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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.
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.
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.
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.
March 8, 2010 | By Martha Groves
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has agreed to pay $150,000 to a neighborhood group that opposes its planned Museum of Tolerance expansion to avoid going to court in the long-running dispute. Most of the money will cover legal fees incurred by Homeowners Opposed to Museum Expansion, a group of residents who fought plans to extend the museum's hours and replace a Holocaust memorial garden with a multistory reception and banquet space, said Susan Gans, an entertainment attorney who has led the opposition since 2007.
February 1, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
The Jewish holiday Tu B'Shevat is a celebration of the bounty of nature, usually commemorated by eating fruit and planting trees. But members of Valley Beth Israel, a Sun Valley Conservative synagogue, added a new tradition Sunday, distributing fruit trees to dozens of families from the surrounding community in a symbol of sharing that they hope will bear fruit for years to come. About 80 families -- enrolled in the Roscoe Canyon Child Care Resource Center, which operates a Head Start program in facilities it leases from the temple -- signed up to receive apple, orange, apricot, peach and nectarine trees, which were donated by Tree- People, a nonprofit environmental group.
January 21, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Nearly four years after the community beat back a proposal to build a 300-unit condo project near the Grove shopping center, complaining it was too dense and would generate too much traffic, the developer has come up with a new plan: Another 300-unit condo project, this one with taller buildings and about three times as many units set aside for senior citizens. The redesigned project by Casden Properties will be presented to community leaders next week, and developer Alan Casden hopes the enhanced senior citizen component will win him support this time around.
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.
December 3, 2009 | By Martha Groves
Beverly Hills might seem a world away from urban ills like homelessness, but it could become the first city in Los Angeles County to dismiss parking citations for homeless people. The Beverly Hills City Council voted Tuesday to approve the creation of a "parking ticket forgiveness program" for homeless or formerly homeless individuals or people who are at risk of becoming homeless. The 5-0 vote came on a first reading; the council must approve the measure on a second reading for it to take effect.
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.
November 22, 2009 | By Teresa Watanabe
Satoru Uyeda has lived through Little Tokyo's shifting fortunes for six decades. In the 1940s, the removal of Japanese Americans from the entire West Coast after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor emptied out Little Tokyo. But when the war was over, his father opened the S.K. Uyeda Department Store on 1st Street to sell bedding, clothes, kitchen supplies and other goods needed for returning families. Eventually, the community rebounded. In the 1950s, the city took a key block away from Little Tokyo for the Parker Center police headquarters.
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