CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2009 |
It was like a scene out of a sci-fi movie: A behemoth threatens an innocent town from atop a cliff, shrugging off all capture attempts. Only this real-life besieger was a 116-ton boulder, which gave indications in February 1979 that it might plunge onto Pacific Coast Highway and possibly squash a BMW or two, if not some beachfront architecture. The innocent town was Malibu, so naturally elements of show biz were involved. It was movie producer/ writer Robert Radnitz who led a campaign lobbying Caltrans to bring the big rock down from its 186-foot-high perch.
November 26, 1992
The news coverage on the tragedy of the collapsed balcony has been extensive but superficial (Times, Nov. 16). No one has mentioned that the City of Malibu has been trying to institute stricter building codes and geological and environmental requirements so that disasters such as this one--and the Big Rock kind of overdevelopment--wouldn't happen. As a result, the city is inundated with lawsuits filed by irate developers and people who don't realize that overbuilding and ignoring the fragile geology of the coastal areas will result in more such disasters--and dwindling property values--not the other way around, as developers would like us to believe.
April 8, 2002
What is an asteroid? An asteroid is a big rock, often called a minor planet, that circles the sun. Asteroids are leftover material from the formation of the solar system and range from 580 miles across to the size of large boulders. How are asteroids different from comets? Or meteors? Comets are large blobs of ice and dust that streak across the sky. Meteoroids--as meteors are known while in deep space--are small objects, usually fragments of asteroids.
March 4, 2013 |
Jamie Lynn Spears is engaged, and big sis Britney Spears is thrilled. "So excited and happy for my sister, congrats @jamielynnspears - love you," Britney tweeted out Monday morning. Her tweet was in reaction to a couple of Instagram posts from the younger Spears on Sunday, when she shared the fact that boyfriend Jamie Watson had popped the question. "Guesssss what??????" Jamie Lynn wrote to caption an all-smiles shot of herself flaunting a new ring on that finger, with 30-year-old Watson at her side. Posting a brilliantly clear picture of a brilliant and big rock, the 21-year-old wrote on the second shot, "#hedidgood.
February 9, 1994 |
For hundreds of Southern Californians, Tuesday was a day to face yet another Herculean cleanup chore--this time after massive mudslides the night before that invaded homes, buried streets and swept away cars in Malibu and stranded residents in Altadena. Shovels, hoses, skip-loaders and dump trucks were the tools of the day as armies of firefighters, Caltrans workers, public works employees and sheriff's deputies joined scores of homeowners in the effort to make order out of chaos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1990 |
An Arleta man was arrested Friday for throwing softball- to watermelon-sized rocks from an overpass above the Golden State Freeway, hitting at least five cars and slightly injuring a teen-age boy, the California Highway Patrol reported. The suspect was held for CHP officers by an enraged motorist whose truck was struck by a rock as it passed beneath Branford Street in Arleta.
February 17, 2013 |
The 10-ton meteor that streaked into Earth's atmosphere at 40,000 mph and exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk was a reminder that the universe is not such a hospitable place. Still, though hundreds of people were injured and thousands of windows were shattered, no one died and repairs can be made. By comparison, the terrestrial havoc wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern United States was far more devastating. In the movies, when humanity is faced with imminent doom, whether from a massive asteroid or an invasion of space monsters, the people of the world forget their differences, band together and save themselves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1999
Re "Knolls, Simi Have a Natural Animosity," Dec. 20. If the Knolls and Simi Valley don't get along, I believe the basic Knolls attitude of fighting anything the city tries to do has a lot to do with it. Knolls residents are ready to police developers and landowners outside their boundaries but not their own residents. Holly Huff's and Dawn Kowalski's statements that Simi Valley hates them are not true. I feel very sorry for them. Their standards are so much lower. For example, the photo of Mike Williams' rental cottage displays minimal building code standards--small doors and exposed permanent wiring.