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."
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 Why not convert some of our surplus or mothballed, outdated aircraft carriers or battleships into prison ships?
August 21, 1985
State public utility regulators are expected to rule today on how much of disputed construction costs for the $1-billion Helms Creek hydroelectric plant should be shouldered by utility stockholders and how much by rate payers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1986
An overheard suggestion that there be a Smithsonian West in the "Ziggurat" is a good idea because a Smithsonian West could create a more equitable distribution of the Smithsonian's resources among the people of the United States. Orange County's rising importance as a cultural center, its benign climate and its easy accessibility to a great number of people make it a ideal location for such an institution, and the use of the Ziggurat for such a purpose would provide a great saving in site acquisition and construction costs.