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June 19, 2012 |
A major landslide along a seaside cliff in San Pedro that could cost up to $70 million to repair was triggered last year by soil saturated with groundwater, a new study shows. A build-up of water was largely blamed for the November collapse of a stretch of Paseo del Mar after a heavy weekend rainstorm, according to an 800-page report from Shannon & Wilson Inc., a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm. The failure took out 600 feet of the scenic road and carved a gaping chasm into the 120-foot-high coastal bluff, where the ground had been creeping seaward for several months.
June 11, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS -- A day after he had finished an emphatic third at the U.S. gymnastics nationals and moved himself into prime position to make his first Olympic team at the age of 19, Sam Mikulak, a sophomore at Michigan and Corona del Mar homie as he calls himself, was stunned Sunday to see he had 125 new friend requests on Facebook. "That just doesn't happen in men's gymnastics," Mikulak said. "I felt kind of popular, I feel real pleased. " John Orozco, a 19-year-old from the Bronx, won his first national title with fist-pumping, muscle-heavy gymnastics, and the demonstrative 20-year-old Danell Leyva, whose family came to Florida from Cuba, finished second.
June 2, 2012 |
Mitt Romney accused President Obama on Saturday of looking for "any excuse" to pass off responsibility for the sputtering economy, and he said Obama had gone so far as to blame former President George W. Bush during the unveiling of Bush's official White House portrait last week. That appeared to be, at best, an overly sensitive reading of Obama's remarks, which mostly praised his predecessor. But economic numbers released on Friday gave Romney more than ample fodder to ramp up his attacks on the Obama economic record.
May 13, 2012 |
If you know anything at all about Del Mar, it's that the seaside town north of San Diego is the place to play the ponies. The horses aren't the only thoroughbreds in the track's history; you'll hear it connected to such names as Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, jockey Willie Shoemaker and, my favorite, Seabiscuit. But I'd encourage a Del Mar visit any time except the July 18-Sept. 5 racing season, just for the peace and quiet. The bed. I was here for a family wedding at L'Auberge del Mar Resort & Spa (1540 Camino del Mar; 
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April 23, 2012 |
After a 14-year dark spell, the remodeled Port Theater in Corona del Mar will reopen during this year's Newport Beach Film Festival with free screenings and seminars. The theater will officially welcome the public back on Saturday with the seminar series "Vision and Craft: The Art of Filmmaking," from 1 to 5 p.m. "Kingdom Come," a documentary by first-time director Daniel Gillies, will be screened at 5:30 p.m. The buzz surrounding the reopening of the East Coast Highway venue, which closed in 1998, could have been expected to increase ticket sales, but festival organizers said they decided to offer all of the programming for free throughout the festival, which opens Thursday and runs through May 3. "We thought that this was an important opportunity to give back to community and we are hopeful that in the future, patrons and sponsors will underwrite these opportunities," said Gregg Schwenk, the festival's chief executive.
January 20, 2012 |
TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice awards chose the 5-year-old Grand Del Mar in northern San Diego as the best U.S. luxury hotel and the second-best U.S. hotel too. Among hotels in the U.S., Southern California properties were scant in the top 25 best and luxury categories but did well among trendiest and relaxation/spa hotels. Best hotel in the world went to the Phoenix Resort in San Pedro, Belize , and the best U.S. hotel was the Elysian Hotel in Chicago.
January 12, 2012 |
Imagine being a Southern California kid growing up near the beach in Orange County and deciding to head to Italy on your 16th birthday to spend nine months at a boarding school, leaving behind your mother, father, younger brother and friends to follow your dream of trying to become a professional soccer player. Kris Picarelli said he was inspired by his cousin, Italian national team goalkeeper Anna Marie Picarelli, so he packed up his suitcase and boarded a plane Sept. 16, 2010, and didn't return for good until June 20, 2011, missing his sophomore year of high school.
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November 22, 2011 |
A 600-foot section of a bluff-top roadway in San Pedro collapsed into the Pacific Ocean following heavy weekend rains, instantly carving a sheer, gaping canyon into the shoreline. The earth and asphalt moved as a giant block, slipping away gently and swiftly about 3 p.m. Sunday, L.A. City Engineer Gary Moore said. "This entire coast along here is a cliff," Moore told reporters Monday, standing about 25 feet from the edge of the newly formed drop-off. "So nature has created a new cliff.
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November 4, 2011 |
A coastal bluff in San Pedro is slowly buckling and sliding toward the ocean, splitting open a coastal highway with sinkholes, cracks and deep crevices that are widening day by day. Crews are hurrying to move sewer and water lines and utility poles and to reroute two major storm drains that join under Paseo Del Mar. Los Angeles city engineers have been monitoring the slide's movement on the 100-foot-high bluff next to White Point Nature Preserve since...
October 25, 2011 |
Carlos Wellman is hoping to bring a Mexican revolution to the sluggish U.S. cinema industry. Wellman is the U.S. point man for Mexico City-based Cinepolis, the world's fourth-largest theater chain and Latin America's top circuit that has ambitious plans to extend its brand of luxury cinemas to Southern California. Cinepolis recently opened its first U.S. venue in Del Mar, Calif., investing $8 million to create San Diego County's first luxury theater, where patrons can kick back in a leather recliner and press a button to order teriyaki beef skewers, sushi rolls or a glass of Thomas Hyland Chardonnay.