CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2011 |
Plans for designating a dog beach in Santa Monica were dashed this week when city staff said opposition from the state all but guaranteed there was "no chance" of opening what would be L.A. County's second canine-friendly stretch of seashore. The City Council, urged on by the advocacy group Unleash the Beach, voted last month to work with the state to establish a pilot off-leash dog zone in Santa Monica. But in a meeting between Santa Monica city staffers and representatives of California State Parks, which owns Santa Monica State Beach, "it was made clear that there was no chance for a pilot program to move forward at this time," according to a memo by Barbara Stinchfield, the city's community and cultural services director.
August 4, 1989 |
Don't look now, but some Southern California beaches are now being brought to you by the makers of Vans athletic shoes and PCH Sportswear. Not to mention Nissan cars, radio station KTWV-FM 94.7 (the Wave) and very shortly, Body Glove swimwear. On July 1, Vans and PCH began to place advertising on the sides of more than 150 new, beachside phone kiosks that stretch all the way from Redondo to Zuma Beach.
August 3, 1989
The Land Sharks, Long Beach Transit's popular beach buses, are lurking along Pacific Coast Highway between Long Beach and Seal Beach. Named for the brightly colored painted shark on the bus exterior, the Land Shark begins service at 6:10 a.m. Monday through Friday, connecting with any of Long Beach Transit's 37 routes, and departs every 30 minutes. Beach-goers are allowed to bring a boogie board or surfboard under six feet in length.
August 26, 2001
In the ninth shark attack off New Smyrna Beach in the last week, surfer Ben Gibbs was bitten on his left thigh and right foot. Gibbs, 18, was not seriously hurt. There have been at least 19 shark attacks off New Smyrna Beach this year, almost half those reported worldwide. The area, about 15 miles south of Daytona Beach on the Atlantic, is one of Florida's best surfing spots, and the water contains numerous small fish, drawing the sharks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1998
City officials are planning to turn the northern half of the old Metlox Potteries site in downtown Manhattan Beach into a temporary parking lot in time for the summer parking crunch. The city completed the purchase of the property in January and has not decided what to do with it yet. City officials said the temporary parking lot will generate money for the city until a decision has been made on what to do with it.
August 22, 2001 |
New Hampshire state and town officials tried for a second day to capture a young bald eagle that has taken up residence at Hampton Beach, terrorizing people and hunting flying footballs. The eagle, America's national symbol, apparently was released from a federal preserve in Massachusetts over the weekend, a New Hampshire parks official said.
November 11, 1989 |
It's November in Southern California. Yet fall was nowhere in evidence Friday as desert winds fanned four brush fires, including one that threatened a movie star's home, and temperatures soared over 90 degrees, sending surfers and other sun worshipers scurrying to the beaches to soak up the summer-like rays. From the air, plumes of smoke could be seen rising from all directions as blazes raged in Pacific Palisades, Chatsworth, Diamond Bar and the Antelope Valley.
September 23, 1989 |
Phillip Bogdanoff, a civil engineer for the California Department of Transportation, took the afternoon off and was sunbathing nude at a secluded beach with his wife when two clothed men approached. In an apparent random act of violence in an unlikely place, one of the men pulled a gun and shot Bogdanoff to death. Bogdanoff, 49, and his wife, Diana, 41, had spread a blanket on the sand on Thursday about half a mile south of Refugio State Beach, an area known as a nude beach, said Sgt.