CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1989 |
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.
October 29, 1992 |
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 12, 2014 |
Sergio Martinez is the World Boxing Council middleweight champion, and with the exception of some sanctioning-body shenanigans, has owned the belt since 2010. The 39-year-old Argentinian is 51-2-2 and has beaten the likes of Kelly Pavlik at his peak, Paul Williams when he was called boxing's most feared fighter and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He deserves respect. But that's not what Miguel Cotto is giving him in anticipation of their June 7 HBO pay-per-view fight at Madison Square Garden.
November 1, 1987 |
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.
September 13, 1987 |
Wouldn't it be nice to have someone in your office building order groceries delivered to your home? Or to leave your dirty laundry with that person in the morning to be picked up, clean, that afternoon? These and other services are available to increasing numbers of workers in the Los Angeles area as the idea of an office concierge grows. Ask a telephone operator for the number of the local concierge association, and you'll likely be asked, "The local what?"
April 28, 1985 |
Silent screen star Clara Bow's "It Cafe" in Hollywood is gone but not forgotten, thanks to an old sketch kept in a fireproof vault. The vault is in the studio of A.T. Heinsbergen & Co., which also harbors hundreds of other sketches and photographs of beautiful, ornate interiors that have been destroyed through the years--interiors that might have been restored because the firm that originally created them is still around.
June 9, 1985 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1985 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1997 |
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.