The Presidential Candidates in Southern California
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John McCain was in Santa Barbara today, but he was not talking about his latest proposal for energy independence: more drilling for oil offshore. Barack Obama was scheduled to be in Los Angeles, but instead of a massive public rally with Hollywood celebrities, he opted to meet with the stars behind closed doors. Also tonight, the film industry--on edge for a possible actor’s strike.
Time Running Out on SAG Contract ()
The Screen Actors’ Guild contract is likely to run out next Monday before SAG has made a new deal with the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Meantime, SAG is divided over the campaign involving its sister union AFTRA, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
- Leslie Simmons: Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter
Presidential Race Makes a Stop in California ()
Since the 1969 oil spill, Santa Barbara has not been the place where political candidates talk about increased drilling offshore. That’s part of John McCain’s plan for energy independence, but when he came to Santa Barbara today, he didn’t talk about it either. Barack Obama’s so-called “dinner” at 4pm today in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was organized by Hillary supporter and friend-of-Bill John Emerson. Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Quaid, Cindy Crawford and Sugar Ray Leonard were expected to be on hand. But for a candidate who could fill Staples Center—or maybe the Coliseum—just 500 to 800 people were invited to an event scheduled for an “intimate” room in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion.
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