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April 12, 1994 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To his patients, Dr. Rick Abelson is a San Juan Capistrano optometrist with an eye-wear shop that advertises $38 eye exams, "walk-ins welcome." In a Yellow Pages ad, the 30-year-old Abelson boasts of being "one of the youngest doctors ever to graduate from the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry" and has "solved some of the most difficult vision problems for the young and the not-so-young. . ." What Abelson does not say is that he once went by the name Riad A. Aboulhosn, was caught practicing optometry in 1988 in Virginia without a license, and accused that same year of fondling a patient's breasts during an eye exam.
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April 12, 1994 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To his patients, Dr. Rick Abelson is a San Juan Capistrano optometrist with an eye-wear shop that advertises $38 eye exams, "walk-ins welcome." In a Yellow Pages ad, the 30-year-old Abelson boasts of being "one of the youngest doctors ever to graduate from the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry" and has "solved some of the most difficult vision problems for the young and the not-so-young. . ." What Abelson does not say is that he once went by the name Riad A. Aboulhosn, was caught practicing optometry in 1988 in Virginia without a license, and accused that same year of fondling a patient's breasts during an eye exam.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1993 | MARTIN MILLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Redondo Beach Mayor Brad Parton, fighting to save his political career after losing a bitter race last year for an Assembly seat, narrowly beat challenger Ron Cawdrey in a runoff election Tuesday night. With all 28 precincts reporting, Parton led Cawdrey, a former city councilman, by 600 votes. Parton said Tuesday night that the city is in good shape financially and voters had "no reason to vote me out."
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April 11, 1993
SAD MAX: Now that both Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach have withdrawn from the Municipal Area Express system, the regional bus service last week decided to eliminate its beach cities route beginning April 30. It is expected that Hermosa Beach will drop out of the three-year-old program, known as MAX, once Line 1 is eliminated, said Bob Hildebrand, transit contracts coordinator for the city of Torrance and MAX project manager.
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January 22, 1993 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Glasses used to be a second choice to contact lenses, but no more. Today's frames, unlike the functional, plain ones of old, are chic and stylish. "Almost everyone used to want contacts, but today, because of thinner lenses and a variety of appealing colors and shapes, glasses have regained popularity," says Rick Abelson, owner of a San Juan Capistrano eyewear shop. Look in magazines, and you're likely to notice a lot more frame-and-lens faces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1993 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a generally bad night for incumbents in Redondo Beach's municipal election Tuesday, especially for veteran City Council member Barbara Doerr. In the election's major surprise, Doerr mustered only 46% of the vote, losing her City Council seat to newcomer Joseph Dawidziak, who received 54%. "Yeah, I was surprised," said Doerr, who has served 12 years in office, eight of them as mayor. "I would have thought it would be closer."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1993 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a legal vagary that has Redondo Beach city officials seeing visions of never-ending elections, a losing candidate in this month's municipal race will be allowed to run as a write-in candidate in the May 11 runoff election. Sal Princiotta Jr., who ran fifth in a field of eight in the District 2 council race, has indicated he will take advantage of a legal decision that allows him to wage a write-in campaign even though he was defeated in the primary. Princiotta's decision has sparked a scramble among other political hopefuls for write-in candidacy papers in the city's other two runoffs--the mayoral race and the election for the District 4 council seat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1993
Counting of late and absentee ballots could alter the outcome in some races OFFICES POMONA Mayor 26 of 26 Precincts Reporting CANDIDATE VOTE % Kevin (Mr. P) Ausmus 97 1.4 Eddie Cortez 1,711 25.0 Paul D. Geiger 1,626 23.8 James Robert Reynolds 42 0.6 Ramon P. Romero 207 3.0 David W. Smith 259 3.7 Tomas Ursua 2,642 38.5 James Wilkins 267 3.8 City Council District 2 3 of 3 Precincts CANDIDATE VOTE % Marco A. Robles 633 100 District 3 3 of 3 Precincts CANDIDATE VOTE % Boyd Bredenkamp* 323 42.
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June 11, 1993 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Redondo Beach civic activists are demanding that city officials investigate how a letter by Police Chief Roger Moulton endorsing a City Council candidate was distributed to voters before last month's election. In the letter, which appeared on city stationery under the city seal in violation of local ordinances, Moulton endorsed candidate Greg Hill and strongly denounced Hill's opponent, Rick Abelson. Hill won the election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1993 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just two months after being beaten in a rancorous race for the state Assembly in which he was criticized for his ties to Christian activists, Redondo Beach Mayor Brad Parton now faces opposition to hold onto his seat as mayor. Former City Councilman Ron Cawdrey, who has been waging a court battle against the city's two-term limit on serving on the council, is considered the strongest of four candidates challenging Parton in the March 2 municipal election.
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May 13, 1993 | MARTIN MILLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fresh from a runoff victory, Redondo Beach Mayor Brad Parton said Wednesday that his reelection has shored up his once shaky standing in South Bay politics. Parton's political stock had been sliding since November, when he was defeated in a bitter battle for a state Assembly seat by Democrat Debra Bowen of Venice.
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