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October 24, 2013 | By Anh Do
The long-running Tet Festival, a celebrated tradition in America's largest Vietnamese American community, has been abruptly canceled in a dispute between organizers of the Lunar New Year event and city officials in Garden Grove. The three-day festival, which organizers claim is the largest event of its kind outside Vietnam, is an annual favorite in the Little Saigon community, a bustling ethnic enclave that sprawls over four cities in the center of Orange County. The event has traditionally been held at Garden Grove Park, which can accommodate the tens of thousands who attend the colorful celebration.
October 23, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Decron Properties Corp. has bought a garden-style apartment complex in Moorpark for $84.4 million that it plans to improve and reposition as higher-end residences. The Ventura County apartment market is tightening, Decron President David J. Nagel said, as the region's biomedical and high-tech industries grow. Moorpark is along the 118 Freeway near Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. Decron bought the Fountains at Moorpark, a 370-unit apartment community built in 1987. The company plans to spend $9.2 million on renovations that it hopes will make the Fountains more desirable and capable of commanding higher rents.
October 21, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Two weeks into the new season and Rick's dreams of being a post-apocalyptic gentleman farmer come to a bloody end. At least it happened at his own hand and not because of someone else. Just add "had to sacrifice my own pigs" to the laundry list of issues Rick will have to work through at some future date. The visuals of Rick's prison-yard garden -- bright and leafy on the surface but with the rot of worms just inches away -- was a perfect metaphor for how tenuous Rick's newfound pastoral life really was. And just when it appeared that he had successfully set up a life distanced from hard decisions and danger, he was pulled right back into it, thanks to a collapsing prison fence.
October 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Garden Grove man was charged Friday with trying to support Al Qaeda and making false statements on his passport, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, also known as Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon in Santa Ana federal court. He was detained at 7:30 a.m. Friday at a bus station in Orange County while headed to Mexico, officials said. He is charged in a federal indictment Friday with knowingly attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group.
October 7, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter planted its headquarters in a historic Art Deco building, bringing its fine-feathered aesthetic and tech riches to a blighted stretch of Market Street in San Francisco. The crown jewel of the design is the company's rooftop garden decked out with city views, greenery, outdoor couches and -- at one point last week -- Tom Hanks playing corn hole . Twitter spends about $100,000 a month renting the deck so that staffers can have exclusive use of the outdoor paradise, according to documents it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of its hotly anticipated initial public stock offering.
October 4, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A stolen urn containing the cremated remains of an 87-year-old Burbank woman was returned to her family this week after a gardener found it in the bushes outside an apartment building. The gardener reportedly found the stolen urn Monday in the 800 block of South 6th Street in Burbank - the same day Lois LaRocco's family reported her ashes had been taken from a minivan in Glendale, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. Police told the Glendale News-Press that investigators were unable to recover any fingerprints.
October 2, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Sandwiched between rows of homes in the fog-kissed Mission Terrace neighborhood, Little City Gardens provides salad greens and fresh-cut flowers to local restaurants from what was once a weedy vacant lot. Like many of California's urban agriculture practitioners, however, Caitlyn Galloway is plagued by a key uncertainty: She is on a month-to-month lease with a landlord who must recoup the lot's steep property taxes and may soon...
September 27, 2013 | By David Pierson
Walk past the signs for Krispy Kreme sloppy joes. Head toward the massive servings of curly fries. Turn left at the stall for chocolate-covered bacon. Out on the edge of the L.A. County fairgrounds in Pomona is a 1-acre space packed with Mother Nature's answer to extreme food. There you might find the Australian finger lime, a pickle-shaped green citrus whose pulp looks like golden caviar. Nearby is the Buddha's hand plant, whose tentacled fruit dangles from its spiny branches like a canary-colored octopus.
September 20, 2013 | Stephen Ceasar
The preschoolers walked in a single-file line across the blacktop playground to a macaroni-shaped garden bed of dirt. Then the students at Sixth Avenue Elementary School in central Los Angeles listened as they were taught to till the soil, spread it out and dig fingertip-sized holes. "First thing we're going to plant are collards," said Celeste Holley, who oversees the garden. She poured seeds into her palm, drawing "oohs!" from the children. Eighteen pairs of tiny hands caked with soil then shot up, vying to plant the first seed at the school's new garden.
September 12, 2013 | By Debra Prinzing
At swimwear designer Rod Beattie's house in Pasadena, pass through a courtyard dominated by a majestic tree believed to be more than 200 years old, and soon you'll find yourself inside a glass-walled living room, surrounded by 30 live oaks and stunning views that take in the Rose Bowl and the Arroyo Seco. LARGE-FORMAT PHOTO GALLERY: Rod Beattie's indoor-outdoor Pasadena retreat Nature plays a role in making each part of this home feel special. Virtually every room in the 2,000-square-foot residence has a door to the outside, where Beattie has created not one garden but rather a series of intimate vignettes - distinct deck and patio areas punctuated with artfully arranged container plants and furniture.
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