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March 3, 1993 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to speed sales of its already fast-moving condominiums and increase demand for its rental units, Irvine Co. is offering residents of its apartments as much as $3,000 credit if they purchase one of the company's condos. Details of the plan were mailed late last month to residents of the giant land developer's 11,000 apartments in Irvine, Newport Beach and Tustin. Though this is the first time that the Irvine Co.
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SPORTS
April 28, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
They began the game huddled in a concrete hallway, arms locked, bodies swaying, desperately begging each other to stay united through the storm. "It's just us . . . only us . . . we're all we got!" They ended the game trudging through the same hallway in single file, heads down, eyes vacant, sighs heavy, their earlier hopes lost in the echoes of the silence. The Clippers tried. Oh, did they try. One day after being dragged into the center of national outrage with the release of an audio recording containing racist statements purportedly made by their owner, Donald Sterling, the Clippers tried to play through the storm.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The tiny apartments are touted as "affordable by design. " New York City has launched a pilot project to test them out. Boston is doing it too. But here in San Francisco, where a growing number of residents are being priced out of the housing market by a revived tech economy, city leaders are considering the smallest micro-units of all. At a minimum 150 square feet of living space - 220 when you add the bathroom, kitchen and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
The industrial city of Vernon in southeast Los Angeles County has long been known for its small number of residents and voters--just 42 turned out for a municipal election last year, for example. So on Friday, when city leaders and state and national elected officials announced the groundbreaking of a new apartment complex in the city, it was hailed as a "good governance reform" that will bring more voters to the city. The 45-unit Vernon Village Park is hailed as an environmentally conscious, energy-efficient facility that, as city officials put it, "will make the concept of a live/work community a reality in Vernon.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
A historic downtown Los Angeles office and retail complex that was being converted to condominiums before the last recession has been purchased out of bankruptcy and will be turned into luxury apartments. Denver developer Simpson Housing bought the Brockman Building at 530 W. 7th St. from Bank of America, which took it back from another developer that had almost completed the condo conversion before the residential market went south starting in 2007. The Brockman Building earned a footnote in Hollywood lore nearly a century ago when silent film actor and director Harold Lloyd reportedly witnessed “human fly” Bill Struther climb the exterior of the 12-story tower as a stunt.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A big empty lot north of Los Angeles International Airport in Westchester is getting an upgrade: $105 million worth of apartments and shops. Work has begun on a 260-unit complex near the southwest corner of Manchester Avenue and Rayford Drive called Playa Del Oro West, developer Decron Properties Corp. said. The development is the second phase of a project Decron began in 2002 with the purchase of 13 acres at Manchester and Lincoln Boulevard that included a 12-story hotel previously known as the Furama and before that as the Airport Marina Hotel.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A Canadian developer has started work on a $100-million luxury apartment building in downtown Los Angeles, the first of three high-rise residential complexes it plans to build in the booming neighborhood. Vancouver-based Onni Group is erecting a 32-story tower on a former parking lot at the northeast corner of Olive and Ninth streets. The site is next door to a well-known 12-story office building that opened in 1926 as the headquarters of Pacific National Bank. Onni's building, to be known as 888 Olive, will have 283 units - each with a private balcony -- over street-level shops and restaurants.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A $50-million residential and retail complex has been completed at a busy downtown Santa Monica intersection by a local developer that specializes in building mini apartments in urban centers. The five-story complex called NMS @ Lincoln at the northwest corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Broadway has 97 units and stands next to a sister project of similar size called Luxe @ Broadway that opened last year. Both properties are composed of 375-square-foot apartments developer NMS Properties calls “micro units.” NMS has built more than 400 such units in Santa Monica in the last decade, President Jim Andersen said.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A 1970s Burbank apartment building with an expansive penthouse intended to be occupied by the owner has been purchased by Champion Real Estate Co. for $15.6 million. The 62-unit complex at 600 E. Olive St. is mostly made up of two-bedroom, two-bath apartments but it also has an 8,000-square-foot penthouse with a rooftop deck and private swimming pool, according to real estate broker Tyler Stevens of Lee & Associates. “It reflects an era gone by when builders constructed apartment buildings with an owner unit, and this particular owner unit was highly unusual,” Stevens said.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Irvine developer Western National Realty Advisors bought a 206-unit apartment complex in Long Beach for $46 million. Western National bought the property at 1613 Ximeno Ave. from Archstone, a Colorado apartment developer and operator. The new owners named the complex built in the 1980s the Landing at Long Beach. Western National plans to update the 145,000-square-foot garden-style complex, said Jerry LaPointe, vice president of Western National Realty Advisors, an affiliate of apartment investor Western National Group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are looking for a gunman who walked up to a teenage girl in Willowbrook on Wednesday night and shot her to death. The 15-year-old girl was standing in the stairwell of an apartment complex in the 11900 block of South Wilmington Avenue about 11 p.m. when a man walked up to her, “produced a handgun and fired one time…hitting her in the upper torso,” according to a Sheriff's Department statement. She was pronounced dead at a hospital. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The girl, who was not immediately identified, had gotten into an argument with someone earlier in the evening and sheriff's investigators are looking for possible links, KTLA reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia, Doug Smith
Mayor Eric Garcetti wants buildings across Los Angeles to be graded for their seismic safety as part of an ambitious plan to help residents understand the earthquake risks of their office buildings and apartments. Garcetti announced what would be the nation's first seismic safety grading system for buildings during his State of the City address Thursday, when he also for the first time said he supports some type of mandatory retrofitting of older buildings that have a risk of collapse in a major earthquake.
