January 24, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It's the kind of backlash that Marc Benioff could never have imagined when he started the city's largest technology company 15 years ago in a Telegraph Hill apartment, some 30 miles north of Silicon Valley. By starting a business software firm that would create jobs in the city and donate 1% of its profit to charity, Benioff believed he was building a company that reflected San Francisco's progressive ideals. And he says he's proud to have been a catalyst for the city's tech economy that has since grown to 2,000 companies.
HOME & GARDEN
December 21, 2013 |
The apartment building at 2602 Broadway in Santa Monica doesn't scream "affordable housing. " Rather, its proportions and details are more like that of the neighboring 1960s buildings, and that's because 2602 Broadway takes a cue from those iconic structures, architect Kevin Daly said. "What we've done is take the typical L.A. dingbat, which I would characterize as a four-sided doughnut of a building, and break it apart and move toward the extreme edge of the property," Daly said.
November 4, 2013 |
Sick of Obamacare overload? Welcome, then, to Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's “The Groundskeepers,” where healthcare comes to beautifully moody, elegiac life. Running through Saturday, this new, seven-scene, two-hour work written by George Moreno and mounted by site-specific queen Duckler, who founded her troupe in 1985, animates Boyle Heights' shuttered Linda Vista Hospital. Built in 1904 for railroad workers, Charles Whittlesey's massive structure closed in 1991 and will soon be converted into affordable housing.
October 10, 2013 |
Looking for the American dream in Los Angeles? Good luck with that. A household earning the county's median income - $53,001 annually in 2012 - can only afford a home worth about $271,000, a price point better suited to the Midwest than the West Coast. That means a typical buyer can afford only 24% of the homes currently for sale, according to a study released Thursday by Trulia, the real estate information company. Los Angeles County is the nation's third-most-expensive housing market by this measure - behind only San Francisco and Orange County.
September 26, 2013 |
Despite their potential as affordable, well-built housing for the masses, modern prefabs in California have tended to be custom-built designs that exceed prospective buyers' budgets. In South Los Angeles, however, a nonprofit organization called Restore Neighborhoods LA recently finished three architect-designed prefab houses topped with solar panels and aimed at moderate-income families. The RNLA houses were designed by the Santa Monica firm Minarc , headed by the wife-husband team of Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, and built with the couple's interlocking panel system, dubbed mnmMOD. A bonus: mnmMOD is produced in nearby Vernon, providing local jobs and cutting down on transportation costs, the firm said.
September 25, 2013
Re "Beyond the CRAs," Editorial, Sept. 22 The legislation The Times has endorsed to create Sustainable Community Investment Authorities (SCIAs) to succeed Community Redevelopment Agencies has a serious defect. It allows elected politicians to spend future tax revenues today. The Times' editorial writers take comfort in the fact that SCIA boards would be "bound by state ethics, open-meeting and public record laws. " That will not stop them from promising future tax revenues as collateral for projects they want today.