine supported Valley VOTE's attack on a city study that showed that the San Fernando Valley only produced 31% of the city's tax revenues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN
The commission studying plans for San Fernando Valley and Harbor area secession from Los Angeles voted Wednesday to decide by March 2002 whether to put the proposals before voters. The Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County set the deadline in response to accusations by its staff that City Hall was trying to delay the secession study by withholding data on municipal operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles City Council committee agreed Friday to help pay for a study on cityhood for Hollywood, but uncertainty over county and state funding cast doubt on whether the plan to secede from L.A. could be put before voters next year. Supporters of Hollywood cityhood are scrambling to cobble together the $290,000 requested for the study by Los Angeles County's Local Agency Formation Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles City Council committee on Friday agreed to help pay for a study on cityhood for Hollywood, but uncertainty over county and state funding cast doubt on whether a plan to secede from Los Angeles could be put before voters next year. Supporters of Hollywood cityhood are scrambling to scrape together the $290,000 requested for the study by Los Angeles County's Local Agency Formation Commission.
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