CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1999
There are lots of excuses and plenty of finger-pointing to explain the slow start and delays in planning the Democratic National Convention. But the fact is that 35,000 or so delegates, officials, reporters and others will descend on Los Angeles come August. That's more than eight months away but not a long time to prepare for such an enormous event. Completion of the items on the "to do" list for the Aug. 14-17 quadrennial creeps along like a SigAlert on the 405 Freeway.
July 18, 1999 |
He is etched in America's memory as the little boy in the blue coat and the short pants who saluted the bronze coffin bearing his father, the president, as it passed by him that horrible November day in 1963, his third birthday. He seized our imagination again when he addressed the Democratic National Convention in 1988, the handsome son of the assassinated president whose two-minute speech was interrupted six times by applause.
March 16, 1999 |
The Democratic National Committee formally selected Los Angeles for its 2000 presidential nominating convention Monday, citing the city's diversity, California's new Democratic governor and the organizers' plan to finance the event with private rather than public money. "The citizens of California will get the benefit but not the burden," said Joe Andrew, chairman designate of the DNC.
March 12, 1999 |
When cities decide to open arms wide to sequined elephants and donkey neckties, funny hats and velvet paintings of past presidents, they're rarely in it just for the money. Yes, national political conventions bring in the bucks; so do a lot of other expositions, the ones with doctors and sportswear buyers, engineers and plastics professionals.
March 12, 1999 |
The year was 1960 and the Democrats about to descend on Los Angeles for the only national political convention in the city's history received this warning from the Reporter magazine: "There is no historical precedent to show how the size and shape of a city can affect convention results--but then, no political party ever held a convention in a place like this."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1997 |
With all the ceremony, enthusiasm and confusion befitting a national political convention, students at Alemany High School on Monday nominated their future leaders in an annual rite of democracy designed to simulate the United States political process. "Organized chaos" was how one administrator described Monday's convention, which narrowed the field of candidates for Alemany's top offices from four to two tickets.
September 30, 1996 |
After last year's Million Man March, organizers promised tangible programs that would erase any questions about the long-term impact of the huge and uplifting event. But if the riddle of the march's legacy has an answer, organizers hope it was not provided at the black political convention that ended here Sunday.
September 14, 1996 |
Even as Bob Dole's campaign escalates its criticism of President Clinton, conservative social leaders at the annual convention of the Christian Coalition joined in Friday with sharp attacks on the incumbent's character and record.
September 1, 1996 |
Political conventions can be seductive. They can wear down skeptics, make them begin to believe that the fandangos of a purely ceremonial process actually matter in what might be called the real world. On the morning after Al Gore's speech, I found myself drawn into discussion with a few colleagues and campaign workers. Had Gore, we deliberated, "pulled it off?" What about his delivery? Did he go too far, speaking so personally about his sister's death by cancer?