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August 9, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County's real estate market continues to climb out of the depths of the recession of the early 1990s, but the region's more affluent neighborhoods have made markedly greater gains than other areas, according to property tax data to be released today. Overall, the county's real estate assessments increased by $30 billion, or 6%, last year, a boost that shuts the door on years of decline in property values that led to government crises and financial hardship for homeowners.
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November 16, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Paving the way for an urban village of hundreds of apartments and shops next to North Hollywood's subway station, an MTA committee unanimously recommended on Thursday that the agency enter into an exclusive deal with an Orange County development team. The proposed project, the second for the last northern stop on the Red Line, would create a $90-million pedestrian-friendly, multistory complex of up to 534 residential units and 28,000 feet of retail space.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1988 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
The slow-growth movement faces one of its biggest political tests Tuesday in Los Angeles County's 5th Supervisorial District, which contains a treasure of undeveloped land ranging from the Santa Monica Mountains to the hills, canyons and high desert north of the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the state approves a deal to buy 30 acres of proposed parkland along the Los Angeles River near downtown, the seller--a Florida developer--stands to make a nearly $10-million profit at taxpayers' expense. The proposed transaction has some park advocates wondering if state park money is fast becoming a financial trough for companies that acquire key parcels and jack up the value before selling to conservationists desperate to buy.
NEWS
January 6, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Board of Supervisors has quietly handed one of Los Angeles County's most generous and best connected campaign donors a deal that cements his hold on a prime piece of Marina del Rey through much of the new century. The supervisors--acting without public discussion--on Tuesday unanimously approved 39-year lease extensions on two waterfront parcels in the publicly owned marina. The leases on the prime property are controlled by lawyer Doug Ring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the last links to Arcadia's colorful founding family, a historic Italian Renaissance-style mansion, may soon be demolished to make way for a gated community if a developer wins city approval. The 50-room Anoakia mansion, built by the daughter of the city's founder and first mayor Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin, has sat empty for nearly a decade behind its towering walls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1999 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS
Throughout the country, businesses that cater to nudists--everything from cruise lines to resorts--are expanding their market. The American Assn. for Nude Recreation says its membership has grown 75% in the past 10 years. And many nudist resorts are adding such amenities as health clubs to attract new members. But at Elysium Fields in Topanga Canyon, there are no restaurants, no indoor pool, no lighted tennis courts.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2000 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The string of shopping centers, squat office buildings and parking lots along Rosecrans Avenue seems typical of the South Bay's suburban landscape. But a barely mile-long strip that straddles the El Segundo-Manhattan Beach border has emerged as one of the area's hot new commercial districts, where tenants pay top dollar for scarce vacant space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1996
Leaders of a San Fernando Valley women's group said plans are underway to build what will be the largest long-term shelter for battered women in Los Angeles County. "At most emergency women's shelters, you can only stay between 30 to 60 days," said Melissa Hilario, a board member of Women Advancing the Valley Through Education, Economics and Empowerment (WAVE). "Our transitional shelter is going to be the second stage. Women and their children can stay up to 18 months," Hilario said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the dismay of environmentalists, a crucial piece of a 30-mile-long wildlife corridor in eastern Los Angeles County has been purchased by a redevelopment agency known for its warehouses and office parks. The city of Industry's Urban Development Agency has purchased the 2,533-acre Firestone camp from the Boy Scouts of America for $16.5 million. Industry officials say they want the property, which lies in rustic Tonner Canyon two miles outside city limits near Diamond Bar, to build a reservoir.
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July 18, 2001 | JENNIFER OLDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With prodding from Mayor James K. Hahn, the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport announced Tuesday that it will extend the public comment period on its controversial $12-billion expansion plan and schedule additional public hearings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armed with a foot-thick stack of reports, the firm planning the largest housing development in Los Angeles County history assured officials one more time Wednesday that they have enough water to supply the new suburb. The 21,600-home Newhall Ranch project was temporarily blocked last June by a judge who demanded more proof that there is enough water to support the new community in the Santa Clarita Valley, especially during dry years. After an eight-month analysis, Newhall Land and Farming Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five environmental groups and the city of Calabasas have sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Interior Secretary Gale Norton, hoping to block the development of Ahmanson Ranch by getting a rare plant on the site listed as endangered. Although the courts can't give the San Fernando Valley spineflower protected status, a U.S. District Court judge could force the Fish and Wildlife Service to make a decision, said John Buse, a lawyer with the Environmental Defense Center in Ventura.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beverly Hills merchants trying to preserve parking spaces in the city's main business district claimed a victory Tuesday as a judge temporarily blocked construction of a $37-million commercial project on a municipal parking lot. Superior Court Judge David Yaffe set aside the Beverly Hills City Council's approval of the construction project, suggesting that an underground parking garage planned as part of the development would not sufficiently replace the capacity of the current surface lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Sand Canyon, the city of Santa Clarita bans curbs, sidewalks and street lights, to better preserve the rural equestrian atmosphere. But at the border, concrete gutters appear, discouraging horses but pleasing planners for Los Angeles County. In the Santa Clarita Valley, the tip-off of the city-county boundary is often the abrupt disappearance of a bike lane or equestrian trail. Bulldozers carve cliffs into hillsides on one side of a freeway, while the other is smoothly graded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A court-ordered study released Thursday found that there is ample water to meet the needs of the 21,600-home Newhall Ranch, the largest housing development ever approved in Los Angeles County, which is opposed by Ventura County and environmentalists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some Studio City residents, who have been bracing for noise and traffic disruptions when Universal Studios begins its proposed expansion, will get a small early sampling this spring when the MTA briefly shuts down a short stretch of the Hollywood Freeway and routes traffic through their neighborhoods at night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1997 | JILL LEOVY
In one of several new construction projects triggered by the explosive growth of the local entertainment industry, a 27-acre junkyard in Sun Valley has been leased for conversion into 16 new sound stages for film production. Sam Adlen, owner of Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, signed over his Sun Valley property to a group of investors last month, said Jerry Martinez, Aadlen manager. The investors, whom Martinez would not identify, plan to finish the new studios by the end of this year, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A court-ordered study released Thursday finds there is ample water to meet the needs of the 21,600-home Newhall Ranch, the largest housing development proposed in Los Angeles County and opposed by Ventura County and environmentalists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2001 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of expanding Los Angeles International Airport won a key victory Thursday when local government officials from six Southern California counties adopted a regional aviation plan that would push future airport growth to outer suburbs in neighboring counties. A plan that included many of the specifics of the LAX expansion proposal was defeated by a 2-1 margin by the influential Transportation Committee of the Southern California Assn. of Governments.
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