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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and DEBRA CANO
This city doesn't have a lot of historical buildings, so it is determined to preserve those that have endured. The Planning Commission this month began reviewing a list of 39 buildings that have potential historical value. "There is a difference between being historic and just being old," said Perry Valantine, the city's planning director. Buildings on the list were selected on the basis of both their age and whether they or their owners contributed significantly to the city's development.
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BUSINESS
April 12, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A huge former department store on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles is being sold to a New York real estate investment firm that intends to pump new life into the old building and its rebounding neighborhood. The century-old flagship of the May Co. contains 1.1 million square feet of space surrounded by Broadway, Hill Street and 8th Street. The commercial district was once one of the best in the Southern California, but fell on hard times in the late decades of the 20th century. Waterbridge Capital has agreed to buy the property now known as Broadway Trade Center, city officials and property brokers said.
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NEWS
October 25, 1990
The City Council has allocated $9,500 to complete a survey that identifies historical buildings in San Dimas. The council, on a 4-1 vote Tuesday, approved the funding. Councilman Curt Morris dissented. The money is in addition to the $27,000 the city approved last year for the project, said Larry Stevens, director of community development. It will be used to pay consultants to compile and organize data on the old buildings.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: Ray Adamyk, 52, is president of Spectra Co., a Pomona firm that has played a major role in restoring such prominent historic buildings as the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the Catalina Casino in Avalon and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In his view, preservation and environmentalism are two sides of the same coin. "The greenest building is one that already exists," he said. "I think people want to see old buildings restored. " Early days: Adamyk was born in England and reared in Canada, where he enjoyed physically demanding sports in his school days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
With three history-rich buildings--including the old Fahrenheit 451 bookstore--threatened with demolition, city officials and Heritage Committee members will meet at the beachfront property Monday to try and determine if the buildings can be saved. The land was purchased recently by Wyland, an artist who 13 years ago painted the adjacent "Whaling Wall," a large retaining wall that faces the Hotel Laguna.
NEWS
September 26, 1985 | DEBORAH HASTINGS, Times Staff Writer
Vehement opposition from homeowners and real estate agents has forced the Board of City Directors to back down from a historical preservation ordinance that opponents said would usurp their property rights. The ordinance would have enabled the city to designate any building more than 50 years old as a "historical treasure"--with or without the property owner's approval--if the building met certain historical preservation criteria.
NEWS
January 24, 1985 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
The Glendale Historical Society has proposed planning and zoning regulations that would preserve historically significant buildings and neighborhoods. A report prepared by the society identifies more than 40 structures and neighborhoods that it deems worthy of preservation because they characterize Glendale's heritage.
NEWS
July 31, 1986 | JEFF BURBANK, Times Staff Writer
The Culver City Redevelopment Agency will conduct a survey of all city buildings constructed before 1933 to help the City Council prepare a law setting stronger earthquake safety standards. The survey is intended to identify buildings the agency believes to be of historical and architectural significance but that may face demolition if the city adopts the proposed law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
In a city not known for having a large number of historical buildings, officials are setting out to preserve the ones that remain. "The fact is that most of the historical buildings in the city have been destroyed," Mayor Joe Erickson said. "It would be nice if we have something left." To that end, the city staff has surveyed Costa Mesa, seeking buildings deemed to be of historical significance. In total, the city survey declared there are about three dozen sites worth preserving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1986
Gov. George Deukmejian signed legislation Monday that will allow work to continue on four historical buildings undergoing restoration at Old Town State Park. Without the $377,000 appropriation, in a measure by Assemblywoman Lucy Killea (D-San Diego), construction work on the Rose-Robinson Building, the Franklin-Colorado House, the Alvarado family property and the Alvarado Lucia House might have been halted until the 1987 state budget is adopted next summer, state parks officials said.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Broadway, the sparkling entertainment district of mid-20th-century Los Angeles, had a long fall. As residents moved to the suburbs, opulent movie palaces dating to the early days of the film industry closed their doors. Upscale shops were closed, and department stores decamped for newer neighborhoods in the 1970s and 1980s. Businesses catering primarily to Latino immigrants kept the sidewalks active, but most buildings fell empty above the first floor. Much of downtown has enjoyed a renaissance since 2000.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By Martha Groves and Alan Zarembo
