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March 30, 1989 | BOB WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
A Hermosa Beach citizens advisory committee, offering a compromise solution to a longstanding dispute, has recommended that 70% of the city-owned Biltmore site be used for an "urban public plaza" and that the rest be sold to commercial developers. The City Council, which received the recommendation Tuesday night, indicated that it would study the proposal from the 11-member group.
What's in a name? Plenty, if the program is called, "Let's Kill All the Lawyers." Relax. It's not meant to be taken literally. The 45-minute live production, staged by the Shakespeare Festival/LA and sponsored by the Biltmore Hotel (where it can be seen for free in the Grand Avenue Bar on Tuesday nights through Dec. 8), involves scenes about the law taken from four Shakespeare plays. The title is a quote from Act IV of "King Henry VI."
March 19, 1986 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
Sunday night, a lot of downtown moved up. Like Mayor Tom Bradley: "Queen Elizabeth elevated me--from a knight to a baron." Like the thousand or so folks who kept moving up from their tables to hit the groaning boards of goodies. And most especially like the Biltmore Hotel, celebrating its reascendancy as a renaissance beauty. There was a plethora of good spirits.
November 1, 1987 | KAREN ROEBUCK, Times Staff Writer
The off-again, on-again hotel proposed for the only vacant beachfront property in Hermosa Beach is off again. An appeal court last week threw out one of the votes cast in a 1985 referendum on the controversial project, which at last count had been approved by one vote. The resulting tie means the project is dead--unless the developers appeal further. The city-owned site has been a source of controversy almost since the former Biltmore Hotel was condemned in 1965.
June 9, 1985 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The only equal distribution of benefits to the community from this investment should be future tax relief. This property must be returned to the tax rolls. --November, 1972, ballot argument in favor of a proposal to build a 22-story hotel at the former site of the Biltmore hotel. Construction of this hotel will be a major step toward alleviating some of the economic burden carried by our residents.
November 12, 1985 | PERRY C. RIDDLE, Photo and interview by Perry C. Riddle.
Horace Heidt, singer, bandleader and roving talent scout in the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s, is alive and well and living in Sherman Oaks. He owns a 10-acre apartment complex that boasts an 18-hole par 3 golf course, four waterfalls and three myna birds.
April 16, 1989 | EVELYN De WOLFE, Times Staff Writer and
Grass-roots groups dedicated to preserving the dwindling remnants of architectural history in their neighborhoods will gather this week to recommit themselves to their goals at the 14th annual California Preservation Conference at the Biltmore Hotel. The public is invited to special events that include all-day demonstrations of restoration techniques Friday and Saturday, and 19 neighborhood tours next Sunday. Award Presentation About 1,500 preservationists will participate in seminars on supportive federal legislation, local zoning practices and methods of organizing neighborhoods.
August 24, 1997 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Before the Music Center rose on Bunker Hill, Los Angeles' cultural heart belonged to Pershing Square. In those days, the square's nighttime habitues were not the homeless, but well-dressed couples out for a breath of flower-scented air during the intermission in that night's play or concert. West of the square stood the "host of the Coast," the Biltmore Hotel, and, beside it for four decades, the Biltmore Theater.
December 14, 1990 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Other Los Angeles kids believe what they really need from Santa this Christmas is a bike or an electric train or a computerized arcade game. Jesus Saravia, a 3-year-old who participated Thursday at a Yule party for Skid Row children, has a more basic need--a roof over his head. "Something big," was how he put it to Santa, raising his little hands into the air. The energetic toddler is one of the poorest of Los Angeles' poor.
October 21, 1987 | PATT MORRISON, Times Staff Writer
Malissa Hathaway McKeith had met them all before: hotel clerks who tried to stick her in "crummy" rooms with no air conditioning or no paint, maitre d's who seated her at a table next to the kitchen or refused her a table at all. But this was home turf--Bernard's restaurant in the Biltmore Hotel where she had been more than 30 times, usually on business.
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