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October 22, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Fernando Valley activists petitioning for a study and possible vote on Valley secession announced Wednesday they've collected 172,000 signatures, which may be more than they need but is still short of their goal. Leaders of Valley VOTE, the group leading the petition drive, remained confident they'll get the signatures required but backed away from earlier predictions they would wrap up the effort by the end of October.
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March 23, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The plan for a San Fernando Valley secession study should be altered to clarify that Valley cityhood backers--and not a government consultant--are responsible for developing the proposed structure of the new city, officials said Wednesday. Two weeks after hiring a consultant to study Valley and Harbor cityhood, the Local Agency Formation Commission delayed final approval Wednesday of a work plan so it could be revised.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Organizers of a campaign to study pulling the San Fernando Valley out of the city of Los Angeles made public a map Thursday of what could become the boundaries of the nation's sixth-largest city, slicing off the Valley along the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains and taking most of Cahuenga Pass with it. "We are all going as one. . . . We are all in this together," said Jeff Brain, co-chairman of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment (Valley VOTE).
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May 16, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite state campaign disclosure laws, Los Angeles residents don't know much about who is bankrolling the San Fernando Valley secession movement. Unlike activists petitioning to place an initiative on the ballot or candidates running for office, the group pushing for a study and possible vote on secession is not required by California campaign laws to disclose how much money it collects or who contributes to its cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan's decision to support city funding for a San Fernando Valley secession study is an astute political move that will help warm voters to his charter reform plan, Valley leaders said Friday. Leaders of Valley VOTE, the group pushing secession, have tentatively agreed to a request by Riordan to lend their names--but not the organization's--to the campaign for charter reform on the June 8 ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite state campaign disclosure laws, Los Angeles residents don't know much about who is bankrolling the San Fernando Valley secession movement. Unlike activists petitioning to place an initiative on the ballot or candidates running for office, the group pushing for a study and possible vote on secession is not required by California campaign laws to disclose how much money it collects or who contributes to its cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1998
Assemblyman Bob Hertzberg (D-Sherman Oaks) and City Councilwoman Laura Chick said Friday they hope to craft emergency legislation to give San Fernando Valley activists more time to petition for a study and possible vote on secession. Hertzberg said the process will be extremely difficult because the California Legislature will recess at the end of the month, but he remained hopeful.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Score one for open meetings, zero for financial disclosure. Valley VOTE, the group seeking a vote on San Fernando Valley political secession, decided Wednesday to open its meetings to the press--for the first time. Directors of the group also voted to organize as a nonprofit corporation. But Valley VOTE officials again declined to disclose any financial information, and said they have yet to decide whether they will release such information in the future.
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October 14, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has put off a decision on whether to help pay for a study of Valley secession until January, when officials expect to have an estimate of what such a study would cost. Valley VOTE, the group spearheading efforts to put the secession question before Los Angeles voters, had asked supervisors to pony up $500,000 toward the cost of a study, which it said would cost about $1 million.
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August 5, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council, setting aside a bitter internal feud over the political future of the San Fernando Valley, voted unanimously Tuesday to help Valley activists gain more time to petition for a study and possible vote on secession. Members expressed outrage that city officials at Van Nuys Airport illegally banned petition gatherers from Valley VOTE, the group collecting signatures for the study, from the widely attended air show July 18-19.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan's decision to support city funding for a San Fernando Valley secession study is an astute political move that will help warm voters to his charter reform plan, Valley leaders said Friday. Leaders of Valley VOTE, the group pushing secession, have tentatively agreed to a request by Riordan to lend their names--but not the organization's--to the campaign for charter reform on the June 8 ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1998 | SUE FOX
With two weeks left before the deadline, Valley VOTE has effectively declared victory in its campaign to collect enough voter signatures to trigger a study of Valley secession. The organization sent out about 2,000 invitations this week to "the grandest Baby Shower," to take place Dec. 6 at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys. The shower will celebrate the "possible birth of the sixth largest city in the U.S.A."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Fernando Valley activists petitioning for a study and possible vote on Valley secession announced Wednesday they've collected 172,000 signatures, which may be more than they need but is still short of their goal. Leaders of Valley VOTE, the group leading the petition drive, remained confident they'll get the signatures required but backed away from earlier predictions they would wrap up the effort by the end of October.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has put off a decision on whether to help pay for a study of Valley secession until January, when officials expect to have an estimate of what such a study would cost. Valley VOTE, the group spearheading efforts to put the secession question before Los Angeles voters, had asked supervisors to pony up $500,000 toward the cost of a study, which it said would cost about $1 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1998
Assemblyman Bob Hertzberg (D-Sherman Oaks) and City Councilwoman Laura Chick said Friday they hope to craft emergency legislation to give San Fernando Valley activists more time to petition for a study and possible vote on secession. Hertzberg said the process will be extremely difficult because the California Legislature will recess at the end of the month, but he remained hopeful.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council, setting aside a bitter internal feud over the political future of the San Fernando Valley, voted unanimously Tuesday to help Valley activists gain more time to petition for a study and possible vote on secession. Members expressed outrage that city officials at Van Nuys Airport illegally banned petition gatherers from Valley VOTE, the group collecting signatures for the study, from the widely attended air show July 18-19.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1998 | SUE FOX
With two weeks left before the deadline, Valley VOTE has effectively declared victory in its campaign to collect enough voter signatures to trigger a study of Valley secession. The organization sent out about 2,000 invitations this week to "the grandest Baby Shower," to take place Dec. 6 at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys. The shower will celebrate the "possible birth of the sixth largest city in the U.S.A."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The plan for a San Fernando Valley secession study should be altered to clarify that Valley cityhood backers--and not a government consultant--are responsible for developing the proposed structure of the new city, officials said Wednesday. Two weeks after hiring a consultant to study Valley and Harbor cityhood, the Local Agency Formation Commission delayed final approval Wednesday of a work plan so it could be revised.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Score one for open meetings, zero for financial disclosure. Valley VOTE, the group seeking a vote on San Fernando Valley political secession, decided Wednesday to open its meetings to the press--for the first time. Directors of the group also voted to organize as a nonprofit corporation. But Valley VOTE officials again declined to disclose any financial information, and said they have yet to decide whether they will release such information in the future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Organizers of a campaign to study pulling the San Fernando Valley out of the city of Los Angeles made public a map Thursday of what could become the boundaries of the nation's sixth-largest city, slicing off the Valley along the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains and taking most of Cahuenga Pass with it. "We are all going as one. . . . We are all in this together," said Jeff Brain, co-chairman of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment (Valley VOTE).
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