Posts Tagged ‘Antonio Villaraigosa’

San Francisco and Los Angeles Mayors, Police Chiefs Speak Out Against Fan Violence in Light of Attack on Bryan Stow

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Released today:


“The following statement was issued today by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, SFPD Interim Chief Jeff Godown, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, San Francisco Giants Managing Partner Bill Neukom and Los Angeles Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt in regard to the assault that occurred after Thursday’s Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium:

This attack is unconscionable behavior that will not be tolerated in either of our ballparks or in either of our cities. Once apprehended, the attackers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Public safety is the top priority for all of us and even one act of random violence is unacceptable.

Baseball is a family sport that has unified our country after times of crisis and tragedy. This senseless act of violence has no place in our society and certainly not in our national pastime.

The Giant/Dodger rivalry is one of the most storied in all of sports, dating back to when the teams played across town in New York City before their moves to California. This is a great rivalry between teams competing on the field of play. That’s where it must stay.

We call on our respective citizens to stand together in honor of that rivalry as you have done throughout the years. Root hard for your teams, and do so with civility and common decency.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim Bryan Stow and his family. The best thing that we as a community of baseball fans can do to support Bryan and his family is to rise above this outrageous act and exercise good sportsmanship and mutual respect for each other.”

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Proposes At Least Ten Town Hall Meetings with Meg Whitman

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide billionaires who try to buy elections, or something like that.

Anyway, he’s just issued a challenge* to his Republican opponent  in the 2010 gubernatorial race.

via Thomas Hawk

Here it is:

LOS ANGELES – Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown proposed today that he and Republican nominee Meg Whitman hold 10 joint town hall appearances around the state to discuss job creation, schools and the state’s budget mess and to answer questions from voters.
     “Partisan bickering and attack-dog politics have created an awful mess in Sacramento, and I think Meg and I now have an opportunity to change the tenor of politics in California by conducting a responsible campaign that shows the politicians that there is a better way to do business,” Brown told a news conference.
     “I’m inviting Meg Whitman to join with me to run a campaign that will put the focus on town halls where each of us in an unscripted manner will discuss our positions and answer questions,” Brown said.
     “Let’s tell people how we’ll manage their tax dollars, how we’ll hold down taxes, how we’ll make government work better and more efficiently, how we’ll fix our schools and how we’ll create jobs,” he added.
     Brown suggested that he and Whitman have at least 10 joint town halls and said the first should begin within several weeks.
     “We should hold them throughout the state, perhaps starting in San Diego or San Jose, and then hold sessions in Fresno, Anaheim, Oakland, Sacramento, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Francisco,” he said.  “I think we should have a variety of formats.  Some of the town halls could have a panel of reporters asking questions.  Others might have local teachers.  Some could have regular voters asking Meg and me whatever questions are on their minds.”
     Brown said the series of town halls will give the voters a “full picture” of the two candidates for governor and make TV advertising less important.
     “If I never see another political ad in my life, I’ll be happy,” he added. “And I’ll bet that most people feel the same way. The town halls will show the voters that we can act as adults and actually treat each other with respect. Meg and I may not agree on many issues, but we can at least tell the truth and explain how we would approach the job of governor.”
Brown said that the town hall meetings will allow voters to “see and hear” how the candidates intend to deal with California’s budget deficit and unemployment problem.
“We need to change the way of thinking in Sacramento and get the politicians to stop their constant partisan attacks. The politicians in Sacramento need to find some common ground, and that will be much easier if candidates conduct responsible, issue-oriented campaigns.”

*JB is unafraid to issue challenges to further his chances of becoming Your Governor Once Again. For example, just after a big-city mayor wisely declined to enter a stair-climbing contest(!) with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom last year, Jerry Brown preceded to challenge Gavin to a one-on-one IQ test. I’m seriously. Needless to say, there was no reply to that gambit, no reply at all.