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October 8, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
In a country with zero tolerance for public displays of disaffection, the 77-year-old retired doctor went very public with her anger over the demolition of her property in a booming Shanghai neighborhood: She stripped naked on the steps of a courthouse. This might well be called the season of discontent in China. People, many of them middle-class homeowners, have been taking to the streets across the country in the last few months to air their grievances. At times, the protesters have turned violent — overturning police cars or smashing windows with baseball bats — but more often, they are engaging in civil disobedience.
September 14, 2011 | By Mark Kellam, Los Angeles Times
After a public outcry, Los Angeles County officials Tuesday put the brakes on a plan to catch and kill a pack of coyotes living in a vacant house in north Glendale. Authorities now say they will wait to take action until the abandoned, fire-damaged home is demolished. On Monday, county officials said the coyotes posed a threat to pets and small children and needed to be euthanized. The pack would not survive if relocated in the wild, officials said. But public reaction to the plan was overwhelmingly negative, with county and city officials fielding numerous calls opposing the plan.
August 15, 2011
Maybe it should come as no surprise that Beverly Hills — notorious for its outsized, sometimes gaudy homes — does not have an ordinance to protect architecturally significant structures. But that appears to be changing. Prompted by a public outcry over the expected demolition of the iconic Kronish House designed by Modernist architect Richard Neutra, the Beverly Hills City Council has ordered its planning commission to craft a preservation ordinance that would offer some protection for historically important buildings.
August 11, 2011
EVENTS A big hit in 2010, the Motorhome Madness Demolition Derby returns to the OC Fair Action Sports Arena. Watch Winnebagos duke it out to the final hubcap Thursday, and in an early showdown on Saturday. OC Fair and Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 p.m. Thu. $12.50. Also 7 p.m. Sat. $15. (714) 708-1500.
August 6, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Workers began demolishing the largest of the ornate maze of structures dubbed Phonehenge West in Acton on Friday, and a judge suggested that the eccentric builder who erected the complex may be forced to perform community service for violating building codes. Alan Kimble Fahey, a retired phone company technician, was briefly jailed for allegedly resisting orders to tear down the complex and faced more time behind bars, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell said Friday that his recent compliance may allow him to receive the more lenient sentence.
August 6, 2011 | By Sam Watters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Attention, hedge funders, oligarchs, princes and billionaire kids who own private jets. Here's a deal only for you. The Kronish House at 9439 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, is now for sale for about $14 million. In the spirit of full disclosure, the bad news first. The Modernist villa is cramped for your taste, just under 7,000 square feet. Six bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths. No room for servants. And it's old and neglected, built in 1955 for a local developer, Herbert J. Kronish. Some call it understated and classic.
July 24, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The Kronish House, one of a handful of Beverly Hills residences designed by Modernist architect Richard Neutra, appears headed for demolition. Soda Partners, the limited partnership that owns the nearly 7,000-square-foot residence north of Sunset Boulevard, has secured a permit to cap the sewer line, a step that often precedes a request for a demolition permit, said Jonathan Lait, Beverly Hills' assistant director of community development....
July 20, 2011 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Many Angelenos stayed off the roads during "Carmageddon," but one Sherman Oaks couple and their college friend marked the 405 Freeway closure with a dinner party. On the empty freeway. Matt Corrigan, 29, his wife, Amanda, 28, and their friend Barry Neely, 31, decided last week that they would have a little fun on the 405 while it was shut down between the 10 and 101 freeways for a bridge demolition project. "We just tried to think of the most outlandish thing to do in the middle of the freeway, and we thought, 'Let's have a dinner party,' " Matt Corrigan said.
July 16, 2011 | By Dan Weikel and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A bridge demolition project that forced the weekend closure of the 405 Freeway at the Sepulveda Pass was proceeding briskly Saturday, as authorities continued warning area motorists to stay home or risk a major traffic meltdown. By early Saturday morning it was clear that many had heeded the call of politicians and transportation officials to steer clear of the massive highway project, as traffic throughout the city was light. For weeks, an extensive public relations campaign warned residents of impending gridlock as a result of the closure, and urged Angelenos to either stay home or opt for public transportation.
July 15, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
If demolition work on the Mulholland Drive bridge goes smoothly this weekend, the 10-mile section of the 405 Freeway might reopen early, though officials said Thursday they did not know how much sooner traffic could be moving again on one of the nation's busiest interstates. All ramps, freeway connectors and lanes on the 405 are set to be back in operation by 6 a.m. Monday. Officials said the freeway could reopen earlier if contractor Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. can finish and clean up the pavement ahead of schedule.
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