September 15, 2000 |
It was minutes before the final dress rehearsal began Wednesday night for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics, and chills already were running up and down my spine. John Williamson, a popular Australian folk singer, had been asked to warm up the crowd on a brisk end-of-winter evening with a rendition of "Waltzing Matilda." He did. It was soulful. It was haunting.
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February 8, 2000
Koo Koo Roo Inc. said it has opened its 44th restaurant on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake, near the Disney and Warner Bros. studios. The Irvine-based company is a subsidiary of Prandium Inc., which operates 300 restaurants in 27 states.
February 3, 2000 |
A former director of the Koo Koo Roo Inc. restaurant chain pleaded guilty to profiting illegally from inside information about his board's decision to appoint Lee Iacocca acting chairman in 1998, federal authorities said. Donald B. Wohl faces as many as 20 years in federal prison and fines as high as $2 million. He entered his guilty plea before a federal judge and is scheduled to be sentenced April 24, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.
December 21, 1999 |
Joseph Roos, an anti-Nazi activist and one of the guiding founders of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation Council, has died at the age of 94. Roos, a newspaperman, Hollywood story editor and publicist who capped his long career in community relations as an advisor to USC, died Dec. 11 in Los Angeles, university officials said.
August 29, 1999 |
Few people know more about the difficulties of reforming the ponderous Los Angeles Unified School District than Mike Roos. For eight years, Roos has served as president and CEO of the nonprofit Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now, or LEARN. As such, he's been the point man in the struggle to transform the nation's second-largest school system. But on Tuesday, the 54-year-old former Democratic lawmaker will leave his $240,000-a-year post--weary, he says, and battle-scared.
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July 27, 1999 |
Mike Roos, the hard-edged former assemblyman who has been the Los Angeles business community's attack dog on school reform for most of this decade, announced Monday that he will leave his job as president of the reform group LEARN at the end of August. Roos' departure coincides with a decision by LEARN's business and political backers to pursue an alliance of five organizations pushing to fix the public school system.
June 24, 1999 |
In one of its most aggressive crackdowns on insider trading in California, the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday announced five enforcement actions against 11 people, including a rare criminal case filed against a former director of Koo Koo Roo Inc.
April 17, 1999 |
Former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca said he is stepping down from the board of Koo Koo Roo Enterprises Inc. in order to devote his attention to EV Global Motors, a new venture of which he is chairman and chief executive. Iacocca, 74, will retain his stake in the Irvine-based restaurant company, which also owns the El Torito, Chi-Chi's and Hamburger Hamlet chains.
April 17, 1999 |
Koo Koo Roo Enterprises Inc., owner of four restaurant chains that combined operate more than 300 eateries, said Friday it is changing its name for the third time in six years. The Irvine-based parent of the Koo Koo Roo, El Torito, Chi-Chi's and Hamburger Hamlet chains said it became known as Prandium Inc. beginning at the end of the business day Friday. The newest name comes from a Latin derivative for the English word "prandial," which means "of or relating to a meal."