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July 13, 1993 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Billed as the "world's first combination Laundromat and art gallery," Launderland, at 12505 S. Beach Blvd., is stuffed with more than 100 "thrift store" paintings and lithographs. As hokey as they come, the amateur scenes range from an all-blue lakeside with a pagoda to a flock of fierce-looking sea gulls, from fishermen at sunset to kids in yellow slickers.
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December 25, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Brenda Sanford has spent the last two decades as the desk attendant at the only public laundromat on skid row. She does more than just help people choose the right wash cycle and retrieve money from jammed dryers. "They come in here with their problems and I talk to them, listen to them and feedback them," Sanford said. "You think that you have problems, then you listen to some of these stories. " From her perch behind the counter, Sanford keeps an eye on those coming through the door, some toting garbage bags stuffed with clothes and the blankets they use as sidewalk bedding.
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BUSINESS
July 11, 2010 | Cyndia Zwahlen and Shan Li
Customers toting pockets of quarters to a new laundromat next wash day might be in for a surprise. Many laundromats have switched to prepaid plastic cards — like gift cards — that operate the washers and dryers. Some new laundromats are providing free wireless Internet, flat-screen televisions and attendants who sell services and are ready to help out if anything goes wrong. It's part of a trend to spruce up an industry long touted as a collect-your-quarters-and-leave opportunity for investors.
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September 9, 2010 | Bloomberg News
John Kluge, a billionaire entrepreneur and pioneer in independent television-station ownership whose Metromedia Inc. stations formed the basis for News Corp.'s Fox network, has died. He was 95. Kluge died Tuesday at his home in Albemarle County, Va., said University of Virginia spokeswoman Marian Anderfuren, who gave no cause of death. Kluge donated more than $63 million to the university during his lifetime, including his Albemarle estate, which was valued at more than $45 million in 2001.
NEWS
April 19, 1991 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a story of love and lint, of social outrage and stubborn stains. It is a story of poets in a Laundromat. Once a month--with last week's laundry and this week's poems--they gather at the Launderland in Silver Lake to wash, dry, fold and read. They come together because, as organizer Gabriel Baltierra says, "Everybody has poetry inside them. The trick is getting it out."
TRAVEL
July 28, 1985
Mrs. Vince Fisher of Temple City misinformed you on June 23 when she wrote there are no automatic laundries in Scandinavia. I lived there (Denmark) all of my life until five years ago and my family is still there. We have laundromats everywhere, but of course not in Tivoli Garden or at the queen's palace. I know for a fact that they can be found in Norway and Sweden, too. HARVEY CHRISTIANSEN North Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1993 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There soon could be a little more Cheer in South Los Angeles, and a little less Night Train. Former liquor stores that are rebuilt as other businesses--namely Laundromats--will receive financial breaks from the city in a compromise approved Tuesday by the City Council. Spurred by community activists, the city has waged a campaign in recent months to discourage the rebuilding of liquor stores damaged during last year's riots.
BUSINESS
January 30, 1989 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writer
At a huge coin laundry on Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima, the owner recently built an area where kids can play and watch television while their parents do the wash. In San Jose, a coin-operated laundry company called Oasis opened a facility last year in which customers could sip $1-a-bottle mineral water and snack on pizza or burritos while watching the latest movies on a big-screen television set.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1988 | JAN BRESLAUER
Empty the stash of quarters, grab the Tide and come on down to an orange-and-yellow mecca of shiny GEs, wayward socks and the ever-accommodating dollar changer. But leave your grungy 'jammies in the hamper at home. Because instead of the usual self-service laundry routine, you're here to watch a dance fantasia on the fabric-softened half-shell: a capful of whimsy that's a cross between Fellini and '50s TV variety.
