CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 |
A homeowners association wants the Glendale City Council to designate an assisted living facility as historic without the property owner's consent, preventing its conversion into single-family homes. Twelve Oaks Lodge, which has operated for decades, is set to close on Nov. 1 , displacing about 50 seniors. The facility's operator, be.group, wants to close the facility because it says it's too expensive to keep open, much to the chagrin of community members and residents, the Glendale News-Press reported . If the council designates the woodsy campus in the 2800 block of Sycamore Avenue as a landmark without be.group's consent, it would be the first use of a provision they approved last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 |
Los Angeles County leaders unanimously approved a $16.5-million agreement on Tuesday to hire a firm to provide security at 44 courthouses and two other county facilities when sheriff's deputies are unavailable. The agreement approved by the county Board of Supervisors with RMI International is for one year, with options of extending it for an additional four and a half years. “The [Sheriff's] Department does not currently have sufficient numbers of officers and assistants to fill all the security positions, nor to maintain a pool of substitute security assistants,” according to a staff report signed by Sheriff Lee Baca.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 |
NAPA, Calif. - It has been nearly three years since psychiatric technician Donna Gross was strangled on the fenced grounds of Napa State Hospital - a slaying that helped expose a systemwide problem with patient violence. Although safety has improved since then, violence is still far too high, exacerbated by an increasingly prison-savvy population with predatory tendencies, an Assembly committee was told Wednesday. The committee focused its attention on the Napa facility, but will also be examining the other four state-run mental hospitals.
October 3, 2013 |
When senior scientist Walter Tamosaitis warned in 2011 about fundamental design flaws at the nation's largest facility to treat radioactive waste in Hanford, Wash., he was assigned to work in a basement room without office furniture or a telephone. On Wednesday, Tamosaitis, an employee of San Francisco-based URS Corp., was laid off from his job after 44 years with the company. The concerns that Tamosaitis raised two years ago about the design of the waste treatment plant, a $12.3-billion industrial complex that would turn highly radioactive sludge into glass, were validated by federal investigators.
October 2, 2013 |
GLYNCO, Ga. - Nestled in a corner of southeast Georgia known for marsh-ringed islands, grassy dunes and year-round golf, this picturesque area might seem far from the political impasse in Washington that has shut down most of the federal government. But last year, nearly 70,000 law enforcement officers from across the country took courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center here, a Department of Homeland Security facility so sprawling it has its own ZIP code. They practiced on 18 firearms ranges and ran armed drills inside a mock train station, an airport terminal and a Main Street.
September 30, 2013 |
Amanda Bynes has reportedly changed treatment facilities, swapping the halls of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for a ritzier joint in Malibu. Bynes made the move to the Canyons Treatment Center about three weeks ago, according to TMZ . The Bynes family's lawyer told the website that the move was on doctors' advice and that Amanda was making "great strides towards recovery. " He said she's getting one-on-one psych care, not treatment for substance abuse. Sources close to the former actress told TMZ that the 27-year-old was "scared" at UCLA because she was with people in worse condition than she is and rarely left her room.
September 27, 2013 |
The Dodgers are going the Matt Kemp rehab route with Andre Ethier's ankle injury. Ethier has returned to the team's training facility in Phoenix so he can continue hitting against live pitching while the team crosses its fingers and hopes the ankle heals. Manager Don Mattingly said Ethier had about 15 at-bats Friday. Ethier is not expected to rejoin the team until Monday night, confirming his regular season is over . “It's a similar situation with what we were trying to do with Matt, basically trying to get him as many at-bats as we can timing-wise,” Mattingly said.
September 27, 2013 |
The significance of opening day at Santa Anita on Friday had mostly to do with the Arcadia race track's attempt to enter the brave new world of sports entertainment. For years, thoroughbred racing has been acquiring the label of "a dying sport. " That would be the assessment of the hordes of 20-and-30-somethings, whose passion for sports is a direct line to how their quarterback did in their Sunday fantasy league. Other sports move faster, make more noise and exude more cool than horse racing.
September 25, 2013 |
One of the pioneers behind a lively strip of new bars and restaurants in downtown Los Angeles has launched plans to expand. The owners of busy Bottega Louie restaurant - known for its vast menu, long waits, tasty pastries and deafening crowds - have rented quarters in a historic office building across 7th Street. They are adding a kitchen, tasting room, training facilities and headquarters offices. The move is part of an accelerating expansion of bars, restaurants and residences along 7th Street, which was once a key shopping boulevard but fell moribund in the closing decades of the 20th century as much of downtown decayed outside of the financial district.
September 24, 2013 |
UCLA will begin a fundraising campaign to raise money to build a football training facility at Spaulding Field. The facility is estimated to cost $50 million and will be built with private donations. USC, Oregon and Washington are among the Pac-12 programs that have built new training facilities, which can boost recruiting efforts. Spaulding Field has received upgrades since Coach Jim Mora was hired. But he has sought a football house that would include a weight room, team rooms and coaches' offices.