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May 15, 2013 | By Brittany Levine
The Glendale City Council on Tuesday moved to ban smoking in all new apartment and condominium units, give individuals the right to sue others who break smoking rules and increase the distance between smokers and non-smokers in outdoor dining areas. Since 2008, Glendale has implemented a variety of smoking bans at common areas, private balconies and patios in multi-unit buildings. Many wide-sweeping prohibitions have taken effect, but there have also been tweaks to the rules, making smoking restrictions a recurring topic of discussion at City Hall.
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March 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A body was found in the rubble of a natural-gas-fueled explosion that damaged or destroyed 55 units at a New Jersey condominium complex, police said Tuesday evening. Seven utility workers were injured in the Ewing Township explosion and fire Tuesday.  The body was found outside a charred structure, Ewing Police Lt. Ron Lunetta said. He declined to give any details about the victim.  “It's extensive and where it happened is devastating,” Lunetta said of the destruction that left blackened ruins amid a snow-covered neighborhood.  Flames, debris and dark smoke soared into the sky of the Trenton suburb about 12:50 p.m., and there were several 911 calls about a large explosion.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2011 | Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The owner of the Century Plaza hotel Thursday outlined a $2-billion proposal that calls for rehabilitating the Century City landmark as hotel space and condos and building two 46-story, mixed-use towers and a public plaza. The proposal, contained in a draft environmental impact report, marks a victory for preservationists, whose staunch opposition to initial plans to raze the concave modernist structure persuaded developer Next Century Associates to reconsider. The project would maintain the hotel's eligibility for listing as a city historic-cultural monument.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: We live in a condominium with 20 units. There are only four or five of us owners who serve on the board, and we've been doing it for more than 15 years because absolutely nobody else wants to help with anything. Owners keep telling us to hire a management company but they don't understand that even with a company there still has to be a board. The other problem is that we will be paying a lot for the services, and the dues will increase substantially. Presently, those of us who have been doing this for 15 years are really tired of it and don't think it's fair.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2009 | From A Times Staff Writer
MGM Mirage will slash prices of its high-end CityCenter condos by 30%, the company said Monday, a move intended to mollify buyers who were unsure they could close on units purchased during the Las Vegas real estate boom. The price cuts underscore the reversal of fortunes on the Las Vegas Strip. Just a few years ago, condominiums were being touted as the next stage in its seemingly unstoppable growth. Although the reductions mark a significant reversal by the gaming giant, which took deposits on about half of its 2,400 residential units, it was unclear whether the cuts were deep enough to satisfy some buyers.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
This contemporary condominium on the Venice boardwalk offers up-close ocean views through floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a rooftop deck that overlooks the beach. The newly constructed condo, situated between a hotel and a gift shop, is one of the few single-family residences among the boardwalk's retail establishments. The building's two units can be bought separately or together. "I love the mix of this beach community," says Frank Murphy, a Venice developer who lived in the building when it was a juice bar with apartments above.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Rock legend Elton John and his civil partner, David Furnish, have sold their two Sierra Towers condos in West Hollywood for $4.65 million. The smaller unit features one bedroom, 11/2 bathrooms and 1,151 square feet of living space. The larger has a den convertible to a bedroom, another bedroom and 11/2 bathrooms in 1,831 square feet. The condos, which have city and ocean views, can be combined. The building has 24-hour security, a doorman, an outdoor pool and a gym. John, 65, has won multiple Grammy Awards.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2004 | Roger Vincent
San Francisco real estate investment management firm McFarlane Partners said it planned to build $98 million worth of condominiums in Los Angeles County with Irvine home builder Standard Pacific Corp. by 2007. The developers hope to start work in March on the $54-million North Lake Lofts, a six-story building in Pasadena with 106 condos, five live-work units that include office space and 9,200 square feet of shops.
NEWS
July 23, 1992
As a plaintiff in the homeowners' lawsuit charging that an extension of the Fox Studios condominium plan was illegal, I wish to clarify what some, particularly Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky, have suggested is an "irrelevant dispute." At issue is whether Fox can continue to threaten this community with construction of more than 2,000 high-rise condos if its commercial expansion is rejected. While some may consider it academic and a waste of time, we feel that, aside from its validity, the suit underscores a serious rift between the councilman and his constituents and the degree to which city officials will ignore the needs of the immediate community while claiming to protect them.
