March 10, 2014 |
The partial government shutdown in October was largely to blame for a 3% drop in visitors to America's national parks in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The country's 401 parks, historic sites and recreation areas drew 273.6 million visitors in 2013, about 9 million fewer than the previous year, according to the report. The 16-day government shutdown, sparked by a budget dispute in Washington, was responsible for reducing the visitation numbers by about 7.9 million, the report said.
February 1, 2014 |
Even for a city in which architectural surprise is no surprise, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple surprises. Do yourself a favor and step inside; the interior has just been magnificently restored. A radiant 1929 mural surrounds the domed synagogue, conveying Jewish history from biblical times to the arrival of Jews in the New World in vivid Hollywood-esque imagery. Commissioned by the Warner brothers, it defies an orthodox reading of the Second Commandment, which forbids graven images.
January 25, 2014 |
The Bancroft Hotel has a great location across the street from UC Berkeley. It's a registered historical landmark but has been modernized and utilizes all organic linens and products and is certified as an environmentally green business. There is complimentary continental breakfast and convenient parking. It is 100% smoke-free. A delightful staff caters to your every need. Rooms from $139. Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way; (510) 549-1000, http://www.bancrofthotel.com Arlene Rosenblatt Santa Monica
November 21, 2013 |
The new owner of the gigantic, historic Sears Roebuck & Co. distribution center in Boyle Heights said he hopes to create a new community in and around the site. Dating to the 1920s, the complex was once one of the major hubs in the country for distributing Sears catalog products. The nine-story distribution center closed in 1992, though a Sears department store still operates at the site. "With a property of this size, I have the opportunity to develop an entire neighborhood,” said Izek Shomof, who bought the 1.8-million-square-foot property at Olympic Boulevard and Soto Street on Wednesday.
October 14, 2013 |
Pau Gasol attacked the Great Wall of China with enough fervor that he had to buy a souvenir T-shirt after sweating through what he wore while hiking. But the wall attacked back. Despite avoiding the sometimes thick and aggressive crowds, the Lakers didn't escape unscathed in their two hours Sunday at the wall. Chris Kaman crushed one of his fingers while tobogganing down a slippery concrete track. Yes. Kaman. Toboggan. Great Wall. His sled, essentially a wheeled cart with a brake, was rammed from behind by teammate Shawne Williams.
October 9, 2013 |
Open Doors La Jolla provides an insider's look at historic and prominent buildings in the California coastal town near San Diego. Community buildings designed by architect Irving Gill, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla site and six other buildings will open to the public for free for one day in November. The deal: It's the third year for the Open Doors event in what's called the town's cultural zone. Stops include the city's Recreation Center and Woman's Club , both designed by Gill; the Bishop's School, founded by philanthropist and donor Ellen Browning Scripps; and the Cuvier Club , which began life as a World War II USO hall.