Two things seem to draw the bold-face names: awards ceremonies and political fundraisers. And while it might seem that both seasons are over, that’s not the case. Coming out to back Antonio Villaraigosa’s gubernatorial bid at a fundraiser at the home of Peter and Megan Chernin were Jim Gianopulos, Reed Hastings, Robert Kotick, Michael Lynton, Ron Meyer, and Rob Reiner. The former mayor’s campaign bank account has lagged those of his two rivals, Gavin Newsom and John Chiang, and we’ll know when disclosure forms are filed at the end of the month whether he has closed the fundraising gap. … Emile Haddad has been named the chairman of the advisory board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. Bill Witte was named vice-chairman. Stan Ross left the chairman’s spot 18 years. … The African American Board Leadership Institute handed out its Vision Awards recently, honoring Fred Ali, Janet Clayton, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs for their leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion. … Peter Diamandis picked up the Alltech Humanitarian Award, given each year to “someone of strong character who uses their accomplishments to positively influence and inspire other people,” at the Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Ky. … Spark, a national mentoring program for middle schoolers, has promoted Janine Berridge to executive director for the L.A. region. She joined the organization in 2015 as director of external relations and events in Los Angeles. … Nicolas Berggruen’s Berggruen Holdings India has announced that it will up investment in India by $50 million over the next year. Much will be applied to its Berggruen Hotels group, while other investments will be made in equipment rental, real estate, car rental, and education businesses. … Steve Ballmer, an investor in downtown sports tech firm Second Spectrum, has partnered that business with his Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer told the crowd at the Recode conference that using the technology, home viewers would be able to see stats and fantasy points above each player and have animation options for custom highlights. The tech was tested this season and will roll out more widely for TV, tablet, smartphone, and PC users next season. … Speaking of the Clippers, rumors were hot last week that Ballmer was looking to lure former Lakers legend Jerry West away from Peter Guber’s Golden State Warriors to take over as general manager. … Bruce Karsh has upped his stake in Inseego Corp., the San Diego software-as-a-service operation that resulted from the merger of Novatel Wireless and Feeney Wireless. Through his family foundation, Karsh now holds a 7.3 percent stake in the company, valued last week at around $4 million.
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