TIPOFF : RIORDAN GETS UNWANTED HELP FROM AN AIDE.Byline: RICK ORLOV
MAYOR Richard Riordan Richard J. Riordan (born May 1, 1930) is a Republican politician from California, U.S. who served as the California Secretary of Education from 2003–2005 and as Mayor of Los Angeles from 1993–2001. Riordan ran for Governor of California unsuccessfully in 2002. has a flair for putting himself in uncomfortable situations so you'd think the last thing he needs is help from his staff.
But that's what happened last week when hizzoner put himself in the awkward situation of meeting with gardeners angry over the leaf blower A leaf blower is gardening tool that propels air out of a nozzle to move yard debris such as leaves. Leaf blowers are usually powered by two-stroke engine or an electric motor, but four-stroke engines were recently introduced to partially address air pollution concerns. ordinance.
Riordan made it worse munching a hamburger while chatting with the hunger-striking gardeners, setting his City Hall critics atwitter a·twit·ter
Being in a state of nervous excitement; twittering: a crowd atwitter with expectation. .
Just as the fuss was about to die down, however, Riordan's director of scheduling and special events, Bob Kurkjian, decided to get involved.
Hearing radio station 106.7-KROQ personalities Kevin and Bean This article or section resembles a .
Please help [ improve this article] by removing excessive trivia, irrelevant praise and criticism, lists and collections of links that are of . criticize Riordan over the incident, the ever-loyal Kurkjian decided to call in to defend the mayor.
Kurkjian obviously doesn't listen much to Kevin and Bean and wound up admitting the mayor was insensitive for eating in front of the men who were in the fifth day of a hunger strike hunger strike, refusal to eat as a protest against existing conditions. Although most often used by prisoners, others have also employed it. For example, Mohandas Gandhi in India and Cesar Chavez in California fasted as religious penance during otherwise political or .
``You'll never find Dick Riordan on a hunger strike,'' he added.
Kurkjian also announced the mayor would sign the blower ban - several hours before the mayor had scheduled a meeting to try to work out a compromise to appease the gardeners and critics of the leaf blowers.
But, in the Riordan spirit of it being easier to get forgiveness than permission, Kurkjian received only a mild reprimand REPRIMAND, punishment. The censure which in some cases a public office pronounces against an offender.
2. This species of punishment is used by legislative bodies to punish their members or others who have been guilty of some impropriety of conduct towards them. .
One of the immediate beneficiaries of the federal judge's decision to strike down Proposition 208 and lifting its low donor limits is Lt. Gov. Gray Davis, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
Davis is known as an indefatigable fund-raiser and he acknowledged last week that he planned to make calls to the long list of supporters he has developed over the years to help him in the campaign against businessmanAl Checchi.
The lieutenant governor lieutenant governor
n. Abbr. Lt. Gov.
1. An elected official ranking just below the governor of a state in the United States.
2. The nonelective chief of government of a Canadian province. said he now expected to raise and spend between $6 million and $8 million for the primary election - about double what he would have been able to raise and spend under campaign limits.
But it is not coming in quickly.
Moments after Davis met with reporters, Checchi's campaign manager, Darry Sragow, was lamenting about how his campaign didn't know what to do with people who want to contribute to Checchi.
``Our plan all along was to be self-financed and we have done that so far,'' Sragow said. ``But we don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how to handle cases where people come up with checks and say they want to support us.''
Garry South, Davis' campaign manager, had a ready response as he listened to Sragow.
``Tell them to send the checks to us,'' South said.
Katherine Mader, the hard-charging inspector general for the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Police Commission, has ruffled ruf·fle 1
1. A strip of frilled or closely pleated fabric used for trimming or decoration.
2. A ruff on a bird.
a. A ruckus or fray.
b. Annoyance; vexation.
4. some feathers on the panel in the past with her blunt style.
So there has been a lot of speculation at Parker Center Parker Center is the headquarters for the Los Angeles Police Department, and is located in Downtown LA. It is named for former LAPD chief William H. Parker. Originally with the prosaic name, the Police Administration Building, ground for the center was broken on December 30, 1952 and City Hall about what was behind a decision by commissioners to have Mader report to the commission's executive director rather than directly to the commission.
The reorganization comes just weeks after the panel investigated charges that Mader illegally gave a judge the personnel documents of a police officer. The commission ended its probe saying it stands by Mader.
Both Mader and commission representatives deny that the reorganization is meant as a slight, saying it is simply following the City Charter, which calls for the inspector general to report to the executive director.
Asked whether she is concerned about the change, Mader said: ``Not in the slightest.''
MEDIA WATCH: In-and-out at the L.A. Times:
Out: Carol Stogsdill, former senior editor and vice president who lost out in a series of recent newsroom wars, is heading to the consulting firm of Fleishman-Hillard Inc., working on public affairs contracts.
Out: National political reporter Ron Brownstein, who accepted what is believed to be a better than $200,000 a year - plus book contract - offer from U.S. News and World Report.
Daily News Staff Writer Patrick McGreevy contributed to this column.