November 11, 2006
Bill Plaschke's story in last Sunday's Times ["Floored"] about the anonymous tycoon donating $5 million to USC so he could immortalize his dear friend, a regular decent guy, was very touching. I kept rereading the article, hoping to glean a specific reason for such an over-the-top donation. Then it hit me. From their relationship, the tycoon got a real down-to-earth friend who enabled the tycoon to keep both of his feet on the ground. The very decent Jim Sterkel achieved lasting fame.
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.
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.
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.
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, 2002 |
Ira Yellin, a civic leader and longtime champion of downtown Los Angeles perhaps best known for his restoration of Grand Central Market, died Tuesday. He was 62. Yellin, who had battled lung cancer since last September, died of complications of the disease at his home in Santa Monica Canyon. His wife, Adele, was at his side.
April 21, 2003 |
Transamerica Center Tower, a lonely landmark of chic 1960s office architecture south of the downtown financial district, is being purchased by Southern California developers who may convert the skyscraper to housing as part of a large-scale revitalization effort near Staples Center. People familiar with the matter say that New Pacific Realty Corp.