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Los Angeles Offers Democratic Delegates a Wide Variety of Entertainment

Aired August 11, 2000 - 2:38 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Republican delegates in Philadelphia saw Independence Hall and that famous cracked bell, but this is L.A., home of hip rather than history.

Here's CNN's Bruce Morton.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

BRUCE MORTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): What will the delegates do with the rest of their time? Ask Angelyne, on billboards here since the '80s, famous for being famous, who says the city is...

ANGELYNE, CELEBRITY: A crossroads of the world, don't you think?

MORTON: Maybe. If you want to spend money, come here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Welcome to 2 Rodeo, Beverly Hills. You have arrived.

MORTON: Probably. They have shops where you need an appointment, shops that will kill your credit card in seconds, shops -- well, Bijan has done a window for you. That's something.

You could go to Mann's Chinese. I mean, will delegates have as much fun at the meetings as these folk, wandering amongst the handprints, the names of the famous? And you can track them down, these shining stars.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you're interested in taking a tour with us, our next tour is departing right now. This is a two-hour tour going to Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, showing you about 40 to 50 stars' homes.

MORTON: Driving around Bel Air, we saw a lot of trees. The stars are green maybe, ecologists all, or maybe they just know you can't peek at them if the green trees grow and grow.

Sometimes you get in. This is Zsa-Zsa Gabor's house. We didn't get in. We found the tape in our library.

What else? Lots of good restaurants, many expensive, many owned by -- you guessed it -- Wolfgang Puck. And then..

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Chili dog, no onions.

MORTON: And then there's Pink's. Chili dogs since 1939, and folks still stand in line to buy them. If you want something unusual, try Venice Beach: jugglers, musicians, a woman reading Tarot cars.

Listen up, Mr. Gore.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you're coming into a fulfillment of the project that you started in July.

MORTON: He started before July, of course, and she's talking about fulfillment in the spring. But hey, inauguration day in Washington could be spring-like, couldn't it?

And that, of course, is what this city by the sea is all about. You can go watch them make movies. This was the set of "Six Days, Seven Nights."

You know what they make here -- movies, sure. But what they really make are dreams. The girl riding in on the bus can win an Oscar. Dreams, Mr. Vice President: Why wouldn't a candidate want to come here to the place where dreams are made?

Welcome, delegates, Mr. Gore.

Bruce Morton, CNN, Hollywood.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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