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September 18, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Builders in the Santa Clarita Valley would pay school fees far higher than those required by state law if a tentative agreement approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is accepted by five area school districts and the Santa Clarita City Council. The agreement calls for assessing a charge of $2.50 a square foot--about $4,200 per dwelling--for any projects that require changes in zoning or in the county general plan for the area. The state requires a $1.
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August 17, 1999 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike Keston is something of an anomaly in the home-building business. In an era marked by a trend toward ever larger, publicly held national home-building firms, Keston took a big national company with projects in 14 states and turned it into what he calls "a local firm--strictly a California builder." Keston--the owner, chairman and CEO of Encino-based Larwin Co.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1991 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dispute between a developer and the Castaic Union School District threatens to unravel a laboriously negotiated agreement that would raise more than $50 million for new schools in the Santa Clarita Valley, officials said Thursday. The agreement under negotiation would require developers to pay the school districts 58% more than the state-mandated fee of $1.58 per square foot, money that would go to relieve overcrowding in local schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Builders in the Santa Clarita Valley would pay school fees far higher than those required by state law if a tentative agreement approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is accepted by five area school districts and the Santa Clarita City Council. The agreement calls for assessing a charge of $2.50 a square foot--about $4,200 per dwelling--for any projects that require changes in zoning or in the county general plan for the area. The state requires a $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1999 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike Keston is something of an anomaly in the home-building business. In an era marked by a trend toward ever larger, publicly held national home-building firms, Keston took a big national company with projects in 14 states and turned it into what he calls "a local firm--strictly a California builder." Keston--the owner, chairman and CEO of Encino-based Larwin Co.
REAL ESTATE
December 24, 1989
Donald B. Edwards, former president of Marlborough Development Corp., has joined Larwin Co. as president of its single-family housing company. He assumes Michael I. Keston's job of directing the firm's construction operations, including the development and sale of about 800 homes during the next 12 months. Keston is now Larwin Co.'s chief executive officer. Edwards began his career in real estate development at Levitt & Sons in 1961. He became president of Marlborough in 1981.
REAL ESTATE
December 10, 1989
Michael Keston, president of Encino-based Larwin Co., has been elected next year's president of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California. Keston has worked for Larwin Co. since 1970. He has held a variety of posts with the builders' trade group, including an 8-year stint as a member of its board of directors. Keston replaces Richard Garber of First Nationwide Bank, who will remain on the local chapter's board of directors.
REAL ESTATE
April 14, 1985
The 319-unit Hidden Lake single-family development by the Encino-based Larwin Co. opens today in Castaic, with Cape Cod-style architecture and a location convenient to recreational areas of northern Los Angeles County. The first phase of the development has 35 two- and three-bedroom houses in four floor plans ranging from 1,012 to 1,455 square feet, priced from $99,000 to $117,800.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1990
Lancaster's planning director has taken a job as a vice president of an Encino-based development company whose controversial 2,400-home development proposal in semi-rural western Lancaster was approved by the city last month. Community Development Director Steve Harding said Friday he will leave his $72,500 post May 7 for a substantially better-paid post as vice president and project manager with The Larwin Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1991 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dispute between a developer and the Castaic Union School District threatens to unravel a laboriously negotiated agreement that would raise more than $50 million for new schools in the Santa Clarita Valley, officials said Thursday. The agreement under negotiation would require developers to pay the school districts 58% more than the state-mandated fee of $1.58 per square foot, money that would go to relieve overcrowding in local schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1993
Ending months of controversy, the City Council has approved a developer's revised plan to build nearly 2,500 houses and an adjoining 21-acre private lake in a remote area, despite concerns about the project's location and water use. Council members accepted the Encino-based Larwin Co.'s request to reconfigure its Del Sur Ranch project, approved by the Lancaster officials in 1990, to add the man-made lake and replace many larger lots with smaller parcels.
REAL ESTATE
June 9, 2002 | Times staff and wire reports
The Keston California Infrastructure Institute has been formed at the University of Southern California's Lusk Center to address the infrastructure challenges faced by the state. The Keston Institute was funded with a lead gift from Michael and Linda Keston. Michael Keston is an adjunct professor in the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and chairman and CEO of the real estate investment firm Larwin Co. in Encino. He was named chairman of the board and senior fellow of the institute.
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