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October 30, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM and JOHN MITCHELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the Eldorado Club in Gardena declared bankruptcy last year, club official Maggie Mundet sent out only two letters to people she thought might want to buy the card club. One was to famed pornographer Larry Flynt, the other to entertainer and game show guru Merv Griffin. Griffin never responded. But two weeks later, Hustler magazine publisher Flynt was in touch, saying that he was thinking about expanding his empire.
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December 16, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt received permission Monday in federal bankruptcy court to pay $8 million for a Gardena card club that he says will be run as a decent, proper business, with no scantily clad hostesses--or games of strip poker. The sale started with a letter to Flynt from a concerned casino employee asking the famed pornographer if he would take over the bankrupt Eldorado Club, which has been closed since last year. When Flynt received the letter, his reply was 'yes.'
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August 29, 1996
Gardena, the grandfather of the Southern California card club scene, is giving its two remaining clubs a tax break. The City Council unanimously agreed this week that the maximum tax the two card clubs will be required to pay on their gross revenues will be reduced from 15 1/2% to 12% in an attempt to help the clubs expand and compete with bigger clubs in neighboring cities. That means the Normandie Club, which opened nearly 50 years ago, will save about $1 million a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM and JOHN MITCHELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the Eldorado Club in Gardena declared bankruptcy last year, club official Maggie Mundet sent out only two letters to people she thought might want to buy the card club. One was to famed pornographer Larry Flynt, the other to entertainer and game show guru Merv Griffin. Griffin never responded. But two weeks later, Hustler magazine publisher Flynt was in touch, saying that he was thinking about expanding his empire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt received permission Monday in federal bankruptcy court to pay $8 million for a Gardena card club that he says will be run as a decent, proper business, with no scantily clad hostesses--or games of strip poker. The sale started with a letter to Flynt from a concerned casino employee asking the famed pornographer if he would take over the bankrupt Eldorado Club, which has been closed since last year. When Flynt received the letter, his reply was 'yes.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1987 | TIM WATERS, Times Staff Writer
"The Normandie has gone Las Vegas, right here in Gardena," Freeman Love crowed recently as he stood on the small stage of the dining room of the Normandie Casino. With that line, the 63-year-old comic launched into his routine. The sound system squealed and the audience of 60 or so groaned at some of his gags. Love kept lobbing the jokes, capturing his biggest laugh when he stepped offstage, removed his toupee and planted it firmly on the head of a balding patron.
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October 1, 1987 | TIM WATERS
"The Normandie has gone Las Vegas, right here in Gardena," Freeman Love crowed the other night as he stood on the small stage of the dining room of the Normandie Casino. With that line, the 63-year-old comic launched into his routine. The sound system squealed and the audience of 60 or so groaned at some of his gags. Love kept lobbing the jokes, capturing his biggest laugh when he stepped offstage, removed his toupee and planted it firmly on the head of a balding patron.
SPORTS
December 13, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Polo, that ancient sport for man and horse first played in Persia more than 2,500 years ago, is undergoing a renaissance among the date palms and tumbleweeds of the Coachella Valley. The United States Polo Assn. has been celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and as a climax, an all-star match of Hall of Fame caliber players--the Polo Master of the Masters--will field two teams of all 10-goal players on Sunday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1990
The former Horseshoe Club in Gardena, the city's oldest casino, will be razed in the coming months and replaced with a modern shopping center. The Gardena City Council approved plans Tuesday night for the 38,500-square-foot development at Rosecrans and Vermont avenues. The shopping center, approved by the Planning Commission last month, will feature two fast-food restaurants and a variety of other businesses. It will be developed by Emil Neshanian of Encino.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1996
Gardena, the grandfather of the Southern California card club scene, is giving its two remaining clubs a tax break. The City Council unanimously agreed this week that the maximum tax the two card clubs will be required to pay on their gross revenues will be reduced from 15 1/2% to 12% in an attempt to help the clubs expand and compete with bigger clubs in neighboring cities. That means the Normandie Club, which opened nearly 50 years ago, will save about $1 million a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1987 | TIM WATERS, Times Staff Writer
"The Normandie has gone Las Vegas, right here in Gardena," Freeman Love crowed recently as he stood on the small stage of the dining room of the Normandie Casino. With that line, the 63-year-old comic launched into his routine. The sound system squealed and the audience of 60 or so groaned at some of his gags. Love kept lobbing the jokes, capturing his biggest laugh when he stepped offstage, removed his toupee and planted it firmly on the head of a balding patron.
NEWS
October 1, 1987 | TIM WATERS
"The Normandie has gone Las Vegas, right here in Gardena," Freeman Love crowed the other night as he stood on the small stage of the dining room of the Normandie Casino. With that line, the 63-year-old comic launched into his routine. The sound system squealed and the audience of 60 or so groaned at some of his gags. Love kept lobbing the jokes, capturing his biggest laugh when he stepped offstage, removed his toupee and planted it firmly on the head of a balding patron.
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August 29, 1999 | Belissa Cohen
"We couldn't very well just call people to come over and buy the jewelry," says Craig Roose, art director and co-visionary behind retro-hip jewelry designers Eldorado Club International. So Roose and his partner, jeweler Joe de Blois, concocted a cool cocktail of casino gambling parties at Craig's funky former Echo Park domicile.
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December 4, 1997
A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday postponed until Dec. 15 a decision on whether adult magazine publisher Larry Flynt can buy the Eldorado Club in Gardena. Flynt's attorneys requested more time to conduct an environmental inspection of the card club property, a portion of which was occupied by a gas station, in order to determine if there is any soil contamination. The Hustler magazine publisher has offered to pay $7.1 million to buy the bankrupt card club that closed last year.
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