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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John H. Welborne was best known as a bow-tied civic booster, a proud fourth-generation Angeleno who was a tireless activist in civic causes and historic preservation campaigns. He wed at one preservationist cause celebre--St. Vibiana's Cathedral--and led one of the movements to rescue another, the Central Library. And for 15 years, he pushed to breathe new life into the once-defunct Angels Flight railway.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John H. Welborne was best known as a bow-tied civic booster, a proud fourth-generation Angeleno who was a tireless activist in civic causes and historic preservation campaigns. He wed at one preservationist cause celebre--St. Vibiana's Cathedral--and led one of the movements to rescue another, the Central Library. And for 15 years, he pushed to breathe new life into the once-defunct Angels Flight railway.
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REAL ESTATE
November 10, 1985
This is to compliment Sam Hall Kaplan for his "Seattle Could Give Lesson to Los Angeles" piece (Oct. 27). I liked his analysis and his commentary, and I agree with his conclusions. Los Angeles would benefit immeasurably if policy makers would pay attention to our rich architectural history and to pedestrian amenities, as has been done in Seattle. JOHN H. WELBORNE Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1990
Times music critic Martin Bernheimer gave readers a perceptive and sensitive review of the commendable musical achievements of the Music Center Opera's new production of "Idomeneo" ("Meddling With Mozart," Sept. 27). The conductor, orchestra and singers gave elegant, virtuoso performances, just as Bernheimer reports. However, Bernheimer's editors did us a disservice by not also assigning a theater writer to review this magical new production designed by Maurice Sendak. Bernheimer really misses the mark in his lengthy (70% of his review)
NEWS
July 21, 2000
Good news is news too, and we all should be glad for what was reported in a Pat Diroll column on July 10. When one computes the total of dollar amounts mentioned in the story, more than $7 million was raised by these local charities in just the first three weeks of June. This is amazing and wonderful. This also is not unusual. Angelenos are generous to good causes, far more generous than is sometimes reported. Obviously, our community (especially the most needy in our community) benefits from this generosity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1996
MAdison 6-1901: That old telephone number for the Angels Flight Railway conjures up images of preskyscraper downtown Los Angeles, when the funicular transported people between Bunker Hill and the retail and commercial district below. For those who wax nostalgic, the Angels Flight is back. Restored to its old glory and with the old Madison prefix (that's "MA," or 62, for those who don't remember), Angels Flight resumes service this Saturday after a 27-year hiatus.
REAL ESTATE
June 7, 1992
Two 1920s theaters, a Craftsman bungalow, a six-acre museum site, a native plant garden and a historic neighborhood were projects honored at the 11th annual Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Awards as tributes to the reuse and restoration of historic landmarks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2001 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With the investigation of the fatal Angeles Flight accident focusing on mechanical failure, investigators moved Wednesday to lift the two antique cable cars from their Bunker Hill tracks and truck them to a warehouse. A huge, 150-ton overhead crane was brought from Long Beach and outfitted with special sling devices to hoist the cars onto flatbed trucks, said Ted Turpin, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator. The operation was expected to be completed this morning. John H.
OPINION
August 7, 2003
Look how much downtown Los Angeles has changed for the better lately: The gorgeous Walt Disney Concert Hall is set to open in October. The new cathedral is already a major attraction. Renovated downtown lofts and apartments house an energetic mix of artists, office workers and immigrants. The 35 projects underway to convert historic commercial buildings to housing could draw perhaps 4,000 more residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of Leon Praport, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor who died last month in the Angels Flight crash, will file a lawsuit against the city and private firms involved in restoring and operating the historic funicular, an attorney announced Thursday. Lawyer Gary A. Dordick said the suit, also being filed on behalf of Praport's wife, Lola, who survived the Feb. 1 crash, will seek a judgment compelling the city to restore Angels Flight to full service with new, safe equipment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1996
After an absence of 27 years, "Olivet" and "Sinai" once again will carry passengers up Bunker Hill on the Angels Flight inclined railway, which reopens late next month. Constructed in 1901, the funicular is counterbalanced so that as one car rises, the other descends. It carried tourists and residents up and down from Los Angeles' business district until it was closed by the city in 1969. At the bottom of the hill, Angels Flight Plaza is nearing completion.
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