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May 31, 2000
Regarding the downtown Oxnard entertainment center, City Councilman Dean Maulhardt has been quoted saying, "If you build it they will come." Maulhardt should be reminded that that phrase came from a movie about ghosts. I think of the phrase as the seven deadly words of redevelopment, or seven little words that can bankrupt anyone. I think, after the hype, all of the seats in a downtown Oxnard theater may be occupied by invisible creatures like ghosts. But will they buy tickets and eat popcorn?
October 17, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
The director of a Los Angeles city recreation center is facing felony charges after she allegedly stole up to $15,000 from the facility, including lunch money from children in her care. Carol Brandt, 47, who served as the director of the Montecito Heights Recreation Center northeast of downtown from 2008 to 2011, was charged Tuesday with embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds. She is accused of pocketing more than $10,000 from members of several basketball and soccer teams who paid to use the facility's courts and fields in 2009 and 2010.
January 26, 1993
Skateland Enterprises, a roller rink operator based in Northridge, plans to open a $4-million entertainment center in Saugus. The center, a joint venture with Georgia-based Mountasia Entertainment International, will feature roller skating, miniature golf, go-carts and batting cages.
September 6, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Prominent Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso is expected to build a large-scale retail and entertainment center in north San Diego County after acquiring a plot of land along Interstate 5 from a local utility. Caruso said Thursday that he has agreed to buy a 48-acre parcel on Cannon Road in Carlsbad from San Diego Gas & Electric to be used for a future real estate development. Terms of the sale were not revealed and Caruso did not say exactly what he hopes to build, but he is best known for his Grove shopping center in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles and his Americana at Brand retail and residential development in Glendale.
April 11, 1996 | DAVID R. BAKER
Impressed by revised plans for an entertainment complex next to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, city officials have granted conceptual approval to the plans and the developer behind them. The City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency board, voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the project's general outline, proposed by Kilroy Industries of El Segundo. The council also extended until May 29 the exclusive negotiation contract with Kilroy.
July 27, 1995 | DAVID R. BAKER
Thousand Oaks officials will negotiate with an El Segundo-based company to develop an entertainment center next to the Civic Arts Plaza. City Council members, functioning as the city's redevelopment agency board, voted Tuesday to work with Kilroy Industries, one of three companies considered for the project.
May 29, 1998 | Leslie Earnest
Hoping to invigorate the fading Buena Park Mall, developers are adding a $30-million entertainment center to a larger renovation project now underway. The new 167,600-square-foot entertainment center will include a 20-screen Edwards theater complex and a virtual reality game room, said Lori Jones, the mall's director of leasing. The plan is to reposition the 36-year-old center as a "major regional retail and entertainment attraction" that will also draw customers from nearby Knott's Berry Farm.
The Irvine Co. on Monday unveiled plans to double the size of the popular Irvine Entertainment Center, and to eventually tie in the massive complex with a proposed regional shopping mall at the convergence of the Santa Ana and San Diego freeways. Construction on the 250,000- square-foot addition, which would be located adjacent to the 21-screen Edwards Theatres cineplex, is scheduled to begin early in 1997 and be completed in time for the holiday season. The Irvine Co.
March 9, 1996 | PATRICE APODACA
The Northridge Broadway could be converted into a multiuse entertainment center if the department store's new owner decides to sell the property, a mall official said. Borrowing the general concept of the new Spectrum Entertainment Center in Irvine, the Northridge Fashion Center could design a high-tech leisure center combining theaters, restaurants and music, book and video vendors, said Donn Fuller, senior vice president at MEPC American Properties Inc., the Dallas-based owner of the mall.
December 5, 1997 | Melinda Fulmer
An Upland-based developer has unveiled plans to build a large entertainment center, dubbed Paradise Park, at the Fairplex in Pomona. Lewis Homes Enterprises said it has leased 20 acres of land from the Los Angeles County Fair Assn. for an open-air center that could eventually encompass 460,000 square feet of retail shops, theaters and restaurants. Analysts say it's an ambitious project for the immediate area and its small population.
