March 1, 1990 |
Occidental Petroleum Corp. on Tuesday denied that it ever attempted to conceal construction costs of a Westwood museum being built to house the art collection of company chairman Armand Hammer. Ronald Asquith, the Occidental vice president in charge of construction of the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, said in an affidavit filed in Wilmington, Del., that allegations that Occidental engaged in a scheme to artificially lower the apparent cost of the museum "are false."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2012 |
The Skid Row Housing Trust has spent decades revitalizing abandoned buildings and hotels in downtown Los Angeles' most destitute neighborhood to serve as shelter for the city's chronically homeless. But for its latest housing project, the trust abandoned its usual technique for a seemingly elementary construction concept. A 102-unit, $20.5-million complex is being built by stacking pre-outfitted apartments atop one another in a Lego-like fashion, limiting construction costs and fast-forwarding the project timeline.
February 7, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Exactly a year before the 2014 winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi, President Vladimir Putin fired a highly placed official Thursday after personally inspecting the construction process the day before. Akhmed Bilalov, vice president of the national Olympic Committee, lost his job because of delays and overspending in the construction of the ski-jump complex Russki Gorki in Krasnaya Polyana, which is part of the "mountain cluster" that will serve as a hub of Sochi Olympic events.
October 2, 2012
Re "Council clears path for stadium," Sept. 29 Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL's New England Patriots, tried to have a new football stadium built in Boston, Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn., with public and private financing. These plans fell through. Kraft paid all construction costs and built a stadium in Foxboro, Mass., that opened in 2002. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, cost $1.15 billion to build. Arlington's sales tax was raised by half a cent, its hotel tax was raised 2 percentage points and the car rental tax was raised by 5 percentage points.
June 7, 2009
Thank you for the fascinating glimpse at LAUSD's new arts high school ("Pass/Fail" by Christopher Hawthorne, May 31). With its three curvilinear elements studded with references to the designs of Le Corbusier, its stunning, cone-shaped library, its soaring lobby, its community college-sized football field, its 950-seat theater, and my favorite elements, its controversial 140-foot tower (nonfunctional, naturally) and dramatically wide front entrance staircase (unusable because of a security gate)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1991
Regarding the current crisis in local, federal and state jail and prison systems: Several years ago I offered a solution to a different state administration--a long-term or temporary plan, one which was cheap, efficient, and an answer to the never-ending NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) problem. The state has about 800 miles bordering the Pacific Ocean, all touching the most populous counties. Why not convert some of our surplus or mothballed, outdated aircraft carriers or battleships into prison ships?