April 26, 1993 |
Music Center President Esther Wachtell, who recently reached a $200,000 resignation agreement, repeatedly asked the nonprofit performing arts center to reimburse her for political contributions, according to records and interviews. Wachtell's former vice president said he reimbursed her with center funds, but Wachtell denied the allegation. From 1988 to 1991, Wachtell wrote memos seeking repayment of $4,000 in donations to politicians including Gov.
December 17, 1992 |
The beleaguered president of The Music Center of Los Angeles County said Wednesday she will resign next July but, under a negotiated agreement, will serve as a paid consultant and retain a position on the center's governing board. "I just decided I could continue to serve the Music Center . . . in other ways," said Esther Wachtell, who has headed fund raising for the downtown performing arts complex for five years.
October 23, 1992 |
As part of a secret settlement, the Los Angeles Music Center paid at least $150,000 in salary and benefits to a former vice president after he alleged that he was made the scapegoat for the center's embarrassing financial problems. The former executive, James B. Black, told The Times that those financial difficulties largely resulted from lavish spending by Music Center President Esther Wachtell, who he said ignored his repeated warnings about overspending.
December 15, 1991 |
At a new resort atop the red lava cliffs of Lanai, Hawaii, dozens of wealthy Southern California arts patrons congregated last June for four days of dining and dancing, golf and boating. The excursion was organized as the capstone of the Los Angeles Music Center's annual fund-raising drive--and the guests were there, at $20,000 a couple, to contribute their share.
May 4, 1988 |
On The night of the announcement of her election as president of the Music Center on April 26, Esther Wachtell was showing the place to executives of important philanthropies who were in Los Angeles for a Council on Foundations convention.
April 27, 1988 |
Esther Wachtell, who started as a volunteer stuffing "buck bags" and rose through a number of volunteer and then professional positions, will become president of the Music Center on June 1--the only woman to hold such a post at a major performing arts complex. F. Daniel Frost, chairman of the Music Center Board of Governors, announced her election in a statement released Tuesday, citing Wachtell's longtime association with the Music Center. ". . .