outstanding client service, employing his experience,
knowledge and bi-partisan connections to protect and
advance the interests of each of his clients.
Winning isnt everything, but wanting to
-Vince Lombardi (1913-1970)
Tim is not frightened by a formidable legislative challenge
or by daunting odds. During the height of Speaker
Willie Browns term as Speaker, Tim took on the
Speaker, then Assembly Leader Jim Brulte, then Assemblymember
Richard Polanco and the California Marshals Association
and California Judges Association in a fight for the
control of the security of Los Angeles Courtrooms.
Tim assembled his own powerful team of Assemblymembers
Richard Katz, Pat Nolan and Senator Art Torres, as well
as former Los Angeles Sheriff Sherman Block. After
developing a winning plan and strategy, coupled with
adroit legislative tactics, Tim was successful in getting
then Governor Pete Wilson to sign a bill for his clients,
and veto his competitors measure. Afterwards,
Sheriff Sherman Block publicly commented at a victory
celebration that We wouldnt be here
tonight if it werent for the outstanding advocacy
of Tim Yaryan.
The ability to tell someone to go to hell in such
a way that he actually looks forward to the trip.
Tims efforts in drafting and
coordinating support for Proposition 2, the Clean Water
and Water Conservation Bond are an excellent case in
point. At Tims insistence, the Administration
approved a new water conservation element
in the legislation authored by then Speaker Leo McCarthy.
After the Legislation passed, Tim coordinated with business
groups, environmental organizations, and other state
and local agencies in helping organize a campaign in
support of the bond measure. Proposition 2 was
on the same ballot as Proposition 13, yet while angry
voters overwhelmingly defeated all other spending measures
on the ballot, they approved Proposition 2. Tims
planning and skillful handling was a major reason why
Proposition 2 was the only spending measure approved
by the voters that election.
AFFAIRS Public opinion is no more than this:
What people think that other people think.
-Alfred Austen (1835 1913)
Tims adept handling of the
media was never more apparent than in the great budget
compromise of 2001. Tims clients had tried
for decades to get sales tax relief for the sale of
propane to California residents. Tim partnered
with agriculture, seniors, and other interests to launch
a statewide campaign to demonstrate the difficulties
faced by farmers and rural residents. He then
directed, with his clients active assistance,
a letter writing campaign to the media and legislators
that generated well over 3,000 letters from California
residents and businesses. After capturing the
attention of both the media and the legislators, Tim
worked behind the scenes to help broker a bipartisan
budget deal that not only included propane
sales tax relief for rural homeowners and renters, but
also included significant tax breaks for clean burning
propane for many agricultural users as well.