October 3, 1993
I was incensed by Robin Abcarian's "What's the Price Tag on Peace of Mind?" (Sept. 22). No, cost will not be the last word, but necessity will. Since experts have determined that routine ultrasounds don't improve the outcome of low-risk pregnancies, medical insurance should not cover them. Many people want ultrasound merely to determine their babies' sex, and their doctors fabricate medical reasons for the tests so insurance will pay for them. This is just one example of flagrant waste (not to mention fraud)
October 23, 2001 |
Downtown Los Angeles will get a rare type of new housing--lofts for sale--in a $25-million project by Hollywood-based CIM Group and Lee Group of Marina del Rey. The companies acquired a former industrial building at 1140 S. Flower St., near Staples Center, and plan to convert the 111,000-square-foot property into 88 lofts that will sell from the high $200,000 range to $500,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1997 |
As part of an ongoing attempt to decentralize government services, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend $50,000 to study the feasibility of creating two "mini city halls," one of which would be located in Reseda. The West Valley Constituent Service Center would be located in the municipal building on Vanowen Street adjacent to the West Valley Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1996 |
When the city's Building and Safety Department sets out this week to crack down on buildings that have not been inspected for earthquake damage, one structure will not be hard to find. It's the department's own facility in West Los Angeles, one of 61 structures that officials say have not undergone the mandated inspections. Inspection of the two-story, 3,800-square-foot building at 1828 Sawtelle Blvd. was required by December 1995.
November 25, 2001
Talk about an understatement: "This city doesn't have a great track record ... of creating successful public places." But developer Dan Rosenfeld, whose understatement that is, sees a chance to reverse the trend--if local officials stay focused. Over the summer, the Los Angeles City Council took the first steps toward creation of a long-planned public plaza in the heart of downtown by finalizing a complicated land swap with the state and budgeting $25 million.
March 14, 2000 |
As downtown Los Angeles landlords struggle to fill buildings, the State of California has emerged as a major real estate player and prized tenant. Three agencies are preparing to occupy an entire 13-story building in the city's historic core later this year. Meanwhile, Caltrans will look for space to accommodate an anticipated 300 new engineers and downtown employees.
August 8, 2002
On Sunday, panelists invited by the Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, will present their concerns on the recent demolition of several significant modern homes. The Preservation Summit will include Ken Bernstein of the Los Angeles Conservancy, Peter Moruzzi of Palm Springs Modern Committee, Dan Rosenfeld of Urban Partners, Christopher C. Martin of AC Martin Partners and Katharine Hummer, historic preservation commission member for the city of Glendora.
September 4, 2011 |
Odds are slim that the cast of "Jersey Shore" will ever enroll at USC. But if they could, TV's legendary sybarites would find that gym-tan-laundry is just the beginning at a new luxury apartment complex near campus. Nearly every detail at West 27th Place is upmarket, from the fountains, landscaping and custom outdoor light fixtures to the granite countertops and big-screen HD television sets in every unit. There are also televisions in the well-appointed gym, along with a professional-grade Sundazzler -- a walk-in tanning booth that resembles a science-fiction movie prop.
July 30, 2003 |
The Bradbury Building, a downtown Los Angeles landmark born in the Victorian era and used as part of the apocalyptic backdrop for the film "Blade Runner," has been sold to a Hong Kong investor with a taste for historic properties. The principals wouldn't discuss the sale price, but a knowledgeable source said the figure was about $6 million. The five-story brick edifice at 3rd Street and Broadway is renowned for its dramatic atrium, cage elevators and cast-iron decoration.