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March 3, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) received nearly $38,000 in gifts and travel payments last year, according to financial disclosures filed Monday. Nearly half of that -- about $16,000 -- came from three trips paid for by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, a nonprofit group that hosts policy conferences for top lawmakers.  Pérez sits on the foundation's board and served as host for the group's National Speakers Conference, a gathering of state speakers and their chiefs of staff, in Los Angeles last year.
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TRAVEL
March 2, 2014
Thank you, Andrew Bender, for a wonderful article highlighting the vibrant community of Oklahoma City ["A Hip Second Life as Restaurants," Feb. 23]. I'm from there and really enjoyed the mention of places I've been and restaurants I've tried. I'm excited to have new places to visit when I head back later in the year. OKC is a wonderful city with wonderful people. I grow tired of the attitude I routinely run into of a place with no redeeming value. Yes, I live in L.A. now, but I miss my old city.
TRAVEL
March 2, 2014
MIDDLE EAST Slide show Dave Garfinkle will show slides of his recent trip to Jordan, the seven United Arab Emirates and Oman. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Patrick Mitchell will discuss his new book "Santa Ana Mountains History, Habitat and Hikes: On the Slopes of Old Saddleback and Beyond. " When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real.
TRAVEL
February 28, 2014 | By Jill Schensul
On a recent three-week vacation, I was reminded - forced to remember, perhaps - that there are plenty of ways to save: There are cheaper alternatives or ways to get discounts for almost anything. You can even get money back on that extravagant pair of boots or replacement lens you just had to buy. Tipping: I was a waitress once, so I leave good tips. But when you're abroad, it can pay to know the customs and read the bill. In Japan and South Korea, tipping is frowned upon.
IMAGE
February 28, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Every journey tells a story, whether it's a weekend road trip up Pacific Coast Highway or a yearlong, round-the-world jaunt. And Tumi hopes that with its new Santa Monica collection of bags and accessories, your luggage will tell a tale too. That was what George Esquivel, the Buena Park-based shoemaker who was appointed Tumi's creative director in January 2013, had in mind when he decided to use soft, buttery leather for the assortment of duffels,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
In 2008, several scared and hesitant young Cambodian girls stood before U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer to tell her what Michael Joseph Pepe had done to them. "Please don't allow this to happen again," one pleaded in a barely audible voice. "Thank you that you helped me find justice," another told her. Six years and a lengthy legal battle later, Fischer finally handed down a sentence Friday for the onetime U.S. Marine captain, convicted of sex acts with young girls in Cambodia: 210 years in prison, the statutory maximum, effectively a life sentence.
WORLD
February 27, 2014
BY SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES STAFF WRITER TIMES PHOTOGRAPHS BY DON BARTLETTI he boy does not understand. His mother is not talking to him. She will not even look at him. Enrique has no hint of what she is going to do. Lourdes knows. She understands, as only a mother can, the terror she is about to inflict, the ache Enrique will feel and finally the emptiness. What will become of him? Already he will not let anyone else feed or bathe him. He loves her deeply, as only a son can. With Lourdes, he is a chatterbox.
TRAVEL
February 23, 2014
ITALY Presentation Adrian Kalvinskas of Distant Lands will show you how to see Italy at its best, including finding less crowded corners of the country. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. INDIA Workshop Hostelling International will conduct a workshop on how to travel to India safely and inexpensively. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Help the economy by taking more time away from work. That is the message from the U.S. Travel Assn., the nation's trade organization for the travel industry. A study commissioned by the group found that more than 40% of American workers who receive paid time off finish the year without using all of their allotted vacation time. Workers who are given paid time off had an average of 3.2 days of unused vacation time in 2013, according to the study by the research firm Oxford Economics.
TRAVEL
February 23, 2014
Stunning photos and report on the Anasazi ruins of Cedar Mesa, Utah ["Rock of Ages" by David Kelly, Feb. 16]. Thank you. I went to Natural Bridges National Monument; now I'll go back and explore more ruins. The drive on Highway 261 south off the edge of Cedar Mesa into Mexican Hat is not for the faint of heart. They're not kidding when they recommend 5 mph. Anne Eggebroten Santa Monica Trust your map, or your spouse? Regarding the Letters column ["Women Can Read Maps Just Fine," Feb. 16]
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