Ruth Galanter


Ruth Galanter was an environmentalist who served on the Los Angeles, California, City Council from 1987 to 2003 and was known for supporting "slow growth" policies on the city's Westside and elsewhere. She was the victim of a knife attack by a home intruder in 1987 that left her severely wounded. She now has her own consulting business.… Read More

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    Huffington Post - Jan 07, 2013
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    Brentwood Patch - Oct 10, 2012
  • Female Genital Cutting
    NYTimes - Sep 23, 2007
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    NYTimes - Mar 21, 2007


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ruth Galanter.


1941 Birth Galanter was born about 1941 in New York City, the only child of a teacher and an advertising salesman. … Read More


1970 29 Years Old She moved to Los Angeles in 1970.


1973 32 Years Old 1 More Event
While a Yale student, Galanter and "scores of others" opposed a New Haven urban renewal program that would have bulldozed buildings and cut streets through poor and working-class neighborhoods. In 1973 she was the first California resident to file an appeal under the state's Coastal Preservation Act against an approved project—a Santa Monica plan "first proposed as 1,480 luxury residential units in the end wound up as 340 condos and 160 units for seniors."
1976 35 Years Old Living in Santa Monica at the time, Galanter was active in opposition to a 1976 plan to move two decrepit frame Carpenter Gothic houses from their Ocean Avenue addresses north of Wilshire Boulevard to a city-owned lot in Ocean Park, turning one into an upscale restaurant and the other into a historic museum. … Read More
1977 36 Years Old Galanter was appointed to the South Coast Regional Coastline Commission by Governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown in January 1977.
1980 39 Years Old She was elected chairman in 1980. … Read More


1982 41 Years Old She knew radical and anti-war activist Tom Hayden in college and endorsed him when he ran for the California Assembly in 1982. … Read More
…  She was the victim of a knife attack by a home intruder in 1987 that left her severely wounded. … Read More


1992 51 Years Old Animal shelters, 1992, Galanter sought a grand jury probe of conditions in the city's animal shelters, maintaining that animals in the city's six shelters "are treated inhumanely and are often destroyed within hours after arriving." … Read More
1993 52 Years Old Galanter declined to accept a pay raise, which was "automatically granted by City Charter, in 1993 and 1994, but accepted it in 1995, bringing her salary to the level of Municipal Court judges—$98,069 per year. … Read More


2002 61 Years Old In July 2002, the City Council voted to move Galanter's entire 6th District into the East San Fernando Valley, including Arleta, Sun Valley and parts of Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Panorama City and Pacoima, because of the increase of population in the Valley. … Read More
2003 62 Years Old She was known as a "deft negotiator," working out "delicate compromises that allowed some construction by private landowners" but that saved "key ecological sites." When she was leaving public office at the age of 62 in 2003, a Los Angeles Times reporter described her as a "contrarian councilwoman, an irascible poet who pens verses during public meetings and is known for speaking her mind.... her blunt style could be alienating.... … Read More
2005 64 Years Old In 2005-06, Galanter occupied the Bellarmine College Visiting Chair in Los Angeles Urban Research at Loyola Marymount University. … Read More
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