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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1999
Re "Latinos Map Out Clout Safeguards if Valley Secedes," Nov. 4. I find it rather amusing that Valley Latino activists are so worried about losing power if the Valley secession movement is successful when their own brothers in East and South-Central L.A. are hoarding as many federal dollars as they can to the detriment of the East Valley communities these activists wish to protect. Who's the real adversary? STEVE RANDALL North Hills
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1996
Re "State Senate Kills Boland Bill on Valley Secession," Aug. 23. The recent failure of AB 2043 [the secession bill] is certainly a major setback to the Valley secession movement. Upcoming elections could yield a more pro-democracy state Senate and Assembly. It was a very close vote; two more people would have carried the measure. Rest assured that the citizens of the San Fernando Valley will no longer lie down while the Los Angeles city government exploits us and neglects our needs and desires.
OPINION
August 18, 2002
For months I have been following the Valley secession movement with growing agitation, and "Valley Secessionists Weary of L.A.'s Snubs and Snobs" (Aug. 13) has finally moved me to write. The reason the Valley has no major cultural facilities is because 25 years ago the Valley, led by the very same people leading the secession movement today, spurned the opportunity to build a first-rate cultural center in the Sepulveda Basin. The Valley Cultural Center had secured from the Army Corps of Engineers a large site at the intersection of Victory and Balboa boulevards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1999
In your April 24 editorial you blamed the failure of the police-fire bond measure in part on the Valley secession movement. I voted against the measure and not because I am against upgrading our fire or police stations. I voted against it because of Los Angeles' track record on bond measures. We already raised funds to build two new police stations, which were then never built. When the city leaders can be held criminally accountable for mismanaging funds, then I'll vote yes on another police-fire bond measure.
OPINION
August 26, 2001
What today we call "spin" is as old as the fairy tale about the emperor's new clothes. Spin works as long as no one points out that the emperor is really naked. Unfortunately, Los Angeles' elected officials forget the fairy tale's lesson when responding to the leaders of the San Fernando Valley secession movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A community activist questioned whether the Valley secession movement is racially motivated, during a forum Saturday on Latino voter participation. The discussion grew heated when Xavier Flores urged representatives of Valley VOTE to come clean with the 40 or so people gathered at the Ritchie Valens Community Center about their efforts to bring Valley secession to a vote in the year 2000.
OPINION
August 18, 2002
For months I have been following the Valley secession movement with growing agitation, and "Valley Secessionists Weary of L.A.'s Snubs and Snobs" (Aug. 13) has finally moved me to write. The reason the Valley has no major cultural facilities is because 25 years ago the Valley, led by the very same people leading the secession movement today, spurned the opportunity to build a first-rate cultural center in the Sepulveda Basin. The Valley Cultural Center had secured from the Army Corps of Engineers a large site at the intersection of Victory and Balboa boulevards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A panel of experts met for two hours Thursday to discuss the impact of a San Fernando Valley political secession on race, class and the cost of government services, but found little common ground. In fact, panel members, who were brought together in a symposium sponsored by Cal State Northridge, agreed on only one point: The current form of city government is unresponsive and must be dramatically restructured.
OPINION
June 9, 1996 | Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior associate at the Center for Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate School and a political analyst for KCAL-TV
The brouhaha over the possible secession of the San Fernando Valley from Los Angeles is rooted in a simple political fact: Republicans control the machinery of the Assembly. If the Democrats had kept their grip on the lower house, the bill, authored by Assemblywoman Paula Boland (R-Granada Hills), nullifying the City Council's veto power over secession would never have seen the light of day. Democrats opposed secession in order to protect their urban and labor constituencies.
OPINION
June 2, 2002 | BILL BOYARSKY, Bill Boyarsky, former city editor and columnist for The Times, is senior consultant for the Center for Governmental Studies and a lecturer at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications. He is writing a biography of the late California political leader, Jesse M. Unruh.
On San Fernando Valley nights lately, if you have a long memory, you can almost sense Howard Jarvis' ghost prowling the shopping centers and suburban neighborhoods where he found recruits for his Proposition 13, the state constitutional amendment that has forever limited the growth of government in California. Jarvis was the prototype neighborhood character, a loud, unmannerly, cantankerous former pro boxer who loved a stiff drink almost as much as he loved bending his neighbors' ears about crooked politicians and spendthrift bureaucrats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a throwback to the pre-Watergate era of covert money in politics, San Fernando Valley secessionists have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from anonymous donors, and a new group fighting to keep Los Angeles together says it too will keep donor names secret. Groups on both sides of secession have been subject to almost no public disclosure of fund-raising, spending or lobbying.
OPINION
August 26, 2001
What today we call "spin" is as old as the fairy tale about the emperor's new clothes. Spin works as long as no one points out that the emperor is really naked. Unfortunately, Los Angeles' elected officials forget the fairy tale's lesson when responding to the leaders of the San Fernando Valley secession movement.
OPINION
April 30, 2000 | TOM HOGEN-ESCH, Tom Hogen-Esch, a doctoral candidate in political science at USC, was a researcher for the Elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission
Valley VOTE's proposed "Vision of a New City" is a step forward in a process that may eventually lead to the breakup of the city of Los Angeles. But the significance of the document, submitted at the request of the Los Angeles Local Agency Formation Commission, lies not so much in proposing the nuts and bolts of a new city government, but rather in attempting to frame the terms of the public debate over secession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1999
Re "Latinos Map Out Clout Safeguards if Valley Secedes," Nov. 4. I find it rather amusing that Valley Latino activists are so worried about losing power if the Valley secession movement is successful when their own brothers in East and South-Central L.A. are hoarding as many federal dollars as they can to the detriment of the East Valley communities these activists wish to protect. Who's the real adversary? STEVE RANDALL North Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1999
In your April 24 editorial you blamed the failure of the police-fire bond measure in part on the Valley secession movement. I voted against the measure and not because I am against upgrading our fire or police stations. I voted against it because of Los Angeles' track record on bond measures. We already raised funds to build two new police stations, which were then never built. When the city leaders can be held criminally accountable for mismanaging funds, then I'll vote yes on another police-fire bond measure.
NEWS
September 1, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A compromise San Fernando Valley secession bill died in committee Saturday night, never reaching the Senate floor, where it appeared to have the votes to win approval. The bill was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee on a partisan 7-4 vote, after a perfunctory hearing. Since the legislative session ended Saturday night, the issue is apparently dead until next year. After the vote, an angry Assemblywoman Paula L.
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March 16, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO and PATRICK McGREEVY and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Enough San Fernando Valley voters have signed petitions to force a study of secession from Los Angeles, county officials said Monday, setting up what is sure to be a highly complex and politicized debate on the consequences of breaking up the city. More than 132,000 of the 202,000 signatures submitted by the secession group Valley VOTE were valid, according to the county registrar-recorder's office, requiring officials to conduct the unprecedented analysis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A community activist questioned whether the Valley secession movement is racially motivated, during a forum Saturday on Latino voter participation. The discussion grew heated when Xavier Flores urged representatives of Valley VOTE to come clean with the 40 or so people gathered at the Ritchie Valens Community Center about their efforts to bring Valley secession to a vote in the year 2000.
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