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Richard J. Riordan
Richard Riordan

In office
1993 – 2001
Preceded by Tom Bradley
Succeeded by James K. Hahn

Born May 1, 1930 (1930-05-01) (age 77)
Flag of the United States New York, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse Nancy Daly Riordan
Children 3
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Princeton University
Religion Roman Catholic

Richard J. Riordan (born May 1, 1930) is a Republican politician from California, U.S. who served as the California Secretary of Education from 20032005 and as Mayor of Los Angeles from 19932001. Riordan ran for Governor of California unsuccessfully in 2002. A Catholic, he is married to Nancy Daly Riordan and has three daughters from his first marriage. Image File history File links Official portrait of California Secretary for Education Richard Riordan. ... Los Angeles City Hall The mayor of Los Angeles is the Chief Executive Officer of the City. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Thomas J. Tom Bradley (December 29, 1917 – September 29, 1998) was the mayor of Los Angeles, California from 1973 to 1993 (five terms) and only the second African American mayor of a major U.S. city. ... James Hahn James Kenneth Hahn (born July 3, 1950) is an American politician from the Democratic Party. ... is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... NY redirects here. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, in the United States of America. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) and Governor Gray Davis (right) with President George W. Bush in 2003 The Governor of California is the highest executive authority in the state government, whose responsibilities include making yearly State of the State addresses to the California State Legislature, submitting the budget, and ensuring that... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


On August 2, 2007, the New York Post's Cindy Adams reported that Riordan, left his wife, Nancy, because he had two mistresses — one 43, one 34.[citation needed] The New York Post is the 13th-oldest newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ...

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Pre-political life

Riordan, an Irish-American, was born in Flushing, New York and attended Princeton University, earning a degree in philosophy. He then served in the Korean War, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1956. Shortly thereafter he received an inheritance from his father. He invested the money in four firms — Control Data Corporation, Litton Industries, Haloid (predecessor of Xerox), and Syntex — and within a few years had converted an $80,000 investment into almost $500,000. Irish Americans are citizens of the United States who can claim some ancestry originating in the west European island nation of Ireland. ... Flushing is a section of the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, in the United States of America. ... The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders... Doctor of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, or Juris Doctor (abbreviated J.D. or JD, from the Latin, Teacher of Law) is a professional degree in law offered by universities in a number of countries. ... It has been suggested that Student Funded Fellowships be merged into this article or section. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Control Data Corporation, or CDC, was one of the pioneering supercomputer firms. ... Litton Industries was a large defense contractor in the United States, bought by the Northrop Grumman Corporation in 2001. ... Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) (name pronounced ) is a global document management company, which manufactures and sells a range of color and black-and-white printers, multifunction systems, photo copiers, digital production printing presses, and related consulting services and supplies. ...


He moved to Los Angeles to begin work as an attorney for the downtown law firm of O'Melveny & Myers, but spent the next several years moving from firm to firm while honing his skills as a venture capitalist. Among his successes were the first company to produce low-cost cassette tapes, as well as a $650,000 investment in Convergent Technologies which soared to $19.9 million when it was acquired by Unisys in 1985. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A law firm is a business entity formed by one or more lawyers to engage in the practice of law. ... Venture capital is a general term to describe financing for startup and early stage businesses as well as businesses in turn around situations. ... For the meaning of cassette in genetics, see cassette (genetics). ... Convergent Technologies was a company formed by a small group of people who left Intel Corporation in 1979. ... Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States, and incorporated in Delaware[2], is a global provider of information technology services and solutions. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...


