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May 3, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Splash, a fashionable Malibu restaurant which Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates once alleged was a conduit for laundering drug money, has been ordered by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Department to surrender its liquor license by May 24. ABC Director Jay Stroh said he made the decision to revoke the license "based on our independent investigation" that almost half of Splash's stock was transferred to two individuals with criminal records without his agency's knowledge.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Splash, a fashionable Malibu restaurant which Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates once alleged was a conduit for laundering drug money, has been ordered by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Department to surrender its liquor license by May 24. ABC Director Jay Stroh said he made the decision to revoke the license "based on our independent investigation" that almost half of Splash's stock was transferred to two individuals with criminal records without his agency's knowledge.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Splash, the tony Malibu restaurant that Los Angeles police investigators charged was an organized-crime front, should have its liquor license revoked because of a cover-up of its true ownership, according to a proposed decision by an administrative law judge. "It is still not clear just who owns how much of the business," Administrative Law Judge W.F. Byrnes said in a three-page proposed ruling, dated Oct. 12 and made public Thursday by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Splash, the tony Malibu restaurant that Los Angeles police investigators charged was an organized-crime front, should have its liquor license revoked because of a cover-up of its true ownership, according to a proposed decision by an administrative law judge. "It is still not clear just who owns how much of the business," Administrative Law Judge W.F. Byrnes said in a three-page proposed ruling, dated Oct. 12 and made public Thursday by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1987 | TOM FURLONG and RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writers
Malibu real estate developer Tony Regan said Thursday that he will try to evict the operators of Splash restaurant in the wake of accusations by Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates that the chic eatery is a "front" for a drug-money laundering operation. Splash, on the beach near Point Dume in Malibu, is managed by Ron Lorenzo, whom Gates identified Wednesday as a "suspected organized crime figure." Lorenzo, who often greets diners when they enter the restaurant, declined comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
An attorney for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control argued Monday that the liquor license for the Malibu restaurant Splash should be revoked because the popular hangout for show business personalities is secretly controlled by two San Fernando Valley businessmen with criminal records. "We know the people involved are dirty," attorney David B. Wainstein told an ABC license hearing in Los Angeles conducted by Administrative Law Judge William F. Byrnes.
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September 12, 1993 | Jonathan Littman, Jonathan Littman is the author of "Once Upon a Time in Computerland." Cyberpunks can reach him on the Internet at jlittman@well.sf.ca.us
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1992
A federal judge Monday denied a new drug trial for former Malibu restaurateur Ronald A. Lorenzo, a reputed member of the Bonanno Mafia family. Lorenzo was convicted on a single conspiracy count in October after a two-week trial that featured defense testimony by actor James Caan, who said he was Lorenzo's best friend. U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian denied the motion by defense attorney Gerald V.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1989
A mild earthquake centered in the Pacific Ocean off Malibu rattled windows and rocked some homes from Manhattan Beach to the San Fernando Valley at 8:51 p.m. Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage. Seismologists at Caltech said the magnitude 3.8 temblor was centered 5 miles southwest of Point Dume, 15 miles west of the 5.0 quake that hit the area Jan. 18.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1992
The federal drug conspiracy case against reputed mob figure Ronald A. Lorenzo went to the jury Friday after he admitted assisting in the sale of one kilogram of cocaine but insisted he was entrapped by an FBI informant. "He was always bringing up drugs with me," Lorenzo, 46, testified in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, referring to informant Robert Franchi, who secretly recorded numerous meetings with alleged Mafia contacts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
An attorney for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control argued Monday that the liquor license for the Malibu restaurant Splash should be revoked because the popular hangout for show business personalities is secretly controlled by two San Fernando Valley businessmen with criminal records. "We know the people involved are dirty," attorney David B. Wainstein told an ABC license hearing in Los Angeles conducted by Administrative Law Judge William F. Byrnes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1987 | TOM FURLONG and RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writers
Malibu real estate developer Tony Regan said Thursday that he will try to evict the operators of Splash restaurant in the wake of accusations by Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates that the chic eatery is a "front" for a drug-money laundering operation. Splash, on the beach near Point Dume in Malibu, is managed by Ron Lorenzo, whom Gates identified Wednesday as a "suspected organized crime figure." Lorenzo, who often greets diners when they enter the restaurant, declined comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1993
Reputed mob figure Ronald A. Lorenzo was sentenced Monday to 11 years in federal prison for helping an FBI informant buy nearly six kilograms of cocaine. Lorenzo, 47, who ran Splash restaurant in Malibu, was convicted at two trials of entering drug deals during 1988 and 1989 with Robert Franchi, who spent several years secretly taping suspected organized crime contacts. The case drew widespread attention when actor James Caan testified as a character witness that Lorenzo was his best friend.
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July 24, 1994 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Elizabeth Adams, the notorious Beverly Hills madam, swore to the end that he was "one of the most honorable, decent cops I have ever met," and she had met--and tested--a lot of cops. No less than former Police Chief Daryl F. Gates called him "one of the smartest . . . most innovative detectives I've ever known . . . exactly what you'd want in a detective."
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