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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.
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.
December 24, 1989 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Christmas party was not until noon, but some of the 1,200 children of Cambodian refugees who gathered for the holiday festivity were so eager for their presents that they showed up nearly three hours early. "The center has been passing out presents for six years now, and the kids have been expecting it," said Rifka Hirsch, executive director of Cambodian Family Inc., where the party was held. "They couldn't wait.
October 1, 2008 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
The identities of some donors bankrolling travel for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his staff -- information the governor's advisors can no longer keep secret -- are now being revealed as special interests with business before the state. The administration is identifying the contributors as a result of new disclosure regulations that followed a Times investigation of the secret donations and the level of travel they funded.
June 18, 1992 | KATHRYN BOLD
Guests got a taste of Hungary on Sunday when the board of directors for the International Visitors and Protocol Foundation of Orange County staged a Hungarian dinner. About 100 people, many of them Hungarian, turned up at the Aurora restaurant in Fullerton to enjoy Hungarian music, song and food. The $40-per-person event was held in honor of Andras Marton, the first consul general appointed by Hungary to head its new consulate in Los Angeles.
March 12, 2008
Politicians and their lawyers are often several brainstorms ahead of the law. They seek out loopholes in conflict-of-interest and fundraising regulations, then exploit them. Having done so -- having hidden from the public the identities of the special interests that fund their travel, or their entertainment budgets, or their other expenses -- they protest, truthfully enough, that they never broke any laws. Gov.
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