July 22, 1993 |
The former mayor of South Pasadena has his building permit back this week after winning a ruling from the state Supreme Court that has ramifications for historic buildings throughout California. Former Mayor Lee Prentiss now has permission to expand his 86-year-old Craftsman-style home, some of which has been sitting under tarps during Prentiss' three-year legal battle against the city. "They say you can't fight City Hall," Prentiss said triumphantly. "Well, you can. And you can beat it."
December 28, 1999 |
At many state parks, if you bring your dog along for a romp, it'll cost an extra buck. Got an inflatable raft or a rowboat on top of the SUV? That's an additional $1. But come Jan. 1, such charges--derisively dubbed "nuisance fees" by parks employees--will be abolished. State officials say those fees generate little revenue but draw a surplus of gripes from park visitors who feel gouged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1990 |
The best-laid plans of many an urban reformer have foundered on Pershing Square, the city's oldest--but far from its proudest--public park. A longtime haven for dope peddlers, panhandlers and homeless people, the 124-year-old downtown Los Angeles park enjoyed a hurried $1-million face lift in time for the 1984 Olympics.
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July 22, 1991 |
For historian Judith Triem, a quick trip to old Rancho Sespe near Fillmore two weeks ago was to be another visit to a little-known jewel of Ventura County's past. But Triem found only bare land. Gone was a distinctive two-story bunkhouse built in 1910 to segregate Japanese laborers from Mexican, Chinese and Sikh field hands who also worked the 4,500-acre citrus ranch after the turn of the century. "It was a gem of a building--one of the most unique in the county," Triem said.
April 19, 2009 |
They get no respect. At least, that's what the Travel staff thinks about these destinations. So much the better for the crafty traveler who can find a little slice of heaven away from the throngs. Carpinteria, Calif. Why people ignore it: A low-profile beach town, Carpinteria lives in the shadow of Santa Barbara, its glamorous big sister, just 12 miles up the coast. Why you shouldn't: It's a charming, affordable family getaway, where everyone can find something fun to do, less than 100 miles from Los Angeles.