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March 18, 2001
I was disappointed to read your March 14 profile of Steve Soboroff, "Deal Maker's Pitch Is That He's No Politician." Soboroff is a kind and generous person who has given both his time and his money to numerous charitable and civic organizations. Rather than focusing on Soboroff's proposed solutions to the problems that affect each and every one of us, like traffic, crime and education, your reporter chose to devote nearly the entire article to his personal wealth. The election for mayor is about which candidate has the best vision for the city, not which candidate has the biggest bank account.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Ruben Vives
The president of the police commission expressed disappointment that Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is not issuing more severe penalties for the seven officers who mistakenly opened fire on two women during the hunt for Christopher Dorner.  Steve Soboroff, whose panel oversees the LAPD, made the statements to The Times in response to a message Beck sent through the department's internal communication system. DOCUMENT: Read Beck's findings In that message, which was obtained by The Times, Beck said he had determined that the officers violated LAPD's use-of-deadly-force policy.
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SPORTS
April 18, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Steve Soboroff, have I got a deal for you … Dodgers fans must remember Soboroff, whose tenure with the Dodgers was brief but, as they say, memorable. On the list of Frank McCourt acts of desperation, Soboroff would merely earn a mention. Still, hiring him last year as the vice chairman of whatever, will always be noteworthy, if only for what they say about flames that burn brightest . The day after Soboroff was hired one year ago Thursday and declared “Frank McCourt is financially fine” -- hey, he was a man ahead of his time!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Since joining the Los Angeles Police Commission last month, Steve Soboroff has been making calls to some of the city's deepest pockets, asking them to pony up the $1 million he says he needs to jump-start an ambitious project: outfitting LAPD officers with small video cameras that would record their encounters with people. His unorthodox approach to fundraising for the Los Angeles Police Department has paid dividends and got its latest boost Tuesday when the Dodgers and members of the team's ownership group announced a $250,000 donation to the effort.
SPORTS
April 19, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Introduced to Dodgers employees Tuesday as the club's new vice chairman who will oversee the implementation of improved security measures at Dodger Stadium, Steve Soboroff later met with reporters in the home team's dugout. There, he made a bold statement about how fan behavior of Dodger Stadium would change. "In one generation, the etiquette will be like it is on a golf course," Soboroff said. Do you really think the etiquette here will be like that on a golf course?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
When Steve Soboroff gets one of them in his sights, he goes into what he calls "emergency overdrive. " He has been known to bug estate lawyers, hoping to move in and make an acquisition before someone else has the same idea. Sometimes, his enthusiasm gets the better of him. That's what happened when Walter Cronkite died in 2009 and Soboroff got a little too pushy too soon. PHOTOS: Typewriters click with history "Let the body cool off," huffed a lawyer for the famed TV anchor before hanging up. That one got away, but Soboroff, a Los Angeles real estate investor and civic leader, has bagged 15 others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
On his second day as Dodgers vice chairman, Steve Soboroff was meeting with a club finance executive and the head of a charitable foundation when he learned that Major League Baseball had seized control of the franchise. Soboroff was so shaken by the news, he said, that he scarfed down a second lunch, forgetting he'd already eaten. "I was shocked," he said. "The finance guy looked like he'd had a heart attack. " Instead of clamming up and taking time to absorb the meaning of the takeover, though, Soboroff came out swinging, questioning Commissioner Bud Selig's motives and timing and fiercely defending his new boss, Frank McCourt.
SPORTS
June 25, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Steve Soboroff announced his resignation as the Dodgers' vice chairman Saturday, five days before the payroll deadline that could trigger the end of Frank McCourt's ownership of the team. McCourt hired Soboroff two months ago, entrusting the civic leader with making Dodger Stadium a more enjoyable place for fans and revitalizing the team's ties with the community. Commissioner Bud Selig imposed a trustee upon the Dodgers the next day, however, forcing McCourt to focus on saving his ownership and thrusting Soboroff into the awkward position of introducing himself to baseball by attacking Selig.
NEWS
September 8, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan, whose efforts to pull Los Angeles from the economic and social depths of the early 1990s have made him the city's most popular public official, Tuesday endorsed his unpaid advisor, Steve Soboroff, for mayor. "As I enter my last two years as mayor, I must look to the future," Riordan said in a letter sent to potential Soboroff supporters. "That's why I'm supporting Steve Soboroff for mayor--I trust him to keep Los Angeles moving forward."
