Associated Press Los Angeles Daybook for Thursday, Sept. 19
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8:30 a.m. COMPTON — Arraignment is scheduled for former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley, who is charged with a new count of conflict of interest. He is awaiting retrial on a separate case in which his conviction for misappropriation and misuse of public funds was overturned. Dept. D, Compton Courthouse, 200 W. Compton Blvd. Contact: (310) 603-7717.
8:30 a.m. LOS ANGELES — A restitution status hearing is scheduled for Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a con man who once passed himself off as a member of the wealthy Rockefeller family. He was convicted of the February 1985 murder of his San Marino landlady's son. Dept. 107, Criminal Courts Building, 210 W. Temple St. Contact: (213) 974-5731.
8:30 a.m. LOS ANGELES — Arraignment is scheduled for Courtney Robinson, who is charged with stabbing three homeless people in the back as they slept in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Dept. 126, Criminal Courts Building, 210 W. Temple St. Contact: (213) 974-5769.
8:30 a.m. SANTA CLARITA — A restitution hearing is scheduled for Ahje Palmer, a flag football coach who pleaded no contest to an attack on a 17-year- old referee at a game in Valencia. Dept. 2, Santa Clarita Courthouse, 23747 W. Valencia Blvd. Contact: (661) 253-7324.
9 a.m. SANTA MONICA — Mayor Pam O'Connor and SoCalGas President Dennis Arriola will join city officials and industry representatives in a news conference announcing the eighth annual AltCar Expo debuting prototypes and productions of natural gas cars from SoCal Gas and Ford. A media ride and drive preview will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The expo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Santa Monica Civic Center parking lot, 1855 Main St. Contact: Toni Honsowetz, (310) 343-5053; Javier Mendoza, SoCalGas, (877) 643-2331 or cell, (562) 305-2345.
10 a.m. LOS ANGELES — Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County and Freddie Mac will hold a news conference to announce the Take Root Initiative in Los Angeles. The initiative is part of a national outreach and marketing campaign designed to help with foreclosure prevention and homeownership opportunities. 6760 3rd Ave. Contact: Lorena Gonzalez, NHS, (213) 381-2862, ext. 218.
11 a.m. LOS ANGELES — Central City Association of Los Angeles will host "The Downtown Los Angeles Apartment Boom and Condo Vacuum" panel of real estate, investment and development experts, who will provide information on development projects and the downtown housing market. Housing showcase at 11 a.m.; registration/networking at 11:30 a.m.; luncheon/program at noon. Omni Hotel, 251 S. Olive St. Contact: Christie Ly, CCA, (310) 545-2578, or cell, (917) 617-2437.
7:30 p.m. LOS ANGELES — Writers Bloc Presents will host an evening with Billy Crystal in conversation with fellow comedian David Steinberg on the occasion of the former's 65th birthday. Directors Guild of America Theater, 7920 Sunset Blvd. Contact: WBP, (310) 855-0005.
5:30 p.m. BEVERLY HILLS — The inaugural Legends Beyond gala will be held to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Los Angeles affiliate. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are the multi Grammy-winning group Earth, Wind & Fire's founding member, Maurice White; Grammy-nominated musician Howard McCrary and singer Freda Payne, best known for her 1970 hit "Band of Gold." Actress Vivica A. Fox will host. Actors Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen will host the celebrity arrivals. Call contact for address of private residence. Contact: Courtney Manlove, (406) 207-1911; Lawrence Phillips, (310) 619-8048.