Padilla Statement on Passing of Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the passing of former Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan:

“I served alongside Mayor Riordan during my first two years on the Los Angeles City Council and am proud of the work we did together on behalf Los Angeles families. Mayor Riordan cared deeply about the city’s children and prioritized the modernization of parks, libraries, and recreational and cultural opportunities for kids. He was instrumental in bringing the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles—now known as the Discovery Cube Los Angeles—to the San Fernando Valley. 

“His response to crisis earned Los Angeles national recognition, both in rebuilding after the devastating Northridge earthquake in 1994 and working with the U. S. Department of Justice to reform the Los Angeles Police Department and advance community policing efforts. And he was instrumental in bringing the Democratic Convention to Los Angeles in 2000, showcasing the City of Angels to a national audience.

“Angela and I offer our deepest condolences and appreciation to Mayor Riordan’s family and loved ones. His legacy has left a lasting mark on our city, and his loss will be deeply felt by all Angelenos.”