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Louis Lesser (born June 15, 1916) is a real estate developer and businessman. He received frequent press coverage in the 1950’s and 1960’s for his ability to earn money and for his various business operations.

Many of Lesser's development projects were large in scale or of historic significance, such as Barrington Plaza, the largest urban renewal project in the western United States under President John F. Kennedy. Barrington Plaza also served as a nuclear fallout shelter at the peak of the cold war nuclear threat, with Lesser appointed to the Los Angeles County Civil Defense and Disaster Commission during the Kennedy Administration.

Lesser's business operations were noted around the world for their diversity and quantity, with 250 companies and 150 partners by 1960. Some of Lesser's partners and associates were well known public figures—for example, Lesser was the landlord and developer for many of Howard Hughes' properties.

Lesser developed, owned, and leased many properties for the military industrial complex during the cold war, and developed, owned, and operated numerous large hotels, commercial and industrial properties, apartment complexes, and housing tracts, developing over 60,000 homes in his career.

He was named the Los Angeles City of Hope "Man of the Year" and received a Commendation from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors for business achievement and philanthropy in 1961.

Early career

Lesser began his business career working as a door to door magazine salesman at age 8, in 1924. Lesser sold Collier's Weekly Magazine and Liberty Magazines for Crowell Publishing. Lesser made a deal with the chief of the Fox Studios police force in Los Angeles to gain entrance to sell magazines to actors and film industry workers. Lesser sold almost 100 times the volume of other sales boys, and Crowell offered him a job as superintendent of the area distribution just out of high school. Lesser turned down the Crowell job offer to work for his father’s small women’s coats and suits manufacturing business in the Los Angeles area.

Lesser took over merchandising at his fathers small womens garment business in 1932. At the age of 16, Lesser made $ in his first year, despite 1932 being in the depth of the Great Depression ((calculated in current dollars, $30,000 in 1932 dollars). Then Lesser enlarged the business to mass sales to volume dealers. Lesser changed the focus of the business to specialize in oversized women’s coats, with exclusive sales deals with Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Wards. By the time Lesser entered the Army, he had grown his fathers small business into five coat factories.

In 1947, Lesser bought four ranches, and two packing houses in the Coachella Valley with a down payment $ (figures in current dollars adjusted for inflation, $189,000 in 1947 dollars). Lesser grew grapefruits and dates, anticipating the lifting of WWII price ceilings. Five days after the purchase, the ceilings were lifted, and Lesser made back his down payment in about a month. Lesser sold the ranching and farming business in about 1949.

In about 1950, Lesser went into the gasoline distribution business, acquired a group of super stations, a tire recapping factory, and an oil packing plant. Lesser’s “self service gas station” concept proved a success for gas stations, and Lesser combined with Eagle Oil Co., becoming the company’s largest stock holder. Lesser then merged with Sunset Oil Co. and became its vice president. Lesser was elected vice president of Sunset Oil Co. on April 5, 1960, with J.D. Sterling elected president, and Harvey Nerson secretary-treasurer.

Lesser created Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. in early 1952. Within eight years, the company had built thousands of homes, over 2 million square feet of office space, seven bowling alleys, numerous apartment buildings, five shopping centers, and became involved in hundreds of developments across the United States. Lesser brought his brother Alvin, and three brothers-in-law in to help run his firm, Bill Malat, Louis Rudman, and Louis Lomas, who became controller. In 2009, Lesser and Eric Diesel merged assets to form Lesser Diesel Enterprises, Inc. Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. was listed on the American Stock Exchange and developed and operated over $10 Billion in commercial and residential development and over $5 Billion in housing projects for the Armed Forces, also according to Lesser’s sworn filing with the court for the bankruptcy of Tri National Development Corp., and according to Los Angeles real estate magnate Gerald Schneiderman of Creative Environments of Hollywood. Arthur Andersen audited Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. and the SEC approved listin on the American Stock Exchange.

During the post WWII west coast housing boom, Lesser developed Torrance Gardensmarker, and made $ (calculated in current dollars) in sales by 1950. Sales were made to veterans on the “no down payment” terms, prior to government housing credit restrictions being imposed. The development was considered of historic significance for leading the construction of automated “homes of the future” movement, using General Electric’s automatic dishwashers and automated garbage disposals, and thermostatic heat controls in every home, in addition to tiled stall showers, upholstered breakfast nooks, and barbecue pits in the backyards.

