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July 21, 1997 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is years since the warm waters of La Vida Hot Springs bubbled up unfettered from an underground source. The gracious old hotel where generations of weekend escapees from Los Angeles once lounged is boarded up and crumbling. But now, the site of the caressing waters that were first tapped by a wayward oil driller in 1893 has been bought by a Japanese investor with a love for mineral baths and massage. And hope springs that La Vida, which means "life" in Spanish, will open again.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1997 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is years since the warm waters of La Vida Hot Springs bubbled up unfettered from an underground source. The gracious old hotel where generations of weekend escapees from Los Angeles once lounged is boarded up and crumbling. But now, the site of the caressing waters that were first tapped by a wayward oil driller in 1893 has been bought by a Japanese investor with a love for mineral baths and massage. And hope springs that La Vida, which means "life" in Spanish, will open again.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1993
City police chased a suspected drunk driver eight miles along Lambert and Carbon Canyon roads Saturday afternoon before arresting him just west of the La Vida Hot Springs Cafe. After the chase, which reached speeds of up to 70 m.p.h., police arrested Adolph Silas Kiper, 53, of Fullerton on suspicion of drunk driving, evading arrest and assault with a deadly weapon. Sgt. Bill Hutchinson said Kiper was a convicted felon with an outstanding parole violation.
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April 14, 1988 | PATRICK MOTT, Patrick Mott is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
In a brush-covered bend in Carbon Canyon, tucked into the rustic northeast corner of Orange County, Leo Hayashi has converted a local institution into his beloved ryokan . Hayashi is the owner of the 65-year-old La Vida Hot Springs resort, Carbon Canyon's version of La Costa. It is an oasis for the harried of mind and the creaky of limb who want to get bathed, steamed and prodded into a state of blissful relaxation. And, the old Spanish name notwithstanding, it is thoroughly Japanese.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1988 | MARK LANDSBAUM and JEAN DAVIDSON, Times Staff Writers
A fire gutted the historic La Vida Hot Springs hotel in Brea on Sunday, leaving guests who had been using the nearby outdoor hot springs without clothes and wrapped in towels and blankets. There were no injuries, but firefighters were hampered by limited access to the remote hotel, which is on a winding two-lane road in a hollow east of the Orange Freeway between Carbon Canyon Regional Park and Chino Hills State Park, said Brea Fire Department Battalion Chief Joel Shennum.
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July 22, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD, Anne Michaud is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition.
Canyon residents refer to the rest of us as flatlanders. The canyons have their own special culture, and Brea's Carbon Canyon is no exception. Up in this northeastern-most corner of Orange County, you'll find a biker bar and restaurant, remnants of an oil boom town history, and a wild nature trail. Noon to 2: There's a lot to do at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. For the $2-per-carload entry fee, you can play tennis, fish and use the baseball diamonds, the playgrounds and the grills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1990 | JIM CARLTON and TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
La Vida Hot Springs Cafe on Carbon Canyon Road is a local institution where millionaires rub elbows with bikers over barbecue and beer. But on Wednesday, flames came within 100 feet of burning the storied establishment that was built on the site of a 19th-Century stagecoach stop. The fire late that night roared over a ridgeline and from around a bend and seemed intent on devouring the restaurant. "Get out of there, Don!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1990 | JIM CARLTON
The bright glow of dancing flames lit the evening sky above La Vida Hot Springs Cafe in the Carbon Canyon area of rural Brea. A wildfire June 28 was racing through the canyon, gobbling up thousands of acres of pristine woodlands and threatening everything in its way. Devilish winds and 105-degree temperatures had propelled the arson-set conflagration out of control.
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July 22, 1997 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been years since the warm waters of La Vida Hot Springs bubbled up unfettered from an underground source. The gracious old hotel where generations of weekend escapees from Los Angeles once lounged is boarded up and crumbling. But now, the site of the caressing waters that were first tapped by wayward oil drilling in 1893 has been bought by a Japanese investor with a love of mineral baths and massage. And hope springs that La Vida, which means "the life" in Spanish, may open again.
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June 29, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Barbara County residents, still wearily battling devastating brush fires, may be facing more calamity later this year well after the ashes have cooled. Rolf Ohlemute, assistant director of the county's flood control and water conservation district, warned that this week's fire has burned enough vegetation around four local creek beds to raise the danger of floods this winter. "Rainfall of just one inch will cause a problem," Ohlemute said, "It will bring a load of mud into urban areas."
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February 25, 1998 | STEPHANIE SIMON and KATE FOLMAR and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The latest storm to ram California killed at least six people, including two police officers and two college students, and swiped savagely at hillsides, highways and rail tracks, scattering despair and destruction before blowing out of the state Tuesday. At least one other person died and another was missing across the border in Tijuana in the 49th storm to hit that city this winter. The intense rainfall forced 550 people from their homes.
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