Credibility is vital,'' says radio host and restaurant reviewer Elmer Dills
The pair, operating as Dill Brothers Insurance, have become two of the state's hottest agents, with gross premiums last year of more than $12 million.
says his company is a competitor of Dill Brothers and has done similar volume.
To call Dills a one-of-a-kind character and a Capitol fixture does not do justice to the facts.
Simply put, having a conversation with Dills is like stepping inside a political time machine.
Dills, an El Segundo Democrat who also has a home in Rocklin, was very much in the mix.
But Dills, who already could boast of careers as a teacher, musician and political organizer, won election to the Assembly in 1938.
While President Truman ``had guts,'' Roosevelt's ``New Deal was overwhelming and he was a fantastic man,'' according to Dills, who was there.
Dills, until just this year, presided over virtually every floor session of the state Senate.
The Texas-born Dills
, whose home is in Gardena, is one of seven children.
Dills, D-Gardena, is chairman of the powerful Senate Governmental Organization Committee, which controls legislation affecting gambling, the alcoholic beverage industry and operations of state agencies.
Dills, who has been hobbled by knee problems in recent years and sometimes uses a walker to get around, says it's time for him to go, although he toyed with the idea of running for the Assembly again.
Ralph Dills, D-Gardena; age 88; first elected to Legislature in 1938; chairman of Senate Government Organization Committee.
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continues on KABC's (Channel 7) ``Eyewitness News,'' with his televised restaurant reviews and features at 5 p.