CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2008 |
A jury has ruled that a ranch company's negligence helped lead to a 2005 landslide that killed 10 people in the coastal community of La Conchita. After a nearly two-month trial, the Ventura County Superior Court jury Tuesday found that the La Conchita Ranch Co. did not build a sufficient drainage system, which could have helped prevent the Jan. 10, 2005, slide that followed fierce winter storms. The slide destroyed 13 homes and damaged 23 others in La Conchita. Attorneys for the plaintiffs had argued that the ranch, which grows lemons and avocados on a hilltop overlooking the community, saturated its orchards and created a "perfect recipe" for a landslide.
February 18, 1993
Teams from Imperial High School in Pasadena and John A. Rowland High School in Rowland Heights are among the seven winners of the Ambassadors to Singapore Competition sponsored by the Los Angeles Times In Education Program and Singapore Airlines. The students and teachers will travel to Singapore on March 5 for a nine-day trip that includes educational and sightseeing opportunities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1995 |
Responding to reports of a recent landslide in the canyon immediately west of La Conchita, county officials have scheduled a community meeting for Thursday. County staff and geologists will hold the meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Seacliff Fire Station 25, said Marty Robinson, deputy chief administrator for the county. According to Robinson, La Conchita Ranch manager David Orr reported to the county that a large landslide occurred Aug. 11 in a canyon immediately west of La Conchita.
March 16, 2006
Thanks for your vaguely insulting article about birding and birders in Los Angeles ["Flights of Fancy," March 9]. The description of birders as goofy white people who track down something special and then, unable to contain their excitement, frighten away the object of their search -- did your reporter actually see this happen? I doubt it. Anyone who lists binoculars as "common accessories" -- as opposed to essential equipment -- for birding has not spent much time in the field. It would have been nice if you had directed readers to their local Audubon Society or other birding organization rather than just handing out the locations so that dedicated birders will not be overrun by people looking for something new to do but who haven't put any thought into what birding is about, who bring dogs and small children, etc. You could have done a more respectful job of writing about birders had your reporter not stood to one side with an amused smirk on his face, but rather gotten fully involved.
July 9, 1991 |
One protester was arrested in a Sierra Club demonstration against the cutting of trees for employee housing. About 10 people picketed on Monday near the northwest entrance to the park along California 120, where the employee housing is planned, said Dee Bird, one of the demonstrators. Yosemite officials said the housing is part of the park's decade-old master plan. David Orr, 33, of Davis, was arrested for unlawful assembly and failure to get a permit, said park spokesman Bob Clopine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2008 |
Three years after a devastating landslide killed 10 people in Ventura County, the owners of an avocado ranch above the coastal hamlet agreed Monday to turn over all 700 acres of their land and other assets to settle a lawsuit. The move effectively puts La Conchita Ranch Co. out of business after more than three decades. It will also put the ranch, and all of its equipment, up for sale, said Anthony Murray, the lead attorney for 36 plaintiffs. Together with the $5-million limits of the company's two insurance policies, he said, the settlement could bring tens of millions of dollars to residents who lost loved ones or suffered property damage as a result of the massive landslide, which occurred during heavy rains in January 2005.