CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2008 |
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan named an influential group of civic leaders 15 years ago to streamline what was said to be a tortuous city permitting process that made Los Angeles seem almost hostile to business. Many of the 83 proposals, however, ended up on a shelf collecting dust. Now, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pledged to fix the same problems and dozens of others believed to impede investment.
June 29, 1997 |
The old order has passed. All over Los Angeles new chairmen and presidents are being elected. Joni Smith is the new president of the Blue Ribbon of the Music Center. She's accepted a three-year term and will take over the position from Phyllis Hennigan. Other past presidents are Sandra Ausman, Joanne Kozberg, the late Keith Kieschnick, Nancy Livingston, Maggie Wetzel and Helen Wolford.
November 13, 2007 |
When Sarah Jean Davidson came to the nation's capital as a teenager at the height of the 1960s civil rights movement, she was unmoved by the historic buildings around her. "When I looked at the Capitol, I had no connection," said Davidson, now the president of a black history group in Arkansas. Little did she know that an ancestor, enslaved in Virginia, may have helped build it. The slaves who helped build the U.S.
April 6, 1993 |
In January, when MTM Entertainment Inc.'s parent was sold, the tongues were wagging in the television business. The kicker was the identity of the buyer: televangelist Pat Robertson and his International Family Entertainment Inc., the Virginia Beach, Va., owner of cable's Family Channel. Robertson is IFE's chairman, and his family controls 22% of the company's stock. The $86-million acquisition of Studio City-based MTM made for unlikely bedfellows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1998 |
Got a letter from Steve Allen once. I don't mean Steve Allen, the accountant. I mean Steve Allen, the entertainer-comedian, songwriter, actor, not to mention producer, essayist, novelist. Founding host of "The Tonight Show." Perhaps the term "Renaissance man" should be reserved for the likes of, say, Thomas Jefferson. But few people of Hollywood have a resume to match Steve Allen's. But this story isn't about Hollywood, it's about the San Fernando Valley.
October 15, 1996 |
Can one of the most popular franchises in television history regain its former glory? MTM Entertainment is about to find out. Once a successful producer of such beloved programs as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Hill Steet Blues" and "Lou Grant," MTM was in a sorry state when the 1990s rolled around. The Studio City firm was on the brink of bankruptcy, and its production machine had foundered.