Hundreds of landmarks on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs properties are at risk of being permanently abandoned or demolished because of the agency's lack of maintenance and its failure to comply with federal laws aimed at protecting historic buildings, according to a new study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The VA has more than 2,000 historic buildings across the country, including many on the 11 campuses built in Ohio, Tennessee and elsewhere in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War. In West Los Angeles, the sprawling VA campus has about three dozen buildings that have been designated as historic structures or have been deemed eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Martha Groves and Alan Zarembo
Hundreds of landmarks on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs properties are at risk of being permanently abandoned or demolished due to lack of maintenance and the agency's failure to comply with federal laws to protect historic buildings, according to a new study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The VA has more than 2,000 historic buildings across the country, including many on the 11 campuses built in Ohio, Tennessee and elsewhere immediately after the Civil War. In West Los Angeles, the sprawling VA campus has about three dozen buildings designated as historic structures or deemed eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
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.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar, Los Angeles Times
Silent slapstick filmmaker Mack Sennett moved to Los Angeles in 1913, setting up shop in what is now Echo Park, and began to make short movies starring an upstart comedian named Charlie Chaplin. Three years later, he built a set of soundstages to make movies with his movie star girlfriend, Mabel Normand. Now those Silver Lake soundstages, which became part of the Mack Sennett Studios, are getting a face-lift under new owners. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Jesse Rogg, a Grammy-nominated music producer, bought the production space for about $3.3 million this year from Stephen Collins, a former photographer who owned the property for nearly three decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Joe Nicoletti started out painting houses in New Jersey. These days, he paints Los Angeles City Hall. Since a major renovation of the historic building began nearly 20 years ago, Nicoletti has been the city's go-to guy when a skilled hand is needed to restore a frieze or touch up a mural. His most recent assignment - repainting the elaborately decorated ceiling of the Main Street lobby - took the 50-year-old Santa Monica resident two weeks and eight assistants to complete. His crew toiled at night, the better to stay out of the way of city bureaucrats, and Nicoletti livened the work space with the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and the like.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2000 | GAIL DAVIS
The city will soon begin a $480,000 project to retrofit three older buildings with handicapped-accessible ramps, restrooms and drinking fountains. On Monday, the City Council approved plans to improve the police/fire headquarters on Dowell Drive, the Ventura Avenue Adult Center in west Ventura and facilities at Arroyo Verde Park. Workers are scheduled to start construction in the next few months, according to City Engineer Rick Raives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
Some of the city's historical buildings were fitted Monday with bronze plaques recognizing their architectural excellence and contribution to the community's cultural heritage. Crews fastened inscribed plaques on 20 landmarks throughout town, among them the Combs House and Montanez Adobe in the Los Rios Historic District and Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Depot downtown. "It's really exciting," Mechelle Lawrence, economic development administrator for the city, said of the project.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2012 | By Susan Josephs
On a recent Tuesday night at Salvage Bar & Lounge in downtown Los Angeles, Bertha Suarez Blankenship, a former member of the National Ballet of Cuba, rose up on her pointe shoes and commandeered the venue's small platform stage. She proceeded to dance a technically precise excerpt from "Swan Lake" and as cheers erupted, Shana Blake Hill, a tall, dark-haired opera singer, strode onstage in a bustier and fishnets and belted out an aria from "Carmen. " For about two hours, members of the newly formed Blankenship Cabaret Theatre entertained some 50 people with an eclectic array of punchy song and dance numbers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The mirrors lining three walls of Jan Bruno's tiny barbershop make it look as though it extends to infinity. Too bad they can't make its lease extend too. The pint-sized shop has operated for six decades in a 13-by-5-foot storefront in the Taft Building at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Bruno has owned the one-chair shop for 23 years, riding out the disruptions from the Metro Red Line subway's construction in the mid-1990s and the development of the next-door W Hotel and Residences four years ago. But as Hollywood rebounds, Bruno has been given her walking papers by the Taft Building's new owners.
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