In the mid-1980s he formed a venture capital firm called Riordan, Lewis & Haden with a J. Christopher Lewis, a former professional tennis player, and former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Pat Haden. In addition to venture projects, Riordan was also involved in several leveraged buyouts of supermarket chains and, most notably, toy manufacturer Mattel in 1984. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows, New York Tennis is a game played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players (doubles). ... The St. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Pat Haden (born January 23, 1953 in Westbury, New York) played quarterback for the National Football League Los Angeles Rams from 1976 to 1981. ... A leveraged buyout (or LBO, or highly-leveraged transaction (HLT), or bootstrap transaction) occurs when a financial sponsor gains control of a majority of a target companys equity through the use of borrowed money or debt. ... Exterior of a typical British supermarket (a Tesco Extra) Exterior of typical North American supermarket (a Safeway) This Flagship Randalls store in Houston, Texas is an example of an upscale supermarket. ... Mattel Inc. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Riordan Foundation

Richard Riordan created The Riordan Foundation in 1981 with the goal of enabling people to acquire the skills necessary to compete successfully in society. The foundation works to teach children how to read and write at an early age and to nurture leadership skills in young adults. Now, nearly 25 years later, The Riordan Foundation has encouraged computer-based, early childhood literacy programs across the country and youth development and leadership programs with over 2,300 graduates. Through its Rx for Reading programs, The Riordan Foundation has distributed over 23,400 computers to over 2,110 schools in 40 states and provided funds for over 145,000 books purchased for elementary classroom libraries. (Description taken from the official Riordan Foundation website)


Mayor

When Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley announced his retirement, Riordan's interest turned to the 1993 mayoral election. It was to be a pivotal election for several reasons. Bradley had served in office for five terms, so the winner would be the first new face in two decades. During this time Los Angeles had became a major world city, but had also witnessed a dramatic rise in crime, especially gang violence, traffic, and other problems damaging the city's quality of life. The booming economy of the previous three decades had fizzled. Racial tensions had risen with the LAPD under Chief Daryl Gates under sharp criticism for his tactics, and when a Korean-American store owner, Soon Ja Du, was sentenced only to probation after she had shot 15-year old Latasha Harlins over a bottle of orange juice. Overshadowing and overarching all were the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which followed the acquittal of four LAPD officers accused of beating African-American motorist Rodney King. This is a list of mayors of Los Angeles, California. ... Thomas J. Tom Bradley (December 29, 1917 – September 29, 1998) was the mayor of Los Angeles, California from 1973 to 1993 (five terms) and only the second African American mayor of a major U.S. city. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... London New York City Paris Tokyo A global city (also known as a world city or world-class city) is a city with a somewhat subjective set of traits, some of which are listed below. ... For other uses, see Gang (disambiguation). ... “LAPD” redirects here. ... Daryl F. Gates was the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) from 1978 until 1992. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Soon Ja Du is the Korean American Los Angeles grocery store owner infamous for shooting and killing Latasha Harlins in 1991. ... Latasha Harlins (1976-1991) was an African-American teenager shot and killed by Soon Ja Du, a Korean-American liquor store worker. ... Orange juice is sometimes artificially colored to match the color of orange rinds. ... The 1992 Los Angeles riots, also known as the Rodney King uprising or the Rodney King riots, were sparked on April 29, 1992 when a predominately white jury acquitted four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King when he resisted arrest following a high-speed... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Rodney King Rodney Glen King (born April 2, 1965 in Sacramento, California) is an African-American taxi driver who became famous after his violent arrest by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was videotaped by a bystander, George Holliday [1]. The incident raised a public outcry among people...


Riordan and Mike Woo, City Councilman for Hollywood, emerged as the leading candidates in a fierce and bitter race. Although municipal elections in California are non-partisan, the news media observed that Republican Riordan and Democrat Woo contrasted starkly. Riordan campaigned as a businessman "tough enough to turn L.A. around." He promised to crack down on crime, stating that "from a safe city, all else follows," by hiring 3,000 additional police officers, and to shore up the city's finances and business environment by reducing regulation and contracting private firms to operate LAX. Riordan spent several million dollars on his campaign out of his own pocket. Woo's campaign criticized the police and attacked Riordan as too wealthy and too white to understand the issues of concern to the ordinary Angeleno. Michael Woo (1951-) is a California politician. ... ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Runway layout at LAX “LAX” redirects here. ...


