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Jonathan Diamond

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PAGE 3: L.A. to Sacto

Two things seem to draw the bold-face names: awards ceremonies and political fundraisers.

PAGE 3: Film Festival Kudo

Jeffrey Katzenberg received an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, telling the assembled that it was akin to receiving the honorary Oscar he was awarded in 2012.

PAGE 3: In Memoriam

The last couple of weeks have been full of transitions.

PAGE 3: Delivering on Pitches

Ribbons were cut earlier this month for the James B. Freedman Pitch Deck at the UCLA Anderson School of Management Venture Accelerator.

PAGE 3: USC Lobbies D.C.

Max Nikias led a group of trustees and university officials to D.C. last month, part of an annual USC trip to brief congressional and administration officials on issues important to both the educational community and the university.

PAGE 3: All Charged Up

The Los Angeles Business Council sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on April 28, urging him not to end the Energy Star program.

Ahh, Retirement

David Geffen, owner of one of the largest yachts in the world, played host to an elite lineup last month, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

Lowell Milken in Tune

Lowell Milken’s family foundation has donated $1.5 million to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

PAGE 3: Head of the Class

We’re heading into graduation season, and that means it’s time to start doling out the honors.

Urban Farms Gain Ground as Way to Generate Produce, Improve Properties for Tenants

Growing Interest

Restaurateurs, art galleries, and developers are among the growing number of Angelenos seeing urban farms bear fruit.

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PAGE 3: Old-School Charity

Must be the giving season: Ken and Julie Taffet Moelis have donated $10 million to the University of Pennsylvania to establish a deferred-enrollment program for Penn’s liberal arts undergraduates seeking early admission to the Wharton School’s MBA program.

PAGE 3: Disney Connections

Bob Iger – finally! – joined Twitter in January.

What is Soon-Shiong’s Next Step in Fight For Tronc?

The high-stakes chess match for control of tronc Inc., Chicago parent of the Los Angeles Times, reached a fever pitch this week as biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong upped his stake with a series of stock acquisitions that appeared to be part of a move for control of the company.

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PAGE 3: On-Campus Activity

Lots of news from the academy last week.

PAGE 3: Assist for HomelessPrivate Job Search

John Emerson is back from Germany, easing his way back into employment.

PAGE 3: For the Children

Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, have given a $600,000 grant, payable over three years, to Para Los Niños.

PAGE 3: Snapping to It

Evan Spiegel was in London for the Snap Inc. roadshow, offering up what one local paper called a “sleek presentation.”

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PAGE 3: Charity Boxed Up

A gift that keeps on giving: The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will hold an event early next month acknowledging the gift by Richard Ziman of more than 250 tzedakah (charity) boxes.

PAGE 3: Chamber’s Chosen

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce installed its new leadership last week, elevating Steve Nissen to board chair.

PAGE 3: Assist for Homeless

The push to deal more effectively with the region’s homeless crisis got a cash infusion last week, when Richard Riordan hosted a fundraising dinner to benefit Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Communities United to End Homelessness.

PAGE 3: Trump Draws Pair

With Donald Trump’s inauguration days away, it was no surprise that Tom Barrack, tapped to lead the festivities, was in New York last week meeting with the president-elect.

PAGE 3: Choi Left With Bad Taste

There are many ways restaurateurs respond to bad reviews. Some ignore, some strike back against the reviewer. And some, such as Roy Choi, view them as a challenge.

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PAGE 3: Berggruen Repictures L.A.

He might still be nicknamed the “homeless billionaire,” but Nicolas Berggruen certainly has an eye for Los Angeles.

Serving Up Lessons on Sand

While most play beach volleyball only occasionally, Nader Hamda hardly goes a week without setting, spiking, or serving a ball.

Choosing the middle path

The process of regulating vendors on the streets of Los Angeles could provide a roadmap for politicians in Washington.

Lawyer Courts the Stage

Litigation attorney by day, stage actress by night – and that’s just the way Jessica Walker likes it.

Up, Up, and Away

Rising interest rates may cause some to rethink deals, but the bigger threat to the expansion of the local economy will come from trade, not monetary, policy.

Stages of Opera Passion

Richard B. Jones fell in love with opera in a place where he wasn’t allowed to listen to jazz: the former Soviet Union.

It’s a Mad, Mad World

The world has turned on its head.

And Then the Fallout

Now that the dust has settled a bit on the election season, it’s time to take stock of whether we’ve voted to help ourselves.

Finance Exec Hits Stride

In just a little more than two decades, Jeff Runyan has competed in about 50 marathons and triathlons throughout the country, from New Mexico to Missouri, Tennessee to Kansas.

Soon-Shiong Ups Stake in L.A. Times Parent

Patrick Soon-Shiong, the wealthiest person in Los Angeles and the largest shareholder in Los Angeles Times parent tronc Inc., spent the week before Thanksgiving stocking up on more tronc shares.

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Follow the Money

It might cost more to operate a business in Los Angeles, but that’s a price many companies are willing to pay.

Exec’s Travel Plans Up in Air

While most people only dream about flying above L.A. traffic, Michael Root does so regularly.

Looking Ahead

So what is there now, other than a deep sense of relief that the campaign season has come to an end?

Ad Exec Scores Side Gig as Sports Mentor

Executives often take someone under their wing to mentor.

Who’s Next Adviser Checks In

Four years ago, the front men from legendary rock band the Who were struggling to build out their U.S. charitable organization, Teen Cancer America.

On the Rise

What does it take to grow rapidly?

Presidential Endorsement

Dr. Mark Humayun, professor of ophthalmology, biomedical engineering, and cell and neurobiology at USC, received an unexpected surprise from President Barack Obama when he was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation last year.

In Long Run

While running a business and running a government require wildly different skill sets, both face similar demands from constituents – get it done, and get it done fast.

The Long Game

Fasha Mahjoor stood at the precipice.

Lawyer Raises Bread Bar in Kitchen

Judith Khakshouy taught herself to make challah, a braided egg bread served on the Jewish Sabbath, while studying at Southwestern Law School.

Coming and Going

Our reader poll this week asks whether one of L.A.’s few unicorns, Honest Co., should continue to look for an acquirer, as has been reported, or pursue an exit through a public offering.

Stepping Up to Towering Wins

Los Angeles has a new power couple: Brian and Michelle Duff.

Attorney’s Dogged Dedication

When attorney Karen Johnson says she’s been a lifelong fan of dachshunds, she means lifelong.

Turning the Channel

We all knew the expansion couldn’t go on forever.

Broker Goes to Work for Children

Cushman & Wakefield Managing Director Andrew Tashjian has been to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Colombia. He wasn’t vacationing, but working with Salt Lake City nonprofit Operation Underground Railroad to rescue children from sex traffickers.

In a Golden State

Sure, taxes and regulations are a burden, but California remains a draw to entrepreneurs.

Saban ‘Blank Check’ Offering Seeks $235M

Media mogul Haim Saban has priced an initial public offering for his Saban Capital Acquisition Corp., seeking to raise $235 million for the “blank check” company that would acquire an as-yet unidentified media business.

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Reason for Lawyer’s Rhymes

The legal profession is not typically viewed as fertile territory for poetic interrogatories.

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