REAL ESTATE
May 25, 1986
What Ruth Ryon missed is that "condominium" (a.k.a. condo) is itself a euphemism--a substituted, agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant--at least so in the view of comedian Robin Williams, who points out that condominium is not a noun, after all, but rather an active verb meaning "to charge more for something than what it's worth." BILL HALE Marina del Rey
BUSINESS
December 29, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: I'm older than 80 and after two decades have finally just learned to maneuver my way through the Davis-Stirling Act, Civil Code sections 1350-1378. Now I'm told these codes I finally understand have all been changed. I am despondent over this. How and why did this happen, and where are these new codes supposed to be? Answer: When the California Legislature passed the Davis-Stirling Act in 1985, the law was hailed as an advancement in governing condominiums and other common-interest developments.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman has sold his West Hollywood condo for $3.2 million. The buyer is Danish restaurateur Ole Strecker. The chic double unit, created by combining two condos, contains three bedrooms, five bathrooms and 4,000 square feet of living space. Features of the updated home include a media room, an office, a den and a terrace. The building, constructed in 1962, has concierge service, 24-hour valet parking and a rooftop pool. There are city and mountain views.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our 15-unit condo complex, built in 1982, has only one parking space assigned to each unit. One owner purchased an electric car and requested board permission to install an electric vehicle charging station in her assigned parking spot, costing her $3,000. The electric plug she plans to use cuts into another homeowner's exclusive-use garage parking spot. There's a 24-hour electric vehicle charging station open to the public less than 0.1 mile from our building, but she wants to plug her car into the homeowners association's electricity.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
After a bit of controversy, Chase Bank has added its name to the downtown Los Angeles skyline. The bank reached a deal to pay condo owners at 1100 Wilshire Blvd. $17,500 per month for the right to put its name on their 37-story building on the western edge of the downtown skyline. One of the homeowners was so upset about the deal that he sought to block it in court, but a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge refused to intervene. The new sign was installed earlier this month.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
James Keach, who produced and acted in “Walk the Line,” has bought a condominium in Santa Monica for $4.4 million. The remodeled unit has high ceilings, multiple terraces and patios, a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a dining room, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,817 square feet of living space. The complex, built in 1990, features a swimming pool and gym. There are ocean and courtyard views. Keach, 65, is executive producer of an upcoming documentary on country music legend Glen Campbell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - On its face it doesn't look menacing: a proposed waterfront development of upscale condominiums that step down from 12 stories to five near San Francisco's towering financial district. Cafes and stores on the ground floor. Public pathways and a small park with stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the Ferry Building. But against the backdrop of a loved-and-loathed technology boom, the project known as 8 Washington has become nothing short of a referendum on the kind of city San Francisco is and shall become.
REAL ESTATE
November 12, 1989
The Hudson Condominiums--25 new, two-bedroom, two-bath units near Hancock Park--will be auctioned today with bids starting at $120,000. "We have had 3,200 inquiries with a ratio of 8 to 1 (eight possible buyers for each condo)," said Leslie Manabe of Kennedy-Wilson, the auctioneer, last week. "So we expect the units to sell at an average (price) of $175,000." The furnished model also will be sold, including the furnishings. Bidders are required to register before the 2 p.m. auction at 828 N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1989
Charges will be filed against two Marines for their alleged involvement in a May 21 fire that caused $400,000 worth of damage to four condos at 15712 Pasadena Ave. in Tustin, authorities said Wednesday. An investigation by the Orange County Fire Department and the Tustin Police Department turned up the suspects, who were identified as Pfc. Charles G. Simpson, 19, and Pvt. Donald Wasp, 19, both of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. They will be charged by the district attorney with discharging military-type flares and recklessly causing a fire, according to Kathleen Cha, a County Fire Department spokesperson.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our board directors found the lowest earthquake insurance premium is with a 20% deductible, costing our homeowner association about $20,000 annually; they voted against raising monthly dues to cover it. Our 20 units in a four-level, zero-lot-line Los Angeles complex average $650,000 per unit and the structural integrity of the building is at greater risk because of our subterranean parking. Directors argue we've got over $150,000 in reserves and around $350,000 in combined money market and certificate of deposit accounts.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Last year a reclusive relative, who owned and lived in a condominium, died. Still grieving over his death, the family tried to get organized in dealing with his belongings and the life he left behind. It was overwhelming, but his mortgage was paid off decades ago so our family assumed we didn't have to worry about the condominium because the bank couldn't take it. We learned too late, the reason he wasn't receiving any mail was someone with an illegible signature had put in a forwarding order sending his mail into the ether.
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