By 1954, Louis Lesser Enterprises was engaged in a developing projects in three states totaling $ in today’s dollars ($70 millin in 1954). Lesser’s colleague, William Malat, husband of Lesser’s sister Ethel Malet, said Lesser was involved in a $40 million ($ in today’s dollars) project to build an "entire city" for the San Manuel Copper Mine of the San Manuel Copper Corporationmarker in Pinal County, Arizonamarker (now BHP, the world's largest copper mine), Benjamin Harrison Villagemarker near Ft.marker Benjamin Harrisonmarker at Indianapolismarker, Centerline Gardens, Inc. near the Detroit Tank Arsenalmarker, a program near the Los Angeles International Airportmarker, projects in the [[San Fernando Valley] and in San Diegomarker.

Going international and defense contracts

In 1958, Lesser expanded his development operations internationally, establishing offices in Wshington D.C. and New York for Louis Lesser Enterprises International. Lesser concluded a deal with Prince Kashim Kashani of Iran in a program to develop 20,000 homes and apartments in Teheran. The same year, Lesser International began the construction of a grain warehouse for use by the Mexican Government, and began construction of a skyscraper office building in Caracas, Venezuela, to be owned in association with Financiadora Administradora Inmobiliaria, S.A., one of the largest real estate development firms in South America, and a company of controversy involving allegations of Venezuelan government corruption involving its then president at the time, Marcos Perez Jimenez.

In 1959, Lesser developed the 28 acre, 336,000 square foot San Diego Convair Astronautics Division of General Dynamics building, with 14 acres of developed paved parking, and 36,000 square feet of office space.. The in, in response to the Soviet Sputnik success. 150,000 cubic yards of soil was excavated for the project, leveling an entire valley. The enormity of the project required special water lines to be brought in. The structure was at the time, a historic “tilt up”, with 20 foot tall walls to the bottom of the truss, and a roof made entirely of metal, pioneering large scale buildings of this type regularly made in the 1960’s. The decking was made in various parts of the United States, again pioneering the controversial, but now conventional military industrial complex strategy of manufacturing components across congressional lines to garner votes. The structure was intended to store missiles at the height of the cold war.

Lesser was appointed to the Los Angeles County Civil Defense and Disaster Commission in December 1961, an appointment of significance both for being at the peak of the cold war nuclear scare, and for the potential of a conflict of interest, due to massive government funding for development of nuclear fallout shelters, and Lesser being a developer bidding on the projects proposed. Lesser served on commission with Los Angeles County Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess, Los Angeles Police Chief William H, Parker, and six other members. Shortly after his appointment, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered a complete review of a $ (in current dollars, $404 million in 1961). Lesser buildings were later approved to be nuclear fallout shelters, with local and federal government funding and subsidies for their development. Lesser’s proposed Barrington Plaza development was approved as a nuclear fallout shelter by the Board, in addition to reciving the greatest funding support of any western United States Federal Housing Authority urban renewal project under president John F. Kennedy.

Louis Lesser was Howard Hughes’ landlord in many Hughes Aircraft buildings, and sold many other buildings to Hughes. In 1957, Howard Hughes was leasing six major Hughes Aircraft Buildings from Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc., including a 66,000 square foot building at Freeman Ave. and 111th St., in the Los Angeles area Airport Industrial Center, bringing the total space leased from Lesser to Hughes to 265,000 square feet. Lesser purchased the Beckman Instrument Company’s Hellpot Plant in Newport, a “prize winning” 15 acre facility, for lease to Howard Hughes’ Aircraft Company, in a deal for $12 million in 1958 dollars ($ in current dollar terms). The Hellspot Plant received awards in design from the American Institute of Architectsmarker, with a resort-like three level building, overlooking Newport Harbor, and with 156,000 square feet. At the same time as the Hellspot Plant lease, Hughes leased five additional buildings from Lesser, transferring part of Hughes' semi-conductor division to five Lesser buildings in Costa Mesa, for producing germanium and silicon diodes.

1960s projects

In 1961, Lesser purchased a 50% interest in Southwest Savings and Loan Association of Phoenix, and a large interest in the Bank of Phoenix.

