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A last-minute agreement Friday has spared the "Kron Street Castle," an architecturally unique residence that city officials have been threatening to demolish for more than 10 years. A wrecking ball was scheduled to hit the house today after city officials said they were left with no other means of forcing Haym and Fern Ganish to finish a remodeling job they launched in 1982.
July 23, 1995
The bureaucrats at City Hall certainly have selective--if misguided--concepts of their responsibilities. Here a woman in Sylmar has worked wonders to beautify a miserable alley, and an "anonymous" complaint brought out the Upholders Of The Law with threats of cease and desist or else we'll come out, tear it down, and charge you for it. Yet more than three years of open, written and oral complaints about the contractor-created slum between Woodman...
May 10, 1998
How do you spell relief? N-O B-I-L-L-B-O-A-R-D-S! I have long enjoyed the fact that I can drive on the San Diego Freeway through Orange County and not see any billboards. Now it seems that things have changed. I can now see a bright electronic billboard that says "How Do You Spell Relief? T-O-L-L R-O-A-D," advertising the San Joaquin Hills toll road. This is more than just an informational sign. This is an advertisement Las Vegas-style. What is next? A billboard with cigarette advertising on it?
November 13, 1994
In response to Christopher Knight's article "Not Just an Exercise in Futility" (Oct. 23), I would like to say that if "Ballerina Clown" constitutes public art, then Disneyland should be enshrined in a museum. What kind of culture victim is this writer? "Ballerina Clown" is a grotesque mechanized plastic joke on the Venice-Santa Monica community. This is not art--this is an oversized prop from "Killer Klowns From Outer Space." When it was first installed I could barely cross the Rose Avenue intersection without wanting to veer into oncoming traffic.
June 13, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
The Los Angeles City Council recently asked the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance to prohibit the use of inflatable advertising figures, signs and giant balloons. The ban would be part of a wider proposed sign ordinance recommended by the council's Public Safety Committee. Opponents of the measure say inflatable advertisements are more aesthetically pleasing than traditional billboards and only make up a fraction of all advertising in Los Angeles.
October 24, 1997
A onetime Hollywood eyesore has been transformed into a 54-unit housing development for homeless adults with mental disabilities. The renovated building will be opened today at a 1 p.m. ceremony. The Gower Street Apartments, which for years had been in disrepair and vacant, now sports a festive decor of gold, turquoise and pink. Residents of the complex at 1140 N. Gower St. will be able to acquire mental health care, crisis intervention and vocational services.
January 2, 1994
It is upsetting to see how continually callous the L.A. Department of Building and Safety is when it comes to Valley concerns. The area on the south side of Ventura Boulevard, between Woodman Avenue and Ventura Canyon Avenue, has been an eyesore and a danger to the community now for more than three years, but (the department) chooses to take no action. It defiles the very essence of the community. It's a graffiti writer's nightly challenge, requiring constant vigilance by a committee to wipe out their scribblings.
Garden Grove officials gave a green light this week to the state's first Cao Dai church, despite residents who protested having a religious facility in their neighborhood. Council members granted a conditional use permit Tuesday for construction of a 2,150-square-foot church and a caretaker's home nearly the same size at 8791 Orangewood Ave. The facility would provide about 200 followers of the Cao Dai faith in Orange County a place to pray aside from their homes and offices.
July 30, 1996
A derelict house in South Pasadena's Valley View Heights neighborhood was demolished Monday. But rather than leave an empty lot, the demolition made way for a Craftsman home that will be moved to the site tonight. The house on Berkshire Avenue has been vacant for eight years after it was acquired by the state nearly three decades ago for completion of the Long Beach Freeway extension. Its site is no longer on the proposed freeway route.
July 17, 1994
Now that graffiti vandalism seems to be slowing down somewhat in the Valley, perhaps it is time for action against the private signs being posted on city-owned trees, parkways, utility poles and other public property. This kind of brash advertising is just as illegal and unsightly as graffiti ever was. Everything from yard sales to real estate to antiques to gym memberships to dancing classes is being promoted this way. This is especially true on weekends near busy intersections.
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