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MAGAZINE
November 5, 1989 | Barbara Thornburg
SET AGAINST THE diverse Mexican topography of jungle, mountain, desert and seashore, noted architectural photographer Tim Street-Porter's new book, "Casa Mexicana," reveals the astounding variety and beauty of Mexican homes. More than 350 photographs offer a fresh look at the architecture and interior design of Mexico and reveal our debt to California's early Mexican heritage.
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BUSINESS
May 12, 1991 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If these buildings last as long as those of the ancient Incas and Mayans, future archeologists might someday be plumbing the remnants of a series of huge, handsomely appointed structures scattered throughout Orange County. Mostly in the southern half of the county, these structures would be found situated like major temples in the midst of vast green parklands.
HOME & GARDEN
December 4, 2003 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
Hold back the sneer and join in wishing happy birthday to the rancher -- that all-American, all-Californian house that has sheltered us for so long. Low-slung and under-sung, the ranch house is where so many of us live, or have lived, or where our families reside, or where our friends grew up. By countless repetition and endless variation, the rancher, more than any other dwelling, embodies the abiding Southern California dream of the universal, egalitarian, single-family home. Plain?
REAL ESTATE
August 31, 1997 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rap singer M.C. HAMMER has sold his mansion in the Fremont foothills overlooking San Francisco for $5.3 million, sources say. The buyer was identified as a television producer from Singapore, who paid cash and took title in the name of a corporation. Hammer, 34, built the home six years ago on 12 acres with a view of the bay from the Oakland side. The home has six bedrooms in 11,000 square feet plus two pools, a pool house, guardhouse, exercise room and two saunas.
REAL ESTATE
September 12, 1999 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe it's because her penthouse offers sweeping views of the Westside and the Pacific Ocean. Or maybe it's because renowned architect I.M. Pei designed her building. Or perhaps it's because of the elegant way she has used Chinese and African artifacts to decorate her home. Whatever it is, visitors to Dani Janssen's Century City condo always tell her there's something special about her place. "Friends have asked me, 'What do you have? Magic dust in the doorway?'
NEWS
February 11, 1990 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He didn't set out to erect a new landmark on the Westside. In fact, those who know him say that rocket scientist-turned financial wizard Dennis A. Tito is not the flamboyant type. But there it is, a 30,000-square-foot mansion alone on a hilltop in Pacific Palisades that overlooks, well, just about everything, from Santa Monica Bay to the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains. Even among local residents somewhat used to seeing mega-homes being built by the rich and famous, the place turns heads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1988
Architects who have contributed to the Los Angeles of 1988 must have been offended by the tone of Scott Harris' article for it has little praise for our architectural heritage, and lots of gushing about out-of-town chi-chi architects. From a Cultural Affairs commissioner's belief that "there are precious few buildings that one can point to with pride," at the beginning, to a conclusion that a new attitude is shaping up that still has room for "a tradition of goofiness," the article is an insult to our architectural heritage and those designers who are living 60 years after their most notable work was finished.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
This year is shaping up to be the driest in downtown Los Angeles since 1877. Only 3.60 inches have fallen at the  National Weather Service  station at USC since Jan. 1, about half an inch less than was recorded in 1953 and 1947, which until now had tied for the lowest rainfall. Climatologist Bill Patzert of  NASA's   Jet Propulsion Laboratory  in La Cañada Flintridge blames a long-lasting weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
HOME & GARDEN
July 22, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Screenwriter, film director and bestselling novelist Nicholas Meyer has listed his Pacific Palisades house at $7.3 million. The two-story Cliff May design, built in 1937, has been his family home for 15 years. Used for entertaining, family weddings and Meyer's work, the courtyard-style house has nearly 7,000 square feet and sits on more than three quarters of an acre — plenty of room for himself, his wife, three daughters, an office assistant and dogs. "It's a house that allows one to do all these things and for a lot of people to be sort of swallowed up because the amount of the grounds," Meyer said.
REAL ESTATE
November 11, 1990 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actress RAQUEL WELCH, who hasn't owned a home on the West Coast for about 10 years, has purchased a one-story, contemporary in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills for close to its $1.6-million asking price. Welch quietly divorced her French photographer husband, Andre Weinfeld, in September after more than a year's separation. The couple lived in New York, where she will continue to maintain a residence, sources say.
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