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September 26, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Gladstone's oceanfront restaurant just south of Malibu -- noted for its killer location, long waits for a table, big portions and foil doggy bags sculpted into swans and mermaids -- is getting a recession-era makeover. Owner Richard Riordan, the former Los Angeles mayor, has hired nightclub impresario Sam Nazarian to help give the restaurant a younger, hipper and fresher feel. In fact, Riordan said he plans to sell him a part interest in the sprawling restaurant that can seat as many as 792 diners.
August 28, 2009 | Jim Newton, Jim Newton is editor of the editorial pages of The Times.
Eleven years ago, Robin Kramer and I were part of a delegation that accompanied then-Mayor Richard Riordan on a trip through the Far East, she as his chief of staff, I as a reporter. One afternoon, we were stuck in a conference room in Beijing, surrounded by a cluster of scrambling mayoral aides and business people. They were frenetically preparing for a meeting, but nevertheless found the time to fret about a story of mine in that day's paper. In it, I recounted how the mayor had muffed the introduction of a Chinese official the night before.
May 13, 2009 | Marc Lifsher and David Zahniser
A San Marino businessman with long-standing connections to Los Angeles City Hall has pleaded guilty to criminal securities fraud as part of a probe of alleged pay-to-play corruption at a New York state government pension fund, prosecutors said Tuesday. Julio Ramirez Jr., a former employee of Wetherly Capital Group, a Los Angeles investment marketing firm, allegedly gave kickbacks to a top political advisor of former New York Controller Alan Hevesi.
February 1, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
1 My boyfriend Erik and I decided to take a free walking tour of downtown L.A.'s historic architecture, planned and guided by us (although the Los Angeles Conservancy offers a printable tour of the area online). The first stop: the Bradbury Building, the oldest commercial office structure downtown. More than a century old, the landmark's interior is covered with intricate French ornamental cast-iron lacework.
October 15, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
A yearlong effort by former Mayor Richard Riordan to lead reforms at storied Dorsey High School was met Tuesday with a clear answer: Thanks but no thanks. The longtime education philanthropist has sought a quasi-management role at a low-performing high school, much like current Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other civic leaders. "I'm offering my heart, my soul, my reputation, my pocketbook and everything to the students at Dorsey High School," said Riordan, who also served as Gov.
May 14, 2008 | Russ Parsons, Times Staff Writer
RICHARD Riordan is no gourmet. That's one of the first things he wants you to know. But he is a restaurateur, and a very successful one. In fact, though the 78-year-old Riordan is best known as the multimillionaire former mayor of Los Angeles, he also owns two of the busiest restaurants in Southern California, the Original Pantry and Gladstone's Malibu.
January 10, 2008 | Jessica Gelt
Former mayor Richard Riordan mingles with the customers of his 6-month-old restaurant Riordan's Tavern like a practiced, albeit comfortably retired, politician. "Hi, I'm Dick Riordan," he says, shaking hands with four young businessmen at the bar and flashing a mischievous grin before leaning in to converse with a table of diners who recognize him and shout, "We love your restaurant!"
September 8, 2007 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
A legal battle between former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and billionaire businessman Ron Burkle over an investment has ended before Burkle was even served with court papers, according to Burkle's spokesman. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Riordan alleged that Burkle not only refused to let the former mayor -- and once close friend -- out of the deal, but changed investment strategy without letting the investors know.
August 23, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Richard Riordan, one of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's key supporters in his bid to gain authority over the Los Angeles Unified School District, has apparently been having second thoughts and over the last week has been quietly pushing for a key change in the legislation. Reached late Tuesday afternoon, Riordan, a former Los Angeles mayor himself, said he believed that the efforts to make the change -- made along with former Gov.
May 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Mayor Richard Riordan delivered commencement addresses and were awarded honorary degrees at two area universities Saturday. Villaraigosa spoke at Loyola Marymount University and received a doctor of humane letters degree from the private Catholic college in Westchester. Riordan, who served two terms from 1993 to 2001, delivered the keynote address at Woodbury University, a private, business-oriented school in Burbank.
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