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January 4, 1990
Jack Carter, a retired manufacturer's representative, has been elected president of the North Beverly-Franklin Canyon Homeowners Assn., which covers an area west of Coldwater Canyon and north of Beverly Hills. Major issues facing the neighborhood include a proposed development of large homes on a ridgeline next to a parcel of federally owned parkland. Fire hazards and traffic are also a problem, Carter said.
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April 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Cornelia Funke builds wild, wondrous worlds with her words, from the back streets of Venice, Italy, to a land of fairies and gargoyles called MirrorWorld. That's where Jacob Reckless, the treasure hunter hero of her latest series for young teens, enlists a dwarf and a vixen to help him undo a fatal curse. Still, when she contemplated a MirrorWorld app, Funke says she felt a little like Bilbo Baggins accepting an invitation to an adventure. She wasn't sure where the path would take her. The app (released for iPad on April 17)
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NEWS
August 17, 1989 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, Times Staff Writer
Drought, dead chaparral and nearly a century of good fortune have turned Franklin Canyon, above Beverly Hills, into the area's prime candidate for a wildfire this fall, fire officials said. "Conditions are absolutely critical," said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Scott Franklin. "We have a really dynamite situation going on." Fire officials are divided on whether conditions in Franklin Canyon rival--or surpass--others they have seen, but they agree the situation there is precarious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
You've got lemons? Make lemonade. You have an orange grove? Squeeze out some help for needy families. That's what happened Thursday near the southern end of Franklin Canyon Park as officials of Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power and Recreation and Parks Department teamed up with a high-tech entrepreneur to save one of the city's last orange groves. The 10-acre grove at 1300 N. Beverly Drive dates to the 1940s. It is owned by the DWP, which operates the nearby Lower Franklin Canyon Reservoir as part of Los Angeles' drinking water supply.
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December 22, 1995
High above Beverly Hills in the Santa Monica Mountains, docents for the William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom teach visitors about respecting and preserving the environment and lead nature walks through the Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir. The address is 2600 Franklin Canyon, Beverly Hills
NEWS
April 4, 2002 | VALERIE J. NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
We are hiking in the footsteps of Hollywood legends. Clark Gable was here, taking orders from Frank Capra for "It Happened One Night." Jodie Foster too, jogging around a Virginia lake at the start of "Silence of the Lambs." The infantrymen of TV's "Combat" battled across Europe, using as their base a dirt parking lot framed by enough nonnative trees to make Franklin Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains seem anywhere but here.
REAL ESTATE
June 1, 2008 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Franklin CANYON -- just off Mulholland Drive and extending south almost to Beverly Hills -- includes 605 acres of recreational parkland surrounded by high-end homes with views. It has two reservoirs, five miles of hiking trails, seven species of hawks, the William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom and the Sooky Goldman Nature Center. Beginnings Who says oil and water don't mix?
NEWS
August 22, 1987 | ELLEN MELINKOFF
Summer hikers looking to stay out of the noonday sun have several organized hikes to pick from this Sunday. Before the day heats up, ranger/naturalists at Franklin Canyon Ranch and Topanga State Park will lead easy walks suitable for families. At 9 a.m. at Franklin Canyon, the emphasis will be on "Sights and Sounds" to observe the wildlife and chaparral in the canyon area. Also starting at 9 a.m., the Topanga walk will be a leisurely 1 1/2-mile walk through oak woodlands and chaparral hillside.
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September 7, 2000 | LAURIE SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hikers on a special trip around the lake in Franklin Canyon see where Martin Lawrence fished in a scene from "Big Mama's House" and where Ron Howard, as little Opie, tried to skip a stone in the opening credits of "The Andy Griffith Show." Ranger Diane Isaacs stops the group along the trail to show a photograph of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert hitchhiking on that very spot in "It Happened One Night."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1998 | SCOTT HARRIS
The last time I spoke with the late Allan Edmund Edwards, the first item on his agenda was ducks and the feeding thereof. The first item on my agenda, meanwhile, was Sherman Oaks and the destruction thereof. Edwards, you may recall, was the retired research psychologist, amateur historian and free-spirited community volunteer who may forever be remembered as the man who divined the geographic heart of the oddly shaped city of Los Angeles.
