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May 15, 1991 | KATHERINE CORCORAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The inventor of one of the sexual revolution's most popular accessories isn't exactly what you'd expect. Sure, Charlie Hall was a graduate student living in Haight-Ashbury in 1968 when he developed a water bed in a design class. But there's not a beaded curtain, bong or crushed velvet anything in his modern ranch-style residence on 35 acres north of San Francisco. Hall is more likely to discuss the "surface tension ratio of mattress size to containing frame" than free love.
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TRAVEL
September 16, 2012 | By Millie Ball
"What's that?" Visitors often ask that in New Orleans, which is a trove of unexpected juxtapositions. Just steps off the French Quarter's raunchy Bourbon Street, for instance, is the stately Hermann-Grima House, a Federal-style brick mansion with French Louisiana balconies and galleries. Ring the doorbell. Why it's a treasure: The Hermann-Grima House, named after two early owners, is an interpretation of a wealthy New Orleanian's home between 1830 and 1860. Carpets were made on an 1830s loom; furniture is typical of the era. Each October, the house is draped in mourning for a funeral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1992
Karen Ingram, Coordinator, Conejo Valley Winter Shelter I think the numbers speak for themselves. Obviously, if we're only providing a couple hundred seasonal beds and we've got a couple thousand homeless we're not addressing the total needs of the community. If there were but year-round facilities that were available to meet the needs, that would certainly eliminate the need for the temporary programs. But you've got to address some of the underlying causes of homelessness, you can't just build a shelter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Of the three county-run hospitals with emergency rooms, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center is the only one too small to meet patient demand, according to an independent draft report prepared for the Board of Supervisors. At least 97 new beds already are needed at the $1.02-billion hospital that opened less than two years ago, according to the report. In contrast, the report obtained by the Los Angeles Times found that the county's two other hospitals with emergency rooms have the space, but not the money, to add additional beds to meet patient demand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
On a barren stretch of road on the edge of Irvine, a tasteful brown sign topped with a whimsical orange bicycle announces that a long-anticipated addition to the city is finally underway: the thousands of elegant new homes around the perimeter of the city's planned Great Park. The park itself will also soon grow, now that a plan to build 688 acres has been approved. And a long-awaited high school nearby is expected to open in 2016. Just down the road, another long-stalled project is also finally underway - the addition of hundreds of jail beds to a county lockup once so rustic it was known as "The Farm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2011 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
A man hearing voices walked into the emergency room of downtown's California Hospital Medical Center on a recent night and said he wanted to hurt somebody. Doctors gave him medication, put him in a hospital bed and called the Los Angeles County Mental Health Department. A mental health worker placed the patient — who had a history of schizophrenia — on a psychiatric hold. But despite multiple attempts to find somewhere to treat him, he spent 3 1/2 days in the emergency room. With a sharp decrease in psychiatric beds and with mental health staffs spread thin across the state, emergency rooms increasingly have become costly and ineffective baby-sitting services for mentally disturbed patients in crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2011 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
A wall-mounted computer screen in the call center at L.A. County/USC Medical Center showed the emergency room was full. Ambulances were supposed to take patients elsewhere on this Friday night. But they kept coming — some because it was the closest ER, others because the injuries were so severe only a trauma center could handle them. "We get them from outside hospitals, from clinics, from the field, from the jail, from police, from everywhere — everywhere," said Alma Aviles, a nurse supervisor.
OPINION
May 5, 2002
Re "Going Past 'Just Say No,'" editorial, April 29: When a society expects its children to behave in a certain way, they behave that way. I submit that our society doesn't expect its children to become sexually active prior to marriage; the problem, however, is that the entertainment media push it and--as they have free rein in this country, with virtually no checks and balances--our children have gradually come to adopt premarital sexual activity as...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
The psychiatric emergency services at two county-run hospitals are so overcrowded that mentally ill patients have to sleep on mattresses on the floor, health officials acknowledged this week. The packed conditions at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center make it more difficult to de-escalate the emotions of patients who arrive at the hospital agitated and anxious, said Christina Ghaly, deputy director of strategic planning for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Hoping to ensure that Los Angeles County jail inmates convicted of serious crimes serve their full sentences, the Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to a contract for hundreds of prison beds at a San Joaquin Valley lockup. The $75-million, five-year agreement with the Taft Community Correctional Facility, run by the city of Taft in Kern County, will allow the county to house about 500 long-term inmates there, freeing up beds in L.A. County jails so other inmates will serve a greater portion of their terms.
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