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November 27, 1999 | GEORGE RAMOS
Most of the excitement near Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street in Echo Park used to be blares from the sirens of the ambulance and firetrucks roaring out of Station No. 20. But more and more these days, it's the low hum of washing machines and dryers that's attracting the attention.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2010 | Cyndia Zwahlen and Shan Li
Customers toting pockets of quarters to a new laundromat next wash day might be in for a surprise. Many laundromats have switched to prepaid plastic cards — like gift cards — that operate the washers and dryers. Some new laundromats are providing free wireless Internet, flat-screen televisions and attendants who sell services and are ready to help out if anything goes wrong. It's part of a trend to spruce up an industry long touted as a collect-your-quarters-and-leave opportunity for investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2010 | By Susan Josephs
It's probably accurate to assume that most civilized visitors to Los Angeles City Hall's third-floor rotunda do not try to climb the marble columns, balance on the historic light fixtures or lie on the ground directly under the enormous bronze chandelier for perspective's sake. But on a recent Saturday, Heidi Duckler and two of her dancers did exactly that, laying claim to the notion that if you can't fight City Hall, you might as well dance in it. During a first rehearsal for a new site-specific production by Duckler's Collage Dance Theatre, Marissa Labog and Roberto Lambaren experimented with rigorous horizontal and inverted balance poses between walls and columns that reflected formidable break-dancing skills while Duckler pointed out various Roman and Byzantine architectural details of the cavernous rotunda to a reporter.
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January 16, 2007 | Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writer
Acclaimed author Luis J. Rodriguez and his wife, Maria, had a dream of bringing art and culture to a community long ignored by theaters and bookstores. So they took out a second mortgage on their San Fernando home and began renting what was once office space in a small strip mall. Thus was born Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural in Sylmar.
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September 12, 2006 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Police on Monday continued to search for a gunman who, without an apparent motive, fatally shot two men and wounded a pregnant woman as they sat in a car outside a North Hollywood laundromat. About 10:15 p.m. Sunday, John Cortez Alonzo and Alejandro Lopez Perez, both 19, were killed and Alonzo's 20-year-old girlfriend was injured when a gunman walked up to her parked BMW and fired at least six times, Los Angeles Police Det. Mike Coffey said.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2006 | Michael Tarm, The Associated Press
One of Tom Benson's claims to fame, announced in 5-foot letters across his storefront, is that he owns the "World's Largest Laundromat," complete with 153 washers, 148 dryers and 15 flat-screen TVs. But that's not the claim that excites advocates of renewable energy. It's that, perched atop the airplane hangar-size facility in this working-class Chicago suburb, is one of the largest, most cost-effective solar systems in the country.
NATIONAL
September 8, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
At the Sun Suites Hotel on Wednesday, manager Mike Williams was grateful for small favors. None of the 128 rooms had electricity, a foul smell wafted from a 6-foot-high mound of trash in the parking lot and there was structural damage, all as a result of Hurricane Katrina. But on Wednesday morning, the motel got water. It wasn't fit to drink -- authorities advised boiling it for an hour -- but at least when Williams turned the taps, water flowed.
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June 19, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Seeking to thwart crime at coin-operated laundries, the City Council this week approved strict regulations for new laundry businesses. Officials said many laundries have become trouble spots, with drug trafficking, prostitution, loitering and other crimes taking place in or around them. Problems are attributed to poor design of the businesses, easy access to public telephones and inadequate management.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1990
An alleged drunk driver smashed into a Wilmington coin laundry Thursday, killing a woman 7 months pregnant and injuring three others. However, doctors saved the woman's unborn child at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Another woman was critically injured but the other two victims, also women, were treated and released. The victims were not immediately identified. The driver was treated for minor injuries and was to be booked for manslaughter and drunk driving, said Los Angeles Police Sgt.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
Mort Pollack was trying to put his finger on what keeps his business under the radar. "Ever think about a laundry?" he asked me. "Ever want to own one?" "It's not a particularly sexy industry," noted his partner, Eric Steinberg. "It's stable, solid, but it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles." Then he added, "With our help, that'll change a bit."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2003 | Janet Wilson, Hector Becerra and Stephanie Chavez, Times Staff Writers
The soot-crusted firefighters trudge into the San Bernardino base camp by the hundreds -- coughing, eyes watering, hungry beyond belief and exhausted. They wash, they eat and then they seek out what many call the most prized supply of all: foot powder. "We live and breathe by Gold Bond," said firefighter Allen Lee, 49, as he arrived at camp Thursday after surviving on a single sack lunch for 24 hours.
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