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October 19, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles real estate developer must allow hikers to use the popular Hastain Trail across his private property in Franklin Canyon, a judge has tentatively ruled. Mohamed Hadid, who has designed and built more than a dozen Ritz-Carlton hotels and many Beverly Hills mega-mansions, has been ordered to stop "interfering with the public recreational use" of the trail, which runs across nearly half of the 97 acres he owns next to Franklin Canyon Park between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills.
HEALTH
September 6, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
RuPaul became famous for his over-the-top drag performances and later, his VH1 show, "RuPaul's Drag Race. " But recently, the 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually. We talked to him about what making that change was like, and the impact it's had on his life. How did you get into hiking? It started when I quit smoking. I was around 40, and I knew that I needed to get out of the house and occupy myself.
HEALTH
May 26, 2012 | By Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times
I only recently discovered this hidden country-in-the-city hiking spot, set below Mulholland Drive, west of Coldwater Canyon, and just minutes from Beverly Hills or Studio City. Although less well known than nearby Runyon or Fryman canyons, it may look familiar on your first visit: Bits of TV shows, such as Bonanza," and movies, such as "It Happened One Night," were shot here. 1.Park off Franklin Canyon Drive , near the Sooky Goldman Nature Center , named after a local nature lover who helped save the area from development.
NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Ever heard of Heavenly Pond or Franklin Canyon Lake? Both are part of a serene canyon not far from Southern California's urban edge. Here's a chance to explore the area -- and learn how to take better photographs of these and other natural spots. Capture a Nature Moment is a free walk/photo workshop with photographer Joanne Chase-Mattillo. This weekend, she leads easy nature walks showcasing King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas on Saturday and Franklin Canyon, with the duck pond and lake, above Beverly Hills on Sunday.
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April 24, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
The bulldozer growled at Ellen Scott's back. She sat fast, crying, her heart pounding. She was determined to halt a developer's work tearing up the popular Hastain Trail in Franklin Canyon. Even for a day. "It was like seeing something horrible," Scott recalled of the construction scene. She had always been thankful for the regiments of coast live oaks and willows that line the trail where hikers have trodden since the 1960s. Her hope was "let it be here forever. " But that is unlikely if real estate developer Mohamed Hadid has his way. Hadid, 62, who has designed and built more than a dozen Ritz-Carlton hotels and many Beverly Hills mega-mansions, owns 97 acres abutting Franklin Canyon Park between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2010
Instead of staying cooped up indoors on Christmas Day, why not get outside and explore some local wildlife? Franklin Canyon Park will host a leisurely birding stroll through the park's grasslands. 2600 Franklin Canyon Road, Beverly Hills. 8 a.m. Free with admission. (310) 858-7272. Lamountains.com.
NEWS
June 10, 2004 | Brenda Rees
With lots of outdoors options these days for nature nuts as well as the wilderness-resistant, volunteer docent Mike Orloff decided to add something extra for participants in his monthly "Hikes With Mike" at Franklin Canyon. Orloff ends his guided tours not with a heavy-handed speech about the benefits of tree-hugging. No, he leads hikers to a big grassy field and dumps out flying discs for a good old-fashioned Frisbee toss.
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August 18, 1989 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, Times Staff Writer
Drought, dead chaparral and nearly a century of good fortune have turned Franklin Canyon, above Beverly Hills, into the area's prime candidate for a wildfire this fall, fire officials said. "Conditions are absolutely critical," said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Scott Franklin. "We have a really dynamite situation going on." Fire officials are divided on whether conditions in Franklin Canyon rival--or surpass--others they have seen, but they agree that the situation there is precarious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Jerry Decter, a Los Angeles community activist who with his wife documented a series of allegations that pushed City Councilman Louis R. Nowell to leave his post in the late 1970s, has died. He was 85. Decter had a heart attack and later died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on June 24, said his wife, Betty. In 1971, the Decters helped defeat another city councilman, James B.
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