CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2006 |
A 50-acre plot touted as the possible site for a professional football team stadium could instead become home to condominiums, a hotel and low-cost housing units, Anaheim officials said Saturday. The proposal from SunCal Cos. for the Platinum Triangle is one of several the city has received since announcing that after two years of wrangling with the National Football League, it would entertain developers' ideas for the land. Details of other proposals were not made available to The Times.
October 30, 2006 |
WILLIE WORTHAM finishes up her set of chest presses and easily glides off the weight machine, ready to tackle another. Told she looks in great shape, with perfect posture and a steady gait, Wortham replies, "Yes, for a 91-year-old lady." At this gym, she doesn't stand out so much as fit in. Nifty After Fifty is a small, independent gym in Whittier specifically for middle-agers and beyond.
October 26, 2006 |
With the possibility of an NFL deal fading, Coliseum and USC officials have launched negotiations aimed at securing the school's future role at the stadium. "We are actively discussing with the Coliseum Commission the possibility of a lease," USC Senior Vice President Todd Dickey said Wednesday. "The details we have yet to work out."
October 25, 2006 |
The NFL isn't moving quickly on the Los Angeles front, but the cost projections are. The price tag for a new or renovated stadium in the L.A. area could top $1 billion -- more than double the estimates of a few years ago -- team owners were told at their annual fall meetings Tuesday by league staff. That does not include the cost of a team, which could be an additional $1 billion or more. Because there is virtually no public money available for an L.A.
October 18, 2006 |
Construction, thy name is Olympics. Those who remember the last-minute dash in Athens in 2004 and recent visitors to 2008 host city Beijing might think that the five Olympic rings represent cranes, forklifts, hard hats, power tools and nuts and bolts. That, thankfully, won't be an area of concern should the Summer Olympics land in Los Angeles for a third time, down the road in 2016.
October 12, 2006 |
USC athletic officials said Wednesday they have set aside 1,930 seats for students at the Galen Center, necessitating the use of a still-to-be-determined lottery system for men's basketball games. Jose Eskenazi, an associate athletic director in business development, estimated that an average of 400-500 students attended men's basketball games last season at the Sports Arena. But he acknowledged increased interest in the team's new 10,258-seat home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2006 |
Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has long been one of the state's perennial athletic powers. But the Roman Catholic school never had a place to display its prowess -- the tiny gymnasium wasn't big enough to hold a regulation-size basketball court, much less hang 60 championship banners. This week, the school's teams will move into a facility that would be the envy of some colleges: an $18-million athletic and aquatic complex.
September 17, 2006 |
Twenty-five minutes before kickoff, USC security officers formed a line across the front of Gate 28 at the Coliseum and told a long line of waiting students: "No more seats." USC's new student ticket policy got off to a rough start Saturday. The school sold 12,000 spirit cards -- which serve as admission for most USC home athletic events -- but reduced student seating this season from about 12,000 to a maximum of 8,000.
July 7, 2006 |
New York has its legendary playground basketball spots -- the hardscrabble courts at Rucker and "The Cage" at West Fourth Street in Manhattan. Southern California? We have the beach, where, on any given day, the problem putting the ball in the basket is less the defender in front of you than the tricky ocean breeze at your back. The courts at Venice Beach and at Main Beach in Laguna Beach attract some of the most competitive street ball players around.