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June 17, 1990
I'm going to miss Tracey Ullman. Her show is/was highly innovative, refreshingly intelligent and artistically significant. This enormously talented and versatile Britisher provided a real (and much-needed) touch of class to the all-too enduring cesspool of mediocrity that is (with few exceptions) American television. John Emerson, Sherman Oaks
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April 19, 2010 | By Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
President Obama is expected to raise nearly $3.5 million in Los Angeles on Monday evening, appearing at events honoring California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is facing at a tough reelection battle this year. The Los Angeles events are the latest in an accelerating fundraising schedule for the president. He has been attending such affairs at a pace that has already exceeded that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was criticized by Democrats for the amount of time he spent on campaign fundraising.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1987
Applause, applause, applause for David Green's satirical poke-in-the-Robert-Hilburn-eye (Calendar Letters, Sept. 6). After reading Hilburn's review of the CD release of the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" LP, it would not surprise me at all that someone so obviously focused on his own self-importance might also have the moronic gall to feel qualified to second-guess a Titan like Beethoven. JOHN EMERSON Glendale
NEWS
October 25, 1995 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
White House aide John Emerson, a former Los Angeles lawyer with extensive experience in California politics, will manage President Clinton's 1996 reelection campaign in the state, Democratic Party sources said Tuesday. Emerson, 41, headed Clinton's 1992 campaign in California, which the Democratic ticket carried by 13 percentage points over then-President George Bush.
NEWS
September 17, 1987
One of California's best-known political strategists, attorney John Emerson, has gone to work for Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn as his $95,700-a-year executive assistant. Emerson, most recently a top adviser in former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart's Democratic presidential campaign, will handle day-to-day office operations. He is also expected to be a political adviser to Hahn, who is often mentioned as a candidate for mayor or other offices.
NEWS
June 22, 1992 | From Times' staff writers
CALIFORNIA MAN: Elsewhere on the staffing front, the Clinton forces hope they have quelled grumblings about his organization in California by hiring veteran Democratic activist John Emerson to manage his statewide campaign. . . . Emerson, 38, rose to political prominence as a key presidential campaign aide to former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart in the mid-1980s. He began this presidential season supporting one of Clinton's rivals, Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey. . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1988
The first clue that this was to be yet another script of benighted scribble (so endemic of Mr. Robert Hilburn's poorhouse writing) was the pretentious title: "L.A.'s Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band--Who Is It?" (Aug. 21). To actually enlist serious disputation on such a banal premise in order to apotheosize the irrelevant establishment of America's junk food culture is . . . SILLY! After all, how valid can the answer(s) to such a subjective question be if the result is a list that includes the Bangles?
NEWS
January 22, 1989
I have just been watching KTLA's benighted presentation of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil," a film I previously had seen some 14 times. However, this 15th viewing offered no sense of deja vu; this was a different film . . . a lesser film . . . a travesty! Even in its whole state, with its Orwellian and Walter Mittyish themes in tact, this wonderfully brilliant film was never fully comprehensible to the more plebeian sect, so I can only imagine the absolute confusion created by this Cliff's Notes version.
BOOKS
August 27, 1989
The onus for accuracy, truthfulness and objective description certainly (or so it would seem) belongs to the biographer. Yet, in writing of the life and psyche of William Faulkner, Karl describes him in a blatantly subjective voice as "America's greatest novelist of the 20th Century." I sincerely feel that any omnipotent attempt to crown someone, anyone with the title "greatest," be it spoken or written, be prefaced with the phrase "Once upon a time" in order to impose some semblance of objectivity.
NEWS
October 25, 1995 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
White House aide John Emerson, a former Los Angeles lawyer with extensive experience in California politics, will manage President Clinton's 1996 reelection campaign in the state, Democratic Party sources said Tuesday. Emerson, 41, headed Clinton's 1992 campaign in California, which the Democratic ticket carried by 13 percentage points over then-President George Bush.
