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OS ANGELES – AS FAR as this writer know, roasting is indeed hilariously fun. It provokes any type in the homo sapiens’ desire to inject a joke, or provoke a spoof, and surprisingly brings home the message: This one, is a “political roast” made in a 5-star awesome hotel is near the Staples Center in Pico Blvd., downtown, at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE. It is an awesome venue to conduct a roast with almost a thousand celebrators to engage in a unique way of fund-raising for a good cause. The event is the 13th

annual Los Angeles Political Roast

honoring Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley to support the American Diabetes Associa-

tion. Interesting to note, that this will again refresh my interest in witnessing the main stream way of roasting. Like many moons ago, I had a good experience in roasting at the press club, during its glory days, of many activities visible in the community. But this local vintage was called a “Celeb- rity Roast,” and the roastee will be slapped a fee to be on the hot seat. And, that was also an appropriate way to let off steam. It could take always an after-dinner event when the stomach is fully stuffed already. Caveat, don’t get inebriated with wine. If you’re not an Edgar Allan Poe, don’t touch that fire power. Just be in your all total self, with confidence and stature to engage in verbal skirmishes with a witty, happy-go-lucky victim. Enough. This political roast is only one honoree – to be on the hot seat, of course. And the consequential roastees are: Car- men Trutanich, L.A. City Attorney; Eric Garcetti, L.A. President of the City Coun- cil; and Supervisor Gloria Molina, County Supervisor.

is Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Colley.

And here ready and willing to be roasted It’s an honor for him. Be-

cause the invitees know him as a straight shooter, tough to face high profile crimes, for that matter. This might have qualified him to be at the hot seat by the committee. To make the event rock the rafters is Roast Emcee David Janssen, Former L.A. County CAO. Roast hosts are Mitch Englander, Arnie Berghoff, and Harvey Englander. Sheriff Lee Baca’s piercing crafted mes- sage for the honoree Steve Cooley: “The talent of our honoree, Steve, is abundant and revealed only to a select few. In high school, the apparel was that of a “cool” trendsetter – wearing wing-tipped shoes to his physical educational class. “He then wore his favorite Hawaiian shirt with tuxedo to the prom. To establish his male charm and thoughtfulness, he gave artificial flowers to his date to the homecoming game.

“He then asked her if he could borrow five dollars for popcorn and a large diet coke, with two dollars left over to purchase gas for her car.

“While at Cal State L.A., he quietly moved into politics and became the elected student body president. His campaign me- mentos were Billy Jean King’s used tennis balls that he found in a trash can. “His first dinner date with Jana was a feast of cheetos followed by his favorite music sung by the unknown group “The Yodelers of Yugoslavia.” After he played his accordion, he proposed and gave her a ring he proudly purchased from the J.C. Penny Department store. The rest is his- tory.

“This is why we love Steve Cooley!” Chair, Los Angeles Community Leader- ship Board, Tracey Veal says that…“nearly 24 million Americans who have diabetes, and the Los Angeles Community Leader- ship Board of American Diabetes Associa- tion, I am pleased to welcome you to the brand new JW Marriot Hotel for the 13th Annual Los Angeles Political Roast.” About diabetes: Diabetes is quickly reaching epidemic status. Today, 1 in 10 adults in Los Angeles County has diabetes.

Annual political roast goes beyond the bar of laughter



If current trends continue, 1 in 3 children born since the year 2000will develop diabetes in their lifetime. In the African American and Latino communities that number increases to 1 in 2. Since 1987 the date rate due to diabetes dramatically increased, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke and canceer have declined. One third of Americans who have diabetes do not even know they have the disease un- til they experience its traumatic complica- tions such as blindness, limb amputations, stroke or kidney failure. Just after the great dinner, the emcee announced that around $500,000 was raised in this political roast. The American Diabetes Association simply means “Cure

– Care – and Commitment.”


An after tax celebration. The Philippine American Society of Certified Public Accountants (PASCPA) will have a dinner- dance fund-raising event on Sat- urday, April 24, 2010 which will be held at the Philippine Village, 4515 Eagle Rock Blvd., Glendale, CA at 6: p.m. Donation is $25.00. This event is open to all who are interested in having fun danc- ing and proceeds will help benefit various projects sponsored by PASCPA. For more information, please contact: Imelda de Leon (666) 839-9092, Rose Gaerlan (626) 536-9401, or Marlene Lud- ders (213) 446-2558. We are also inviting CPA’s and those professions with Ac- counting background to join our organization and be a part of this prestigious group and enjoy the camaraderie of your colleagues. For more information about membership, please contact Gina Mellendrez at (310) 748-5092. ■


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