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The Passing of Richard Riordan

Posted on 04/20/2023

LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2023) - Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian has issued the following statement on the passing of former Mayor Richard Riordan.

“Richard Riordan loved Los Angeles, and his contributions to the city are extraordinary and lasting.  

“When the city was devastated by the Northridge earthquake he threw every ounce of his energy and managerial skill into the city’s recovery, and vital infrastructure was rebuilt in record time.

“Nowhere is his impact more visible than in downtown Los Angeles.  He drove the long-delayed completion of Disney Concert Hall, presided over the restoration of City Hall, and rebuilt a library system that had been ravaged by budget cuts and the catastrophic Central Library fire. 

“More fundamentally, he led the drive for Charter reform that created the neighborhood council system, empowering communities across the city.

“The conflicts of that era resisted easy resolution, but Mayor Riordan always aimed for progress, not perfection, and in the Riordan years the city saw very real progress.

“Richard Riordan led a momentous life, and left an indelible mark on our city.  I wish his family — and all those he touched — peace as they mourn their loss. I hope they will find comfort in reflecting on a life well-spent.”