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December 10, 1992
Thank you for the terrific article on the Hills of Peace Cemetery ("Sisters Campaign to Fix Cemetery," Times Valley Edition, Nov. 16). Most people don't know how rich this area is in historical sites. I wish to make one small correction. The article seemed to suggest that mostly indigents were buried there. The cemetery opened in 1922 and it wasn't until the 1970s that Los Angeles County used it for indigents. The Hills of Peace holds the remains of many Sunland-Tujunga founding fathers and not a few ancestors of present-day residents.
April 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. - One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development - but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing.
March 17, 1991
The article on preservation vs. development at the Warner Bros. studio (Times, March 7) raises some important issues. I have total appreciation for efforts to preserve various cultural landmarks, but our oversensitivity to such preservation can turn appreciation into deterioration. West Hollywood city officials are calling Warner Bros. long-range plan a "wish list." By this statement I am assuming they are planning to mutilate that wish list. Fortunately, the city officials' own "wish list" for an elaborate civic center in West Hollywood Park was mutilated by the voters.
March 14, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Most of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County are failing to adequately protect historically important structures that are in danger of being razed, according to a new study by the Los Angeles Conservancy. The "Preservation Report Card" assigns an F to 51 cities and all of the county's unincorporated communities - some that made no effort to save their historic places since the group's last county-wide assessment was completed six years ago. Conservancy leaders said some newer communities mistakenly believe they have no historic preservation resources while officials of other communities have delayed creating programs because of budget cuts tied to the recession.
June 25, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
Nestled on one of the oldest and quietest residential streets in Anaheim sits one of the city's most historic spots, the Anaheim Cemetery. In the quaint park, with its neatly trimmed green grass and well-manicured shrubs, rest some of the founding families of the north county area. Many of their names now adorn the area's major streets and buildings.
Arguing that the full extent of a major archeological find on Ventura Boulevard is still undetermined, an Encino slow-growth gadfly has rallied state Indian leaders and an archeologist to help him block construction of two office buildings at the site.
March 14, 2000 | Reuters
Pope John Paul II has added to his Holy Land pilgrimage a visit to a traditional site of Jesus' baptism on the Jordan River in what is now a mine-infested area of the West Bank under Israeli military control. An Israeli official said Monday that the pope would fly by helicopter to Kasar al Yehud, or "the Jewish Palace," on March 22 en route from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. The pope arrives in the Holy Land next Tuesday for a six-day tour of Jordan, Israel and Palestinian-ruled areas.
February 12, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The National Park Service defended its proposed $40-million face lift at the Gettysburg battlefield against complaints that a new visitors' center and retail complex would cheapen the Civil War site. The agency already has scaled down the privately funded proposal in Pennsylvania by eliminating an IMAX theater and cutting back the number of retail shops. Some preservationists and community groups complained that the agency failed to consider alternatives for replacing facilities.
In Washington these days, conventional wisdom has it that the ill-conceived plan to build a $100-million World War II Memorial on the grounds of the existing Lincoln Memorial is a done deal. Groundbreaking will take place on Veteran's Day (Nov. 11), the Lincoln Memorial's Rainbow Pool will be demolished, and architect Friedrich St. Florian's Imperial Kitsch design will rise on the National Mall. Conventional wisdom may--or may not--be right on this matter.
In January 1847, at a small ranch house near the Cahuenga Pass, Mexican Gen. Andres Pico (1810-1876) secured his place in American history by signing the treaty ending hostilities in California against U.S. forces led by John C. Fremont. Known as the Articles of Capitulation, the treaty would help pave the way for the better-known Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo a year later, in which Mexico relinquished its claim to California, allowing its entry into the union as the 31st state.
March 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
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 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
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 | Los Angeles Times
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, Arlene Rosenblatt Santa Monica
November 21, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
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 | Mike Bresnahan
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 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
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.
For 78 years, the Nakajimas have been Little Tokyo's type. When babies were born, couples were married or old-timers died, the family was there to chronicle the events with printed announcements painstakingly spelled out in antique Japanese characters.
May 27, 1999 | From Reuters
Egyptian archeologists said they were finalizing restoration work on a funerary complex built near the great Giza pyramids 4,600 years ago ahead of opening it to the public. The tombs of the ambitious priest Kai, which are rich in artistry and details of daily life during the 4th dynasty, were found in March in a cemetery west of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. "This complex is unique because it is one of the most beautifully painted in the area.
June 19, 2013 | By David Ng
The Chinatown House in Rancho Cucamonga -- one of the last vestiges of the Inland Empire city's Chinese American history -- has been named to the list of America's most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The two-story building, which dates back to the early 20th century, is among 11 structures and other venues to make the trust's 2013 list. The building had recently been threatened with demolition by the city of Rancho Cucamonga and the Cucamonga Valley Water District, which owns the property.
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