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March 12, 2000
Re "Treasurer Secedes From Valley VOTE, Citing 'Malfeasance,' " March 2. In all my experiences with Valley VOTE and as the current treasurer of the organization for almost a full year, I have seen nothing to suggest there is any malfeasance going on in the Valley VOTE organization. Last year [former Treasurer Bruce] Bialosky advanced some money to Valley VOTE and was not paid back as quickly as he should have been. This was unfortunate, but does not constitute malfeasance. This, however, resulted in a small personality dispute that is a product of the tiny growing pains the Valley independence movement has faced as more and more supporters have flocked to the cause.
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July 23, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Although voting has been slow in the Eastern San Fernando Valley special election for a Los Angeles City Council seat, some who turned out had clear motivations. Cesar Guillermo, 55, arrived at the Panorama Recreation Center to cast his vote for former Los Angeles school board member Nury Martinez. He said although Martinez and her opponent Cindy Montañez might appear to share similar backgrounds, he felt Martinez was stronger. "I read all of their resumes and I think one stands out over the other," he said.  Guillermo said that the issue of child abuse in the Los Angeles Unified School District drew him to the polls.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1998
Re "VOTE Should Show Its Hand," April 12. Valley VOTE is a diverse, Valleywide coalition of San Fernando Valley residents, educators, business leaders, community activists and organizations who support a [Local Agency Formation Commission] study on the issue of creating an independent Valley city. This is not just the "party line," it is the truth. There is no hidden agenda here. Some members of Valley VOTE firmly support creating an independent city in the Valley. Many others want to see the study results before they decide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2000
I couldn't help but laugh at Jeff Brain's comparison of city secession to the civil rights and women's suffrage movements ("Secession Efforts Are Part of an American Activist Tradition," Dec. 10). These historical movements were about the individual's rights to fundamental liberties conferred upon them by the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, not a debate over whose street is cleaner or who receives better trash pickup. Forgive my cynicism, but I find it quite amusing whenever I hear wealthy attorneys and multimillion-dollar business owners touting "grass-roots" efforts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1993
We begin this look at the San Fernando Valley's role in Tuesday's elections with a simple question: What's wrong with this picture? Paint it with Valley residents shocked and outraged by carjackings, violence on school campuses, graffiti taggers and emboldened street gangs. Add a few brush strokes of demands for more police on the streets and support for labor-intensive law-enforcement actions such as gang bans in parks and in neighborhoods under siege.
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September 23, 1998 | JILL LEOVY and PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
City airport officials agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement Tuesday to Valley VOTE, the group of San Fernando Valley activists ousted from a Van Nuys air show in July when members tried to collect signatures for a study and possible vote on Valley secession. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously approved the deal, resolving a lawsuit filed by Valley VOTE in U.S. District Court that accused the city of violating the constitutional rights of the petition gatherers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2001
Re "Valley Foes of Secession Fight Back," Oct. 18: Five years ago, Richard Close and Jeff Brain began leading the charge for San Fernando Valley secession, even before any case--even a weak one--was built to support it. The group they founded and lead, Valley VOTE, was formed to push for a quick, up-or-down vote on secession. It was only after it became clear that the law dictated a report before a vote that Valley VOTE unconvincingly regrouped into a "we only want a study" organization.
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August 25, 1998 | PHIL WILLON and MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With only one dissenting vote, the California Legislature on Monday granted San Fernando Valley activists three more months to gather signatures on petitions that could lead to a vote on Valley secession from Los Angeles, sharply boosting the odds that the issue will someday be on the ballot. If Gov.
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May 1, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Air quality officials in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the smoggiest places in the nation, voted Monday to ask federal regulators for 11 additional years to meet ozone standards, saying the problem could not be solved with current technology. The sprawling farm region faces a 2013 deadline for reducing ozone smog to meet federal standards.
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March 31, 2005 | Jessica Garrison and Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writers
Mayor James K. Hahn and City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa zipped around Los Angeles on Wednesday, touting new endorsements and appealing to some key voting blocs. With seven weeks until they face off in the May 17 election, the two mayoral candidates also continued to assail each other, with Villaraigosa again calling Hahn a "part-time mayor" tainted by a federal corruption probe and Hahn suggesting once more that his rival is a flip-flopper who is not tough enough on gang members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2005 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
Antonio Villaraigosa surged into the May 17 mayoral runoff by building on his 2001 showing, while incumbent James K. Hahn suffered a contraction in his vote -- including a collapse in black support -- that nearly cost him his job, an analysis of exit poll data shows. A Los Angeles Times survey suggested the third-place finisher, Bob Hertzberg, failed to appeal much beyond his home turf in the San Fernando Valley and may have just barely missed the runoff by peaking too soon.
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February 13, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Two years after the question of whether to stay in Los Angeles or bolt roiled the San Fernando Valley, residents there face another decision: whether to side with the man who led the fight against secession or embrace one of four major challengers, two of them with deep roots north of Mulholland Drive.
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June 28, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Call it the revenge of the secessionists. Two years after Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn headed the campaign that defeated San Fernando Valley's bid for cityhood, leaders of the breakaway effort are lining up to back former state Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg to unseat the incumbent. Hertzberg, an attorney from Sherman Oaks, represented the Valley for six years in the Assembly.
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November 2, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Eighteen-year-old Rafael Ramirez hasn't been able to play his favorite "NBA Live" video game or hang out with friends much lately. Since he graduated from Hawthorne High School in June, Ramirez has been calling and visiting area voters, trying to persuade them to elect him to the Centinela Valley Union High School District board on Tuesday. Ramirez, the son of migrant farmworkers, is enrolled at El Camino Community College with hopes of becoming a teacher.
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March 18, 2003 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
After spearheading the drive for San Fernando Valley secession for seven years, Jeff Brain stepped down Monday night as president of Valley VOTE. "I'm very proud of what we've achieved in the Valley and in Los Angeles," Brain told members of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment at their monthly meeting in Mission Hills. The secession measure that Valley VOTE championed received support from 50.7% of Valley voters in the election last November but failed 2-1 citywide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2002 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Secession leaders said Wednesday that they have decided against filing a lawsuit to challenge the Nov. 5 election in which San Fernando Valley cityhood was supported by a majority of Valley voters but was overwhelmingly defeated citywide. The secession group Valley VOTE had considered challenging the state law that required approval both by a majority of San Fernando Valley voters and a majority of the total city electorate.
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