Lesser's main real estate development company, Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc., grew from a net worth of $ in 1953 ($200K in 1953 dollars) to $ by 1963 ($60 million in 1963 dollars).Los Angles Times, June 25, 1963, “High Rise Developer Defends Loss of View to Convenience”

High rise Construction in Los Angeles, Underground parking concept

Lesser promoted high rise construction in Los Angeles, and opposed urban sprawl, receiving considerable negative press coverage and public opposition to his developments as a result. Lesser developed the 27 story 712 unit Barrington Plaza, which was the tallest high rise apartment complex in the western United States as of 1963. Lesser owned a 50% interest in the Braemar Lesser Towers, a 192 apartment highrise on Sunset Strip. Lesser Towers, developed next to the Ambassador Hotel, featured 236 apartments overlooking downtown, had 236 apartments overlooking downtown Los Angeles. Lesser developed six 10-story high rise residential halls to house 3,600 students at California State University. Los Angeles, doubling the university’s housing capacity, making Cal State LA the largest in the California State University system, only 5 years after its creation in 1959. The University housing plan was designed by Maxwell Starkman & Associates, AIA, Beverly Hills. Unlike other components of the Cal State University system being developed in the 1960’s, the residence halls were privately financed by Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. Los Angles Times, June 25, 1963, “High Rise Developer Defends Loss of View to Convenience”Los Angeles Times, March 15, 1964, Tom Cameron, “$118 Million Going Into Expansion at L.A. State”

Lesser also pioneered “underground parking”, with his Cal State LA development, at the time considered unusual enough to merit a separate newspaper section header, “Parking Underground”, which described a two level underground parking lot as a “concept” of “subterranean spaces”.

Collecting and Restoring Historic Buildings

Lesser collected and restored historic buildings. In 1961 Lesser purchase of the historic 1919 skyscraper, the Fulton Fresno Building, was originally built by Fresno vintner and winemaker Andrew Mattel. The building, acquired by Bank of America in 1932, purchased from Iris Securities in 1954, then conveyed to Triangle Development, which conveyed it to Lesser the same day, At the time Lesser’s puchase, the building housed Fresno Guarantee Savings & Loan. Lesser fully restored the building to its 1919 condition.

Lesser purchased and restored historic buildings in downtown Los Angeles, including The Great Western Savings Building at 706 South Hill St., the Foreman Building at 707 South Hill Street, the Brockman Building at 520 WSest Seventh St., and the McDonald Building at 708 Grand Ave.

Barrington Plaza, largest urban renewal project in history of western United States

Lesser developed Barrington Plaza with Ben C. Deane, as the largest western United States Federal Housing Authority urban renewal project of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy administration. Barrington Plaza was the first Los Angeles urban renewal project. In 1962, the New York Times called Barrington Plaza the largest privately-financed apartment project ever built west of Chicagomarker. “In June 1965 Lesser Development sold the Plaza to Barrington Enterprises”, according to the national labor relations board. “In June 1965 Lesser Development sold the Plaza to Barrington Enterprises”, according to the national labor relations board.

The Lesser Building was built in what was at the time considered a futuristic style. The offices of Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. were moved to the 45,000 square foot Lesser Building upon its completion in 1963, located at 8730 Wilshire Blvd., at the corner of Arnaz Ave., in Beverly Hills, California.upon completion of construction in 1963.

The Keyes Marina project was unique at its time, providing one thousand waterfront homes, each with its own bulkhead and boat mooring, fronting on a 400 foot wide sea water channel leading to the ocean, with an extensive breakwater system at the mouth. The project included a nine acre shopping center, 52 apartment house sites, and 125 public marina boat slips with related commercial and service facilities. The project was located in Costa Mesa, CA, and was developed with Paul Snyder

Lesser purchased “the historic Philips Ranch” southwest of Pomona in 1964, at 2.241 acres, one of the largest parcels of undeveloped land in Los Angeles County. The Ranch was owned by the pioneer Phillips family since 1864. The sale of 5,000 acres of the ranch in 1875 started the City of Pomona. Lesser developed 10,000 housing units in this single project. The land was originally part of a 40,000 acre land grant from Mexico, Rancho San Josemarker, granted to Ricardo Vejar in 1837, who in 1864 sold to Prussian cowboy immigrant Louis Phillips, who came to California in the gold rush. Lesser’s brother Alvin was Lesser’s director of development at the time, and construction started in 1965. After the Civil War, the Southern Trail from the eastern United States, through Yuma, to the California coast passed through the ranch, and the Philipps Ranch Rubottom Hotel became a Saturday night wild west activity center, with fourteen saloons, and three opium dens for large numbers of settlers, businessmen, and others. The sale of 5,000 acres of the ranch in 1875 started the City of Pomona. Churches, schools, and Pomona College ended the lawless element.

Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. developed Lesser Towers, a 22 story building with 236 apartments, beginning in 1963, and completed in 1966. Development setbacks caused by litigation caused the project to stand idle in the early stages of construction for more than two years. In 1966, a new builder was brought in on the development, Sheldon L. Pollack Corp., which was awarded the contract on a cost-plus basis, with financing through Security First National Bank. The building has historic significance in its design at the time of its conception, as it featured an elaborately landscaped rooftop gardens, in addition to a rooftop swimming pool, gymnasium, and sauna baths. A controversy arose when real estate mogul Donald Sterling changed the name to Sterling Towers, and began to run ads claiming to have developed Sterling Towers, after Los Angeles Times articles in the 1960's stated that Louis Lesser Enterprises developed them. Sterling has been involved in other controversies involving development and housing practices, and race relations.

Lesser resigns, Company goes downhill

Lesser resigned as chairman of Louis Lesser Enterprises in 1967, after a purchase of 6% of the company stock by industrialist Henry Salvatori from the Lesser family, and was replaced by Salvatori’s associate Paul Allison Cassell, and the company changed its name to Western Orbis Co.. After Lesser’s departure from the company, it began to lose money, and Lesser’s Barrington Plaza development project began to face problems, which grew so large that the matter went before the United States Senate.

Litigation

In 1970, Lesser filed suit against Irvin J. Kahn and Rancho Los Penasquitos, Inc. Kahn was San Diego’s largest land developer. Lesser alleged that in 1965, he made an oral agreement with Kahn for a half interest in the $100 million ($ in current dollar terms) company’s 12,000 acre parcel of land in Northern San Diego. Lesser alleged that he arranged for a Teamsters Union pension fund loan to Kahn in 1965 by introducing Kahn to Morris Shenker, "at a time Kahn was in dire need of funds to meet financial commitments and recognized that the property that is Los Penasquitos was or would soon be subject to foreclosure". Lesser claimed to have been instrumental in getting the loan Kahn needed by recommending Kahn to Lesser’s attorney, Morris Shenker, in the press for his work on selling the interest in Las hotels and casinos of his client. Lesser claimed to have learned that the Teamsters Union fund received a 25% interest in Los Penasquitos, in return for the loans. Kahn claimed to have arranged the Teamsters loans himself. In April 1969, the federal government filed a civil suit alleging that a number of Kahn-Shenker firms had repeatedly violated federal law by failing to pay minimum wages and time and a half for overtime. Kahn and his companies settled, paying back wages and accepting a permanent injunction against further violations.

In addition to his connections to Lesser and sales of the interests in Las Vegas hotels and casinos, such as the Dunes Hotel, Shenker was in the press for being the chief counsel for Teamster Boss James R. Hoffa (“Jimmy Hoffa”), and for being named chairman of the new St. Louis Crime Commission. Life magazine reported that St. Louis Mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes, who named Shenker to the crime commission, had business and personal ties with organized crime figures.

It was later revealed that the 25% interest Lesser claimed was owned by Shenker, who became known as “The Money Mover” following a Los Angeles Times story titled “Morris Shenker: The Money Mover”. Lesser had been developing and acquiring historic downtown San Diego buildings and hotels, including the California Theater Building at 1122 Fourth Avenue, the First and “C” Building on the northwest corner of First Ave. and C Street, the Robinson Building at 520 East E Street, and developing the 355,000 square foot Electronics Capital Building, and numerous other large San Diego apartments and properties. The LA Times reported that “two Las Vegas casino operators appear to be landlords to a group of federal agencies in a downtown San Diego skyscraper”, the Charter Oil Building, and that “the title company and the building manager will not tell us who owns it.” In its September 13, 1963 audit of Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. for the SEC, Arthur Andersen attributed development and ownership of the Shelter Island Inn to Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc., but on September 20, 1970, the LA Times reported that Kahn had an interest in the hotel. A May 29, 1970 Life Magazine article on Shenker described him as the “foremost lawyer for the Mob in the U.S.” and a brilliant befuddler of Internal Revenue Service investigations into labyrinthine business deals. According to the Los Angleles Times, Shenker first came to national attention in the early 1950’s, related to syndicated gambling, where “Shenker represented more of the big time gamblers than any other lawyer. In his complaint, Lesser said that Shenker “was and is now an agent of the (Teamster) fund”.