SPORTS
April 21, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
In the clearest indication yet that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt does not plan to yield control of the team without a fight, the club's new vice chairman blasted Commissioner Bud Selig's decision to take over the Dodgers as "irresponsible" and dismissed concerns that McCourt is too financially strapped to operate the team. "He can pay the piper," vice chairman Steve Soboroff said. In a statement on Wednesday, Selig said he would appoint a trustee to oversee the team "because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Steve Soboroff, the wealthy developer and civic leader, says the state should reject a proposed deal that would give USC a long-term lease of parking lots used by three public museums neighboring the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Soboroff said Wednesday that USC's proposal to assume management of the parking areas as part of the private university's plan to take control of the Coliseum could be "the end of the museums. " USC wants the option to use the lots for its students and employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Rick Caruso, the billionaire mall developer viewed by some as the last hope for a political heavyweight with an outsider's bite to enter the Los Angeles mayoral race, said Thursday he is staying out of the contest. It marks the second time in four years that the 53-year-old builder of The Grove and other landmark commercial centers has hinted strongly at a run and then bowed out. In 2009, he also sent strong signals that he might mount a campaign against Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
OPINION
May 9, 2012
Austin Beutner's early departure from the Los Angeles mayor's race in one sense does not change much: The businessman had yet to make an impression with voters, so they will not likely miss him. And yet Beutner's absence means the race now lacks a certain type of candidate - the City Hall critic with genuine civic experience - and creates the opportunity for the remaining candidates to begin defining themselves more clearly. So far, there's not much to work with in that regard.
SPORTS
April 18, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Steve Soboroff, have I got a deal for you … Dodgers fans must remember Soboroff, whose tenure with the Dodgers was brief but, as they say, memorable. On the list of Frank McCourt acts of desperation, Soboroff would merely earn a mention. Still, hiring him last year as the vice chairman of whatever, will always be noteworthy, if only for what they say about flames that burn brightest . The day after Soboroff was hired one year ago Thursday and declared “Frank McCourt is financially fine” -- hey, he was a man ahead of his time!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
When Steve Soboroff gets one of them in his sights, he goes into what he calls "emergency overdrive. " He has been known to bug estate lawyers, hoping to move in and make an acquisition before someone else has the same idea. Sometimes, his enthusiasm gets the better of him. That's what happened when Walter Cronkite died in 2009 and Soboroff got a little too pushy too soon. PHOTOS: Typewriters click with history "Let the body cool off," huffed a lawyer for the famed TV anchor before hanging up. That one got away, but Soboroff, a Los Angeles real estate investor and civic leader, has bagged 15 others.
SPORTS
February 25, 2012 | T.J. Simers
I don't like the Dodgers' new owner, and we don't even know who it is yet. How can we trust the judgment of anyone wanting a fresh start while willing to include Frank McCourt as a business partner? I already know what such bravado and naivete can do to someone who thinks they can rise above the disaster that is McCourt and still make a difference. You remember Steve Soboroff , a success in Los Angeles in so many ways before choosing to commit professional suicide and sign on with McCourt as Dodgers vice chairman.
SPORTS
April 21, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
As Frank McCourt's new right-hand man launched a verbal assault on Commissioner Bud Selig's decision to take over the Dodgers, the battle lines for the likely legal showdown between the Dodgers owner and the commissioner became increasingly clear. Selig said on Wednesday he would appoint a trustee to oversee the team, an arrangement that Dodgers vice chairman Steve Soboroff blasted as "irresponsible. " The trustee is not expected to be announced until next week, but Soboroff wondered aloud how Selig could claim such urgency about the Dodgers' financial situation and yet not have the trustee immediately ready to replace McCourt.
MAGAZINE
December 13, 1998 | ROBIN ABCARIAN, Robin Abcarian's last article for the magazine was a profile of designer Christopher Lowell
Steve Soboroff is at a loss. He can't understand how he acquired this reputation as a hothead. And now here's this list in Los Angeles magazine, about the most powerful people in the city, just reinforcing the absurdity: * "Rep: Bighearted tough guy who takes a project by the horns and gets it done. Downside: Notoriously short temper." * Who is this temperamental guy? Patti Soboroff has never seen that side of him. Neither have their kids. "I'm the most patient guy in the world," he announces.
SPORTS
June 25, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Steve Soboroff announced his resignation as the Dodgers' vice chairman Saturday, five days before the payroll deadline that could trigger the end of Frank McCourt's ownership of the team. McCourt hired Soboroff two months ago, entrusting the civic leader with making Dodger Stadium a more enjoyable place for fans and revitalizing the team's ties with the community. Commissioner Bud Selig imposed a trustee upon the Dodgers the next day, however, forcing McCourt to focus on saving his ownership and thrusting Soboroff into the awkward position of introducing himself to baseball by attacking Selig.
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