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March 2, 1989 | PAMELA MARIN, Pamela Marin is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
Following established protocol for snappy speechifying, master of ceremonies Erich Vollmer anchored his podium duties at the "International Protocol Ball" on Saturday with an anecdote. Facing nearly 400 guests at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach--among them 42 consuls general from the Los Angeles consular corps and local business heavyweights--Vollmer told a story about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who reportedly hated social events.
Muriel Ansley Reynolds, a founding member of the Friends of the UCI Library and the Children's Theater at the Laguna Community Theater, died this week. She was 86. Reynolds, a 1931 graduate of UCLA, was once a performer for Lux Radio Theater and later worked as a real estate agent. But the Washington, D.C., native was best known locally for her long list of volunteer activities which led to her being named Orange County Magazine's Woman of the Year in 1987.
December 8, 2004 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's protocol office, which helps the region's international marketing efforts, will close Dec. 15 after supervisors voted Tuesday against spending $60,000 to keep it open. Four supervisors said they took the action reluctantly after promises of private support by the office's private fundraising foundation never materialized.
February 8, 1993 | Ann Conway
As glittering and glamorous as ballroom galas can be, nothing beats the at-home bash for social intimacy. There, the most personal feelings are exchanged (and heard ). There, guests and celebs can relax. There, the Baccarat and sterling come into play. And so it went for pop diva Dionne Warwick on Friday night when she was honored for her charity work on behalf of AIDS awareness at the San Clemente estate of Phil Ramsden and Alvin Morrison.
June 16, 2010 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't letting a new rule limiting gifts to public officials put a crimp in his globetrotting ways. Instead, administration officials are availing themselves of a gap in state regulations to use a $550,000 gift from a Chinese company to pay for an upcoming trade mission to Asia. On Thursday, the state Fair Political Practices Commission implemented a $420 limit on private contributions to nonprofits like the one the governor has used for years to pay for private jets and luxury hotel rooms on trips to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
December 30, 2007 | Michael Rothfeld, Times Staff Writer
A charity controlled by corporate interests paid more than $25,000 for an entourage of state aides to accompany Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on a trip to China, where he was honored at an event closely connected to first lady Maria Shriver's family.
March 3, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year received more than $32,000 in gifts, including a Mongolian shield, a bronze bust of a California condor, a replica of a high-speed train, antique dumbbells and lots of wine and cigars. In a disclosure report filed annually by elected officials, the jet-setting governor said the gift-givers included Prince Karim Aga Khan (a clock), Mexican President Felipe Calderon (cigars), Chilean Ambassador Mariano Fernandez (a book) and film director Chris Columbus (wine).
January 19, 1993 | KATHRYN BOLD
About 150 guests wandered among the treasures at Tiffany & Co. in Costa Mesa on Sunday at a reception presented by the International Visitors and Protocol Foundation of Orange County. The cocktail party was held in honor of the new chief of protocol, Gayle Anderson, and foundation president Dr. Jerrel Richards. The foundation supports the Orange County Office of Protocol, which welcomes dignitaries from foreign countries and promotes international goodwill. Diplomatic Welcome Tiffany & Co.
March 3, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- While a state Senate panel considers further restrictions on gifts, California lawmakers reported Monday receiving thousands of dollars in sports tickets, meals, amusement park entries and other gifts, many from special interests that lobby state government. The annual statements of economic interest for 2013 were filed Monday with the state Fair Political Practices Commission and show each state official's financial assets as well as gifts from sources that try to influence the Legislature.
October 25, 2005
GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has the right idea in planning a trade mission to China next month. He should encourage more contact between two of the wealthiest economies in the world, which can only lead to more trade and more jobs. But such state business should be paid for by the state, not under the table by business interests currying the favor of both the governor and the Chinese. The governor's spokeswoman says the trip is being privately financed to ease the burden on California taxpayers.
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