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July 22, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Former Olympian Bob Mathias said Friday that his Irvine-based Sports Kids organization has called off its summer games for children in Mexico because the group has no money to stage the event. But he said the Sports Kids program will be kept alive because "it's too good an idea to drop." "I'm really disappointed (about) what happened," Mathias told The Times in a telephone interview. "We are going to regroup and plan bigger and better for next year."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Officials of embattled Sports Kids on Wednesday explained why their nonprofit organization is insolvent and canceling its summer games in Mexico, and they defended two key executives who have been been charged with crimes in the past.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Officials of embattled Sports Kids on Wednesday explained why their nonprofit organization is insolvent and canceling its summer games in Mexico, and they defended two key executives who have been been charged with crimes in the past.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Former Olympian Bob Mathias said Friday that his Irvine-based Sports Kids organization has called off its summer games for children in Mexico because the group has no money to stage the event. But he said the Sports Kids program will be kept alive because "it's too good an idea to drop." "I'm really disappointed (about) what happened," Mathias told The Times in a telephone interview. "We are going to regroup and plan bigger and better for next year."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Officials of an Irvine-based organization founded by former Olympian Bob Mathias may have to cancel an international youth competition scheduled for Mexico this summer because--as corporate financial records indicated Thursday--they have no cash to produce it. Chuck Foster, executive director of Sports Kids, blamed the shortfall on the failure of Texas businessman Michael A.S. Makris to make good on a promise to donate at least $5 million to the organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK and STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Orange County prosecutors will let a judge decide if former Irvine City Councilman C. David Baker violated terms of his forgery sentence last fall when he accepted use of a 1989 Cadillac and negotiated a $120,000-a-year job while doing court-ordered community service for a local youth organization. Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans announced Wednesday that he has completed a review of the Baker matter and has forwarded information to Orange County Superior Court Judge Myron S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK and STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Superior Court Judge Myron S. Brown said Thursday that he has reviewed material submitted by the Orange County district attorney's office and found no evidence that former Irvine City Councilman C. David Baker had violated the terms of his sentence for check forgery. "This court has received nothing from anyone suggesting that anything improper took place," Brown said. "If I did not believe that Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1989
I was one of the 800 fools that contributed $250 to a fund-raiser in April for Sports Kids, an organization that David Baker was associated with. I see that of the $200,000 that was raised for the event, the organization cleared $30,000 after expenses. When I tried to find Sports Kids or its parent, Sports Properties, in the phone book they were not listed. Apparently, they didn't raise enough money for a telephone. This should be another lesson to everybody. No matter how good something may sound, you need to check it out. If David Baker ever calls you for a contribution, remember--he is probably getting a percentage.
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June 16, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK and STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writers
The director of a nonprofit organization says he is withholding $80,000 owed to former Irvine City Councilman C. David Baker because he fears that paying it might violate the terms of Baker's sentencing last fall on a check forgery conviction. Last November, when Baker received a year's probation, he promised a judge that he would perform part of his court-ordered community service by doing legal work and fund-raising for Sports Kids, a group founded by former Olympian Bob Mathias.
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May 13, 1990 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Power comes in degrees. There is power that overwhelms and subdues. There is power that nudges ever so gently. Power can be inherited, earned, bought, taken, saved. It can be a most volatile possession. Los Angeles, of course, has its own hierarchy of sports movers and shakers, a given considering the area's strong tradition of amateur athletics, pro franchises and college programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Officials of an Irvine-based organization founded by former Olympian Bob Mathias may have to cancel an international youth competition scheduled for Mexico this summer because--as corporate financial records indicated Thursday--they have no cash to produce it. Chuck Foster, executive director of Sports Kids, blamed the shortfall on the failure of Texas businessman Michael A.S. Makris to make good on a promise to donate at least $5 million to the organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK and STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Superior Court Judge Myron S. Brown said Thursday that he has reviewed material submitted by the Orange County district attorney's office and found no evidence that former Irvine City Councilman C. David Baker had violated the terms of his sentence for check forgery. "This court has received nothing from anyone suggesting that anything improper took place," Brown said. "If I did not believe that Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK and STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Orange County prosecutors will let a judge decide if former Irvine City Councilman C. David Baker violated terms of his forgery sentence last fall when he accepted use of a 1989 Cadillac and negotiated a $120,000-a-year job while doing court-ordered community service for a local youth organization. Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans announced Wednesday that he has completed a review of the Baker matter and has forwarded information to Orange County Superior Court Judge Myron S.
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