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Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Our own Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer to attend a meeting of U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in Washington, D.C. If it sounds like “business as usual” to you, it isn’t. It’s a huge recognition of the Federal Government for our City Attorney Mike Feuer’s – and his team’s – victory over Wells Fargo Bank.

As you surely know, on Tuesday 09/20/16, US Senator Elizabeth Warren “interrogated” the CEO of Wells Fargo John Stumpf on the unethical practices of his bank. Those practices included – but were not limited to – opening multiple accounts unauthorized by Wells Fargo customers and accruing / collecting monthly fees for them.

These Wells Fargo’s practices were known and spread nationwide, still no federal or state attorney’s office took legal action to put a stop to Wells Fargo’s shady sales practices or to protect consumers. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer was the only one who did. Acting as a true consumers’ advocate, City Attorney Mike Feuer not only dared to hold Wells Fargo legally accountable for its actions but succeeded! His pursuit of justice produced a settlement. On 09/08/2016 it’s been announced that Wells Fargo agreed to make restitution to consumers and pay $50 million in penalties. Read the settlement.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s commitment to fairness for Los Angeles consumers helps exploited Wells Fargo customers In Los Angeles area recover their money. The even more impressive outcome is that the settlement he negotiated for Los Angeles consumers – thanks to the cooperation with Federal Regulators – will actually benefit consumers nationwide!

The work – and impact – of a City Attorney is usually limited to the matters of the city he represents and its residents. It’s unprecedented that a CITY Attorney’s action has a nationwide impact.

Giving credit where credit is due: the success of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s consumer action against Wells Fargo Bank is historic, it is a lifetime achievement and definitely, Mike Feuer’s legacy as a City Attorney. Congratulations and thank you Mr. Feuer!

On a different note, having Mike Feuer – or someone like Mike Feuer – on a State or better yet, Federal level could put some fear of God in the hearts of major corporations and actually PREVENT them from scamming consumers, in the first place. Just a thought.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

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Feb 032015
 

ANGELA LANSBURY MAKES NOËL COWARD’S “BLITHE SPIRIT” THE BEST-SELLING PLAY REVIVAL IN DECADES AT LOS ANGELES’ CENTER THEATRE GROUP / AHMANSON THEATRE

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Angela Lansbury (clockwise from her) Janie Dee, Simon Jones (obscured) Serena Evans (obscured) and Charles Edwards in the 2014 West End revival of Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.”
Photo by Johan Persson.

Following sold-out engagements on Broadway and in London’s West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury enjoyed continued success with Noël Coward’s smash-hit comedic play “Blithe Spirit” in its Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre engagement.

Lansbury returned to the Los Angeles stage for the first time in over 30 years, and L.A. audiences had clearly been waiting, making “Blithe Spirit” the best-selling play revival at the Ahmanson Theatre in more than 25 years – a title previously held by “The Trip to Bountiful,” which immediately preceded “Blithe Spirit” in the 2014-2015 season at the Ahmanson.

In addition, “Blithe Spirit” was the third best-selling drama at the Ahmanson in the last 25 years, just behind the plays “God of Carnage” and “War Horse.”

The North American tour of “Blithe Spirit” launched at the Ahmanson on December 9, 2014, and ran through January 18, 2015. Following the L.A. engagement, the tour continued to SHN’s Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, January 20 through February 1, 2015, and will then move to Mirvish Productions’ Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, February 11 through March 15, and will conclude in Washington, D.C., March 17 through March 29, at the National Theatre where Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day.