Ruth Galanter

American politician 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.
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Mayor Candidate: Don't Underestimate Me!
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Councilwoman Jan Perry's campaign for mayor is as much about overcoming perceptions as it is persuading people to vote for her. "I don't understand why people say I'm the underdog," Perry said during a recent interview. "With matching funds, I'll have about the same amount of money as the others. And I've been around as long as they have." The "others" in this race are City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti, who have been polling as the top two of the eight candidates running in the March 5 election to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. A November poll by Loyola Marymount University put Perry in third place, followed by Kevin James, a Republican former talk show host and former federal prosecutor. But the same poll also found that 67percent of voters hadn't made up their minds yet. Perry, 57, a three-term member of the City Council who is termed out in July, remains optimistic she will be able to persuade many of those undecided voters that she ...
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Congresswomen Hahn, Bass Endorse Mike Bonin
Brentwood Patch - over 5 years
Less than 24 hours after Mike Bonin announced he would run to replace CD 11 Councilmember Bill Rosendahl on the Los Angeles City Council, two U.S. Congresswomen have thrown their support behind him. Both Janice Hahn and Karen Bass have chosen to endorse the Mar Vista resident who currently serves as Rosendahl’s chief of staff. Bonin is also Rosendahl’s personal pick to replace him after the councilmember announced he would not be seeking a third term on the council, in order to focus on fighting his battle against cancer. Bass, a former State assembly speaker who represents parts of West Los Angeles, said Bonin’s track record as a chief council deputy and community organizer has prepared him to be the Westside’s councilmember. "I enthusiastically endorse Mike Bonin to succeed Bill Rosendahl on the Los Angeles City Council,” Bass said in an official statement. “Mike is thoughtful, creative and he knows how to get things done. That’s the kind of leadership we need in a time ...
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Female Genital Cutting
NYTimes - over 10 years
To the Editor: Re ''Voices Rise in Egypt to Shield Girls From an Old Tradition'' (front page, Sept. 20): Islamic scholars and health care practitioners have important supportive roles in addressing the social and physical consequences of female genital cutting, but it is in the collective decisions of communities that have traditionally cut their
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Square Feet; A Glimpse of a More Vertical Los Angeles
NYTimes - almost 11 years
Long before ''the new urbanism'' became a tired phrase, Playa Vista, the last remaining large tract of undeveloped land on this city's traffic-choked West Side, was envisioned as a place where people could live, work, shop and play without leaving their neighborhood. Now a community of 4,500 people, Playa Vista is situated between Westchester
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National Briefing | West: California: Confirming Police Chief
NYTimes - over 15 years
William J. Bratton, former New York City police commissioner, was confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council, 14 to 1, as police chief. Nate Holden, a supporter of former Chief Bernard C. Parks, was the lone member to vote against Mr. Bratton. He was confirmed after three hours of testimonials from citizens' groups and mostly gentle questioning from
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A Little Piece of Los Angeles Is a Wide Open Battleground
NYTimes - over 16 years
When the architect Frank O. Gehry signed on recently to design a hip new office park at an immense development here known as Playa Vista, the combatants in a 20-year war over the site finally had something they could agree on. To each side, Mr. Gehry seemed a savior. For the developers of the project, which would combine offices, apartments, hotel
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PUBLIC LIVES; A Quick Climb Up the Los Angeles Political Ladder
NYTimes - over 16 years
ALEX PADILLA grew up poor in Pacoima, which was pretty much the norm in that distressed section of the San Fernando Valley. But the young man, who can still vividly recount late-night excursions with his father to scavenge for recyclables, broke early on with what might be considered normal in that community. He went to the Massachusetts Institute
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New Hollywood Studio Wrangles Over Project
NYTimes - over 19 years
It was the high-tech vision that was supposed to make the dream in Dreamworks come true, the first newly built Hollywood studio in nearly 60 years, nestled in a 1,000-acre tract amid the coastal wetlands where Howard Hughes built his giant seaplane, the Spruce Goose. But now Dreamworks SKG, the studio partnership of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey
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5 Years After Los Angeles Riots, Inner City Still Cries Out for Jobs
NYTimes - almost 21 years
Five years ago, as this troubled city limped away from three deadly days of rioting, civic leaders seized on the idea that the best way to repair the damage and quell the discontent was to create jobs, particularly for inner-city residents like Johnny Sight. Mr. Sight, part Hispanic and part black, just like the smoldering South-Central Los Angeles
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Giving Los Angeles an Airport Tower to Write Home About
NYTimes - almost 22 years
IT'S a departure," Daniel Olivas, a project manager for the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles, was saying the other day. He was not talking about one of the 1,100-or-so airplanes taking off daily from Los Angeles International Airport, but about the city's arresting, controversial $19 million air-traffic control tower, which will be
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City of Angels Makes Peace in Water Wars
NYTimes - over 23 years
Clusters of pale, delicate limestone spires, stranded in the sagebrush that surrounds a shrinking, million-year-old lake, help tell the story of decades of water wars in which California's thirsty south has sucked dry some of the lakes and rivers of the north. These brittle fingers, aquatic stalagmites as tall as a man or taller, have been left
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Developers and Environmentalists Join Forces on Wetlands
NYTimes - over 23 years
Developers and environmentalists, two groups that typically clash over land use, have found common ground in efforts to restore the largest remaining wetlands in Los Angeles. Once a fertile habitat stretching across 2,000 acres of the California coastline, the Ballona wetlands have over the years been reduced to a 200-acre marsh choked with
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    THIRTIES
  • 2005
    In 2005-06, Galanter occupied the Bellarmine College Visiting Chair in Los Angeles Urban Research at Loyola Marymount University.
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  • 2003
    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....
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  • 2002
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    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.
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  • 1992
    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."
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Strongly opposed to the plans of Summa Corporation for a 1,087-acre piece of prime vacant land at the foot of the Westchester Bluffs when she first entered the City Council in 1987—"one of the largest real estate developments ever contemplated for Los Angeles"—Galanter spent much of her time afterward in trying to mitigate the effects of the proposed $7 billion residential, retail and hotel package; she did, at the end, vote in favor of the deal as it was finally put forth by Maguire Thomas Partners in 1993.
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    Galanter won the June 1987 final vote, 21,846 to 15,855 in what the Los Angeles Times called "a dramatic election that signals the rise of a new constituency in city politics and sends troubling signals to the mayor's office" (Tom Bradley).
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    She was the victim of a knife attack by a home intruder in 1987 that left her severely wounded.
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  • 1982
    She knew radical and anti-war activist Tom Hayden in college and endorsed him when he ran for the California Assembly in 1982.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    She was elected chairman in 1980.
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  • 1977
    Galanter was appointed to the South Coast Regional Coastline Commission by Governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown in January 1977.
  • 1976
    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.
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  • 1973
    In 1973, working as the newsletter editor with the National Health Law Program, a federally funded legal-services program for the poor, she was part of a group endorsing a statewide campaign for national and state health insurance.
    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."
  • 1970
    She moved to Los Angeles in 1970.
  • OTHER
  • 1941
    Galanter was born about 1941 in New York City, the only child of a teacher and an advertising salesman.
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