October 4, 2012 |
The W. Howard Lester estate is up for sale in the Holmby Hills area at $29.95 million. The gated Tuscan-style home is set at the end of an olive-tree-lined driveway. Features include a walnut coffered ceiling in the library, a gold leaf barrel-vaulted ceiling in the home theater and a brick ceiling in the kitchen. The former chairman and chief executive of Williams-Sonoma Inc., who died in 2010 at 75, was known for his love of cooking. There are seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a wine cellar, a billiards room and a gym in the 18,000 square feet of living space.
March 1, 2012 |
A Bel-Air house that was home to a young Judy Garland, in the days of her star turn as Dorothy in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," is back on the market at $7.1 million, roughly a year after its previous sale. Updated and renovated, the two-story traditional sits on about 2.5 acres. Designed by Wallace Neff and built in 1938, the house features dormer and bay windows, white columns, a red-brick clad veranda and French doors. The 5,500-plus-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half-baths.
January 28, 1993 |
Early morning light streamed down from a skylight two floors up, illuminating huge canvases, paint tubes and a calico cat lounging on the stairs. This would be a peaceful scene in artist Amy Ellingson's Long Beach loft, but for a dozen city planners standing in her dining room to admire what architect and developer Carl Day had wrought. Here in an old brick building, former home of the Royal Windjammer cocktail lounge just northwest of downtown, are 11 bright artists' lofts.
August 9, 2010 |
He kills the rats at night. They squirm through hillside garbage and nose around the threshold of his house. He wants to escape but he sees only slums, a vast empire of crumbling brick and tangled kites, filled with faces just like his. He had imagined a better life. "How long will it take for the government to make things better?" asked Eweis Hassanein, a day laborer with three children and a leaky roof. "Government people come and snap pictures. Then they leave. " Hassanein's Cairo is a logic-defying patchwork of ancient mystique, air the color of mustard and shantytowns that have become sequestered worlds of desperation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1993
The juries have spoken and what they have said to law enforcement is: "Do your job, go to jail. Use a brick, it's a misdemeanor." JOHN J. VALENCIA San Dimas
December 11, 1994 |
Two Venice groups are promoting a plan to resurface the community's boardwalk in brick, but critics say it would be too costly and anathema to the boardwalk's funky ambience. At stake is about $10 million in funding earmarked for Venice Beach from Proposition A, a $500-million ballot measure for improving parks and recreation facilities. The closed Venice Pier will be restored with $3 million of the allotted funds, leaving $7 million for refurbishment of the boardwalk.
February 6, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note below. Over the past 24 hours or so, some of my friends have been all atwitter on Facebook (is that a mixed metaphor?) about an essay by Elizabeth Gilbert posted Tuesday on the new publishing industry website Bookish . Bookish is a joint venture of Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster (three of the so-called Big Six publishers): part editorial and part e-commerce, not unlike Goodreads , although without the social media component.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2001
Many migrants who attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexican border into Southern California never make it. Inadequately dressed and without enough food and water, they fall prey to extreme weather, rugged terrain and other dangers. Their deaths often go unnoticed. Their bodies are placed in a dirt plot in the back of a cemetery. Only a brick with the words "John Doe" marks each grave. In the Imperial County border town of Holtville, 150 unidentified immigrants are buried.