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    The mayor : how I turned around Los Angeles after riots, an earthquake and the O.J. Simpson murder trial [ebook] / Richard J. Riordan, with Patrick Range McDonald.
    by Riordan, Richard J., 1930- author.
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    [United States] : Post Hill Press, 2014.
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    9781618689528 (electronic bk.)
    1618689525 (electronic bk.)
    Between 1993 and 2001, Mayor Richard J. Richard, a maverick multi-millionaire who championed pragmatism over divisive politics, pulled Los Angeles from the brink of collapse and turned around one of the world's most famous cities. Wildly popular today among Angelenos of all stripes, Riordan continues to be a major force in the political and civic worlds of L.A. Riordan, a non-ideological Republican who was pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and pro-immigration, was elected to office in the aftermath of the infamous Rodney King beating and subsequent 1992 L.A. Riots. With ineffectual political leadership at City Hall, racial tensions were running high, the economy was in the tank, and the city's crime and homicide rates grew out of control during the crack cocaine epidemic. But unlike his combative counterpart in New York City, Mayor Rudy Guiliani, Riordan was a healing, compassionate figure that recreated L.A. into a thriving, world-class metropolis-and he's still a key problem solver in the nation's second largest city. Riordan's perspective on effective leadership is like no other. Readers will also learn about the numerous tragedies Riordan faced and how each event shaped him as a person and as mayor. From the deaths of Riordan's two young children to the passing of his mother on the eve of his first mayoral election, Riordan's courage and compassion in the face personal heartbreak illustrates why he is so beloved.
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