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October 4, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
July 24, 2011 | By Scott Marshutz
Eileen and Carlton Appleby opened their Escondido home to a group of architects and designers in 1984 as a place to judge entries for the city's Civic Center design competition. One of the judges, Michael John Pittas, who at the time was dean of the then-Otis Art Institute's Parsons School of Design, was no less than awed. "One rarely finds the quality of craftsmanship, detail and drama in a contemporary home," he wrote in a thank-you letter. Five years earlier, newspaper publisher Carlton Appleby had tapped Norm Applebaum to design the residence in the Eden Valley subdivision where the Applebys had purchased more than 400 wild acres.
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 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER
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.
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.
January 1, 1987
No team in the NBA, including Boston, can beat the Lakers, except the Lakers. This year the culprits seemed to be the 16-year jinx on champions repeating, Pat Riley and Mr. Clutch, Byron (Throw Up a Brick) Scott. BRUCE ALAN Sun Valley Editor's note: These letters represent many of the best received by The Times in 1986
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