Animal-rights activists originally pushed the ban through in 2004, but appeals have kept the dish on menus in the state, and it will continue to be served while further appeals may take the issue as high as the U.S. Supreme Court. California chefs are staying firm in their resolve to meet customer demand for the dish, while wondering why much more serious threats such as assault rifles or hunger and homelessness aren’t being addressed by legislators and activists.
With a focus on facilities and finance, a new GM with fresh eyes is polishing the iconic Santa Monica, Calif., club for the next generation.
The actor of “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” fame, an accomplished pilot, was in fair-to-moderate condition after his vintage aircraft suffered engine failure shortly after takeoff and crashed into a fairway at Penmar GC in Venice, Calif.
Proposition 13, passed overwhelmingly by California voters in 1978 to stem steeply rising property taxes, has yielded great benefits for “elite social and country clubs,” wrote columnist Jim Newton. While noting there was nothing “illegal or even improper” about the situation, Newton, who specifically cited the tax situations of Wilshire CC, The California Club and the Jonathan Club, called for possible amendment of the statute to rectify club-related inequities.
The Santa Monica, Calif.-based management company, currently owned by an investor group headed by Goldman Sachs and Starwood Capital, will be acquired by the New York investment firm, according to a report in The Pellucid Perspective.