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April 23, 1998 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even before it has been settled or heard, a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the city has focused renewed attention on a reality at city parks. Filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the West Valley Girls Softball League, the lawsuit accuses the city of discriminating against girls by relegating the league's teams to shabby fields while reserving premier diamonds for boys.
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October 11, 2001 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Soboroff, a politically connected real estate broker, civic volunteer and defeated mayoral candidate, was named Wednesday to head the Playa Vista project, the largest housing and commercial development venture in Los Angeles and one mired in conflicts for two decades. Developers of Playa Vista, which could house as many as 30,000 people and create office space for thousands more, hope Soboroff's experience with big developments will help him push the project past its remaining roadblocks.
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December 20, 1994 | L.D. STRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steven L. Soboroff, president of the Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners, has pledged to visit every park in the city with the appropriate member of City Council in tow. One of his latest visits--his 74th--was to Studio City Park in the San Fernando Valley, the area where he spent part of his childhood. The developer and father of four has headed the Parks Commission since August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While closing the books on one case of political dirty tricks, the district attorney's office Friday voiced frustration at the lack of leads in its investigation of telephone calls attacking the recent mayoral campaign of Los Angeles businessman Steve Soboroff. Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2001 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, it seems too much for many politicians to resist: $12 billion worth of construction contracts that would generate thousands of new jobs--a bonanza for workers that would largely be funded by the airline industry. But in this case, the proposal--expansion of Los Angeles International Airport--is far from a unifying topic. Indeed, among the six leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles, four oppose the current plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The contest for mayor of Los Angeles is growing increasingly tense as Tuesday's election approaches, with much of the heat generated by attacks on the records of the most experienced candidates. But the assaults have not masked an essential truth: In politics, incumbency almost always provides a crucial boost. Its benefits are immeasurable: a battle-tested army of aides, ready attention from the media, and that most important political asset of all, access to money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adding fresh fuel to a simmering power struggle, the citizens committee overseeing the spending of $2.4 billion in Proposition BB school bonds clashed Wednesday with the Los Angeles Unified School District's chief operating officer over using the Army Corps of Engineers to speed construction of new schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2001 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ad hoc coalition of organizations from both ends of the political spectrum called on the city Ethics Commission on Tuesday to examine the role of special-interest money in the Los Angeles mayor's race as part of an inquiry into City Hall lobbyists. The Coalition for Political Reform cited a study that showed lobbyists and major law firms representing companies with business before the city are among the leading donors to three of the six major mayoral candidates: City Atty. James K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2001
Intensifying his criticism of Los Angeles' police chief, mayoral candidate Steve Soboroff said Thursday that he would not reappoint Bernard C. Parks if he had to decide today. Soboroff's statement at a mayoral debate was his most striking criticism yet of the chief, clearly separating the businessman candidate from his chief backer, Mayor Richard Riordan. The mayor has continued to support Parks, although more tepidly in recent weeks.
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January 18, 2000 | By JIM NEWTON,
When City Atty. James K. Hahn ascended the pulpit of First AME Church on Sunday, he was greeted with warm applause from the congregation and enthusiastic hugs from the assembled ministers. In one pew, an older man nodded and muttered: "Yes." Hahn spoke briefly, without notes, over the quiet rhythm of an electric bass. He talked about AIDS and homelessness, community and understanding. And he delivered a memory that spoke to the intersection of the lives of Martin Luther King Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As many San Fernando Valley residents voted for former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa as for conservative businessman Steve Soboroff, according to an analysis of election returns by The Times. Villaraigosa took 28% and Soboroff 28.1%. But James K. Hahn, who will face Villaraigosa in a runoff in June, took just 15.9% of the Valley's vote. The importance of the Valley to both campaigns was attested to Wednesday by the candidates' appearances in that part of the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
San Fernando Valley residents voted for former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa as often as they did for conservative businessman Steve Soboroff, according to an analysis of election returns by The Times. Villaraigosa took 28% and Soboroff 28.1%. But James K. Hahn, who will face Villaraigosa in a runoff in June, took just 15.9% of the Valley's vote. The importance of the Valley to both campaigns was illustrated Wednesday by the candidates' appearances in that part of the city.
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April 11, 2001 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Antonio Villaraigosa pulled support from across lines of class and race in Tuesday's election, marrying substantial support in the Westside and the San Fernando Valley with his base on the Eastside. James K. Hahn won a strong majority of the black vote, and a large share of elderly voters, doing well in areas of the city that were won by other candidates who are now out of the race.
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April 11, 2001 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa and City Atty. James K. Hahn forged to the front of the pack for mayor of Los Angeles on Tuesday and headed for a June runoff election. With three-quarters of the ballots counted, Villaraigosa maintained the narrow lead over Hahn that he had held all night.
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April 9, 2001 | JAMES RAINEY and MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An 11th-hour burst of negative advertising and one message with anti-Semitic overtones overshadowed the race for mayor of Los Angeles, drawing strong criticism Sunday from religious leaders and incumbent Mayor Richard Riordan. Outraged by the degenerating rhetoric of the race and its implications for harmony in the city on the religious holidays of Palm Sunday and Passover, Riordan demanded that the campaigns return to the high ground in the final hours before Tuesday's election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2001 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Volpert is a decisive man. A full partner in a prominent Westside law firm, the 65-year-old Encino resident routinely navigates complicated legal issues, serves on corporate boards and consults with some of the most powerful people in the city. But ask him how he'll vote in tomorrow's mayoral election and he gets all wishy-washy. "I haven't made up my mind yet," he confesses, his voice laced with frustration. "I'm thinking of three candidates, Hahn, Villaraigosa and Soboroff. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1999
Steven Soboroff, a real estate consultant and unpaid special advisor to Mayor Richard Riordan, submitted papers Tuesday formally declaring his interest in running for mayor. "This is the first step in the process of becoming the next mayor of Los Angeles," Soboroff said. "I'm excited about it. I'm optimistic about it." Soboroff, a Republican, has been semi-publicly weighing a mayoral bid for months, so the filing of the papers was not a surprise.
NEWS
February 19, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Kelli Bernard Boles showed up at a South Los Angeles salad dressing manufacturer two days after receiving an SOS call from the company controller. She perused the storage containers choking the company's parking lot and helped puzzle out plans to create an overflow lot on a bordering railroad right of way.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2001 | MATEA GOLD and JAMES RAINEY
Becerra--After struggling to articulate a theme for his candidacy, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra in recent months campaigned on the slogan of "neighborhoods first," trying to carve out a niche for himself as an advocate for quality-of-life issues. Becerra, 43, said he wants to make every neighborhood like his Eagle Rock home, a place with a nearby police substation, grocery store and school.
NEWS
April 8, 2001 | MATEA GOLD and SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While the six major mayoral candidates fanned across the city Saturday glad-handing voters, their campaigns continued their dogfight on the airwaves, hoping to pull ahead in the closing days of what remains a tightly contested race.
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