CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2012 |
Baseball has made the pitch. But should Griffith Park make the catch? That's the situation at the eastern edge of the 4,310-acre recreation area where supporters of youth sports teams want the city of Los Angeles to build two Little League-size ball fields. But opponents say that's a bad idea because the fields would gobble up two acres of lawn, eliminate a popular group picnic area and require the removal of numerous trees. The dispute has been brewing for years and at times has turned nasty, with warnings by opponents that "screaming kids" using the fields will scare horses on a nearby equestrian trail and endanger riders.
April 25, 2012
EVENT At Hike for the Homeless, participants will stroll through sylvan Griffith Park to raise money and awareness for a less placid problem – the ongoing homelessness crisis in L.A. Proceeds form the second annual event benefit will benefit the Society of St Vincent de Paul's Cardinal Manning Center, a Skid Row shelter. Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, L.A. L.A. 8:30 a.m. Sat. $30. hike4thehomeless.com
March 30, 2012 |
First published on March 20, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. It's not easy being the lungs of Los Angeles. But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even heroically. Venture into the park, or nearby Elysian Park, or one of the creative neighborhoods in between, and you'll find not only beloved landmarks such as Griffith Observatory and Dodger Stadium, but also happy surprises, such as the time-travel supply shop, or the cafe where cops dine daily to the sound of echoing gunfire, or the Korean greetings that echo at dawn every day atop Mt. Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2012 |
Community volunteer David Nott had taken middle school students on an urban hike through Silver Lake before, but they stumbled across something unexpected during a recent excursion - a roughly 11,000-square-foot area designed just for people on foot. "Look!" Nott said to the handful of 11- and 12-year-old students, pointing to the newly built pedestrian- and bike-only Sunset Triangle Plaza. "This has become a social environment," he said. Billed as Los Angeles' first "street-to-plaza" conversion, much of the new park originally was a two-lane swath of pavement that carried motorists along Griffith Park Boulevard.
February 22, 2012
A garden spot again Re "Restoring a Griffith Park sanctuary," Feb. 19 It was 1949; Fern Dell, that bit of heaven in Griffith Park, was the destination for my first date with my then-future husband. I had packed tuna sandwiches for our picnic, and the sun was shining on our special day. We wandered through the area enjoying the beauty of the ferns and the sound of the water as it streamed over the rocks. We've been married 58 years and have wanted to return to Fern Dell, but we have been concerned about security.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2012 |
Los Angeles city dwellers once enjoyed a sanctuary of gnarled oaks, serene pools and exotic ferns on Griffith Park's southwestern edge. But four decades of neglect have left the 20-acre Fern Dell retreat a shabby relic of its former self, which is why a band of park lovers is now trying to restore it to its early Hollywood heyday. "Fern Dell is in pretty bad shape, but it is not too late to save it," said Bernadette Soter, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Friends of Griffith Park . The volunteer group has launched a campaign to rejuvenate the 95-year-old stream-fed garden spot, restoring its 17 footbridges, ripping out thickets of invasive ivy and bamboo, and beefing up security.
December 14, 2011 |
The crew of "NCIS: Los Angeles" was in the middle of filming a scene on the Venice boardwalk when a man wearing only his underwear and a cape rode by on his bicycle shouting obscenities. On another occasion, a stranger wielding a plastic light saber showed up on the set and challenged one of the actors to a duel, temporarily halting production. "Those kind of things continually go on in Venice, but we love going down there because it's so colorful and captures the essence of what people think Southern California is — the beaches, the sunshine, the palms and the craziness," said Tony Salome, location manager for the crime drama starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. Venice Beach, a storied cinematic backdrop since the silent film era, continues to play a starring role in Hollywood.
October 13, 2011
ART Under the umbrella project "L.A. Xicano," the new exhibition "Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican-American Generation" is one of five interrelated exhibitions organized by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, the Autry, the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Presented as part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the exhibition brings together 100 rarely seen paintings and sculptures from 1945 to 1965 by...
June 22, 2011 |
With a $6.6-million construction grant at stake, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday endorsed the Autry National Center of the American West's plan to reconfigure galleries at its museum in Griffith Park, creating permanent displays of Native American artifacts. The proposal, which would be routine for most other museums, became contentious last month because it dovetails with the larger, longstanding question of whether turning the Griffith Park site into a home for the Autry's Native American collection spells the end of the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington.