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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1999
An expert in binational economic development has become the new consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles, the Mexican government has announced. Jose Luis Bernal, 43, took over the office Monday and held a news conference Tuesday. Bernal took part in the negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement and most recently represented Mexico on a United Nations organization for economic development, said Alberto Aviles, the consul press attache.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1999 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to end a controversy over Hurricane Mitch relief efforts, the Nicaraguan consul general in Los Angeles has released a report that he says documents more than $50,000 in donations he managed. But some members of the local Nicaraguan American community questioned this week whether the report accurately reflects all the cash collected by Consul General Silvio Mendez.
NEWS
August 11, 1998 | MARC LACEY and AMANDA ELK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Before a bomb devastated the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, a line of Kenyans and Americans seeking aid would form outside the building every morning. Some hoped for visas. Others had been robbed. Each one faced some dilemma. It was Julian Bartley's job to make sure that not a soul was left by the end of the day. Other senior embassy staffers focused their attention on treaties, contracts or policies. As consul general, Bartley was the embassy's outreach officer for everyday expatriates and locals.
NEWS
August 10, 1998 | ANN M. SIMMONS and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A phalanx of American medical, military, intelligence and diplomatic personnel descended on this capital Sunday as U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell held a solemn memorial service at her suburban Nairobi residence for a dozen dead Americans. The number of Americans known to have been killed in Friday's bombing at the U.S.
NEWS
November 2, 1997 | K. CONNIE KANG and DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Through a tightly controlled and effective public relations campaign, the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles has helped Beijing build its political and economic power base over the past decade, here in its most strategically important American region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1997 | SUSAN DEEMER
Saddleback College is hosting the Honorable Merrick Baker-Bates, the British consul general in Los Angeles, who will speak Wednesday about the importance of international education. Baker-Bates is consul general for Southern California, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii and Clark County, Nev. He took the position in 1992. A graduate of Oxford University, majoring in modern history, Baker-Bates has worked in various British diplomatic capacities in Belgium, Japan, Washington, D.C., and Malaysia.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 1997 | ROBERT STEVENS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Chris Tashima was first offered the role of Chiune "Sempo" Sugihara in Tim Toyama's one-act play "Visas and Virtues," it didn't take long for him to accept. "Being an Asian actor you don't get a chance to play heroes," Tashima, 37, says. "The fact that the play was about Sugihara excited me. . . . The chance to portray him onstage for even a moment would be great."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1997
In the city: Almost every Friday I attend community events. Los Angeles has a very large and diverse Mexican community that organizes many cultural, social and civic activities. Saturday morning: For exercise, I jog several miles. I read Mexican and American newspapers and magazines. Though I do this every day, on weekdays I am able to dedicate extra time to this practice. I also listen to the radio: KLVE, KUSC and oldies like KRTH-FM.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1996 | LORENZA MUNOZ
On her first day as Mexican consul in Oxnard, Luz Elena Bueno spent her time settling in and getting accustomed to the number of Oxnard residents who use the consul's services. "Oxnard is a great place," Bueno said. "There are a lot of people who need documentation and in need of our services. Since I came from a place where there were less people, it is nice to see so many people." Bueno is replacing Luis Humberto Ramirez, longtime consul at the Oxnard office.
NEWS
August 9, 1996 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, 49, the first woman to lead her nation, was named Thursday as Canada's consul general in Los Angeles, effective Sept. 16. Campbell, who has been a lecturer at UC Irvine since February, was selected for the post by Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who dealt Campbell a crushing 1993 election defeat. The consulate in Los Angeles represents the Canadian government in trade, immigration, cultural affairs and other issues in California and four other states.
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