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA receiver Kenneth Walker cut across the field, leaving cornerback Adarius Pickett in his wake Thursday. He snagged a pass and cruised into the end zone. This was good medicine. Walker was concerned at times last fall, worrying about his future. He spent the season on the sideline after back surgery in June. “For a while, I was depressed,” he said. “I thought I was going to get lost in the shuffle. We only had one receiver leave. Everyone else was back and played.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at an apartment complex, officials said in a statement. UPDATES: Death toll rises in deadly bus crash He died at a local hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
One of the major draws of this year's Coachella - and the whole of the upcoming festival season - is the return of the Atlanta hip-hop team Outkast. To a certain generation, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling duo's hits, including "Ms. Jackson," "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move," helped define the late 1990s and '00s. Outkast, which headlines Coachella's opening night Friday, is one of America's great hip-hop exports. A smart, sonically curious Southern concern, the team reveled in pushing the boundaries of a genre that was trying to recover from the twin deaths of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Jason Wells
More than 80 firefighters responded to a fire that tore through an unfinished apartment building in Anaheim on Tuesday, causing an estimated $2 million in damage, officials said. The blaze south of the 5 Freeway near the intersection of North Muller Street and West Lincoln Avenue was reported just before 8:30 a.m., an Anaheim fire dispatcher told KTLA-TV . The structure, one of several buildings under construction in the area, partly collapsed as the fire consumed it. Smoke was visible for miles.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A Navy jet has crashed into a residential area in Virginia Beach, Va. Two pilots are believed to have safely ejected from the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, but there was no immediately word about possible on-the-ground fatalities. Two apartment buildings were on fire, according to CNN affiliate WTKR, which quoted eyewitnesses. Emergency crews from the military, Virginia State Police and Virginia Beach police are responding to the scene of the crash, according to Fox news. Photos : Navy jet crashes into apartments in Virginia Beach Black smoke was visible over the Birdneck Road area of Virginia Beach at 12:30 p.m. local time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
About 50 residents were let back into their Fullerton apartment units, which had been red-tagged Friday night after the 5.1 La Habra earthquake, according to Fullerton Fire Battalion Chief John Stokes. City building department inspectors were out in force Saturday to examine the 20 units at the building on Associated Road, and deemed them safe. Elsewhere in the city, about 19 residents in six single-family homes across northern Fullerton remained displaced, Stokes said. Most appeared to be staying with friends or relatives after a nearby shelter at a La Habra community center was closed by the Red Cross due to lack of requests for assistance.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
HONOLULU - When the giant kapok and nawa trees that tower over the Queen's Medical Center in downtown Honolulu were planted more than a century ago, Hawaii faced a health crisis. Many on the islands, including the queen who founded the hospital in 1859, feared that native Hawaiians, devastated by smallpox, measles and other illnesses brought by foreigners, were in danger of dying off completely. Today, the people who walk under these trees are some of the healthiest in America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Tim Logan
Dozens of tenants are being forced to vacate a South Los Angeles building amid complaints that the city should have acted sooner to help people relocate from the squalid and dangerous apartments. In recent years, the Hoover Street commercial building was converted into dozens of apartments, prompting a complaint to the city six months ago. But when the city ultimately forced the building to be vacated, its tenants were given little time to leave. A Los Angeles Fire Department order said they had to be out by Friday, citing "unsafe buildings" and "structural hazards.
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