Controversial development methods

Lesser developed over 60,000 homes, before current environmental laws were in place, including leveling an entire valley in his 10,0000 home Phillips Ranchmarker development. Lesser created, owned, and operated Zenith Refinery in the San Fernando Valley in 1975, one of the first major American recycling companies, but moved Zenith to Hong Kong to avoid American air quality regulations . Lesser’s partner in Lesser Diesel Enterprises, former Stanford Universitymarker Mathematical Statistician Eric Diesel, received press coverage for highly questionable development practices that caused massive and historic environmental degradation on his various properties, with his Saratoga property ultimately receiving coverage by CBS News regarding dumping of animal carcasses off of California State Highway 9 near California State Highway 35, as well as for a 300 acre timber harvest damaging Rattlesnake Creek in Santa Cruz County ("Rattlesnake Gulch", per USGS Loma Prieta Quadrangle map), which also involved Diesel's partnership with Harvardmarker-Yalemarker Mathematician George Golitzin. The incident on Highway 9 in Saratoga was the topic of the keynote address of Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists president C. Rexford Upp, Ph.D., to the Association, and publications by Dr. Upp on the geological evidence. The death of John Golitzin put George Golitzin in line to be Czar of Russia after his oldest brother, Oxford Universitymarker theologian Father Alexander Golitzin.

Recognition for Philanthropy and Business Achievement

Louis Lesser made gifts to youth, welfare, and religious organizations. Lesser served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the City of Hope. Lesser was a member of the Board of the University of Temple, as well as an active participant in national Jewish Welfare Fund appeals. Lesser was named Los Angeles City of Hope “Man of the Year” on April 9, 1961, and received a special Certificate of Commendation by the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors “for his many accomplishments in the field of business and philanthropic endeavors”.

Family

Louis Lesser’s was married to Jeanne Lesser, and had a son, Craig Lesser, and three daughters, Teri (husband Jack Ford,) Kathy Sanson, and Francine.Jeanne Lesser died on November 26, 2006, at the age of 88.Jeanne Lesser died Nov. 26 at 88. She is survived by her husband, Louis; daughters, Teri (Jack) Ford and Kathy Sanson.
 Lesser’s daughter Francine died in a single car auto accident, leaving two sons, Andrew and Allen, then raised by Lesser and his wife Jeanne.

Craig Lesser

Craig Lesser was born on 11-18-1948, and died December 5, 2005, in a single car auto accident on Highway 29, in a remote mountain area between Highway 176 and Bottle Rock Road. Craig Lesser was employed in Factoring, and named as a defendant in the 1986 “brainwashing” litigation involving the Adi Da cult.

Kathy Sanson

Lesser’s daughter, Kathy Sanson, is dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor, specializing in Jazz, Modern, Tap, Ballet, Salsa, Swing, Improv, Musical Theatre, now living in New York. Her resume includes roles on stage, film, television, and music videos. Credits include Woody Allen’s “EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU” and choreography of an Academy Awards Ceremony

