CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 |
More than $14,000 has been raised to help pay the medical expenses pf a Los Angeles hiker who fell 40 feet into a glacial crevasse, climbed out with a crushed vertebra and then walked three miles for help. "I had people I wanted to see again, for real," Ted Porter told ABC of his ordeal in Montana's Glacier National Park. "I wanted to see my family. " After climbing out and using an ice pick to prop himself up and walk, Porter eventually came across a group of hikers, who watched over him overnight until rescuers arrived the next morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 |
Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to leave Los Angeles for a quick weekend trip to New York City, where he will meet with mayors from around the country. The occasion is a conference on urban innovations: “City Lab: Urban Solutions for Global Challenges.” It will cover a range of topics of keen interest to L.A.'s new mayor, most notably some new ideas on bringing high-tech efficiency and environmental sustainability to city governments. “He wants to make sure that he is hearing about, and perhaps taking back to Los Angeles with him, the best possible ideas to boost our economy and make city government work better,” Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb said Thursday.
September 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As Americans awoke to find Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) still conducting his all-night talkathon to stop President Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, some also found a pleading email in their in-boxes. "We can win this fight, but we must do our part," read the message from the Senate Conservatives Fund with the subject line "Still Standing. " The group specializes in helping conservative Senate candidates - sometimes in campaigns against other Republicans. "If you want to help us continue to put pressure on wavering Republicans, please donate $5 or more," the message said.
September 24, 2013 |
UCLA will begin a fundraising campaign to raise money to build a football training facility at Spaulding Field. The facility is estimated to cost $50 million and will be built with private donations. USC, Oregon and Washington are among the Pac-12 programs that have built new training facilities, which can boost recruiting efforts. Spaulding Field has received upgrades since Coach Jim Mora was hired. But he has sought a football house that would include a weight room, team rooms and coaches' offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 |
The University of California is launching an unusual new online fundraising effort - with an assist from celebrities - that's designed to attract donations from young alumni and others who may respond to social media. The six-week Promise for Education campaign will have movie stars, politicians, students and faculty pledging to host parties, lead hikes, sing rap songs and work in soup kitchens to win donations. Among the well-known participants so far are Jamie Foxx , the Academy Award-winning actor, who promised to "rap a song like Bill Clinton , President Obama and Mo'Nique from the movie 'Precious'" if his supporters raise $20,000; and Mike Love of the Beach Boys, who pledged to bring a fan onstage at a concert to sing "Barbara Ann" if a $10,000 target is met. By Thursday morning, Foxx's pledge had raised $10,000. Gov. Jerry Brown , with a $10,000 goal, said he will host a brown-bag lunch with a student from each University of California campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - In an unusual effort to bolster financial aid for undergraduates, UC on Wednesday publicly launched an online crowdfunding campaign that has movie stars, politicians, students and faculty pledging to host parties, lead hikes, sing rap songs and work in soup kitchens to win donations. The Promise for Education campaign, which will last six weeks, is designed in part to attract donations from young alumni and others who might not respond to more traditional fundraising appeals but may be intrigued by a social media one and donate to a particular person's activity.
September 15, 2013 |
INDIANOLA, Iowa - Vice President Joe Biden affixed himself to President Obama's record Sunday in a possible nod toward a third White House bid, saying the middle-class recovery would be the bellwether for the administration's success. Speaking at an annual political gathering that draws the state's Democratic stalwarts, Biden repeatedly cited what he called his "seamless" partnership with Obama, accentuating an aspect of his resume that didn't exist in 1988 and 2008, when he previously sought the presidency.
September 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- First Lady Michelle Obama will headline a San Francisco fundraiser next month to benefit congressional Democrats' campaign arm, an early foray into the midterm campaign for one of the party's top surrogates. Obama will join House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for the "Women's Brunch" on Oct. 13 at the Fairmont Hotel, according to an invitation obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Ticket prices range from $500 for one seat to $32,000 for a couple including VIP reception.
September 10, 2013 |
Florida's attorney general has apologized for prompting a delay in an execution originally scheduled for Tuesday because the date conflicted with one of her political fundraisers. State attorneys general typically march to electoral victory by preaching how tough they are on crime. Enter Florida Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi, who is seeking reelection as convicted murderer Marshall Lee Gore is facing the death penalty. Gore was set to be executed Tuesday for killing 30-year-old Robyn Novick and 19-year-old Susan Roark in 1988.
August 22, 2013 |
"Wampler's Ascent" is certainly an inspiring story: Stephen J. Wampler, who turns 45 this week, has been afflicted with cerebral palsy since birth, but he doesn't let that stop him from climbing El Capitan, one of the biggest rock faces in the world. His goal is to reach the top, of course, but also to raise awareness and funding for Camp Wamp, a wilderness experience for physically disabled kids. As cinema, however, the film comes up short. The documentary by Stephen's wife, Elizabeth, charts his incredible undertaking through newscasts about the feat and home video shot during his six-day ascent.