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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1990 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would be cheaper to build a West Valley courthouse at the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and Plummer Street than on an alternative site preferred by some Chatsworth residents, a Los Angeles Municipal Court administrator says. The alternative site, now occupied by a defunct tool company, would be less expensive to purchase. But Robert Quist, deputy administrator for the Municipal Court, said it would cost $7 million to $10 million more to build and operate a courthouse on that land.
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REAL ESTATE
May 9, 2004 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
First the run-up in gasoline and milk prices. Now lumber and steel. Homeowners planning to add a second story or a deck or, heaven forbid, build a new house are in for some serious sticker shock, experts say, as soaring prices of construction materials -- from plywood to plumbing products -- force contractors to raise prices along with the roofs. Record demand for construction supplies amid shortages is creating a pricing nightmare, just as home building approaches peak season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 12 years of planning and hope, mismanagement and recriminations--not to mention fund-raising--the Walt Disney Concert Hall is finally going up. Today at 9, city, county and arts dignitaries will gather at the site's parking structure to formally mark the beginning of above-ground construction on the new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1988 | GERALD FARIS, Times Staff Writer
Elin Vanderlip loves to walk people around her estate, explaining how this garden came to be--"I only plant big flowers"--or how that collection of trees emerged: "Twenty years ago, I planted olives; now I have an arbor." And she has a lot to talk about.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld, Times Staff Writer
Ground has not yet been broken on a new death row proposed at San Quentin State Prison, but the projected cost of the project has soared by nearly 80% for a compound that could be full only three years after it opens, according to a critical audit released Tuesday. If the facility is built as now envisioned, some condemned inmates would have to reside in cells with others rather than be imprisoned separately as they are now, State Auditor Elaine M. Howle reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Perrin used to joke about the prospect of disaster befalling his Quiet Cannon restaurant, perched atop the steep bluffs on the headlands overlooking Dana Point Harbor. His newspaper ads in the 1980s beckoned patrons to "slide in" to his bar and grill. The wry humor played on the fact that the Quiet Cannon, now a 23-year-old establishment called Cannons, really was sliding down the rocky, 160-foot slope.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1993 | From Associated Press
As the undersea tunnel linking England and France nears its opening, its costs are rising, but revenue projections for the next few years are shrinking. Eurotunnel operators said Monday that they will ask shareholders for at least $767.8 million to avoid running out of cash next spring. The 31-mile Channel Tunnel between Folkestone in southern England and Calais in the north of France is an ambitious work of engineering that may revolutionize travel between Britain and continental Europe.
NEWS
July 27, 1998 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Panama's laws are drafted, modified and, finally, recorded in a building with the ambience of a storage depot. Clerks at the Legislative Assembly navigate past overstuffed shelves, file cabinets and boxes of papers with the agility of dancers. "You have to be thin to work here," joked one secretary. Thin and sure of your luck. Black electrical tape Xs mark shorted-out light switches and electricity outlets. Air conditioners hang precariously from windows, buzzing and clanking ominously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2000 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The quaint redwood farmhouse with the wide porch shaded by a towering pine was the dream Anthony and Diane Fleitas had always imagined. But it has been nearly seven years since they purchased the oldest wood-frame house in Glendale--the historic 127-year-old Taylor House--and they have yet to move in. The couple hoped to restore and expand the house so they could one day sit on the porch to greet neighbors and watch their children and eventually grandchildren grow.
NEWS
September 5, 1989 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
It has taken 20 years and nearly $7 billion to construct 71 miles of the high-tech Metro subway system in the nation's capital and there are still miles to go and billions more to spend before the system is completed. The original Metro price tag was $2.5 billion and promoters said the system would carry a million riders daily. Current ridership is half that number and experts say Metro costs will probably top $10 billion before the last mile of track is laid early in the next century.
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