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Garden Grove officials gave a green light this week to the state's first Cao Dai church, despite residents who protested having a religious facility in their neighborhood. Council members granted a conditional use permit Tuesday for construction of a 2,150-square-foot church and a caretaker's home nearly the same size at 8791 Orangewood Ave. The facility would provide about 200 followers of the Cao Dai faith in Orange County a place to pray aside from their homes and offices.
December 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Tina Susman
Citing William Bratton's past work with L.A.'s minority communities, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday called his former boss the "perfect person" to head the New York Police Department. Beck said he spoke to his "great friend" and "mentor" Thursday morning, when New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced that Bratton , who led the LAPD from 2002 to 2009, would return to the NYPD for his second stint as the city's police commissioner. “I don't think there's a better choice they could have made on the whole planet,” Beck told The Times.
September 18, 1996 | DADE HAYES
The entertainment industry's relationship with the East Valley will be discussed at tonight's meeting of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn. Michael Klausman, president of the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, and Fred Sands, president of Fred Sands Realtors, are scheduled to speak. CBS, situated just north of Ventura Boulevard near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, has 19 sound stages and currently houses productions that include "Seinfeld" and "Roseanne."
September 2, 2013 | David Pierson
While the world clamors for more Paso Robles wine, rural residents like Denise Smith yearn for something far more precious: local water. The retired teacher is one of dozens of homeowners in parched northern San Luis Obispo County whose wells have run dry. Unable to afford a deeper well at a cost of $30,000, she trucks in water every few weeks. Meals are eaten on paper plates. Showers last 45 seconds. Toilets are seldom flushed. Where did the water go? Smith and other residents say it's flowing freely into the area's signature industry -- wine.
November 9, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The City Council has appointed Ken Weldon as its new police chief. He was the department's former community relations manager. When Chief Bill Ankeny announced his retirement, he recommended his deputy chief, Mark Gibboney, to succeed him. The council, however, decided to open the selection process and lowered the requirements for the post. Previously, the chief needed a bachelor's degree and at least five years in management.
February 22, 2001
Borders Group Inc. said it has decided to eliminate most of its staff of 330 community relations coordinators. Most of Borders' 336 U.S. bookstores have community relations coordinators who plan and host events, act as liaisons to the community and handle other public relations duties. The company's restructuring plan will phase out most of those jobs and create 72 new area marketing manager positions. The cuts affect about 1% of the bookseller's 30,000 employees.
March 12, 1987
James Carnett, director of marketing and community relations for Orange Coast College, was named Wednesday as "National Communicator of the Year" for 1986 by the National Council for Community Relations. The group honored Carnett during its national convention in Las Vegas. The award is the highest the council bestows. The council is an organization of community college public affairs and government affairs professionals.
The Irvine Co. said it has named former Los Angeles Olympic Committee Vice President Frank L. Smith to the newly created post of community relations vice president. Prior to joining the Irvine Co., Smith, 42, served briefly as president of the Orange County Centennial, a special committee charged with developing a celebration of the county's 100th birthday. Earlier, Smith had served as executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Corp.
August 8, 1986 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
The citizen advisory group charged with assessing the state of police-community relations in San Diego got an earful Thursday night when Southeast San Diego residents turned out 200 strong and pronounced the condition of relations nil. "I don't think in this neighborhood there are any relations between citizens and the police," Janet Aburto informed the Citizens Advisory Board on Police-Community Relations. Her opinion was repeated over and over at the public forum in Encanto.
March 3, 1988 | STEPHANIE O'NEILL, Times Staff Writer
City Manager James M. Rez has appointed a 22-year veteran police officer to the newly created position of Glendale community relations coordinator, a job he says will help improve race relations citywide. However, Rez said, he has yet to determine the duties of Richard M. Reyes, 50, a Latino who will assume the $39,054-a-year job later this month. The new post has led one minority-rights activist to speculate that the position was created simply to placate critics of race relations in Glendale.
