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February 15, 2011 | T.J. Simers
Tim Leiweke is losing me. Now in the grand scheme of things, that's a gnat on the back of L.A.'s big elephant. But he had me. I covered the departure of the Rams and Raiders in 1994, and every plan suggested since then to bring an NFL team here. Leiweke's sounded the best of them all. But in the last few weeks, the elephant has come off sounding as arrogant as the NFL, and nobody does arrogance better than the NFL. In part, that's why the NFL has turned off so many in Los Angeles and places where they already have teams.
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October 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
As far as the NFL and Los Angeles go, all is quiet on the Western front. Or maybe we just need to look more closely. The leading location remains AEG's downtown Farmers Field. Phil Anschutz's exclusive bargaining window is open until November 2014. It is "shovel-ready," as developers say. Money is in the bank. Entitlements have been taken care of. AEG is an owner-landlord in waiting. It is a quieter effort now, since Tim Leiweke left AEG. He was effective, hard-charging, persuasive, but never quiet.
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October 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
As far as the NFL and Los Angeles go, all is quiet on the Western front. Or maybe we just need to look more closely. The leading location remains AEG's downtown Farmers Field. Phil Anschutz's exclusive bargaining window is open until November 2014. It is "shovel-ready," as developers say. Money is in the bank. Entitlements have been taken care of. AEG is an owner-landlord in waiting. It is a quieter effort now, since Tim Leiweke left AEG. He was effective, hard-charging, persuasive, but never quiet.
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February 15, 2011 | T.J. Simers
Tim Leiweke is losing me. Now in the grand scheme of things, that's a gnat on the back of L.A.'s big elephant. But he had me. I covered the departure of the Rams and Raiders in 1994, and every plan suggested since then to bring an NFL team here. Leiweke's sounded the best of them all. But in the last few weeks, the elephant has come off sounding as arrogant as the NFL, and nobody does arrogance better than the NFL. In part, that's why the NFL has turned off so many in Los Angeles and places where they already have teams.
NEWS
January 15, 1986
A Navy pilot aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise was killed and a crewman was critically injured when an F-14 jet fighter seat inadvertently ejected while the two were attempting to deplane. Lt. Joe D. Durmon, 34, and his radio officer, Lt. (j.g.) Stephen P. Engeman, 28, had safely landed on the carrier 70 miles west of San Luis Obispo Bay, said Lt. John Semcken, a Navy spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1997
The developers of the proposed downtown sports arena warned Friday that if City Council approval of the project is delayed beyond September, the Los Angeles Kings are likely to seek a new home outside the county. That announcement came as the developers confirmed that they have offered to guarantee repayment of all $70 million in bonded indebtedness taken on by the city as its contribution to the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1986
A Navy plane crashed at sea Wednesday evening while attempting to land on an aircraft carrier 100 miles off the coast of San Diego. The two fliers aboard the jet fighter were rescued uninjured, a Navy spokesman said. The crewmen bailed out of the F-14A Tomcat fighter just before it went down at 7:30 p.m., Miramar Naval Air Station spokesman Lt. John Semcken said.
NEWS
February 16, 1986
The pilot and radar operator of a Navy F-14 from the aircraft carrier Enterprise were rescued from the Pacific, 20 hours after safely ejecting from their faltering jet, a Navy spokesman said in San Diego. The two were identified as Lt. Russell Sklenka of Norcross, Ga., the pilot, and Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Lorenzo of Sarasota, Fla., the radar intercept officer. Navy Lt. John Semcken said both fliers were in good condition and apparently unhurt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Assemblyman Bob Hertzberg (D-Sherman Oaks) will return home Wednesday to address several topics, including the bill he co-wrote that would remove City Council veto power over a San Fernando Valley secession effort. That bill, created with Assemblyman Tom McClintock (R-Northridge), passed early Saturday by a convincing 49-14 margin and now awaits action from Gov. Pete Wilson. Hertzberg is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1986
Tight security measures were still in force at San Diego area Navy bases Monday. The cautionary measures were begun last week in the aftermath of tension between the United States and Libya in the Gulf of Sidra. But civilian and naval personnel are taking the security checks in stride and delays have generally decreased, officials said.
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May 17, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first 24 hours of their drive to return professional football to Los Angeles, the owners of the Kings received $450,000 from local businesses Friday in the form of 45 signed checks and commitments for luxury suites to a proposed new Coliseum. The proposed new Coliseum will feature 140 suites, and work will continue through the weekend to acquire additional $10,000 deposits with the intention of delivering signed commitments to the NFL owners at their spring meetings in San Diego Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1985
The Navy Reserve pilot who ejected himself from his crashing jet about 80 feet above a Sorrento Valley industrial park March 10 was commended Tuesday by the San Diego City Council and the county Board of Supervisors. Cmdr. David Strong, 36, of Millersville, Md., was flown to San Diego by the Naval Reserve to accept the awards, a Navy spokesman said. Supervisor Susan Golding said Strong's decision to stay so long with his F-8 reconnaissance plane as it hurtled toward the ground at nearly 200 m.p.
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