CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 |
As Los Angeles County supervisors prepare to carve deeply into everything from public safety to social services, they also are spending millions in taxpayer dollars to burnish their public images, pay for chauffeurs, hold parties for friends and lobbyists and support pet projects. Each supervisor receives $3.4 million a year to spend as he or she sees fit, without any public vote or scrutiny. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, for example, has spent more than $200,000 to support his new website along with Facebook and Twitter accounts, according to interviews and a Times review of documents obtained through the state Public Records Act. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas used $25,000 to buy a place in Who's Who in Black Los Angeles.
August 23, 2009
My husband and I did Christopher Reynolds' road trip over nine days in mid-May ["A Drive Through Oregon and Washington, One Beach at a Time," Aug. 9]. However, we flew to Portland, rented a car and began to drive down the Oregon coast from Astoria to San Francisco. Too bad he missed Astoria. We stayed at the beautifully renovated Cannery Pier Hotel, which sits right on the Columbia Bar, where you can watch the ships pass in front of you. It's almost as if you were on the balcony of a cruise ship.
May 25, 2009 |
A royal chauffeur was suspended over allegations that he gave undercover reporters a tour of Queen Elizabeth II's luxury limousines and other sensitive areas of her Buckingham Palace home in exchange for money. London police said they were examining the allegations and holding talks on security with staff at the London palace following reports of the breach. The News of the World tabloid said two of its reporters, posing as wealthy Middle Eastern businessmen, were shown around secure areas of Buckingham Palace and allowed to sit inside Bentleys used by the royal family.
March 8, 2009 |
It's a familiar sight at New York Fashion Week: The women who rule the runways arrive in chauffeured cars with darkened windows. They stop on 40th Street beside the Bryant Park tents and emerge like the clone girls in a Robert Palmer music video, Aphrodites floating in on scallop shells, Starbucks skinny half-caf in one hand, Balenciaga bag in the other. Light bends around them. People know them by name. You never see their male counterparts -- or more accurately you never think you see them.
December 30, 2007 |
It had been nearly three decades since I stood in this spot, looking out across the Neptune Pool of Hearst Castle to the Santa Lucia Mountains. But this time, the feeling was different. Thirty years ago, I had almost free run of this property, having been invited by Mr. and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst Jr. to spend a summer working here. Prompted by Judy, my partner, I returned in 2005 as a tourist.
HOME & GARDEN
August 2, 2007
IN your story on celebrity nondisclosure agreements ["L.A.'s Secret Service," July 26], you neglected to mention one sector of the slave force to celebrities who may see or hear something: the chauffeur. I can say from experience that a lot of celebrities will let their guards down while riding in limousines. They say and do things every bit as controversial in limos as they do anywhere else.
June 10, 2007 |
Avis Budget Group Inc. is offering chauffeurs for its rental cars to win customers who might otherwise use taxis or car services when traveling. Avis customers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and eight other U.S. cities can hire a driver for $30 an hour, plus standard rental car fees, spokesman John Barrows said. The service is also offered in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, New York, Phoenix and Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2006 |
Michael Goodwin gloated about how he would "screw" racing legend Mickey Thompson out of his part of the joint business deal they had signed just hours before, his chauffeur testified Tuesday. The driver, Charles Linkletter, said Goodwin planned to take advantage of Thompson from the beginning of their joint venture into racing promotion. After the 1984 deal was signed, Goodwin launched on a "45-minute diatribe about screwing him, ripping him off."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2005 |
Bernard N. "Tommy" Thompson, one of the last of the Buffalo Soldiers and a chauffeur for several secretaries of agriculture, has died. He was 86. Thompson died Nov. 7 at a hospital in Washington, D.C., of complications from diabetes. He was born Nov. 12, 1918, in Crozet, Va., near Charlottesville. A descendant of Sally Hemings, the slave said to be the mother of several of Thomas Jefferson's children, he forged another tie with history when he enlisted in the Army in 1938.
July 6, 2005 |
Millionaires are a growth market. The ranks of the seven-figured in the U.S. and Canada rose 10% last year, according to Merrill Lynch & Co. One of every 121 North Americans, about 2.7 million, now qualify as "high net worth individuals." The rolls of the highest rollers, with personal wealth greater than $30 million, increased 9% worldwide. So, remember, as you plan your family's financial future: Now is an excellent time to be wealthy. Of course, $1 million isn't what it used to be.