June 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
Disney plans to introduce the Avengers, X-Men,  Spider-Man and other Marvel characters in a theme-park setting for the first time since acquiring the comic book company in 2009. PHOTOS: Marvel characters coming to Middle East theme park The Marvel Adventure family entertainment center is expected to open in late 2013 in the United Arab Emirates with superhero-themed attractions, restaurants and shops. The eight-acre indoor mini theme park will be part of the $5-billion City of Arabia entertainment, commercial and residential development in Dubailand.
April 6, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Work has commenced on a long-anticipated upgrade of one of the biggest shopping centers in downtown Los Angeles, its owners said Tuesday. Crews are carving into the former 7th & Fig retail center in a $40-million upgrade intended to enhance its connection to the busy sidewalks around 7th and Figueroa streets, landlord Brookfield Office Properties said. "We're really opening it up to the streetscape and urban fabric so it's not as insular as it once was," said Ed Hogan, national director of leasing for New York-based Brookfield.
February 17, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
John Schneider, whose career has spanned from "The Dukes of Hazzard" in the '80s to "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" in the '90s to the still-running "Smallville," has listed his Agoura Hills home for sale at $2,199,000. The actor described the English-style house of nearly 7,000 square feet as having "an East Coast kind of flair. " "In the summer, it has ivy on the outside," he said. "We have fall at the house. You have to rake leaves. " Schneider raised his children on the 3-acre spread, which has a creek that leads to the area where "Dukes" (1979-85)
July 28, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
These days when a business withers on the vine it's usually because of the sagging economy. But a 73-year-old Fairfax District landscape center is shutting down so that a blossoming neighbor can sprout a new commercial venture. The venerable Mordigan Nurseries near the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue will close Aug. 15 so the even older A. F. Gilmore Co. can redevelop a key parcel at the intersection. The 95-year-old Gilmore Co. also owns the popular Farmers Market on the northeast corner of the intersection as well as the property occupied by the Grove, the huge shopping and entertainment center.
February 21, 2010 | By Ed Park
My heart sinks when I open a new SF or fantasy novel for potential review, only to see the word " Prologue." Though not necessarily long, these scene-setters can be inscrutable, particularly when you realize you're holding Volume 3 in the second of four linked star-faring trilogies. "Ten thousand years have passed since the S'rwrwa annexed the outer colonies of the Confederation," one of these might begin, "enslaving its peoples by means of superior firepower and the Naxx, an antiquated form of mass hypnosis perfected by the rogue wizards known as the Qmzic.
February 14, 2010
If you go THE MUSEUM AT SHELBY AMERICAN Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The museum and the daily 10:30 a.m. tours are free; (702) 942-7325, THE LAS VEGAS CYBER SPEEDWAY Part of the NASCAR Café Entertainment Center inside the Sahara Hotel & Casino. Tickets cost $10 for a six-minute race. Drivers must be at least 48 inches tall; (702) 737-2111, NASCAR.
October 20, 2009 | Roger Vincent
The 10-year relationship between Staples Inc. and AEG, which brought us Staples Center of sports and entertainment fame, is moving to the next level: forever and ever. Staples' original naming rights agreement with AEG has been "extended in perpetuity," the two companies said. AEG contends that the arrangement is "the first lifetime naming rights extension for a major market arena." The office supply store chain promised to pay almost $120 million in 1999 to put its name on top of Staples Center for 20 years.
August 18, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
Sgt. James Crowley, the Massachusetts officer who arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., spoke briefly Monday at a convention of police officers in Long Beach where he was greeted with whistles and applause. "My sole purpose for coming here is to reach out and sincerely thank you," said Crowley, who spoke at the biennial convention of the Fraternal Order of Police at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. About 3,500 people attended the event. In an address that lasted less than one minute, Crowley said Gates' arrest and its aftermath have been difficult for his family and colleagues.
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