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February 26, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As home to many of Los Angeles' most affluent neighborhoods and vibrant cultural institutions, the 5th Council District has lived up to its reputation for political activism by producing the largest field of candidates running for any council seat in the April 10 election. Voters in the district, which extends from Westwood through Bel-Air to Van Nuys, will pick from among 11 candidates--twice the average for other council seats--including former state Sen.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As home to many of Los Angeles' most affluent neighborhoods and vibrant cultural institutions, the 5th Council District has lived up to its reputation for political activism by producing the largest field of candidates running for any council seat in the April 10 election. Voters in the district, which extends from Westwood through Bel-Air to Van Nuys, will pick from among 11 candidates--twice the average for other council seats--including former state Sen.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2001
5th District vote--Ken Gerston's vote total in the District 5 City Council election was listed incorrectly in Thursday's Times. The correct totals for all District 5 candidates appear below. District 5 -- 99% Precincts Reporting Votes % Tom Hayden 14,774 34 Jack Weiss 9,654 22 Ken Gerston 3,808 9 Steve Saltzman 3,704 8 Laura Lake 3,689 8 Robyn Ritter Simon 2,127 5 Jill Barad 1,968 4 Nate Bernstein 1,871 4 Joe Connolly 1,313 3 Constantina Milonopoulos 619 1 Victor N. Viereck 290 1 --
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2001
Re "Hayden Takes Brunt of the Attack From Opponents at Debate," Elections / 5th City Council District, Feb. 11. The article about the Feb. 10 debate belittled the rivals ("as they popped up and down in their seats") and failed to adequately distinguish their responses to questions. To save time answering questions, we were instructed to stand up at our seats. My response to a crucial question about working conditions in sweatshops around the world was omitted. When the public continually looks for the lowest price for any product (which is our right)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2000
The Nov. 9 "Capitol Records Deal OKd Despite Anger About Land Price" is normal operating procedure for the Community Redevelopment Agency. Several years ago, the CRA terminated the official Hollywood Project Area Committee [PAC]. It was comprised of community stakeholders who volunteered their time to advise the CRA in the hope of improving their neighborhoods. But instead of rubber-stamping CRA actions, they were rightfully critical. Hence there was no PAC oversight to the Capitol Records deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2000
The legal battle between Legacy Partners and the good, civic-minded Chase Knolls tenants Legacy is trying to evict is only the tip of the iceberg. While that is the most publicized conflict, a multitude of prospective tenants (especially the poor) suffer from the affordable housing crisis on a daily basis. Because of failed government policies, fewer than 2,000 apartment units have been built annually in Los Angeles since 1992. The 1986 Tax Reform Act decimated tax incentives for investment in apartments, and California followed suit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2000
Finally the Community Redevelopment Agency's record ("No to CRA, Yes to Help," July 2 editorial) of ineptness and extravagance is becoming known. At least the northeast San Fernando Valley has been able to learn from North Hollywood's mistakes and can move on without the CRA's yoke. Both areas could be helped significantly by a variety of tax incentives. Construction and rehabilitation of residential, commercial and industrial properties would certainly benefit from new federal and state income tax credits and faster depreciation write-off.
OPINION
April 11, 2002
"Renters Serve Notice to Landlords" (April 5) indicates that AB 2330 would allow "tenants who are charged two months' rent as a security deposit to pay in installments" and that "tenants who have lost their jobs would be able to use part of their security deposit as an emergency rent payment." What part of "security deposit" does Assemblywoman Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) not understand? Once a tenant has moved in, the prepaid security deposit is the major measure of insurance the owner has that the tenants will abide by their agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2000
Your Aug. 26 editorial, "A Job but No Place to Live," very clearly points out the climate in Sacramento, that of encouragement and funding for the construction of housing for working people. Unfortunately, although Sacramento "gets it," it is in the cities of our state that housing will be built, and until our city councils "get it" (i.e., the political will), we will never see the jobs/housing balance that is necessary to sustain our economic growth. This is especially true in Orange County, where cities such as Anaheim still deny permits for multifamily housing in older areas and Orange reduces densities in newly developing areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2001
I'm dismayed to see that President Bush's tax cut proposal is a shoo-in for Senate passage ("Wrangling Delays Senate's Vote on Huge Tax Cut Plan," May 22). Setting aside the equities, I'm worried about what happens if our economy continues its tailspin and we find ourselves unable to pay for basic government services. Any student of modern U.S. history will recall that in presidential elections, talk of raising taxes has amounted to political suicide. It crippled the campaigns of Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, and a flip-flop on that issue effectively sank the elder Bush's reelection hopes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2002 | Peter Hong, Times Staff Writer
The 12th district of the proposed San Fernando Valley city council is dense, bustling and diverse, taking in endless blocks of apartment buildings but also cloistered neighborhoods of grand homes. The needs of the North Hollywood-Valley Village district, as spelled out by the seven candidates for the seat, are similarly varied. They range from sidewalks on some residential streets to better lighting in the NoHo arts district to a continuation of rent control for all those apartment dwellers.
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