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June 14, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writers
The chairman of the House Ethics Committee on Tuesday defended his wife's participation in a minority business enterprise at Los Angeles International Airport, asserting that she did not receive favoritism and was "very well qualified for this type of operation." At the same time, Rep. Julian C. Dixon (D-Los Angeles), whose committee investigated alleged ethics abuses by recently resigned House Speaker Jim Wright, insisted there was no connection between his wife's airport business and a lucrative contract awarded by the Ethics Committee to the Los Angeles law firm of Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Cochran is a member and former chairman of the Airport Commission.
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October 28, 1990 | GEORGE HATCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After enduring sharp criticism in the primary for his dealings with African countries, Rep. Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Compton) appears well on the way to winning a sixth congressional term in a markedly kinder and gentler general election campaign. Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Julian C. Dixon of Los Angeles is expected to emerge victorious in a rematch with a Republican businessman he easily defeated in 1988. In the 31st Congressional District, Dymally, 64, faces Republican Eunice N.
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July 31, 1989
House Ethics Committee Chairman Julian C. Dixon (D-Los Angeles) says he was never lobbied by a firm with which his wife now has a lucrative business deal, but the company's law firm, according to papers filed with the Justice Department, says it contacted him on company business four times in 1986 and 1987. In written responses to questions about the meetings, Dixon said the documents contain "erroneous" information. He said the subject of Duty Free Shoppers Group Ltd.
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November 18, 1989 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Airport Department program to help minorities and women develop business skills has instead helped a small group with political connections to reap $7.3 million in profits for little or no work, according to a city report Friday. Among those who profited was Betty Dixon, wife of House Ethics Committee Chairman Julian Dixon (D-Los Angeles), who has made at least $499,408 over the last four years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1989 | ELIZABETH J. MANN and DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writers
In a presentation intended to dispel concerns about the role of its minority and female partners, Duty Free Shoppers Group Ltd. Partnership on Wednesday assured Los Angeles airport officials that the partners are directly involved in running gift and duty-free shops at Los Angeles International Airport.
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June 13, 1989 | GLENN F. BUNTING and RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writers
The wife of House Ethics Committee Chairman Julian Dixon (D-Los Angeles) earned more than $100,000 in each of the last two years on Los Angeles International Airport concessions contracts designed to help economically disadvantaged businesses, The Times has learned. In at least one contract, neither Betty Dixon nor her partners in two firms apparently have served in the type of direct management role intended by a government program for minority- and women-run firms. Betty Dixon is one of 10 partners who were selected by Duty Free Shoppers Group Ltd. Partnership, the world's largest duty-free concessionaire, to boost its minority and female participation and thus its chances of winning contracts to operate gift shops at the airport.
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November 18, 1989 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Airport Department program to help minorities and women develop business skills has instead helped a small group with political connections to reap $7.3 million in profits for little or no work, according to a city report Friday. Among those who profited was Betty Dixon, wife of House Ethics Committee Chairman Julian Dixon (D-Los Angeles), who has made at least $499,408 over the last four years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1990 | GEORGE HATCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After enduring sharp criticism in the primary for his dealings with African countries, Rep. Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Compton) appears well on the way to winning a sixth congressional term in a markedly kinder and gentler general election campaign. Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Julian C. Dixon of Los Angeles is expected to emerge victorious in a rematch with a Republican businessman he easily defeated in 1988. In the 31st Congressional District, Dymally, 64, faces Republican Eunice N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1990
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a plan aimed at ensuring the "integrity" of a program that was designed to aid disadvantaged minorities and women but has come under fire for benefitting political insiders. The council's unanimous vote will force all women-run and minority-owned businesses that want to become involved in the city's affirmative-action program to first be certified by the Office of Contract Administration, a branch of the Department of Public Works.
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June 16, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
What is a "disadvantaged business enterprise?" What is "hands-on" management? These are the most important questions surrounding airport contracts involving prominent people such as Betty Dixon, Bishop H. H. Brookins, John Mack and Herman J. Russell, a successful Atlanta builder. City and federal officials are now investigating contracts at Los Angeles International Airport that were granted under programs designed to aid "disadvantaged" businesses. The questions center on whether some participants qualified for such contracts, given their wealth and the absence of day-to-day participation in the airport businesses.
NEWS
July 31, 1989
House Ethics Committee Chairman Julian C. Dixon (D-Los Angeles) says he was never lobbied by a firm with which his wife now has a lucrative business deal, but the company's law firm, according to papers filed with the Justice Department, says it contacted him on company business four times in 1986 and 1987. In written responses to questions about the meetings, Dixon said the documents contain "erroneous" information. He said the subject of Duty Free Shoppers Group Ltd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1989 | ELIZABETH J. MANN and DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writers
In a presentation intended to dispel concerns about the role of its minority and female partners, Duty Free Shoppers Group Ltd. Partnership on Wednesday assured Los Angeles airport officials that the partners are directly involved in running gift and duty-free shops at Los Angeles International Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writers
The chairman of the House Ethics Committee on Tuesday defended his wife's participation in a minority business enterprise at Los Angeles International Airport, asserting that she did not receive favoritism and was "very well qualified for this type of operation." At the same time, Rep. Julian C. Dixon (D-Los Angeles), whose committee investigated alleged ethics abuses by recently resigned House Speaker Jim Wright, insisted there was no connection between his wife's airport business and a lucrative contract awarded by the Ethics Committee to the Los Angeles law firm of Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Cochran is a member and former chairman of the Airport Commission.
NEWS
June 13, 1989 | GLENN F. BUNTING and RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writers
The wife of House Ethics Committee Chairman Julian Dixon (D-Los Angeles) earned more than $100,000 in each of the last two years on Los Angeles International Airport concessions contracts designed to help economically disadvantaged businesses, The Times has learned. In at least one contract, neither Betty Dixon nor her partners in two firms apparently have served in the type of direct management role intended by a government program for minority- and women-run firms. Betty Dixon is one of 10 partners who were selected by Duty Free Shoppers Group Ltd. Partnership, the world's largest duty-free concessionaire, to boost its minority and female participation and thus its chances of winning contracts to operate gift shops at the airport.
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October 21, 1990 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Democratic Rep. Julian C. Dixon of Los Angeles is in a rematch with Republican businessman George Z. Adams, whom he defeated two years ago. A low-key but generally respected member of the House, Dixon was briefly in the spotlight in 1989 when, as chairman of the House Ethics Committee, he presided over the inquiry involving House Speaker Jim Wright, who subsequently resigned from the House.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of a controversy over the awarding of airport concession contracts, Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo on Tuesday called for an accelerated review of how people and firms are selected under the airport's minority contracting program. Woo's motion, which was sent to the Governmental Operations Committee that he heads, acknowledges that Los Angeles' chief administrative officer is already reviewing the entire city's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises program, but said the mid-September deadline for completion is not soon enough, given recent revelations about airport contracts.
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