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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH and SANDY BANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mayor Tom Bradley has told developer Donald Trump that he must build 100 units of affordable housing elsewhere in Los Angeles if he wants to build a high-rise complex on the old Ambassador Hotel site. Trump's development proposal also conflicts with plans of Los Angeles school officials who want to build a high school on the Ambassador site.
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October 9, 1990 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You don't have to paint Fraser MacIver a picture. He's had a chance to draw his own conclusions about nostalgia in Los Angeles. MacIver is a Canadian artist who has spent the past month producing watercolor renderings of the defunct Ambassador Hotel--earmarked for demolition to make way for either a 125-story office tower or a new public high school. His paintings depict the 69-year-old hotel in its heyday.
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October 2, 2004 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
A compromise plan for building badly needed schools on the site of the Ambassador Hotel won over a prominent friend Friday: state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. At a news conference at the jampacked Berendo Middle School, Nunez made it clear that his first choice would be for the Los Angeles Unified School District, which owns the property, to level the historic hotel altogether. But the Los Angeles Democrat said he had decided to embrace a plan backed by Supt.
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September 12, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The start of the traditional school year Mondaywill also mark the unveiling of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools complex, the much fought-over $578-million learning center that now occupies the site of the historic Ambassador Hotel. The campus, which comprises six independent schools, will unlock its doors to about 3,700 students as a maelstrom of issues buffets the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second-largest school system. The school's delayed Sept. 13 opening is the consequence of budget cuts that shortened the school year, while classes here and in other school systems will be larger because of teacher layoffs.
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January 18, 1990 | LEON WHITESON
When it comes to the fate of the famed Ambassador Hotel and the future of Wilshire Boulevard, mega-developer Donald Trump's New York money may talk loudly. But another voice--that of the UCLA-based Urban Innovations Group--already is having its considerable say in the contentious debate about the way Los Angeles should grapple with its growth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2005 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
It might just be the biggest architectural salvage project in Los Angeles. For more than 15 years, workers have been slowly taking apart the Ambassador Hotel. They've removed many of the fixtures, furniture and equipment from the Wilshire Boulevard landmark that once hosted Hollywood stars and world leaders and have sold them off, piece by piece. It started in 1991, about two years after the hotel closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nathan Kaplan, an 82-year-old man with white hair and beard, has lived for 14 years across the street from the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire district, and he has heard all sorts of proposals--from restoration to schools or office buildings--for the now-defunct hotel.
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February 20, 2002 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of debate, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to support the construction of one or more schools on the property of the former Ambassador Hotel, while leaving open the possibility that the school district might preserve the historic structure. The council stopped just short of taking a position supporting preservation of the building and instead agreed to encourage the district to "review the historic aspects of the site."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
A community group used what would have been the 78th birthday of the late Robert F. Kennedy to advocate that the Ambassador Hotel, the scene of his assassination, be demolished -- rather than recycled, as preservationists advocate -- to make room for a new K-12 school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2004 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
Once upon a time, in a not-so-long-ago Los Angeles, the two-story bungalows at the Ambassador Hotel were luxury homes away from home. Actors, rock 'n' rollers and even ordinary folk reveled in the buildings as big as mansions. They enjoyed panoramic views of the Wilshire district and a special kind of Southern Californian hospitality. Now, these pieces of L.A. history are up for grabs -- and for free.
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