NEWS
May 29, 1994 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Emerson has helped win political fights for Gary Hart, Jerry Brown and his current boss, President Clinton. But the victory he wanted so badly for himself, and gave away, tells his story best. Fifteen candidates were running for a state Assembly seat from the Silver Lake-Echo Park district in 1991, in a punishing contest that gave new meaning to descriptions of Southern California as the Beirut of American politics.
NEWS
June 22, 1992 | From Times' staff writers
CALIFORNIA MAN: Elsewhere on the staffing front, the Clinton forces hope they have quelled grumblings about his organization in California by hiring veteran Democratic activist John Emerson to manage his statewide campaign. . . . Emerson, 38, rose to political prominence as a key presidential campaign aide to former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart in the mid-1980s. He began this presidential season supporting one of Clinton's rivals, Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1991 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
In a battle between two powerful and well-financed political groups for a vacant state Assembly seat, Deputy City Controller Barbara Friedman was the apparent winner of the Democratic nomination by 114 votes, although as many as 1,000 absentee ballots remained to be counted in the 46th Assembly District. A spokesman for Friedman, 41, said Wednesday, "We feel that we've won."
NEWS
June 17, 1990
I'm going to miss Tracey Ullman. Her show is/was highly innovative, refreshingly intelligent and artistically significant. This enormously talented and versatile Britisher provided a real (and much-needed) touch of class to the all-too enduring cesspool of mediocrity that is (with few exceptions) American television. John Emerson, Sherman Oaks
BOOKS
August 27, 1989
The onus for accuracy, truthfulness and objective description certainly (or so it would seem) belongs to the biographer. Yet, in writing of the life and psyche of William Faulkner, Karl describes him in a blatantly subjective voice as "America's greatest novelist of the 20th Century." I sincerely feel that any omnipotent attempt to crown someone, anyone with the title "greatest," be it spoken or written, be prefaced with the phrase "Once upon a time" in order to impose some semblance of objectivity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1989 | CATHLEEN DECKER and JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writers
Councilman Michael Woo is considering calling for a special counsel to investigate the personal finances of embattled Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, according to City Hall sources. No decision has yet been made by Woo, who is overseeing the council's deliberations of the mounting Bradley controversy. The move reflects growing ambivalence on the part of council members who, despite their widely varying opinions of Bradley, are concerned about the breadth of the current investigation now under way by City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1991 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
In a battle between two powerful and well-financed political groups for a vacant state Assembly seat, Deputy City Controller Barbara Friedman was the apparent winner of the Democratic nomination by 114 votes, although as many as 1,000 absentee ballots remained to be counted in the 46th Assembly District. A spokesman for Friedman, 41, said Wednesday, "We feel that we've won."
NATIONAL
April 19, 2010 | By Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
President Obama is expected to raise nearly $3.5 million in Los Angeles on Monday evening, appearing at events honoring California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is facing at a tough reelection battle this year. The Los Angeles events are the latest in an accelerating fundraising schedule for the president. He has been attending such affairs at a pace that has already exceeded that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was criticized by Democrats for the amount of time he spent on campaign fundraising.
NEWS
January 22, 1989
I have just been watching KTLA's benighted presentation of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil," a film I previously had seen some 14 times. However, this 15th viewing offered no sense of deja vu; this was a different film . . . a lesser film . . . a travesty! Even in its whole state, with its Orwellian and Walter Mittyish themes in tact, this wonderfully brilliant film was never fully comprehensible to the more plebeian sect, so I can only imagine the absolute confusion created by this Cliff's Notes version.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1988
The first clue that this was to be yet another script of benighted scribble (so endemic of Mr. Robert Hilburn's poorhouse writing) was the pretentious title: "L.A.'s Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band--Who Is It?" (Aug. 21). To actually enlist serious disputation on such a banal premise in order to apotheosize the irrelevant establishment of America's junk food culture is . . . SILLY! After all, how valid can the answer(s) to such a subjective question be if the result is a list that includes the Bangles?
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