July 8, 1990
The acquittal of Mrs. Marcos from four counts of bank fraud and racketeering charges under the criminal RICO federal statute was limited only to her participation in the purchase of four buildings in New York. It does not absolve her from the systematic and callous plunder of the Philippine treasury. In fact, the civil RICO racketeering suit is still pending with U.S. District Courts here in Los Angeles, New York and Switzerland for the recovery of ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2003 |
Responding to an audit that found groups using the Los Angeles Convention Center have been given excessive discounts on rental fees, the City Council approved new rules Friday to limit fee waivers and reductions. The new policy provides more detailed procedures for approving discounts, including written approval from the city administrative officer. It also requires organizers of conventions to reimburse the city when discounts exceed the amount of hotel bed-tax revenue generated by the events.
May 10, 2008 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that California must boost tax incentives to movie and TV studios to help keep productions from moving out of state. He said incentive offerings by other states were luring studios away and costing California tens of thousands of jobs. Spokesmen for the Legislature expressed support for the idea but worried about the effect of lost taxes when California is struggling with a budget deficit the governor said could reach $20 billion next year.
March 12, 2014 |
When the producers of “Last Days in the Desert” needed an environment for their biblical allegory, they knew just where to travel. They headed 31/2 hours southeast of Los Angeles to one of the largest state parks in the country. Spanning 600,000 acres, hundreds of miles of dirt roads and a dozen wilderness areas, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has been an attractive, if underused, film location, featured in such movies as Warren Beatty's “Bugsy” and the Universal Pictures action film “The Scorpion King.” But the producers behind “Last Days in the Desert” liked the park so much that they opted to shoot all 24 days in the vast wilderness, which is named after 18th century Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2007 |
Responding to a drop in international travelers at LAX, two City Council members Friday proposed a new federal committee to boost foreign tourism in Los Angeles and at other U.S. gateway cities. Also Friday, Councilwoman Janice Hahn called on the city's airport agency to produce a timeline for completion of new gates at the Tom Bradley International and West Concourse terminals at Los Angeles International Airport.
June 19, 2003
Your June 12 obituary of L.A. Inc. President George Kirkland understated the impact that the late Convention and Visitors Bureau chief had on our city. As the man entrusted with the stewardship of this city's hospitality industry, Kirkland transformed the Los Angeles landscape, bringing our industry into common public discourse and weaving such separate elements as LAX, Staples Center and must-see visitor destinations into an infrastructure capable of hosting major events on the world stage with great distinction.