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May 23, 1988 | KEITH BRADSHER
Labor costs are increasing for the landscaping industry as the minimum wage rises, the number of teen-agers and young adults in their early 20s drops and immigration reform restricts the availability of immigrant workers, industry officials and experts say. Wages now start as high as $7.50 an hour for unskilled workers in Massachusetts and Connecticut, said Edward T. Wandtke, president of All-Green Management Associates, an industry consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio.
April 18, 2014 | By Carol Crotta
"This is the irony," mused homeowner Richard Turner as he looked over the newly installed and remarkably realistic-looking artificial lawn in his mid-Wilshire frontyard. "We grow grass to make the illusion that we don't live in a desert. Here I am, enhancing the illusion of a lawn that is the illusion we don't live in a desert. " And there's the rub. The iconic lush, green lawn - part and parcel of a mystique deeply embedded in the Southern California psyche and its landscape - has reached a crossroads.
May 6, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
On the tip of Balboa Peninsula, where multimillion-dollar homes sit snug against the sand and the legendary waves draw crowds of bodysurfers, an unlikely battle is taking shape. At the center are the lawns, lounge chairs, hedges and playground equipment - even a rusty metal shark sculpture - that for years have sprawled out from oceanfront homes onto the public sand. It's all illegal, says the state of California, which has ordered homeowners along some of Orange County's most coveted coastline to rip out the landscaping, sprinklers and all the other upgrades that have crept steadily seaward.
April 12, 2014 | Anne Colby
Rustic Canyon's sylvan beauty and funky charm cast its spell on Jill Soffer a dozen years ago. She liked the neighborhood's relaxed environment and abundance of sycamore trees and purchased a home there in 2002. "There's all this green around. It's not too manicured," Soffer said appreciatively. "People are easygoing, everything is a little overgrown, and the creek in the middle of everything is a little shaggy. You can hear the frogs at night. " She planned to renovate her 1920s three-bedroom house, but hadn't yet when she met and then in 2008 married Greg Adler, who had two young sons.
May 21, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
State officials have reaffirmed their promise to landscape ramps around the Artesia Freeway, but they may not get around to it until 2003. The city and Caltrans signed a three-year cooperative agreement in 1994 to provide some eye-soothing landscaping along the freeway from Stanton to Knott avenues, city Public Works Director Donald K. Jensen said.
March 27, 1991 | LYNN SIMROSS
Trying to save water outside as well as inside? Instead of landscaping your yard with thirsty plants, trees and shrubs that don't do well in drought conditions, consider water-efficient California natives or those from Mediterranean regions that can adapt well to this climate. Some examples: Lawns * Plant warm-season grasses instead of cool-season ones, remembering, however, that they will go dormant in winter and lose their color. Recommended: Bermuda grasses, seashore paspalum and zoysia.
April 6, 2013 | Steve Lopez
If the penal code had a section on landscaping crimes, the Los Angeles Police Department would need a full-time squad to go after everyone responsible for the ongoing fiasco on its own property. It's been 3 1/2 years since the new headquarters opened at 1st and Spring streets, and the city is still trying to get the landscaping right, with planter boxes empty, dead palm trees still standing, a scrubby dirt garden near the memorial to fallen police officers and piles of soil and sand blighting the landscape.
The City Council recently voted to plant trees around the newly opened Eastside Sports complex, but it has asked the community to help pay for the landscaping. Several youth sports groups that use the fields said they would be happy to donate money for the cause. Several residents have complained to city officials that, in addition to illuminating the park, light is flooding their homes and yards.
September 13, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Citing dissatisfaction with the work done so far, Price-Costco has replaced the landscaping subcontractor for its recently opened warehouse discount store in Westlake Village, city officials said. Since the store's opening last month, much of the landscaping--including ground cover, bushes and the building and planting of a green wall to shield the parking lot from view of the cemetery next door--has yet to be completed. Another landscaper was expected to begin work today to finish the project.
April 9, 2014 | By Anne Colby
Some garden advice can be heeded no matter where you live. But much in gardening and landscaping revolves around the specifics of location - weather, terrain, soil type and design preferences. That's where the redesigned and updated "Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping," edited by Sunset magazine's Kathleen Norris Brenzel (Oxmoor House, $29.95, paper), has an edge over a more general guide. A section on plants, for example, includes chapters on palms, ornamental grasses, tropicals, succulents, cactus and natives.
April 2, 2014 | By Richard Verrier and John Horn
When filmmaker Darren Aronofsky started scouting locations for his biblical flood epic, "Noah," he had two potentially competing needs. The landscapes on which he would shoot exteriors needed at first to look like an uninhabitable wasteland, and, after the deluge, a new garden of Eden, where Noah, his family and his ark of animals could begin to repopulate the earth. The writer-director's production team considered Death Valley, deserts in Mexico and the Canary Islands. But when they visited Iceland, "Noah" found its port of call.
March 9, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
CORNUCOPIA, Wis. - On some days, Kevin Hunt stands at his Star North gas station in this eye-blink of a town on mighty Lake Superior, marveling at Mother Nature and his own dumb luck. Everywhere he looks: ice and people. Months ago, many warned him not to invest in a place where fair-weather tourists flee in the fall and the big lake's waters turn cold and storm-tossed, forcing the 100 or so hardy full-time residents of Cornucopia to hibernate for the winter. He'd be out of business by March, they said.
March 8, 2014 | By August Brown
Bradley Hanan Carter feared the worst about his future. The New Zealander singer-songwriter had spent much of the 2000s with his rock band, Steriogram, that was on a major label and had a track in an Apple commercial. Since landing in L.A. though, his music career had fallen off. He wondered if he'd have to pack it all in soon. FOR THE RECORD: Echo Park's NO: In the March 8 Calendar section, a profile of the Echo Park band NO said that its record label, Arts & Crafts Records, is based in Montreal.
March 1, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Once the automobile industry began incorporating GPS functions on the same console as a car's sound system, our pleasure in navigating by song, something that goes back to the troubadours of Middle Ages, became endangered. Your dashboard may lead to the best barbecue or nearest diesel fuel, but it won't tell you whether this land is your land. In 2009, composer Eve Beglarian spent four months kayaking and bicycling the length of the Mississippi and simply listened as ol' man river rolled along.
February 21, 2014 | By Susan King
"I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore. " So said Howard Beale in "Network. " When the movie opened in fall 1976, critics and audiences - not to mention network news bosses - were divided on this dark satire revolving around a longtime news anchor who has a breakdown only to become the mad prophet of the airwaves. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film starred Peter Finch as Beale (Finch, who died of a heart attack in early 1977, was posthumously nominated for lead actor - and won)
February 15, 2014 | Steve Lopez
If somehow you missed the news that California is drier than a stale tortilla, the Amber Alert signs have come to the rescue with highway bulletins like this one: "Serious drought, help save water. " This is helpful to a point, I suppose, and I like the creative use of highway signs heretofore reserved largely for safety warnings or child abductions. If Caltrans would consider pushing the boundaries even further, I'd spring for a sign that says: "Hey, Brian D'Arcy, where's our $40 million?"
February 9, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne
The leaders of Eli Broad's planned Grand Avenue museum of contemporary art, to be called simply the Broad, will make news in three separate ways on Monday. They will unveil designs for a new plaza adjacent to the museum by architects Diller, Scofidio + Renfro and landscape architect Walter Hood. They will name Bill Chait, who runs Bestia in the arts district, to oversee a new restaurant on the plaza with Timothy Hollingsworth, former chef de cuisine at French Laundry in the Napa Valley.
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