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January 12, 2000
Re Valley secession: Secede in haste--repent at leisure. LOUIS ROBINS Van Nuys
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August 1, 2010 | By Rich Connell and Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Keith Richman, a three-term Republican state assemblyman who fought for pension reform and was a leader in the San Fernando Valley secession movement, has died. He was 56. Richman died of brain cancer Friday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said his brother Craig. A physician, Richman was elected in 2000 to the California Assembly, representing the 38th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley, Simi Valley and northeast San Fernando Valley. He could serve only six years because of term limits.
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December 8, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Marie Harris, a Pacoima community activist who was one of three San Fernando Valley residents who signed the paperwork that officially set in motion the Valley secession movement, died Dec. 2 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. She was 87. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said her daughter, Rolene Naveja. Leaders of the Valley's bid for cityhood chose the trio in 1998 to represent a cross-section of the region's inhabitants, said Joe Vitti, president of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment, the group that pushed for the area to break away from Los Angeles.
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April 5, 2008 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
The man whom admirers call the "Patrick Henry of the Valley" is stepping down from his bully pulpit. The Los Angeles Daily News announced Friday that its editor, Ron Kaye, was resigning after a 23-year tenure that helped define the modern image of the San Fernando Valley.
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March 12, 2007 | Eryn Brown
WHEN I THINK of extension courses, I usually imagine arranging flowers in crystal vases, or listening to lectures by former secretaries of State as I sit in a comfy lecture hall, latte in hand. I don't picture myself spending four hours crunched into an undersized chair at Los Angeles Valley College talking about turn lanes and the new BestBuy they're building on Van Nuys Boulevard.
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October 23, 2005
AFTER FIVE YEARS WITHOUT a proper home, the Children's Museum of Los Angeles broke ground Tuesday on a building that supporters already have dubbed "the Disney Hall of the San Fernando Valley." Though L.A.'s cultural venues are dispersed geographically, until now the Valley had been unfairly overlooked as the site of a major museum. The groundbreaking at Hansen Dam Recreation Area is a sign that L.A.'
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May 1, 2005 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn is turning increasingly to white voters in the San Fernando Valley to propel his reelection effort, as he battles to make a quick political comeback in the final stretch of the race, strategists say. Day by day, Hahn has ratcheted up his appeals to Valley conservatives and moderates by casting his rival, Antonio Villaraigosa, as a liberal extremist who has favored gang members over crime victims and opposed tough penalties for child abusers.
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January 18, 2005 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Hitting on familiar themes but without many of the attacks that have characterized other debates, the four leading candidates seeking to unseat Mayor James K. Hahn squared off at a San Fernando Valley forum Monday evening. State Sen. Richard Alarcon (D-Sun Valley), former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg and City Councilmen Bernard C.
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July 21, 2004 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The governor has signed a bill that requires the state to compile statistics for the San Fernando Valley separately from the rest of Los Angeles in an effort to help local leaders make better-informed decisions. The law, sponsored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys), makes the Valley the state's first separate non-city, non-county "statistical district," and comes more than a year after the Valley's failed effort to secede from Los Angeles. Gov.
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August 10, 2003 | Frank Schubert
With the recall set in motion, political junkies are searching for clues as to how the voting might go. We're about to be inundated with polls telling us whether the recall is ahead or behind. But this is a first-time event; we have no experience with another gubernatorial recall and no way to put early polling data into context. What is the significance of a 51% "yes" vote, as the Field Poll recently reported, or 56%, as some private polls say?
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May 2, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
With the runoff election less than three weeks away, the two candidates for the City Council seat representing the San Fernando Valley's semirural 12th District are both making the case that they have the support of leaders of the failed Valley secession bid. Greig Smith, an aide to retiring Councilman Hal Bernson, has touted his endorsement from Assemblyman Keith Richman (R-Northridge), the top vote-getter for mayor of the proposed Valley city, and from other candidates who sought Valley posts.
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