References

  1. Los Angeles Times, “The Lesser Side of Making Money: Making money can become a habit.", March 13, 1960, Al Johns, [1]
  2. New York Times, March 16, 1963 "Boom Is Loud for Lesser; Western Developer Sees His Operation Soar in 9 Years Offices, Apartments, Shopping Centers Among Projects Developer Louis Lesser Rides Crest of the Real Estate Boom Home to Be Leased Once Sold Magazines", "Restless, fast-talking Louis Lesser is a business executive right out of Hollywood's 'Hometown Boy Makes Good'"[2]
  3. New York Times, September 13, 1962, “712 Unit Project Finished on Coast”, p 349
  4. Los Angeles Times, Oct 15, 1961, “Apartment Approved as Official Fallout Shelter”, [3]
  5. Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1961 “Board Asks Full Study of Shelters” [4]
  6. Los Angeles Times, December 3, 1961 “Businessman Appointed to Civil Defense Group” [5]
  7. Los Angeles Times, Feb 10, 1957, “Firm Occupies Sixth Building in Center” [6]
  8. Los Angeles Times, March 26, 1961, "Louis Lesser of Beverly Hills, partner in the land development and construction firm bearing his name, has been named ‘Man of the Year’ for 1961 by the City of Hope, [7]
  9. April 9, 1961 Los Angles County Board of Supervisors Resolution of Commendation, “… that Louis Lesser be commended for his many accomplishments in the field of business and philanthropic endeavors…”
  10. LA Times, April 6, 1950, “Sterling New Head of Sunset Oil Co.” [8]
  11. September 13, 1963, Arthur Andersen, Arthur Andersen Co., SEC Audit for American Stock Exchange listing, “Audit of Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. 1963 Annual Report”
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  16. LA Times, December 17, 1950, “Active Week Puts Tract’s Sales Past $3,750,000” [12]
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  18. LA Times, October 9, 1954, “Subpoena in Quiz Faced by Builder” [14]
  19. LA Times, August 3, 1958 “Overseas Unit of Construction Company Set” [15]
  20. “The Extradition of Marcos Perez Jimenez, 1959-63: Practical Precedent for Administrative Honesty?”, Judith Ewell, Journal of Latin American Studies, 9, 2, 291-313, [16]
  21. Los Angeles Times, October 25, 1959 [17]
  22. Los Angeles Times, December 3, 1961 “Businessman Appointed to CD Group” [18]
  23. Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1961 “Board Asks Full Study of Shelters” [19]
  24. Los Angeles Times, Oct 15, 1961, [20]
  25. Los Angeles Times, Feb 10, 1957, “Firm Occupies Sixth Building in Center” [21]
  26. LA Times, October 3, 1958, “Beckman Instrument Plant at Newport Sold”[22]
  27. April 9, 1961 Resolution of Commendation by Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles
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  31. Los Angeles Times, Oct 15, 1961, [25]
  32. “one of the largest F.H.A. insured projects ever constructed”
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  34. LA Times, March 3, 1963, “$100 Million Building Program Set by Firm” [26]
  35. LA Times, March 3, 1963, “$100 Million Building Program Set by Firm” [27]
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  38. LA Times, September 18, 1966 [29]
  39. Los Angeles Times, Friday, November 13, 2009, page B6, lower right quarter page
  40. LA Times, February 27, 1970[30]
  41. LA Times, September 20, 1970, Al Delugach, “Morris Shenker: The Money Mover” [31]
  42. LA Times, February 27, 1970[32]
  43. Life Magazine, May 29, 1970
  44. Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1964, “Historic Ranch to Be Big Community” [33]
  45. Newsletter of the American Engineering Geologists article by AEG president C. Rexford Upp, April 1, 2003 [34]
  46. Santa Cruz metro, May 2, 1996 [35]
  47. San Jose Metro, June 6, 1996 [36]
  48. CBS News, September 28, 2007 [37]
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  50. Jewish Journal, December 14, 2006, Obituaries [39]
  51. Jewish Journal, December 14, 2006, Obituaries [40]
  52. MILLER vs. FRANKLIN A. JONES [41], plaintiff alleging “When the young couple arrived at the Sanctuary on or about the evening of September 2, 1976 they were met by Craig Lesser… being advised by Lesser that MASTER DA himself used alcohol and drugs and that he required the use of drugs and alcohol by his disciples…”
  53. Certificate of Death, County of Lake, Lakeport, California , Russell E. Perdock, Chief Deputy, County of Lake Recorders Office Document # 000073969, recorded December 9, 2005
  54. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences [42]
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References