On election day, Riordan won a decisive victory, 54%-46%, becoming the first Republican mayor in over thirty years. Many of his proposals were blocked by the heavily Democratic City Council or proved simply unfeasible in reality; for example, the police academy did not have enough classroom space and instructors to train as many new police officers as Riordan had initially promised. Nevertheless, he was seen as successful. He streamlined certain business regulations and established "one-stop" centers around the city for functions such as permit applications. He feuded with Gates' successor, former Philadelphia police commissioner Willie Williams, but oversaw a general decline in crime. (In 1997, Riordan replaced Williams with LAPD veteran Bernard Parks.) In 1997, he was reelected in a landslide against California State Senator Tom Hayden. Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Police Commissioner (or Commissioner of Police) is the title of the chief officer of many law enforcement agencies. ... Willie L. Williams served as LAPD police chief 1992-1997. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Bernard Parks, currently a member of the Los Angeles City Council, is the former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Tom Hayden outside the 2004 Democratic National Convention Thomas Emmett Tom Hayden (born December 11, 1939) is an American social and political activist and politician, most famous for his involvement in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s. ...


Riordan's tenure was marked by a controversy over the massive cost overruns occurring during the construction of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Red Line subway, a project close to his heart. At the same time, a previously little-known group called the Bus Riders Union sued the city — on the basis of racial discrimination — over diversion of funds from buses to Red Line construction, and managed to force it into a ten-year consent decree in 1996 that eviscerated MTA funding for the construction of subway and light rail projects. Riordan has publicly lamented signing the consent decree and counts it as the biggest mistake of his mayoral tenure. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (also known as Metro, MTA or LACMTA) is the state chartered regional transportation planning and public transportation operating agency for the county of Los Angeles. ... A rapid transit, underground, subway, tube, elevated, or metro(politan) system is a railway—usually in an urban area—with a high capacity and frequency of service, and grade separation from other traffic. ... The Bus Riders Union (BRU) is a United States civil rights organization originally formed in Los Angeles, California in 1994. ... DECREE - The judgment or sentence of a court of equity which corresponds to the judgment of a court of law. ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ...


Riordan tackled the problem of governing the sprawling city by spearheading the creation of neighborhood-based councils, to provide community organizations a way to participate in governance. He paid special attention to improving the state of the Los Angeles Unified School District; while he had no direct jurisdiction over that body, he campaigned heavily for reform-oriented candidates. He further invested his own personal money into California's school system, spending nearly $50 million for new classroom furnishings, including computers. Indeed, while mayor, Riordan was noted for taking a salary of only $1 per year, instead living comfortably off his wealth. In 1999 he backed a City Charter reform that curtailed the ability of members of the City Council to block reforms. The Los Angeles Unified School District (the LAUSD) is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


Riordan was succeeded in 2001 by James K. Hahn after being term-limited out of office; in fact, it was Riordan who spearheaded the city's term limit ballot initiave, prior to becoming mayor. In the mayoral primary election that year, Riordan had endorsed his advisor and friend Steve Soboroff. Soboroff came in third in the nonpartisan race, and Hahn and former California State Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa advanced to the runoff. In the runoff election, Hahn defeated Villaraigosa, whom Riordan endorsed for the second round of balloting. Villaraigosa would go on to beat Hahn in a 2005 rematch for Mayor. James Hahn James Kenneth Hahn (born July 3, 1950) is an American politician from the Democratic Party. ... A term limit is a legal restriction that limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office. ... In 2001, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan was prevented from running for a third term because of term limits. ... Steve Soboroff Steve Soboroff (born August 31, 1948) is a real estate developer and president of Playa Vista. ... Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. ...


2002 Gubernatorial race

In 2002, Riordan, a moderate Republican called a "Republican In Name Only" by some, decided to seek the governorship. He was opposed in the Republican primary election by conservative businessman Bill Simon and former California Secretary of State Bill Jones. Although he led early in the race by over 30 percentage points, he eventually lost to Simon by 18 percent. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Republican In Name Only, or RINO, is a disparaging term for a member of the Republican Party of the United States whose political views or actions are perceived as not conservative and outside the conservative mainstream. ... A primary election is an election in which voters in a jurisdiction select candidates for a subsequent election (nominating primary). ... This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... Bill Simon, in mid-2005 William E. Simon, Jr. ... The Secretary of State of California is the states chief elections officer. ... Bill Jones William Leon Jones (born December 20, 1949) is a U.S. politician who served as the 27th Secretary of State of California Born in Coalinga, California, Jones earned his bachelors degree in agribusiness and plant sciences from California State University, Fresno in 1971. ...


