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July 2, 1989
"I always thought Hollywood would provide me with a living. What I hadn't expected was that it would also provide me with a subject. "I'm trying to write about the daily life of Hollywood in a way that's more realistic than not. Most fiction about the movies falls into two categories: angry screeds about the unfairness of the business written mostly by disaffected screenwriters. Or supercharged fantasies that try to be about glamour--mostly who wears what and who sleeps with whom.
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SPORTS
May 26, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
David and Dana Pump, San Fernando Valley-based businessmen who are among the most influential figures in college basketball, helped to organize a lucrative scalping operation that is being investigated by federal authorities, according to a man who says he was a participant. The allegations were made by David Freeman, a Lawrence, Kan., real estate developer, in an article published by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday, hours before University of Kansas administrators announced that an examination by a Wichita, Kan., law firm found the "inappropriate" sale and use of thousands of men's basketball and football tickets worth more than $1 million over the last five years.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. David Freeman, an accomplished neurosurgeon who as a young man won eight championship badminton titles, has died. He was 80. Diagnosed last April with Merkle cell carcinoma, Freeman died in San Diego Hospice on June 28. Freeman maintained a successful neurosurgery practice in San Diego for more than 40 years, working out of his office across from Balboa Park. "I always did operations a lot faster than the next guy," he told the San Diego Union in 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2010 | By David Zahniser
The man chosen by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to be the city's "jobs czar" three months ago is in talks to take on an additional assignment: running the Department of Water and Power. Villaraigosa is considering naming First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner as the DWP's interim general manager while the search continues for a permanent top executive, sources said Sunday. The DWP's current interim executive, S. David Freeman, is scheduled to step down within weeks. He has been promoting the mayor's package of residential electric rate hikes, which range from 9% to 28% depending on a household's location and power usage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2009 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has selected S. David Freeman, the onetime head of the Department of Water and Power, as the deputy mayor assigned to carry out his environmental agenda. Viewed by activists as an elder statesman on green issues, Freeman will focus primarily on the mayor's clean-air and water conservation measures, as well as the effort to resurrect a solar energy plan that was narrowly defeated in last month's election.
NEWS
August 2, 1991 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's something quintessentially Hollywood about David Freeman's home--the least of which is that it's located in, well, Hollywood. It goes beyond that naked fact to glossy fiction, Hollywood's particular area of expertise. This is, of course, the land of the big fake, the alluring lie--like life, only new and improved. So it says something about this town that Freeman's lovely low-slung Spanish-style home, which peers over Sunset Boulevard, is known as "the Scott Fitzgerald house."
BOOKS
August 4, 1991 | Paul Rosenfield, Rosenfield is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. His book about power in Hollywood, "The Club Rules," will be published in April by Warner Books
There is so much true wit and big observation in David Freeman's "A Hollywood Life" that I found myself underlining choice bits more than I thought possible in a Hollywood novel. Or a novel by a screenwriter. But if you know Freeman's first book, "A Hollywood Education," you already know he's too good to be a screenwriter. That's the irony. We don't even know his film credits; they're not on his book jackets. Yet with these two books, Freeman proves he's a real author in a company town.
MAGAZINE
August 13, 1989
What a delight to find "Five Summer Stories," each one a short story gem. My favorite was "The Veterinarian's Daughter," by David Freeman. EVE EDELSTEIN Los Angeles
MAGAZINE
November 2, 1997
David Freeman, discussing the fullness of women's lips, declares: "The fullest lips seem to belong to French women" ("Lasting Impressions," SoCal Style, Sept. 14). Say what? I think if he evaluated the lips of black women as a whole, we'd win, no questions asked. But Freeman doesn't even include black actresses in his memorable-lips list. What about Ruby Dee, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, Viveca A. Fox? Freeman seems to position blacks as invisible beings and perpetuates the idea that white women are the most beautiful in the world.
NEWS
December 6, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court seeks to halt the decommissioning of the Rancho Seco nuclear power plant until effects of the shutdown on the environment are determined. The suit contends that closing the plant will worsen air pollution in the Central Valley because of the need for gas-fired plants and other sources to replace Rancho Seco's power generation. The suit was filed on behalf of UC Davis radiobiology professor Marvin Goldman, Daniel St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2009 | David Zahniser
The panel that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power voted Tuesday to name Deputy Mayor S. David Freeman interim general manager, paying him $6,250 per week at the same time the agency retains its recently departed top executive as a consultant. The commission, whose members are appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, voted 3 to 0 to hire Freeman starting Tuesday. Meanwhile, the agency will pay former General Manager H. David Nahai, who announced his resignation Friday, $6,292 per week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2009 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has selected S. David Freeman, the onetime head of the Department of Water and Power, as the deputy mayor assigned to carry out his environmental agenda. Viewed by activists as an elder statesman on green issues, Freeman will focus primarily on the mayor's clean-air and water conservation measures, as well as the effort to resurrect a solar energy plan that was narrowly defeated in last month's election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
The new president of the Los Angeles port commission, S. David Freeman, listened attentively as speaker after speaker stepped to a microphone in a cinder-block gymnasium on the San Pedro waterfront. Freeman had moved the meeting from its usual location -- the boardroom of the port headquarters -- to signal that the newly appointed Board of Harbor Commissioners takes seriously the worries of residents ringing the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2004 | David Freeman, Special to The Times
A few days ago I went to Paul Mazursky's office to see videotape of his recent expedition to Mexico looking for locations for our maybe movie. The footage looked promising and the local film commission fell all over itself, hoping to get the business. That's all good news, of course, but I felt left out. It's the screenwriter's lot -- time to start separating from this thing that has been such a part of me.
BOOKS
March 14, 2004 | Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and reviews movies for Time magazine. He is producing a reconstruction of Sam Fuller's "The Big Red One" for Warner Bros.
One trouble with being a screenwriter is that it leaves you with a lot of time on your hands. In that sense, it is just like being any other kind of writer; you're obliged to wait around for inspiration to strike, in the meantime filling the empty hours with bad ideas and false starts and a lot of glassy-eyed walking around, when you are present but not necessarily emotionally available to those near and dear to you.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2001 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anyone who tries to make a political issue of the electricity crisis will have trouble avoiding S. David Freeman. The energy veteran has held so many key jobs through California's deregulation debacle that he is now both sniper and target in the battle for the governor's office. When the crisis kicked up last year, Freeman was running Los Angeles' public utility under Mayor Richard Riordan, now the best-known Republican candidate for governor.
NEWS
July 21, 1986 | CAROLYN SEE
A Hollywood Education: Tales of Movie Dreams and Easy Money by David Freeman (Putnam's: $17.95) In keeping with this paper's policy of full disclosure about the relation of book reviewer to book, I have two things to say about "A Hollywood Education" before I get started.
NEWS
April 26, 2001 | GEORGE SKELTON
Four months ago, David Freeman--then head of the L.A. Department of Water and Power--said some blunt things about Gov. Gray Davis. Like, he should be bolder and less boring. "Either he thinks like Franklin Roosevelt or he becomes Herbert Hoover," Freeman told me. Pointing to white plaster, he added: "Right now, he's as bland as that wall over there." Freeman went on to declare that Davis should dive into the public power business and name an "energy czar."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2001 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of defending the $43 billion worth of long-term electricity contracts he helped negotiate on behalf of the state, S. David Freeman suggested for the first time Monday that the contracts be renegotiated, perhaps through the new public power agency he now chairs. "There seems to be pretty general agreement that these contracts need to be renegotiated," said Freeman, noting that critics of the contracts include Gov.
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