CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 |
A brush fire near a La Verne neighborhood grew from three to 40 acres in just hours Friday afternoon but was 80% contained, authorities said. Helicopters and ground crews battled the blaze, which was expected to be fully contained late Friday afternoon or evening, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Keith Mora. Smoke from the fire was visible from the 210 Freeway as crews worked to keep the flames away from homes. At one point, television news footage showed flames advancing perilously close to a group of homes situated on the edge of a ravine before water-dropping helicopters doused the fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 |
For the second day in a row, Southern Californians were rattled by earthquakes Friday morning. After the United States Geological Survey reported a 3.9-magnitude quake in Borrego Springs after 11 p.m. Thursday, a 2.6-magnitude temblor was registered in La Verne about 2 a.m. Friday. The quakes come after La Verne experienced a series of temblors - including two above 3.5-magnitude - just a day earlier. More than 360 people reported feeling the Borrego Springs quake, with one person 150 miles away in Thousand Oaks feeling the shaking, according to the USGS website.
November 23, 1989
The La Verne City Council voted 3 to 2 Monday night to approve a new General Plan, the city's first in 15 years. The plan, which has been 4 1/2 years in the making, further restricts residential development. It also attempts to limit population growth to 4,000 to 6,000 people over the next 20 years, which would bring the city's population to about 35,000. The General Plan is likely to meet legal challenges from developers, according to Bradford Francke, a representative of Lewis Homes.
December 19, 1985
About 25 gravestones in La Verne Cemetery were toppled, probably by mischievous youngsters who occasionally play there, according to Lito Felipe, an administrator for La Verne Cemetery Corp. None was broken, and all have been replaced, Felipe said. Police Capt. D. F. Griggs said he has ordered increased patrols of the area to prevent further vandalism. Griggs said nighttime visitors are chased out of the cemetery by police about once a month. "We've chased lovers out of there," Griggs said.
December 24, 1987
The University of La Verne has received $300,000 from the James Irvine Foundation to renovate Miller Hall, the school's first building, which opened in 1919. Once a dormitory for women, the three-story building was closed in 1969 because it was not considered strong enough to withstand a major earthquake. College spokesmen said the building will be reinforced and the interior will be refurbished.
January 1, 1987
City officials are considering a plan that would grant limited eminent domain authority to the La Verne Redevelopment Agency, one of the few such agencies in the state without the power to condemn private property for public use and purchase it at fair market value. If adopted, the proposal would limit the agency's condemnation powers to mostly large, vacant lots in commercial and industrial areas of the city, said Planning Director Ken Farfsing.