Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LA Mission with Celebrity Chef Michael Voltaggio in kitchen on Thanksgiv...

Celebrity chefs, actors, volunteers
and politicians feed LA Homeless
for Thanksgiving dinner

For nearly
80 years the LA Mission has been reaching out to help the less fortunate on
Skid Row. On this Thanksgiving Eve, it was even more special for some 3,500
homeless neighbors treated to a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings,
thanks to 500 people involved near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.  There nearly 45,000 men, women and children
in LA, who have no place to call home. This week HUD said LA now has the
largest homeless population in the country.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and
 Laura Regan, Minority Report on Fox.

The Mission’s sit-down midday meal offered thousands of homeless a unique dining experience.
Hollywood Celebrities and local political leaders, including LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and former LA
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
.  The
Mission welcomes its Skid Row friends and neighbors every year on the day before Thanksgiving to relax for a while and celebrate with Mission volunteers.

Not present last year were so many tents put up within an arm’s reach of the Mission. Sidewalks surrounding the area on Skid Row are almost at two rows of tents in some areas keeping the homeless out the cold, which recently has dipped into the lower 40’s in LA. 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

One of California’s best kept secret is Newport Beach says Rock Star Buddy Princeton

Newport Beach, Ca

Newport Beach, which is nestled between Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa is a seaside city in Orange County, California.  Its population was 85,287 (at the 2010 census and is fast approaching 100,000). Newport Beach is also home to Newport Harbor.  Balboa Island tucked up against Newport Harbor has a village atmosphere with cool shops, tons of fun and romantic views at night. There is even a late running (up to 10:00 p.m.) three car ferry that shuttles vehicles and tourists on foot across the harbor in less than five minutes.

On this particular day and often on any holiday weekend tourists and the locals pack into Newport Beach according to Rock Musician Buddy Princeton, because “it has the best surfing waves in California and it is the best kept secret in the Golden State.” Princeton (his real name is Frederick Rawlins, who has play with music giants like Jackson Brown, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, is an unofficial Newport Beach tour guide. He contends it’s the best beach and place of magic for anyone who wants to surf, sail the seas or just bask in the sun. According to Wikipedia, Newport Beach is an affluent community, a place of luxury, elegance and world famous for hotels, designer boutiques and spectacular views.

“The weather here is so warm and even,” said Princeton. “We get this kind of weather, in the 70’s year- round. It is home to surfers like me. When I have out-of-town visitors I describe Newport Beach as a total paradise with rugged trails, never ending waves and boutique restaurants to die for.”
Princeton offers to take tourists and visitors to the best Newport Beach hotspots and restaurants. 
Mouth Watering Clam Chowder at Bear Flag Fish Co.

If you love seafood, don’t forget to check into Bear Flag Fish Co. (Crystal Cove Promenade, 7972 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657) The clam chowder is so thick the clams nearly standup in a delicious bowl. 

 The fish and chips are just one of the local’s favorite dish, too. The fish tacos are huge servings, especially the “Special Taco- Halibut”, which is a meal in itself. The Bear Flag was named #25 among the best 50 tacos in America by The Business Insider Magazine. Once inside the café you will notice a wall and display of fresh fish you can order to take home and cook yourself, or if love sushi, just checkout the sushi bar. It is owned by Thomas Carson, but goes by the name of “Thos” Carson.
Princeton guides people to some of the best kept secrets and highlights in this city that will be 110 years old in 2016. He loves Balboa Peninsula, a five mile-long tract of beaches from West Newport past Balboa Village, nicknamed “Home of the Fun Zone.” 

Other highlights include, Cannery Village/Lido Village a former fishing village with nice boutiques, galleries and great seafood cafes. Other favorites Princeton enjoys showing off are: Corona Del Mar, “Crown of the Sea, which lives up to its name; Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, an upscale area of shopping and stylish restaurants on one side of PCH and across street from the historical Crystal Cove State Park. There’s a pedestrian tunnel right under PCH to the park.

Another huge drawing card is Fashion Island, Newport Center, which has luxury boutiques, restaurants on gorgeous landscaped plazas, palm trees and eye-popping fountains. Other great spots to see include Mariner’s Mile, Westcliff, which is the nautical heart of Newport Beach bursting with brokers, waterfront eateries and boats for hire. And finally the Upper Newport Bay, which is the Back Bay and one of the largest coastal wetlands in SoCal offers 1,000+ acres of active land and water adventures.
According to published reports, The Newport Beach's median family income and property values consistently place high in national rankings. The Daily Pilot, a newspaper published in the neighboring city of Costa Mesa but which serves the greater Newport-Mesa community, reported in 2010 that more than a quarter of households have an income greater than $200,000, and the median value for homes exceeds $1 million. After you spend time on the beach, you could spend many hours just touring neighborhoods of multimillion dollar homes. 

