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April 1, 1992 | PETE THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a cold and blustery day, winter drawing to a close, snow-covered mountains rising abruptly to the north and sheets of ice crackling under the sun, John Frederickson gazes out over Crowley Lake and smiles. "This is great," he says, referring to the wind as it whips through the canyons from the south, driving frozen sections across the surface. "This is just what we need to open this lake up."
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October 2, 2008 | Phil Willon, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles city parks department plans to lay off nearly 140 temporary workers and reduce hours for hundreds more, cutbacks that union officials argued Wednesday will lead to dirtier restrooms, unkempt playgrounds and reduced security at Griffith Observatory. The job cuts began in September and will continue this week, focused primarily on part-time workers across the city who maintain ball fields and recreation centers.
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December 14, 1991
City officials on Friday announced six finalists for the job of general manager of Los Angeles' Department of Recreation and Parks. The Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners is expected to make a final selection in January, when James Hadaway, 62, is scheduled to retire after 16 years with the department, which has an annual budget of $96 million.
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March 29, 2008 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is losing "hundreds of thousands of dollars" annually because it fails to adequately manage concession contracts at golf courses, parks and other public facilities, City Controller Laura Chick said Friday. Chick released an audit that assailed the department for allowing contracts to lapse before seeking new deals and for letting concessionaires stray from their contractual requirements without ensuring that the public receives quality services.
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September 8, 1988
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has added three sites to its list of swimming pools which will remain open through Tuesday and announced that swimming will be free at all 30 locations. Three pools in San Fernando Valley--Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks, Fernangeles and Woodland Hills--were added to the list. In addition, General Manager James E. Hadaway said Wednesday that the department will bus youngsters from the Van Ness pool, which remains closed, to the Los Angeles Swim Stadium.
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June 28, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is looking for volunteers to help monitor a massive parks improvement program. The Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committees will monitor projects funded by Proposition K, the ballot measure passed last fall that allocates $776 million over 30 years to refurbish city parks. Hundreds of projects at neighborhood parks will be funded, from after-school child care to soccer fields.
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February 9, 1996
Restoration of the Venice Pier, a once-popular site for fishing and tourism, passed a major hurdle Thursday when the California Coastal Commission approved a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the long-closed landmark. The commission's action paves the way for reconstruction of the pier to begin in the next two months. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks plans to replace half of the pier's 1,200-foot-long concrete deck, repairing the other half where it has deteriorated.
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March 29, 2008 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is losing "hundreds of thousands of dollars" annually because it fails to adequately manage concession contracts at golf courses, parks and other public facilities, City Controller Laura Chick said Friday. Chick released an audit that assailed the department for allowing contracts to lapse before seeking new deals and for letting concessionaires stray from their contractual requirements without ensuring that the public receives quality services.
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December 4, 1995
William Frederickson Jr., former general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks who helped create the Zoo and Travel Town in Griffith Park, died Thursday. He was 85. Frederickson worked 45 years for the department and served under the administrations of Mayors Fletcher Bowron, Norris Poulson, Sam Yorty and Tom Bradley. A Newport Beach resident since 1960, he retired in 1975 after heading the department for 13 years.
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January 7, 1999 | SUE FOX
The City Council adopted a host of initiatives Wednesday aimed at bolstering female participation in city sports programs, many of which are already underway within the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
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January 10, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The city of Los Angeles has badly neglected its parks system, with the failure to maintain the city's 54 swimming pools causing six to close and 24 to fall into serious disrepair, according to an audit released Monday by the city controller. The audit also estimates it would cost $78 million to properly restore the city's golf courses, a challenge made more difficult by the lack of a master plan for the maintenance and renewal of park facilities.
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January 6, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Low-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles have dramatically less access to parks and recreation resources than more affluent communities, and parks throughout the city remain severely under-policed, the city controller's office found in an audit released Thursday. In the second of the controller's three audits of the Recreation and Parks Department, the agency was faulted for not asking the public what services it wants and for not adequately evaluating programs.
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November 11, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles parks department charges much higher fees in some neighborhoods to join sports leagues and may have overcharged residents by millions of dollars over the years, a city audit released Thursday concluded. A 9-year-old signing up for the city baseball program pays $35 at Lafayette Park near downtown, $55 at the Normandie Recreation Center in South Los Angeles, $80 in Woodland Hills and $110 at the Bogdanovich Recreation Center in San Pedro, the audit found.
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June 20, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Recreation assistants who run after-school, preschool and sports programs at dozens of centers scattered around Los Angeles plan to sue the city today, charging that they have been routinely forced to work off the clock to keep their low-wage jobs. Eight workers are named in the suit, which seeks class-action status covering 2,500 current and former employees. Several of the plaintiffs have held their jobs for more than a decade, occasionally filling in as center directors for no extra pay.
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May 4, 2001 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As chainsaw-wielding crews cut down dead eucalyptus trees in Valley Village Park on Thursday, officials contemplated where they will get the approximately $2 million needed to remove an additional 5,000 infected trees in the city's parks that could be dead by September. Despite the release of predator insects and the use of pesticides, Los Angeles has been unable to control the infestation of the red gum lerp psyllid, a tiny Australian insect that is ravaging eucalyptus trees statewide.
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May 2, 2001 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No sooner had major league baseball and the Dodgers announced Tuesday a first-of-its-kind, $10-million sports academy for at-risk youth than Lake View Terrace neighbors of the project's site in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area raised objections. Some area residents are not sold on the multimillion-dollar Youth Baseball Academy, questioning how at-risk youth in Los Angeles will be identified and selected to attend the facility and fearing the criteria will be exclusionary.
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July 18, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Too excited to sit, about a dozen boys stood in the hot sun by the edge of the pool pretending to listen as a procession of city officials took their turns at the microphone. Finally, the speakers stopped talking, but the wait was still not over. Before the boys would get their first crack at the city's one and only public water slide, they would have to wait for Councilman Richard Alarcon and the other officials to take a test ride. Power does have its privileges.
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February 15, 1992 | PENELOPE McMILLAN and JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jackie Tatum, who started with the city as a $1.50-an-hour recreation center assistant, on Friday was named head of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the first woman to hold the position. Tatum, 59, will earn $129,519 a year as general manager, a post she formally assumes April 8. The biggest challenge before the department will be to stay afloat financially, Tatum told a City Hall press conference attended by Mayor Tom Bradley and J.
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February 23, 2001 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks board next meets to pick a promoter to run the city-owned Greek Theatre, it might not like the choices any more than the ones it rejected this week. In fact, there might be no new bids to even consider. Blame consolidation in the concert industry. Only two bidders came forward to compete for the potentially lucrative contract to host shows at the 70-year-old amphitheater.
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February 8, 2001 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Steve Soboroff resigned as president of the city's Recreation and Parks Commission on Wednesday, allowing the mayor to replace him with someone who would cast the tiebreaking vote on the future of the Greek Theatre. The theater debate has divided City Hall for months. Labor leaders have backed the existing operator of the historic theater, and so has City Council President John Ferraro, a longtime political ally of the family that runs the theater.
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