June 22, 2012 | John M. Glionna
Out among the desert scrub brush, this quiet Las Vegas suburb is already sweating the coming weekend invasion -- not high-plains wanderers or tourists per se, but leather-clad, tattooed motorcycle riders. Hundreds of them. On Friday, the infamous Mongols Motorcycle Club will begin a three-day national meeting in this town of about 15,000 founded during the Depression to house laborers who built Hoover Dam. Folks here have long prided themselves on holding off the mayhem of the Las Vegas sprawl just over the hill.
January 5, 2010 | By David Kelly
Eric Hamburg bought a house in this valley of wrinkled mountains and sugar-soft sand to escape life in Los Angeles and drink in the empty solitude only the desert can provide. "I loved the peace and quiet. I loved the tremendous sky. I loved the heat in the summer," he enthused about his remote getaway outside Twentynine Palms. "It was like a safety valve for me." But he quickly became aware of another way of life, one far less conducive to quiet meditation. "You see them buzzing around all the time and they just come closer and closer," he said of the men, women and children who blast joyously through the desert on rattling dirt bikes and quad runners.
April 18, 2009 | SANDY BANKS
Their first encounter had the makings of a throwaway moment -- a friendly cop on the community relations beat buddying up to a little boy when they crossed paths outside the Crenshaw Christian Center. "I always make it a point to talk to kids," recalled LAPD Sgt. Ralph Morales. "We started chatting, I gave him some stickers. I asked his mom if I could give him my business card." Nine-year-old Micah Blackwell studied the card, thanked the officer, then asked, "What time do you get to work?"
February 9, 2009 | Martha Groves
Lest she forget, the tattooed A-11150 on Frances Simon's left arm reminds her of the hardships she endured as a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, Ravensbruck and Malchov. Lest others forget, she has often taken friends and relatives around the corner to the Museum of Tolerance, which challenges visitors to confront bigotry and to comprehend the Holocaust.
January 21, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
With so much of the nation's attention understandably focused on President Obama's inauguration, it was inevitable that a local event of great significance, the Los Angeles Police Department's First Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, went all but overlooked Monday. It deserves to be noted, though, because such a celebration of the civil rights leader's birthday would have been unthinkable on several counts just a few years ago. LAPD Chief William J.
December 19, 2008 | Scott Gold
Elliott Rothman, Pomona's new mayor, stepped into City Hall on Monday and shook off the dreary night. He had a round face and a comb-over, and his expression was no less dour after he took off his overcoat, revealing a tie decorated with an image of Frosty the Snowman. Pomona, a city of 170,000 or so, was fresh from a messy election. Rothman had finished first among eight candidates. But with so many in the race, he had won with a third of the vote, hardly a resounding victory.
Police are looking into the possibility that the city's two most recent hate crimes were tied to work being done by a task force created to work against such incidents, authorities said Monday. Mayor Eileen Givens' Blue Ribbon Task Force on Community Relations is made up of more than a dozen volunteers, including a pastor and rabbi who head houses of worship that were both vandalized in the last five months.
December 12, 2008 | Scott Gold, Gold is a Times staff writer.
Little Atwater Village pulled out all the stops last week at the ceremony to light its Christmas tree, a redwood that towers handsomely over the commercial drag. No one had ever seen a crowd like this -- 1,400 people jammed into a bank parking lot, quite a turnout considering that fewer than 20,000 people live here. There were pigtailed girls handing out candy canes. There were dogs tolerating Rudolph costumes. Santa dropped by.
October 3, 2008 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
To those who live in the hills above Eagle Rock -- iconoclasts and eccentrics, many of them artists and "day sleepers" and people who drop Samuel Beckett lines casually into conversation -- the grassy lot at the end of the main drag was never much of a mystery. Road workers created it 75 years ago when they lopped off part of a hill. Left behind was an awkward triangle of land wedged between Colorado Boulevard and a cliff, which routinely cast off rocks so porous they crumbled in your hand.
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