Former Hollywood mayor Sal Oliveri dies at 90 | Offer condolences

Salvatore “Sal” Oliveri went from straight-talking community activist to straight-talking Hollywood politician, taking a turn as both mayor and commissioner of the city he loved.

“Sal was the salt of the earth,” Hollywood Commissioner Peter Hernandez said Thursday. “He was a great person. He was down to earth. He was approachable. He’d tell you how he felt. He did not hold back.”

Oliveri died Saturday at age 90. A native New Yorker, he moved to Hollywood in 1960, serving on the city commission for nearly 12 years.

In 1990, he took on rival Mara Giulianti in the race for mayor and beat her by 500 votes. She got her seat back two years later, defeating him in the 1992 election.

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