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December 8, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Bill Redell used to be the chief executive of an insurance company, so the Westlake Village Oaks Christian football coach knows how to make a presentation that impresses people. That was the case in his brief appearance at the Southern Section luncheon in Long Beach, where players and coaches gathered to honor the teams participating in this weekend's championship games. Most schools brought three players and invited three administrators. Not Redell. He showed up with his six already-committed Division-I prospects -- Nick Montana (Washington)
October 1, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
They're not the Emmys or the Oscars, and the gift baskets aren't full of expensive goodies. But for the people who break into television and radio programming every so often to tell you how traffic is on the 405 and 110 freeways, this was their day in the driver's seat. It was the annual Golden Pylon Awards, which were dished out today at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in the Grove. Pylon is the fancy word for traffic cone, which for drivers always signals trouble ahead.
September 13, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
An appearance by Vice President Joe Biden at a Beverly Hills luncheon Saturday yielded several hundred thousand dollars for the 2010 reelection campaign of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). "I know up close and personal just what a fighter for her state and for this country Barbara Boxer is," Biden said of his former Senate colleague in remarks to more than 100 donors gathered at businessman Ron Burkle's mansion in Benedict Canyon. Without mentioning the leading potential GOP challenger by name, Biden suggested that Carly Fiorina could pose a threat to the Democratic incumbent with the huge personal fortune she built as Hewlett Packard's chief executive.
August 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Sen. John Ensign said Wednesday that his affair with a friend's wife was different from former President Clinton's relationship with a White House intern because he didn't lie about it under oath. "I haven't done anything legally wrong," the Nevada Republican told the Associated Press in an interview. "President Clinton stood right before the American people and he lied to the American people," Ensign said. "You remember that famous day he lied to the American people, plus the fact I thought he committed perjury.
February 3, 2009 | Geoff Boucher and Chris Lee
A year ago, Mickey Rourke would have had a hard time getting a good table at the Ivy, but on Monday he had the best reservation in town as one of the Oscar hopefuls invited to the annual nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. Looking quirky and resplendent in his preternatural tan, gray pin-striped suit and sunglasses, the 56-year-old star is this year's comeback kid after the career revival of "The Wrestler," and he wasn't taking his lead actor nomination -- or the free meal -- for granted.
March 30, 2008 | Jenny Sundel
At the L.A. Conservation Corps luncheon on March 19, 1. Jake Gyllenhaal supplied the "Aw!" factor when he showed up -- on crutches, no less -- to surprise scholarship recipient Oscar Mejia, who helped him research his upcoming role in "Brothers." During Mejia's speech, the formerly at-risk 20-year-old revealed his dream to work in Sacramento someday. Hint, hint, Maria! The ever-obliging 2. Governator's wife, Maria Shriver, offered to put in a good word. The rest of the scholars hopped onstage at the Los Angeles Historic Park as their names were read by Wilmer Valderrama and 3. Xzibit, who arrived early and stayed late to sign autographs and pose for photos with the amped-up kids.
December 18, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush said Monday that the nation's economy was troubled by "storm clouds and concerns" but asserted that its fundamental elements remained strong. With the stock market acting like a yo-yo, the Federal Reserve working to stave off recession and the administration promoting a plan to aid homeowners with escalating mortgage payments, the president looked to the past to calm fears about the future.
December 6, 2006
Re "Fundraising beat goes on for Gov.," Dec. 3 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is going to build a stronger, unified California. I have an idea for a great start. Go ahead and raise the same amount of money it would take to finance the inaugural ceremony that the governor has envisioned. But instead of actually having a Hollywood production and grand luncheon, give the money to support California residents in need. Of course, you need to let the donors know your intentions -- any other pretense would be dishonest.
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