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July 19, 2006 | S. Irene Virbila
If you're intent on winning over your rose-phobic friends, better make it the best: a Bandol from Domaine Tempier. Chez Panisse in Berkeley has been pouring the Bandol rose by the glass for practically forever, with good reason. Tempier rose is tremendously food friendly. The color is a lovely coppery rose. It's scented with rose petals and wild strawberries, and yet when you take a sip, it's bone dry and perfectly gorgeous.
January 25, 2006 | S. Irene Virbila
For fans of the Alsace estate Zind Humbrecht's grand cru Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, it seems like a dream: a trio of wines from the 2004 vintage for under $20. Because of the abundant crop that year, Olivier Humbrecht produced the equivalent of village wine with grapes from some of his grand cru vineyards. The Riesling, which was made mostly with grapes from the famed Herrenweg site, has a delicate floral perfume. It's crisp and minerally, with a beautiful balance and grace.
August 23, 2006 | S. Irene Virbila
During the heat wave, I kept pulling the cork on this Quincy from the Loire Valley. Made from Sauvignon Blanc grown on sandier soils than those of Sancerre or Pouilly, this Quincy from the young grower Adele Rouze is a vibrant summer-weight white. Soft and ripe, it has just enough grassiness and minerality, along with some zesty lime, to make it an inspired match with chilled shellfish. Bring on the oysters, clams, shrimp and crab.
March 22, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
The Agency for Community Development next week will consider legal action to take possession of property needed for a redevelopment project. The City Council, acting as the redevelopment agency, will vote Monday on whether to begin eminent domain proceedings on two of seven Garden Grove Boulevard parcels needed for a 70-home development. The parcels are within a 5-acre site on the south side of Garden Grove Boulevard between Rockinghorse Road and Harbor Boulevard.
June 17, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
The City Council will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss taking over property through the eminent domain process for expansion of a water plant. The city has been trying unsuccessfully to buy the property, a quarter-acre, rectangular parcel on Prospect Avenue between Main and 3rd streets. The city wants to use the property to expand the water plant on Main, but the property owner has not accepted the city's offer.
July 21, 1986 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer and
For 50 years, steam locomotives pulling flatcars stacked with timber snaked through the woods along the banks of the fast-flowing Susan River. Now, there are no trains, but joggers, hikers, equestrians and cyclists on fat-tired bikes wind their way along the 25-mile, single-track railbed called the Bizz Johnson Trail. One of the first of its kind in the West, this "rails-to-trails" park between Westwood and Susanville in Northern California's Lassen County was dedicated last month.
March 6, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
The City Council has decided to begin legal steps to acquire property that residents of Oasis Mobile Home Park do not want to sell. Council members voted 4 to 1 to move ahead with eminent domain proceedings, the legal process that governments may use to buy land for civic projects. The mobile-home park is on property the city wants for its so-called E-Street District, an 18-acre entertainment and restaurant project planned for the area around Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue.
November 23, 1991 | LYNDA NATALI
Two properties in the downtown redevelopment area were taken by the city through the use of eminent domain this week, after officials and the property owners failed to agree on the sites. In a 4-0 decision, the City Council voted to take a commercial building at 109 N. Brea Blvd. and a leased property at 201 S. Brea Blvd. During last-minute talks, redevelopment officials reached accord with owners of two other downtown properties also in line for eminent domain.
July 4, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
The City Council voted this week to begin eminent domain proceedings against a downtown parcel sought for the expansion of a water plant. The city has been trying unsuccessfully for some time to buy the property, a quarter-acre, rectangular parcel on Prospect Avenue between Main and 3rd streets. City officials want to use the land to expand the water plant on Main Street, but the property owner has not accepted the city's offer. Attorney Michael A.
November 27, 1987 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Bob Hamilton makes his living on foot, carrying the mail from door to door, and he doesn't like the idea of giving up his Costa Mesa home of 20 years so that commuters traveling between Huntington Beach and Irvine can save a few minutes of drive time. But his concerns and those of others living along busy Victoria Street in Costa Mesa seem to have been set aside this week by the City Council, which voted 4 to 1 Monday to endorse a plan to widen the street.
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