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April 26, 1993 | TRACY WOOD and DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1993
I read your article "Music Center Head Sought Payment for Political Gifts" (April 26) with utter amazement and disbelief. For many years San Fernando Valley arts and cultural groups have received a disproportionate and inequitable share of city and county cultural and arts funds. It would appear that Esther Wachtell and at least one other high-level official of the Music Center knew how to influence elected officials to increase public funds for a downtown nonprofit organization--the Music Center.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1993
I read your article "Music Center Head Sought Payment for Political Gifts" (April 26) with utter amazement and disbelief. For many years San Fernando Valley arts and cultural groups have received a disproportionate and inequitable share of city and county cultural and arts funds. It would appear that Esther Wachtell and at least one other high-level official of the Music Center knew how to influence elected officials to increase public funds for a downtown nonprofit organization--the Music Center.
NEWS
April 26, 1993 | DIANE HAITHMAN and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Many patrons of the Los Angeles Music Center had hoped that the announcement of President Esther Wachtell's resignation in December would ease internal turmoil, improve fund raising and signal a time of healing. But her presence has remained controversial. Some of her supporters mounted a short-lived petition drive to keep her as president and chief fund-raiser of the Music Center. And others came to her defense. Maurice J.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1988 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
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. ". . .
NEWS
December 15, 1986 | BETTY GOODWIN
Friends and supporters of the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens came home Friday night. And were they glad they did. Everyone agreed that it hadn't been the same last year when the annual Christmas party for trustees and major donors was held in another hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 1988 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 26, 1993 | DIANE HAITHMAN and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Many patrons of the Los Angeles Music Center had hoped that the announcement of President Esther Wachtell's resignation in December would ease internal turmoil, improve fund raising and signal a time of healing. But her presence has remained controversial. Some of her supporters mounted a short-lived petition drive to keep her as president and chief fund-raiser of the Music Center. And others came to her defense. Maurice J.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1987 | BARBARA ISENBERG
There are about 6,000 volunteers and 35 organizations collecting funds to supplement Music Center box-office receipts. One example is the 650 women who make up the Blue Ribbon support group. Each makes an annual contribution of at least $1,500 and "most give far more than that," said Nancy Livingston, the group's chairman, adding that the group has already surpassed its $1.5-million goal for this fiscal year. Things are changing on the fund-raising front.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1987 | HERMAN WONG and CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writers
When the Orange County Performing Arts Center's red Swedish granite exterior was going up and the plum carpet was being installed last year, some arts officials feared that once open, the new facility would lure audiences away from Southern California's other major arts halls. But as the opulent, $70.7-million hall in Costa Mesa prepares to celebrate its first birthday on Sept.
NEWS
April 26, 1993 | TRACY WOOD and DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
December 17, 1992 | TRACY WOOD and DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
October 23, 1992 | DIANE HAITHMAN and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
December 15, 1991 | TRACY WOOD and DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 1988 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1988 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
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. ". . .
NEWS
December 17, 1992 | TRACY WOOD and DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
December 15, 1991 | TRACY WOOD and DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1987 | HERMAN WONG and CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writers
When the Orange County Performing Arts Center's red Swedish granite exterior was going up and the plum carpet was being installed last year, some arts officials feared that once open, the new facility would lure audiences away from Southern California's other major arts halls. But as the opulent, $70.7-million hall in Costa Mesa prepares to celebrate its first birthday on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1987 | BARBARA ISENBERG
There are about 6,000 volunteers and 35 organizations collecting funds to supplement Music Center box-office receipts. One example is the 650 women who make up the Blue Ribbon support group. Each makes an annual contribution of at least $1,500 and "most give far more than that," said Nancy Livingston, the group's chairman, adding that the group has already surpassed its $1.5-million goal for this fiscal year. Things are changing on the fund-raising front.
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