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December 24, 1994 | FRANK MANNING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Susan Nissman recalls a few, fleeting moments of doubt when she wondered whether she was doing the right thing by taking a job as a field deputy to Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. After years as an outspoken community activist working to prevent development in Topanga Canyon, would she be able to adapt to life as a behind-the-scenes aide to the newly elected Yaroslavsky? "I got to this point where I asked myself, 'Why am I going into politics in 1994, of all times?' " said Nissman, 45.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Long-simmering animosity between two Los Angeles political figures reached new heights this week when their bad blood surfaced in a footnote attached to a federal judge's ruling. The footnote revealed a series of vitriolic remarks made by AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein about Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. In a lawsuit filed in December 2012, the foundation had accused county officials of using audits of the nonprofit's contracts to retaliate against it for criticizing the county and advocating for policies county leaders opposed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Long-simmering animosity between two Los Angeles political figures reached new heights this week when their bad blood surfaced in a footnote attached to a federal judge's ruling. The footnote revealed a series of vitriolic remarks made by AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein about Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. In a lawsuit filed in December 2012, the foundation had accused county officials of using audits of the nonprofit's contracts to retaliate against it for criticizing the county and advocating for policies county leaders opposed.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Rep. Henry Waxman's sudden announcement Thursday that he would retire after 20 terms set off wild guesswork among political power brokers in California about who would run to replace him. “Waxmania!” declared Democratic consultant Sean Clegg. “This is going to be a jail-break field. This is going to be a rumble on the Westside.” Among the names being bandied about are state legislators Fran Pavley, Richard Bloom and Ted Lieu, who said he was seriously considering a race and would make a formal statement Friday about his intentions; former state lawmaker Betsy Butler; Secretary of State Debra Bowen; county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, former City Controller Wendy Greuel and KCRW host Matt Miller.
OPINION
February 6, 2012 | Jim Newton
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors oversees a vast operation: It incarcerates thousands of inmates; it cares for children whose parents have abused or neglected them; it runs hospitals, clinics, beaches, harbors, parks and a welfare system. So it's no surprise that the board's meetings draw animated commentary. What is surprising is what those commenters want to talk about. At a recent meeting of the board, the first member of the public to comment was Eric Preven, who calls himself "The County Resident from District 3. " He used his allotted time to raise questions about the county's legal bills and to complain that a report about those bills had been delayed.
OPINION
November 16, 2009
Subway: A Friday editorial said that Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina was upset because a ballot measure sponsored by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky had prevented subways from being built in her district. Actually, a large portion of the existing Red Line subway is in Molina's district.
OPINION
March 7, 2005
Re "Election of County Executive Proposed," March 1: Congratulations and support for Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's proposal to elect a county executive. His reasons are speed and accountability of decision-making. Earlier this year, Steve Lopez, in his column, called the supervisors "imperial and untouchable" in relation to their having large amounts of discretionary funds to use unchecked by any other official person or body. Separating the legislative and executive powers in county governance is a necessary step in this direction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1996
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a five-year lease Tuesday for two Super Scooper Aircraft despite doubts about the plane's effectiveness in the windy conditions in which it was supposed to perform best in fighting fires. The planes, which the county has leased on an experimental basis from the government of Quebec for the past two years, should be in Los Angeles by October--when strong Santa Ana winds and dry brush have frequently led to devastating wildfires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2008 | Garrett Therolf
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a meeting at his Santa Monica office Tuesday to ask the leadership of the University of California to begin talks with L.A. County to take over the shuttered Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital. "These discussions should begin with the county outlining their proposals for addressing governance, financing, seismic safety and medical education -- issues that must be addressed to reopen the hospital," Schwarzenegger said in a statement after the meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The campaign to defeat an initiative expanding the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday's ballot has apologized for issuing a flier erroneously implying that Gov. Gray Davis opposes the measure. The mailer, sent to 500,000 county voters late last week and early this week, features a photo of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who opposes Measure A, and Davis, who has taken no position on it. Then the mailer declares: "Gov. Gray Davis and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky agree. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County officials were alarmed by Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear Gov. Jerry Brown's appeal of court-ordered prison crowding caps, fearing that if the state is forced to release prisoners early, the county's ability to monitor them would be strained and public safety would be jeopardized. State officials have said they have no intention of releasing prisoners early and are working to transfer inmates to private prisons or find other solutions. County probation chief Jerry Powers said Tuesday that though he didn't believe California would be forced to release prisoners early, under the worst case scenario, 1,000 to 1,200 could be released to Los Angeles County.  He said that state officials have assured the county that if it had to release prisoners early, they would not be placed under the supervision of the county probation department but would be on state parole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Seema Mehta
In an unusual display of brinkmanship, Los Angeles County Supervisors nearly derailed a plan for $362.4 million in spending over disagreements about how to handle $75 million slated for capital projects and maintenance throughout the county. The supervisors were slated to approve a supplemental budget Tuesday, which included money for a variety of programs including a plan for reforms in the county's jails that was approved earlier in the same meeting. It also included funding to hire additional social workers, and proceed with a contract for 500 jail beds at a facility in Kern County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
In response to a scathing report about a lack of government oversight and improper payments to taxpayer-funded rehabilitation clinics, a local official is calling for a review of Los Angeles County's authority over such contracts and its ability to end payments to clinics that are breaking the law. "This is an embarrassment to all concerned, the notion that contracts were being awarded and renewed to contractors who had deficiencies and we didn't...
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By David Ng
If you have the money and the desire, certain parts of the Hollywood Bowl can be renamed after you and your loved ones under a new plan from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The orchestra received approval from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to pursue a plan that would allow the selling of naming rights for certain sections of the historic outdoor music venue. Money raised from the naming rights would go toward improvements to the Bowl's infrastructure. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The orchestra shell and the Bowl itself will not be renamed.
OPINION
February 6, 2012 | Jim Newton
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors oversees a vast operation: It incarcerates thousands of inmates; it cares for children whose parents have abused or neglected them; it runs hospitals, clinics, beaches, harbors, parks and a welfare system. So it's no surprise that the board's meetings draw animated commentary. What is surprising is what those commenters want to talk about. At a recent meeting of the board, the first member of the public to comment was Eric Preven, who calls himself "The County Resident from District 3. " He used his allotted time to raise questions about the county's legal bills and to complain that a report about those bills had been delayed.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky shot a torpedo at NBCUniversal's $3-billion "Evolution Plan," saying he opposes the company's proposal to build housing on part of its famous back lot in Universal City. The supervisor asked Universal Studios President Ron Meyer in a letter to abandon plans to develop nearly 3,000 condominiums and apartments at the east end of the studio's property. Yaroslavsky's district includes Universal City. The addition of such housing would have "considerable downside to Universal and to our local economy," Yaroslavsky said in the letter, dated Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County and local municipalities are charging significantly higher fees and taking longer to issue solar panel permits than neighboring areas, according to a recent survey by two Southern California Sierra Club chapters. Solar panel permitting fees in L.A. County average $1,143, more than twice the average permit fee, the study found. In response to the findings and a Department of Public Works review of county inspection costs, county supervisors unanimously approved a proposal by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on Tuesday that the county lower solar panel permitting fees to $370.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
A commissioner who has never attended a meeting of the county Commission on Obscenity and Pornography has been reappointed by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who said he was "a good member." "I would like to go to a meeting to see what it's really doing," said Michael B. Bennett, whom Yaroslavsky selected for a second term. "If I found it's outlived its usefulness, I would be first to tell [Yaroslavsky], 'I have better things to do with my time.'
FOOD
January 16, 2012 | Jim Newton
I can't say for sure whether Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will run for mayor in 2013. I don't even know with certainty whether he's already made up his mind and is just stringing the rest of us along. What I can tell you without any question, though, is that he's enjoying being asked. Before a well-connected group at the Palm last week, Yaroslavsky managed the neat trick of simultaneously insisting that he's still undecided and laying out the campaign he would wage if he jumped into the race.
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