One controversial aspect of his loss was the fact that Governor Gray Davis' campaign spent millions of dollars running attack ads against Riordan — essentially helping the Simon campaign. It is very rare for a candidate to try to influence the other party's primary in such a manner; however, Davis felt that he had a much better chance against the conservative Simon than the moderate Riordan, and that the move was worth the risk. Riordan lost the primary, and Davis went on to defeat Simon 47%–42% in the general election. Joseph Graham Davis Jr. ...


California Secretary of Education

When Davis was removed by the 2003 California recall, there was speculation that Riordan might run for his office. However, after friend and fellow moderate Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his intention to run, Riordan decided against running himself. He endorsed Schwarzenegger, and, following his victory, served on his transition team, and was appointed to the cabinet as Secretary of Education. Riordan left the position on June 30, 2005. The 2003 California recall was a special election permitted under California law. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Not known for his eloquence, Riordan became the center of a media circus, due to a remark made July 1, 2004 to a 6-year-old girl, Isis D'Luciano, in Santa Barbara. During a children's library event, she asked Riordan if he knew what her name, Isis, meant. Riordan responded, "it means stupid, dirty girl," laughed with several others in the crowd, and then asked her what it really meant. She then replied, "It means 'Egyptian goddess'," to which Riordan stated, "That's nifty." He later explained it as a failed attempt at humor. Although Governor Schwarzenegger continued to support him, Riordan's resignation was demanded by State Assemblyman Mervyn M. Dymally, citizens' rights groups, and civil rights groups, including the NAACP, and LULAC. The NAACP, however, rescinded their insistence after learning that the girl was white.[citation needed] Media circus is a pejorative description of the media. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California Coordinates: , County Santa Barbara Government  - Mayor Marty Blum Area  - City 111. ... Isis is a goddess in Egyptian mythology. ... Look up Humour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... California State Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally Mervyn Malcolm Dymally, Ph. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, generally pronounced as EN Double AY SEE PEE) is one of the oldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States. ... LULAC is an organization which strives for rights for Hispanic Americans. ...


The Los Angeles Examiner

In early 2003 Riordan began circulating a prototype of a weekly newspaper he intended to begin publishing that June. The Los Angeles Examiner was intended to be a locally-focused, sophisticated, and politically independent publication. [1], [2] It was never published. Riordan put the project on hold when he was appointed state secretary of education.[3]


Current involvement in city politics

Richard Riordan has maintained a close relationship with the current Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. There have been articles written about their relationship and similar governing themes; in fact, several pictures of Villaraigosa and Riordan together hang in the Mayor's entry hallway to his City Hall office.


Richard Riordan is known to have an icy relationship with his immediate successor, former Mayor James Hahn. While Riordan was Mayor, he and then-City Attorney Hahn disagreed on several issues, the most prominent being the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Scandal.


In the 2001 election for Mayor, Riordan endorsed his friend and advisor Steve Soboroff in the primary and Antonio Villaraigosa in the general election. In 2005, he backed former State Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg in the primary and Antonio Villaraigosa in the general election. In both races, he chose not to endorse James Hahn.


Restaurateur

Richard Riordan is also a restaurateur. Prior to becoming Mayor, he purchased the landmark Original Pantry Cafe in Downtown Los Angeles, just a block from Staples Center. He also owns Gladstones 4 Fish in Malibu, California and is currently acquiring Mort's Deli, which has become somewhat of an institution in Pacific Palisades, California.


References

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Preceded by
Tom Bradley
Mayor of Los Angeles, California
19932001
Succeeded by
James K. Hahn

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