CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 |
It was moving day Saturday in Santa Monica - for a historic 19th century "shotgun house" that narrowly escaped demolition and will become the Santa Monica Conservancy's headquarters. Regarded as the last such intact structure in the coastal city, the skinny abode has been weakened by time and weather during 12 years in storage at Santa Monica Airport and the parking lot of a former lumber yard that is now a construction staging area for the Expo Line light rail. Just before 8 a.m., workers from American Heavy Moving & Rigging of Chino hitched a flatbed trailer carrying the house to a truck in the lot on Colorado Avenue.
March 28, 2014 |
You might know Claremont as that town with five liberal arts colleges and two graduate schools within its city limits. What you might not know is that it boasts a vibrant downtown, called Claremont Village, where more than 150 mom-and-pop restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and music venues create a relaxed atmosphere for all ages. If that weren't enticing enough, the Metrolink/Transit Center drops off passengers just a baseball toss away. The tab: A king bed at Casa 425 begins at $195.
March 21, 2014 |
NEW YORK - A Jersey Shore motel gutted in a deadly blaze Friday had been a haven for people displaced by Superstorm Sandy, and the fire was the second major setback in less than a year to a region still struggling to recover from the 2012 storm. At least four people were killed in the early morning fire at Mariner's Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. All four victims were men, but their identities were not immediately released. The fourth victim was found as rescue workers combed through the wreckage Friday afternoon.
March 21, 2014 |
The village of San Simeon, just across Highway 1 from the sprawling 80,000-acre Hearst Ranch and the entrance to Hearst Castle, is an overlooked gem on California's Central Coast. Whether you stop for a wine tasting or spend the day sightseeing, kayaking, windsurfing or hiking, this sleepy hamlet offers plenty to do. The tab: $330, including meals and one night at the Pelican Inn & Suites in nearby Cambria. The bed I snagged a last-minute booking at the Pelican Inn & Suites for $159 (6316 Moonstone Beach Drive; 
March 14, 2014 |
The U.S. Marshals Service never forgets a face. James Robert Jones learned that the hard way this week when nearly four decades after allegedly escaping from federal prison in Kansas, marshals used facial-recognition technology to track him down in Florida. Authorities say Jones, 59, escaped from a maximum security prison in Ft. Leavenworth in 1977 while serving a 23-year sentence. Jones has been convicted three years earlier for premeditated murder and aggravated assault while he was a private in the U.S. Army.
March 14, 2014 |
Welcome to Borrego Springs, Calif., population 3,400, in the middle of nowhere (actually, about 150 miles southeast of L.A.). Throw away the smartphone; this is a place to unplug. This designated Dark Sky Community offers breathtaking views of the stars at night. The days aren't too shabby either, as my husband and I learned on a late February getaway. Be sure to stop at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center (200 Palm Canyon Drive;  767-4205, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?