  1. Los Angeles Times, “The Lesser Side of Making Money: Making money can become a habit.", March 13, 1960, Al Johns, [1]
  2. New York Times, March 16, 1963 "Boom Is Loud for Lesser; Western Developer Sees His Operation Soar in 9 Years Offices, Apartments, Shopping Centers Among Projects Developer Louis Lesser Rides Crest of the Real Estate Boom Home to Be Leased Once Sold Magazines", "Restless, fast-talking Louis Lesser is a business executive right out of Hollywood's 'Hometown Boy Makes Good'"[2]
  3. New York Times, September 13, 1962, “712 Unit Project Finished on Coast”, p 349
  4. Los Angeles Times, Oct 15, 1961, “Apartment Approved as Official Fallout Shelter”, [3]
  5. Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1961 “Board Asks Full Study of Shelters” [4]
  6. Los Angeles Times, December 3, 1961 “Businessman Appointed to Civil Defense Group” [5]
  7. Los Angeles Times, Feb 10, 1957, “Firm Occupies Sixth Building in Center” [6]
  8. Los Angeles Times, March 26, 1961, "Louis Lesser of Beverly Hills, partner in the land development and construction firm bearing his name, has been named ‘Man of the Year’ for 1961 by the City of Hope, [7]
  9. April 9, 1961 Los Angles County Board of Supervisors Resolution of Commendation, “… that Louis Lesser be commended for his many accomplishments in the field of business and philanthropic endeavors…”
  10. LA Times, April 6, 1950, “Sterling New Head of Sunset Oil Co.” [8]
  11. September 13, 1963, Arthur Andersen, Arthur Andersen Co., SEC Audit for American Stock Exchange listing, “Audit of Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. 1963 Annual Report”
  12. http://www.secinfo.com/dv22g.655.htm]
  13. Los Angeles Times, “The Lesser Side of Making Money”, March 13, 1960, Al Johns[9]
  14. [10]
  15. Los Angeles Times, “The Lesser Side of Making Money”, March 13, 1960, Al Johns[11]
  16. LA Times, December 17, 1950, “Active Week Puts Tract’s Sales Past $3,750,000” [12]
  17. [13]
  18. LA Times, October 9, 1954, “Subpoena in Quiz Faced by Builder” [14]
  19. LA Times, August 3, 1958 “Overseas Unit of Construction Company Set” [15]
  20. “The Extradition of Marcos Perez Jimenez, 1959-63: Practical Precedent for Administrative Honesty?”, Judith Ewell, Journal of Latin American Studies, 9, 2, 291-313, [16]
  21. Los Angeles Times, October 25, 1959 [17]
  22. Los Angeles Times, December 3, 1961 “Businessman Appointed to CD Group” [18]
  23. Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1961 “Board Asks Full Study of Shelters” [19]
  24. Los Angeles Times, Oct 15, 1961, [20]
  25. Los Angeles Times, Feb 10, 1957, “Firm Occupies Sixth Building in Center” [21]
  26. LA Times, October 3, 1958, “Beckman Instrument Plant at Newport Sold”[22]
  27. April 9, 1961 Resolution of Commendation by Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles
  28. name = "LAT16Jan61> Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1961 [23]
  29. LA Times, September 22, 1963 [24]
  30. [openjurist.org/.../national-labor-relations-board-v-tragniew-inc-tragniew-inc]
  31. Los Angeles Times, Oct 15, 1961, [25]
  32. “one of the largest F.H.A. insured projects ever constructed”
  33. [openjurist.org/.../national-labor-relations-board-v-tragniew-inc-tragniew-inc]
  34. LA Times, March 3, 1963, “$100 Million Building Program Set by Firm” [26]
  35. LA Times, March 3, 1963, “$100 Million Building Program Set by Firm” [27]
  36. Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1964, “Historic Ranch to Be Big Community”, [28]
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  38. LA Times, September 18, 1966 [29]
  39. Los Angeles Times, Friday, November 13, 2009, page B6, lower right quarter page
  40. LA Times, February 27, 1970[30]
  41. LA Times, September 20, 1970, Al Delugach, “Morris Shenker: The Money Mover” [31]
  42. LA Times, February 27, 1970[32]
  43. Life Magazine, May 29, 1970
  44. Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1964, “Historic Ranch to Be Big Community” [33]
  45. Newsletter of the American Engineering Geologists article by AEG president C. Rexford Upp, April 1, 2003 [34]
  46. Santa Cruz metro, May 2, 1996 [35]
  47. San Jose Metro, June 6, 1996 [36]
  48. CBS News, September 28, 2007 [37]
  49. [38]
  50. Jewish Journal, December 14, 2006, Obituaries [39]
  51. Jewish Journal, December 14, 2006, Obituaries [40]
  52. MILLER vs. FRANKLIN A. JONES [41], plaintiff alleging “When the young couple arrived at the Sanctuary on or about the evening of September 2, 1976 they were met by Craig Lesser… being advised by Lesser that MASTER DA himself used alcohol and drugs and that he required the use of drugs and alcohol by his disciples…”
  53. Certificate of Death, County of Lake, Lakeport, California , Russell E. Perdock, Chief Deputy, County of Lake Recorders Office Document # 000073969, recorded December 9, 2005
  54. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences [42]
  55. [43]


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