And in some neighborhoods, each house has a different look and designs with the neighborhoods surrounded by water. Princeton suggests that the best way to get your maximum holiday or vacation opportunities is to take the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to obtain a full day’s worth of shopping at the world-class Fashion Island or boutique-filled Balboa Blvd. 

You can also auto-ferry it to the old-fashion Marine Ave of Balboa Island. Every picture you take says Princeton is postcard perfect with images that pop right off the screen.

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Hot cars and hot weather go together at Galpin Ford Auto Show

Galpin Ford Auto Show in Los Angeles 
Thousands of auto show fans, car collectors and enthusiasts beat the triple digit heat recently to get a close-up shot of their favorite Ford make and model cars at the 4th Annual Galpin Car Show hosted by Galpin Ford, Van Nuys, CA. There were just about every make and model of Ford cars from roadsters, antique sedans to the new and modified Ford Mustangs.

“You have to remember that other than the Chevy Corvette, the Mustang was America’s first muscle car,” said car enthusiast Salem Cain, who had his candy apple red, 2015 S-550 Mustang on display at the event. It was a ‘performance package’ of which he turned into a “track package.” It has board racing suspension, Brembo brakes, and other advanced features. 

The license plate on the right is a tribute to Paul Walker
“The first American Muscle car didn’t come out until 1967, and then after that you had the Roadrunner, the Challenger, the Charger and all of that.” And Cain boasts about his knowledge of all the different varieties and styles of Mustangs. “My favorite is now sitting in my garage at home, a 1966 GT-350-H, which is a Shelby Mustang, which is original and a classic, and my other favorite is the 1967 GT-500, the Shelby Eleanor,” he said.

When asked why auto shows draw such large crowds, Cain said, “Everyone likes auto shows, the customization of someone else’s car.”  1934 Ford Sedan owner, Michael Fonterra said he comes every year because of the comradery and he likes to connect with other car enthusiasts. “You know a simple car like this is amazing to look at, the technology of that time and is an amazing car to drive, but I could use an air conditioner today,” he said.  

Harold Thomas and Paul Monet at auto show with 1939 Ford.
Car collector Harold Thomas, who brought his 1939 Ford sedan he has owned since 1959, also enjoys networking with auto enthusiasts. “It’s the value you get from creating a museum piece,” he said. And Paul Monet said what attracts him to these cars shows, “It’s the styling. I would rather see more of these (1939 Fords) that all of those Mustangs. They got the power and the rides, but the style in the older models have everything,” he said.

The Auto Show included live music, a BBQ, 44-foot Ferris wheel, rock climbing wall, bungee jump and live music entertainment. There were hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting TV and movie cars. 

Some of the award-winning hot rods on display included:
Pierson Brothers’ 1934 Ford Competition Coupe
Blackie Gejeian’s 1955 “Shish Kabob” Special
1929 Ford Model A Roadster “Emperor”
Chopped 1932 Ford 3-Window Hot Rod
The Grasshopper
Iron Orchid

Unique multi-million dollar vehicles:

The Shah of Persia’s 1939 Bugatti Type 57C
1967 Ford GT40 MKIII

Hollywood Movie Cars:
“2 Fast 2 Furious” 2001 Honda S2000
“Back To The Future” DeLorean
“Mystery Machine” Van
“Herbie The Love Bug”


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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Jorge Rivera, Mexico's film superstar speaks out on Hollywood film industry

Actor Jorge Rivero at his Hollywood Hills Home.

Even though he has retired from movies and the entertainment industry, Mexico’s biggest movie star Jorge Rivero says he still keeps an eye on Hollywood from his home nestled up above the city in Hollywood Hills. The 75-year-old actor starred in some 150 movies from the 1960’s to 1990’s. He starred in films featuring John Wayne and Charlton Heston in Hollywood. In Europe, he was directed by legendary writer/ producer/director Lucio Fulci, where he admitted he enjoyed it more there than in the USA.
Examiner Writer George McQuade with Actor
Jorge Rivero at his Hollywood Hills, CA.

