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January 19, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kicking off a series of forums on the volatile topic, the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People brought together opposing speakers Monday to discuss whether San Fernando Valley secession would help or hurt minority communities. Jeff Brain, president of secession group Valley VOTE, and Thomas Hogen-Esch, a USC graduate student studying the history of urban secession drives, presented strongly differing views on the probable impact of breaking up Los Angeles to a sparse crowd at Mt.
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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.
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June 17, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Ethics Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to pursue closure of a legal loophole that has allowed the group pushing for a study and possible vote on San Fernando Valley secession to avoid revealing its finances, expenditures and contributors. The commission, which acts as Los Angeles' campaign finance watchdog, voted to ask California legislators to impose the requirement statewide.
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June 28, 2002 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The campaign for San Fernando Valley secession said Thursday it has won the support of a half-dozen business organizations, but the breakup effort is expected to suffer a setback today when more than 20 African American leaders come out against splitting Los Angeles. Valley cityhood also was endorsed Thursday by the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn. The association's president, Richard Close, is head of the secession group Valley VOTE.
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June 3, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Insisting on open debate, members of the Local Agency Formation Commission, the panel charged with overseeing the San Fernando Valley's proposed secession from Los Angeles, rebuffed a bid Wednesday by backers of the breakup to negotiate details of their plan with city leaders behind closed doors. "From this point forward, we have to adhere to a public disclosure mode, where everyone can see what we are doing," said County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, one of nine appointed commission members.
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June 22, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Taking a more prominent role on secession, the Los Angeles City Council on Monday formed a subcommittee that will weigh in on various aspects of the San Fernando Valley's bid to leave Los Angeles. At the request of Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, Council President John Ferraro appointed the five-member panel to coordinate the city's release of data for an upcoming study on breaking up Los Angeles, and to provide the council and public with a forum for discussion.
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June 9, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing the need for a "fair and even-handed" discussion of the issue, Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski asked the City Council on Tuesday to create a subcommittee to oversee an upcoming study on the San Fernando Valley's proposed secession from Los Angeles.
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February 25, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to dramatically reduce the cost of studying San Fernando Valley secession, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on Wednesday unveiled a plan calling for increased cooperation between the city and the activists working to break up Los Angeles. The group advocating secession, Valley VOTE, hailed the plan, saying it could trim millions from the cost of studying the municipal divorce, which had been estimated to run as high as $8 million. That figure was disclosed last month in a county analysis.
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April 30, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Breaking from his former hard-line position, Mayor Richard Riordan met Thursday with San Fernando Valley secessionists and agreed the city should pay "its fair share" of the costs of a study of Valley cityhood, a spokeswoman for the mayor said. The pledge by Riordan came as government officials and secessionists were moving closer to a cost-sharing formula under which the state, which authorized the secession process, would pay most of the cost.
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April 1, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO and JIM NEWTON and PATRICK MCGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Leaders of the group pushing for San Fernando Valley secession said Wednesday that they were surprised by a Times poll that found 60% of Valley voters, and 47% of voters citywide, favor cleaving the Valley from the rest of Los Angeles. Richard Close of Valley VOTE, which recently collected signatures from 132,000 Valley voters to force a study of secession's economic repercussions, said the findings should prove beyond any doubt that many residents favor a breakup of the city.
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December 22, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two camps haggling over Valley secession offered sharply divergent blueprints Friday for splitting up Los Angeles. Valley VOTE, the group leading the breakaway bid, and the city of Los Angeles stumbled over the same sticking point that muddles many divorces: how to divide assets. Both sides submitted their proposed terms for a Valley city Friday--plans that remained miles apart over whether and when the new city would take over assets ranging from police stations to airports. Proposing Dec.
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December 11, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of San Fernando Valley secession on Monday raised new conflict-of-interest charges against the official drafting a referendum on the proposal to break apart Los Angeles. But others supported the official, Larry J. Calemine, who was a leader of an aborted Valley secession movement in the 1970s but says he is neutral now.
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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.
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November 18, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The goal was clear when Mayor James K. Hahn and San Fernando Valley secessionists opened negotiations last month on the terms of a referendum: to build consensus on a plan to break apart Los Angeles. A month later, the most notable point of consensus is the lack of consensus. Yet signs have emerged that City Hall and Valley separatists could reach agreement on at least the outlines of a separation pact to put before voters in November 2002.
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October 12, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor James K. Hahn called a new plan for San Fernando Valley secession "untenable on its face" Thursday night, as a leader of the drive for a municipal breakup asserted two cities are better than one. Hahn and Jeff Brain, president of the Valley VOTE secession group, laid out their sharply contrasting views on the future of Los Angeles at the first public hearing on secession by the Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County.
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September 1, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Ethics Commission renewed its call Friday for new rules requiring disclosure of lobbying and fund-raising efforts by those involved in the drive to break up Los Angeles. The commission recommended in December that those circulating petitions for San Fernando Valley cityhood be required to disclose who contributes to their cause, as well as the lobbyists they hire.
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April 9, 1999 | JIM NEWTON and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A group of San Fernando Valley secession advocates on Thursday announced their opposition to a police and fire bond measure on next week's ballot, saying Valley residents should not support more city spending while debating whether to break away from Los Angeles.
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July 29, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first public hearing on one of the most consequential issues facing Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley's potential secession from the city, went off without a hitch Wednesday with only one trifling exception: Not a single person from the public showed up. Present were a handful of city officials, a private consultant, a couple of reporters and several leaders of breakaway movements in the Valley and San Pedro--in short, the same faces present at all secession meetings.
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August 18, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The head of the Valley secession group said Friday that Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla should be ousted because of his removal of Councilman Hal Bernson from a panel studying the issue. Valley VOTE President Jeff Brain, who lives in Glendale, sent an e-mail to dozens of the group's supporters asking whether they would support such a campaign. Padilla's camp dismissed Brain's e-mails.
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August 18, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With its promise of a responsive little soviet in every corner of Los Angeles, the neighborhood council concept wasn't just meant to devolve power to the people. It was also meant to cool secession fever in the San Fernando Valley. So what are Valley secessionists doing now that it's time to form the councils? Some secession advocates, such as Richard Close, are simply refusing to participate in the formation process.
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