A fund-raising first--a $1,000-a-plate banquet for an out-of-state senator, right here in L.A.
It's for Sen. Bob Packwood, the junior GOP senator from Oregon, who is expected to have only mild opposition when he runs for his fourth term in 1986. Of course, Packwood is chairman of the truly powerful Senate Finance Committee (which will handle tax reform legislation in the upper house, once the White House unveils its plan later this spring). Local GOPites say that Packwood has held similar events recently in New York, Dallas and Chicago--events that have averaged $300,000 each.
Howard Allen, chairman of the board of Southern California Edison Co., will chair the L.A. version set for the ballroom of the new Century Plaza Tower on Aug. 5. Events with a $1,000 price tag have been held for non-Californians--but these have been smaller affairs, averaging several dozen big givers.
ALLIES--Another major GOP name--Arco's Robert O. Anderson--will be featured at a big dinner. But this time it's a nonpartisan affair, with Anderson--chairman of the Atlantic Richfield Co.--being honored by the L.A. NAACP with the Roy Wilkins Award. Arco, a major supporter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, is cited as a "pace-setter and is looked upon in the minority community as an ally and friend." Named for "Humanitarianism" is South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who will also be on hand for the dinner June 3.
INTERESTING INVITES--Mailgrams went out this week, inviting several hundred honchos to meet "Dan Shapiro, our candidate for City Controller," at a breakfast next Thursday. Signers included expected names, like Councilmen John Ferraro and Ernani Bernardi and former state Atty. Gen. Evelle J. Younger. Also, Jules Radcliff Jr., an attorney with a major role in the recent campaign of City Atty. James Hahn. Another series of telegram invites with slightly different language went out signed by attorney Edward Sanders--a longtime Democrat and Jimmy Carter adviser. Sanders has held a wide range of positions in the Jewish community--but the bastion of political punch there, the Waxman-Berman operation, is backing Rick Tuttle in the June 4 election.
PEACE--Called "The Ribbon," it's more than eight miles of banners that will surround the Pentagon and weave to other public places in Washington, come Aug. 4, two days before the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Justine Merritt of Denver thought up the project three years ago, and crisscrossed the country, urging individuals and groups to produce panels of double muslin, 18 inches by 36 inches, on which they could paint, embroider or quilt expressions of their feelings about peace. In California, about 1,500 "ribbons" created here will be sewn together and displayed at Merritt Park in Oakland on May 31 to June 2.
BORN IN THE U.S.A.--But he loves Italian food. So Bruce Springsteen and a small group gathered during the weekend at Marino's on Melrose to "Happy Birthday" his mom, Adele. The cake, from L.A. Desserts, came complete with fresh flowers, but then, isn't that the way it's done back in Freehold, N.J.?
POLI SIGH--Ma Maison had the usual Tinseltown crowd there last Friday--like David Begelman with his cronies, and, at a nearby table, Gladyce Begelman and Pamela Mason. But wasn't that Councilwoman Peggy Stevenson with RTD's Nick Patsaouras. And didn't Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky, at another table and kidded about eating with the stars, have the best line? "All the good restaurants are in my district." . . . Yaroslavsky hosts San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros at one of the councilman's regular breakfasts for several hundred, May 20. . . . Stevenson and challenger Mike Woo debate May 23 at a breakfast meeting sponsored by MECLA, the gay-rights political action committee. . . . Ann Hart, the daughter of the late Michigan Sen. Phil Hart and a mezzo-soprano, will sing the National Anthem at the Dodgers game tonight.
LANDING--Iwo Jima--the bloodiest and fiercest battle in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps--28,000 American casualties and of those, 7,000 fatalities. Japanese fatalities numbered 20,000 men. On May 27, KCET and public TV across the country present the documentary, "Iwo Jima," narrated by Ed McMahon (a retired Marine colonel), and produced by Arnold Shapiro. A lunch at KCET Tuesday will feature a Marine Color Guard and will be hosted by Jim Montgomery, board chairman of Great Western Financial Corp., KCET's chair Dennis Stanfill and Shapiro. Sue Raney will sing, and John Pasanen, a minister from Northern California and a veteran of Iwo Jima featured in the documentary, will be on hand, along with a lot of current Marine brass.