Rivero, a handsome and muscular Mexican leading man ironically, in his first film he played a masked wrestler and his face was never shown. He became a sex symbol and a major box-office star. Later, he was called by Hollywood to star with John Wayne inHoward Hawks's Rio Lobo (1970). Since the 1980s he has worked only occasionally in Mexican films and soap operas -- he has resided Southern California for more than three decades -- and appears in international productions, sometimes billed as
"George Rivero."
Jorge Rivero, actor who made 150 films in Europe, Mexico and Hollywood. 
During the 1970’s, way before Antonio BanderasGael García Bernal and others defined Latino actors, Rivero was a film hit during the days when Mexico was putting out 200 films a year. In Europe, his powerful, buff physique at six feet high attracted leading ladies all over the world like Spanish sex symbols Sandra Mozarowsky and Ana Obregon. The film superstar also worked with superstars like Miss Europe’s Pia Giancaro and Daniel Giordano during the height of his career in the 70s.

I sat down with this legendary actor at his home to get an update and learn what's missing in Hollywood today. (MORE)

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Breitling Energy CEO Chris Faulkner on oil prices from Middle East War. I

Breitling Energy Corporation CEO Chris Faulkner says

if things get worse the Middle East crisis will have a

global impact on rising oil prices. Breitling is based in

Dallas, TX. (

Breitling Energy CEO Chris Faulkner on oil prices from Middle East War. I

Breitling Energy Corporation CEO Chris Faulkner says

if things get worse the Middle East crisis will have a

global impact on rising oil prices. Breitling is based in

Dallas, TX. (

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Radio TV News Assn. Golden Mike winners often use social media for breaking news

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If they were not  exchanging business cards they were tweeting and posting their favorite photos on social networks at the 65th Annual Golden Mike Awards, Radio TV News Association (RTNA) Saturday (Jan 24, 2015).  Social Media used to be an option, but today every industry, including TV and radio news, where news people get some of their breaking news on everything from Twitter, Facebook to Google+ rely on it.

“Oh my God, Social Media is amazing, you can get to the world in an instant,” said Yvonne Guevara, producer, NBCLA 4 News, who received a Golden Mike for a quarterly special segment on black history. “Each quarter we do a special on each ethnic group,” she said. NBC’s Guevara station also took home several awards including, “Best Newscast 30 minutes or less-NBC 4 News at 11 PM”. 
“Before Social Media, we had to develop film, but now it’s instantaneous,” explained Guevara. When ask about fake pictures or video sent to the newsrooms and how NBCLA 4 handles them from social networks she said, “You have to verify it.  Journalism and ethics have not changed, just the technology.”

Some 500 radio and TV news professionals packed into the Hilton, Universal City, CA for RTNA Awards dinner. Golden Mikes are considered the Oscars of broadcast journalism. Usually there is a “Designated News week” in October sent over AP and City News Service wires and a “Designated News Day” is announced the day after it occurs, where radio and TV news stations submit their work from that day for “Best Newscasts.” Other entries are submitted for work from Oct 4, 2013 to October 3, 2014. The Golden Mike judges are often selected  from out-of-state markets like New York or Chicago. The radio and TV Stations entering in the competition come from Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Inyo, Imperial, Kings, Kern and Tulare Counties.

The Broadcast Legend Award Honoree went to Maria Elena Sallinas, a highly-rated  “Noticiero Univision” co-anchor for the nightly network newscast and co-host of the news magazine program, “Agui y Ahora” (Here and Now).  She has been informing millions of viewers for three decades in America, as well as 18 Latin American Countries. She got her start at KMEX-34 in LA in 1981. She now resides in Florida with her two daughters.

Long time Television Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Miller received the Life Achievement Award. Miller, who has five decades of broadcasting experience was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcast Hall of fame, an organization for which he served as president for five years. Later 
Miller received a star on the famous Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

Associated Press Court Reporter Linda Deutsch received the Freedom of Information Award and Actress June Lockhart was honored for participation on the RTNA Board. For all of the winners of the Golden Mikes visit:

The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) is a non-profit organization of professional broadcast journalists dedicated to:

  • Protecting the public's right-to-know and First Amendment rights of a free press through our advocacy efforts with government;

  • Facilitating effective and unobtrusive media coverage of important news events through our efforts co-ordinating pool cameras;

  • Promoting excellence in local broadcast journalism through our "Golden Mike Awards®";

    Providing a collegial forum for discussion of relevant issues facing the broadcast news industry through our special events;

  • Encouraging the development of excellent student journalists through our scholarship program;

  • Providing a valuable work tool via our Website ( that contains handy research links, job postings, and events listings.

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