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September 3, 1990 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A onetime Los Angeles Harbor commissioner who was one of Mayor Tom Bradley's biggest fund-raisers has been sued by five current and former city commissioners for allegedly misappropriating their investments in a limited partnership that included several other political insiders.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1990 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A onetime Los Angeles Harbor commissioner who was one of Mayor Tom Bradley's biggest fund-raisers has been sued by five current and former city commissioners for allegedly misappropriating their investments in a limited partnership that included several other political insiders.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1989
The appointment of developer Ronald S. Lushing to the city's Board of Harbor Commissioners was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. Lushing, president of the Board of Library Commissioners and former finance chairman for Mayor Tom Bradley's 1986 gubernatorial campaign, will fill a spot left vacant last month by Ira Distenfield. Distenfield resigned after press inquiries into his financial affairs. Lushing will fill the remainder of Distenfield's term, which ends June 30, 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid a series of investigations of his personal finances, Mayor Tom Bradley last year placed the bulk of his holdings in a blind trust and sold off most others, according to a financial interest statement released Wednesday. Bradley announced last April that he planned to eliminate the appearance of potential conflicts of interest by putting his assets in the blind trust. The newly released records indicate that the trust was created last September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1989 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley on Friday appointed real estate developer and political fund-raiser Ronald S. Lushing to the city's powerful Board of Harbor Commissioners, filling a vacancy created last week by the resignation of Ira Distenfield. Lushing, 57, is currently president of the Board of Library Commissioners. He is also a partner in Parkhill Partners, which is developing a mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles called Metropolis, and is owner of the real estate investment and consulting firm of Ronald S. Lushing & Associates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989 | VICTOR MERINA and JOEL SAPPELL, Times Staff Writers
Mayor Tom Bradley denied Wednesday that his administration helped steer a prized contract to the company of one of his biggest political contributors. During a City Hall press conference, Bradley disputed the sworn testimony of political contributor Ira Distenfield, who resigned Tuesday from the Harbor Commission amid media inquiries about his role in the city's 1985 award of a $235-million underwriting contract. Distenfield had testified before a confidential New York Stock Exchange arbitration panel in 1987 that Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co., his employer at the time, had secured the lion's share of the funding for the city's LANCER trash-to-energy contract because of his political connections to Bradley.
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September 29, 1989 | GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has opened a wide-ranging criminal investigation into Mayor Tom Bradley's conduct in office and his personal finances, including his business ties to eight banks and brokerage firms, it was learned Thursday. The investigation surfaced through the serving of a subpoena this month on the city treasurer's office, an agency that has been near the center of controversy surrounding the mayor over the last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid a series of investigations of his personal finances, Mayor Tom Bradley last year placed the bulk of his holdings in a blind trust and sold off most others, according to a financial interest statement released Wednesday. Bradley announced last April that he planned to eliminate the appearance of potential conflicts of interest by putting his assets in the blind trust. The newly released records indicate that the trust was created last September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1989 | JOEL SAPPELL and RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writers
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed Mayor Tom Bradley's personal financial records from a West Coast brokerage firm where a Bradley fund raiser and former Harbor Commission appointee served as the mayor's stockbroker. A spokesman for Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards Inc. confirmed Friday that documents were demanded this week by the U.S. attorney's office, which has intensified its months-long investigation of Bradley's personal business dealings and conduct in office.
NEWS
May 24, 1989 | JOEL SAPPELL and VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writers
Ira Distenfield, one of Mayor Tom Bradley's biggest fund-raisers, resigned Tuesday as president of the Harbor Commission, saying that news media inquiries about him had "imposed a burden upon my family that I have no right to ask them to bear." Distenfield resigned as The Times was preparing a report for today's editions on sworn testimony that he gave during a confidential New York Stock Exchange arbitration hearing in 1987. At that time, he said he had used his influence with Bradley to obtain a prized city contract for a firm that employed him as an executive.
