The Los Angeles City Council adjourned its meeting Tuesday in honor of longtime Daily News reporter Rick Orlov, who died Monday at age 66.

Council President Herb Wesson joined other council members to dedicate the final 25 minutes of the meeting to Orlov. They described him as a “class act” and fixture at City Hall whose “Tipoff” column on Monday mornings was a must-read.

Orlov, who covered City Hall for the Daily News for nearly 30 years, died of complications from diabetes.

San Fernando Valley-area Councilwoman Nury Martinez said Orlov “changed the landscape of Los Angeles journalism” when he joined the Los Angeles Daily News in 1978, and he “brought the news to the public until the day he died.”

Orlov stood out as someone who “genuinely cared” and was “always wonderful to talk to,” Martinez said. “He was a gentleman and an excellent journalist. I will miss you, my friend. May you rest in peace.”

Councilman Bob Blumenfield said Orlov’s coverage brought “City Hall to life” for the Daily News’ San Fernando Valley readers.

“Everyone in the Valley reads what he writes. He will be sorely missed,” he said.

Council members also noted Orlov’s steady coverage and work ethic.

“It was a shock if you didn’t see Rick here in this chamber because of his devotion to his work,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, who was interviewed by Orlov only a few days ago.

“I might have been the last interview that he did on Friday,” he said. “He was calling in from home, and apparently quite ill, but still doing his work.”

Krekorian said Orlov was a source of “institutional knowledge” and that for many years, while “some of us, we kind of come and go,” Orlov “remained and Rick saw it all, through many mayors and many council members — he saw it all.”

“That afforded him the ability to hold us accountable,” Krekorian said.

Wesson and several San Fernando Valley council members signed onto a motion today to rename the media conference room behind the Council Chamber in honor of Orlov.

Orlov’s sister, Joanne Levy, will hold a public memorial at 2 p.m. Thursday at her home, 502 N. Elm Drive in Beverly Hills. The Daily News is also planning a public memorial.

City News Service

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