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December 10, 2013 | Steve Lopez
When I got to the fundraiser Monday night for L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, I was told the press was not welcome. Why not? I wondered. You'd think Baca would want the world to know that, despite one debacle after another in his department - including the indictment of 18 current and former staffers earlier Monday for alleged beatings of inmates and other crimes - he still had supporters who were willing to be seen in public. The cost of Monday night's love-in, by the way, was $1,500 a ticket.
December 10, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
They coach the same game, with the same-sized fields and same oblong ball. They both wear whistles, headsets and sunglasses that hide sleep-starved eyes closer to Xs than O's. But the difference between being a head football coach in college and the NFL is like the difference between Wal-Mart and Wall Street. "When you're in the NFL, and you're going to do something that's going to help you win, no one ever says, 'What does it cost?'" said Jerry Glanville, who coached at Portland State more than a decade after coaching the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons.
November 25, 2013 | By Times staff writers
President Obama arrived in Los Angeles on Monday evening for a quick trip that includes appearances at three fundraisers and a tour of DreamWorks Animation SKG. Just after 5:30 p.m., the president stepped off Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport, jogged down the stairs and promptly boarded the Marine One helicopter that shuttled him to the Westside. Local televsion news stations showed the president waving as he exited Air Force One.  Obama was to appear at two fundraisers Monday night to benefit Democrats running for Congress and the Senate.
November 25, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Cathleen Decker
In the embrace of loyal supporters at twin Beverly Hills fundraisers, President Obama on Monday night defended his troubled healthcare plan and cast his administration as one that has defended “those ideas that built this country.” “When I talk about the Affordable Care Act, all the fighting that we've been having to do, it's not just a matter of dollars and cents and why it's good for the economy to make sure that people aren't going to...
November 20, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year. Seferian, a partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, has been involved with the museum for about five years, she said. Over the last year - a tumultuous time at the museum, with financial difficulties and former director Jeffrey Deitch's departure in September - she has worked on its fundraising campaign and the search for a new director.
November 19, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: P.S. Arts' “Express Yourself,” a creative extravaganza for children and teens, featured 30 arts and crafts booths where youngsters could spray-paint figurines, string beads, decorate goody bags, get runway-ready for the “E! Fashion Police” and partake in many other imaginative pursuits. Sweet treats were abundant, along with other edibles such as gourmet Kobe beef hot dogs. A family affair: A galaxy of stars treated their children to the event at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Sunday.
November 6, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
An unusual fundraising campaign by the Los Angeles Police Department meant to purchase small video cameras that officers would wear on their uniforms has exceeded its goal of collecting $1 million from private donors. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, who launched the fundraising push when Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed him to his post in September, said 22 individuals and companies gave slightly more than $1.2 million to the camera project. With the money, the LAPD has enough funds to buy about 600 cameras and to pay for video storage capabilities, repairs and other related costs over about two years, Soboroff said.
November 4, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
As Hillary Rodham Clinton weighs whether to try again to become the nation's first female president, notable women politicians from Los Angeles will headline a fund-raiser Wednesday for a group urging her to run. Councilwoman Nury Martinez, the lone elected woman at City Hall, and former controller Wendy Greuel, who unsuccessfully sought to be the first female mayor of Los Angeles this year, are among the speakers at a Ready for Hillary fund-raiser...
October 24, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
When Robert King, founder of Peninsula Capital in Menlo Park, and his wife, Dorothy, wanted to give $150 million to help people in developing nations become entrepreneurs, their money went to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. That gift came in 2011, during a year in which Stanford University raised more than $709 million. But in 2012, Stanford really ratcheted things up, pulling in $1.03 billion, up 45.9%. That wasn't just more than any other university in the U.S. It wasn't far from what No. 2 Harvard ($650 million)
October 24, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Jim Mora met this week with the firm that has been hired to design a football building adjacent to Spaulding Field. The project is expected to cost about $50 million. Now all UCLA needs is $48 million more to make it happen. Athletic program officials should move quickly. UCLA's success under Mora has fans - and potential donors - interested. There was a 21% increase in football attendance last season, which translated into more than $6 million in additional revenue.
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