Bonus time

Was Michael Eisner testy during last week's contentious annual shareholder's meeting for the Walt Disney Co.?

You be the judge:

Eisner was verbally flayed by shareholders for several hours during the commentary portion of the meeting. Speakers expressed outrage at his enormous compensation package, which will award him stock options and bonuses worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the next decade.

They also were none too forgiving for his decision to hire Michael Ovitz as Disney president; Ovitz lasted only 14 months on the job before leaving with a severence package valued at over $90 million.

After nearly five hours, perhaps the longest shareholder meeting in Disney history, Eisner was trying to break off a question-and-answer session and end the meeting. Hecklers booed when he announced adjournment.

"What do you need a bonus to stay at the meeting?" shouted one heckler.

"Yes, as a matter of fact, I do," Eisner snapped before walking away from the podium.

Outside expertise

Political scientist Raphael J. Sonenshein, a well-known observer of L.A.'s social fabric, has been named as executive director of the Los Angeles City Charter Reform Commission the group formed by the L.A. City Council to review the city's 71-year-old charter.

Sonenshein was praised by interim director Linda Griego for "his obvious expertise, his visionary qualities, his down-to-earth practical approach and his ability to work with diverse groups in the city."

But there is one area where Sonenshein falls short: He neither lives nor works in the City of Los Angeles.

The 47-year-old resident of Santa Monica has taught at Cal State Fullerton since 1982.

In his defense, Sonenshein said he lived within L.A. city limits for years before moving to Santa Monica, wrote a book on L.A. politics and even played third base on a City Hall softball team, the "City Haulers."

"I feel very much like an honorary L.A. resident," he said.

But then, perhaps being an L.A. resident isn't all it's cracked up to be. When former Mayor Tom Bradley's final term expired in 1993, he promptly moved to the unicorporated View Park area outside the L.A. city limits.

Reformed hotel

It was enough to make an aging rocker smile.

To celebrate the grand re-opening of the West Hollywood Hyatt on Sunset Boulevard, management last week turned the infamous building's 10th floor into a mock time machine, styling various rooms to represent past decades in the hotel's history.


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