NEWS
October 1, 1989 | JUDY PASTERNAK and GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writers
When Abraham Spiegel needed help with a city bureaucracy that was seeking to halt construction of a Westside office building, he arranged to have breakfast with a powerful friend--Mayor Tom Bradley. And, according to a source familiar with the meeting, Spiegel brought along his blueprints. When Bradley needed advice on his personal finances, he routinely spoke with Spiegel, a wealthy bank owner and builder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1989 | JOEL SAPPELL and RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writers
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed Mayor Tom Bradley's personal financial records from a West Coast brokerage firm where a Bradley fund raiser and former Harbor Commission appointee served as the mayor's stockbroker. A spokesman for Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards Inc. confirmed Friday that documents were demanded this week by the U.S. attorney's office, which has intensified its months-long investigation of Bradley's personal business dealings and conduct in office.
NEWS
September 29, 1989 | GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has opened a wide-ranging criminal investigation into Mayor Tom Bradley's conduct in office and his personal finances, including his business ties to eight banks and brokerage firms, it was learned Thursday. The investigation surfaced through the serving of a subpoena this month on the city treasurer's office, an agency that has been near the center of controversy surrounding the mayor over the last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1989
The appointment of developer Ronald S. Lushing to the city's Board of Harbor Commissioners was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. Lushing, president of the Board of Library Commissioners and former finance chairman for Mayor Tom Bradley's 1986 gubernatorial campaign, will fill a spot left vacant last month by Ira Distenfield. Distenfield resigned after press inquiries into his financial affairs. Lushing will fill the remainder of Distenfield's term, which ends June 30, 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1989 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley on Friday appointed real estate developer and political fund-raiser Ronald S. Lushing to the city's powerful Board of Harbor Commissioners, filling a vacancy created last week by the resignation of Ira Distenfield. Lushing, 57, is currently president of the Board of Library Commissioners. He is also a partner in Parkhill Partners, which is developing a mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles called Metropolis, and is owner of the real estate investment and consulting firm of Ronald S. Lushing & Associates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989 | VICTOR MERINA and JOEL SAPPELL, Times Staff Writers
Mayor Tom Bradley denied Wednesday that his administration helped steer a prized contract to the company of one of his biggest political contributors. During a City Hall press conference, Bradley disputed the sworn testimony of political contributor Ira Distenfield, who resigned Tuesday from the Harbor Commission amid media inquiries about his role in the city's 1985 award of a $235-million underwriting contract. Distenfield had testified before a confidential New York Stock Exchange arbitration panel in 1987 that Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co., his employer at the time, had secured the lion's share of the funding for the city's LANCER trash-to-energy contract because of his political connections to Bradley.
NEWS
October 1, 1989 | JUDY PASTERNAK and GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writers
When Abraham Spiegel needed help with a city bureaucracy that was seeking to halt construction of a Westside office building, he arranged to have breakfast with a powerful friend--Mayor Tom Bradley. And, according to a source familiar with the meeting, Spiegel brought along his blueprints. When Bradley needed advice on his personal finances, he routinely spoke with Spiegel, a wealthy bank owner and builder.
NEWS
August 13, 1987
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has reelected attorney Jun Mori as president and Ira Distenfield, an investment banker, as vice president. Mori has served on the five-member panel since 1977. Distenfield was appointed in January.
NEWS
May 24, 1989 | JOEL SAPPELL and VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writers
Ira Distenfield, one of Mayor Tom Bradley's biggest fund-raisers, resigned Tuesday as president of the Harbor Commission, saying that news media inquiries about him had "imposed a burden upon my family that I have no right to ask them to bear." Distenfield resigned as The Times was preparing a report for today's editions on sworn testimony that he gave during a confidential New York Stock Exchange arbitration hearing in 1987. At that time, he said he had used his influence with Bradley to obtain a prized city contract for a firm that employed him as an executive.
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