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August 8, 1985
The Jonathan Club has asked the state Coastal Commission to reconsider a decision to require the club to adopt a non-discriminatory membership policy before it can expand its Santa Monica beachfront facility. The club allegedly discriminates against Jews, women and minorities in its membership policy.
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April 19, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Downtown Los Angeles isn't the most hospitable place for dandies. The knot of business towers and lofts, saturated with mass-market or Santee Alley-style emporiums, is a wasteland for upscale retail. "It's criminal," sniffed Matthew Allnatt of the absence of a chic men's store in the area. He would know. Allnatt is the impeccably dressed chief operating officer at the Jonathan Club, an elite high-society hub that has been downtown for 118 years. Some of Los Angeles' most influential residents are members.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1988
I don't blame the Jonathan Club one bit. First you let in the women and the next thing you know, out go the cigars. BEVERLY OWINGS Los Angeles
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August 8, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A greater treat than refreshments awaited the audience after the July 31 performance in the New Original Works (NOW) Festival at REDCAT , a.k.a. the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in Los Angeles. The evening's artists — having performed hip-hop, contemporary dance and shadow theater in 3-D — joined them to mingle in the lobby. "It's an important part of the experience," said George Lugg, the theater's associate director. According to Lugg, people tend to ask the same general questions at Q&A sessions, starting with "Where do you get your ideas?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1989
The Jonathan Club's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Los Angeles anti-discrimination ordinance has been dismissed by a Los Angeles federal judge, leaving the legal question to be decided in state court. City Atty. James Hahn said Tuesday that he had been notified that U.S. District Judge Jesse Curtis had dismissed a suit filed by the exclusive downtown club in January last year--one day before the club was sued by the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court on Thursday refused to overturn an appellate ruling requiring the exclusive Jonathan Club to drop any discriminatory membership policies before expanding its facility on Santa Monica Beach. But the justices held that the ruling should not be used as a legal precedent for other challenges by state officials to membership policies of private clubs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1988 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
One of the first women members of the exclusive Jonathan Club, aviator Brooke Knapp, sharply criticized Los Angeles authorities Friday for this week's municipal lawsuit seeking to force the club to admit women to its men's bar and grill.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2010 | By Charlie Amter
London-style lounging has landed in Los Angeles. Soho House, the members-only club launched in England 15 years ago, now has its second American outpost up and running on the top floor of an otherwise nondescript office building on the west end of the Sunset Strip. The debut comes not a moment too soon for local media professionals and British expats looking for a way to network effectively and enjoy a hot new night life option. "It's London ambiance but with a cool California kick," said Anna Griffin, English-born editor in chief of Coco Eco magazine, between drags of a cigarette on a recent Saturday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2009 | Martha Groves
Wealthy families have played volleyball and paddle tennis on the sands of Santa Monica's Jonathan Club for generations, but the private social club played its own game of hardball recently when it looked as if it might lose three chunks of public beach property. With leases set to expire this year on three publicly owned beach parcels, the club threatened to sue Santa Monica if the city failed to renew lease agreements for 10 more years. The city acquiesced last month, after the Pacific Coast Highway club agreed to pay a significant increase in rent and contribute money for annual beach improvements.
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December 22, 2004 | T.J. Simers, T.J. Simers can be reached at t.j.simers@latimes.com. To read previous columns by Simers, go to latimes.com/simers.
Before we get to the heart of the Dodgers' idiocy, the megatrade that has gone Majerus on everyone and more dumb comments from General Manager Paul DePodesta, I think it's important we begin the day with a good laugh. Page 2 has learned that Frank H. & Jamie McCourt, known best probably as Los Angeles' poorest so-called rich folks, are seeking approval to become members of the prestigious and swank Jonathan Club.
NEWS
March 18, 1990 | Betsy Bates
For the people who paid $804 a year to join Tony DeMaio's Executive Fitness Club, it's been a long wait. Construction on the club in downtown Pasadena was far from completed by Jan. 1, 1989, the start-up date promised to initial members. DeMaio blames Gene Buchanan, a general partner of the corporation that serves as the building's landlord. DeMaio claims that Buchanan, a contractor, promised to "deliver us a club by January, 1989."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1989 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an era where clubs dominated by white males are increasingly under legal and political attack, a new upstart in downtown Los Angeles touts itself as a little United Nations among private clubs. The newcomer is City Club of Bunker Hill, housed on the 54th and highest floor of Wells Fargo Center on Bunker Hill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1989 | BENJAMIN J. STEIN, Benjamin J. Stein is a Los Angeles lawyer and economist
Discrimination by race, religion or ethnicity is never a pretty sight. It is still less lovely when it occurs on the green lawns of country clubs or within the oak-paneled walls of city clubs or underneath the gaily striped umbrellas of beach clubs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1989 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn dropped the city's anti-discrimination lawsuit against the once all-male Jonathan Club on Thursday, saying the downtown private club had agreed to serve women in its second-floor bar and grill. But club President Gary W. Hankins said the club had never discriminated against women in the first place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1989
The Jonathan Club's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Los Angeles anti-discrimination ordinance has been dismissed by a Los Angeles federal judge, leaving the legal question to be decided in state court. City Atty. James Hahn said Tuesday that he had been notified that U.S. District Judge Jesse Curtis had dismissed a suit filed by the exclusive downtown club in January last year--one day before the club was sued by the city.
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