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August 1, 1994 | ERIC SLATER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Surrounded by sand, slathered in sunscreen and holding the coldest of beers in your hot hand, you are sprawled out and gulping down the California Dream. Until an ominous shadow blocks your sun, pours out your beer and hands you a $50 ticket. If Los Angeles beaches are known nationwide as the place to catch West Coast rays and a summer beer buzz, law enforcement officials are going out of their way to change half of that image.
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December 15, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sparking debate over health protections and individual rights, the Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval Friday to a ban on smoking in most areas of city parks. The council asked the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in outdoor areas where large crowds and children gather, within 50 feet of athletic fields, playgrounds and large picnic areas.
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April 12, 1991 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cost of water in Los Angeles--and around the state--is expected to skyrocket in the coming decade as water agencies wrestle with the worsening problems of supply and quality, officials said Thursday.
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November 27, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a setback to proponents of San Fernando Valley cityhood, lawyers for the commission planning a referendum on secession have found that Los Angeles cannot be forced to give up parks, libraries and other property without compensation. Secessionists are seeking the transfer of all city property in the Valley, along with fleets of garbage trucks, street sweepers, firetrucks and police cars. They contend that Valley taxpayers are entitled to a fair share without payment to Los Angeles.
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July 13, 1993 | SCOTT HARRIS
It was a another hot day in the Valley, so my buddies Pete, Kyle and Ben decided to go swimming. Or at least Pete and Kyle wanted to go. Pete is the dad here, and the 5 1/2-year-old Kylemeister isn't shy about expressing himself. They assumed that The Benster--he'll turn 2 next month--would be happy splashing around with the big guys. Mom, as it happened, was scheduled to work that Saturday.
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May 16, 1998 | BRETT JOHNSON
Guadalupe Community Center in Canoga Park helped Miguel Villalobos turn his life around. Before discovering the center more than two years ago, Miguel said he was fighting a lot, bullying younger kids, setting off car alarms and getting bad grades in math and English. Since then he has been able to focus his energies in a positive direction. "I met people in high school who go to the center, and they help me with my homework," said Miguel, 13, of Canoga Park.
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May 31, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Natalie Navarette enjoyed digging, shoveling and watering the soft soil at Memory Garden. She spent several years helping bring the flowers and trees back to life. She and her husband, Felix, spent nearly every Saturday on their designated plot of land at Brand Park, pulling weeds and joking with other volunteers from Friends of the Memory Garden. When Natalie suffered a heart attack last month, she went to the hospital and learned she also had cancer.
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February 23, 1990 | DEAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A private swimming club's use of most swimming lanes at the city's popular Westwood Recreation Center during peak hours has angered some recreational swimmers and led city officials to consider restricting such arrangements. City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky, whose district includes Westwood, described the club's arrangement as "outrageous." He said he supports a proposal by the city's Recreation and Parks Department that would severely restrict private groups using pools throughout the city.
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June 23, 1992 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles officials should drop proposals to sell or lease the city's international airport and concentrate on diverting more money from the financially robust facility to the strapped city treasury, the airport's executive director recommended Monday. Clifton A. Moore called for continued public ownership of Los Angeles International Airport, along with increases in airline landing fees and changes in law that would permit the proceeds to be spent citywide, rather than just at the airport.
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July 18, 1991 | JERRY CROWE and THOMAS BONK, Times staff writers
(Editor's Note: Times staff writers Jerry Crowe and Thomas Bonk were given a difficult assignment--write a story about a day in the life of the Olympic Festival. Crowe was dispatched to a car and Bonk took a spot in the office behind a keyboard. What follows is true, no names were changed to protect the innocent.) I was working the day shift out of sports when the chief told me he needed to see me right away. Get your partner and check into this Olympic Festival thing, he said.
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July 17, 2001 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Japanese American group that has spent seven frustrating years trying to develop a community gym on city-owned land in Little Tokyo may finally get a chance at today's City Council meeting. The council will consider a proposal to discuss the multipurpose gym with the Little Tokyo Service Center. It would sit on land now used for city employee parking.
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May 25, 2001 | Kenneth Reich
Marking the beginning of the end to three years of seismic reinforcement and modernization at Los Angeles City Hall, workers began moving office furniture for some departments back into the building Thursday. Although the $299-million refurbishment is not yet complete, 150 of about 1,500 city employees who will eventually reoccupy the historic building will be back inside by Tuesday, project manager Stan Morimoto said.
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February 16, 2001 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles skateboarders and in-line skaters will finally have a patch of concrete to call their own as the city opens its first public skate park Saturday. Enthusiasts are so eager to use the Pedlow Field Skate Park in Encino that city officials said they moved up the opening date, not waiting for new grass. "No doubt it's going to be popular, based on preliminary reports," said Ellen Oppenheim, general manager of the city Department of Recreation and Parks.
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December 7, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gardeners staked their claims to plots of public land Wednesday at a newly expanded community garden at the Sepulveda Basin Garden Center. More than 50 gardeners waited in line to sign up for the 380 10- by 20-foot plots, including eight raised beds for disabled gardeners, after a dedication ceremony at the site on Hayvenhurst Avenue at Magnolia Boulevard. "I have been on a waiting list for nearly a year," said Florence Browne, 78, of Studio City.
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October 5, 2000
The city of Los Angeles has converted a dilapidated 71-year-old building into a youth arts center. The $950,000 center, at 7222 Remmet Ave., will officially open with a 10 a.m. ceremony today. It was funded by Proposition K money. It will offer a variety of classes, including drawing, pottery, theater and photography. City Councilwoman Laura Chick, who spearheaded the renovation project, said the conversion both salvages a historic landmark and creates an outlet for artistic expression.
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September 17, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Short-handed and strapped for cash, the manager of the Ramona Gardens recreation center turned to a most unlikely source to rid his aging Boyle Heights facility of graffiti: gang members. The gang members agreed to help, using donated paint from an adjacent housing project to cover scrawls in the restrooms, weight room and entryway. The gang members even posted signs, warning that anyone who vandalized the center would suffer their wrath.
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July 24, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For those who marvel that subway builders could bore a tunnel through 2 1/2 miles of rock in the Santa Monica Mountains in a mere 18 months, consider this other feat of government derring-do: Nearly four years after they broke, the city of Los Angeles has replaced the two escalators--the length of 32 steps--that connect the street-level plaza outside City Hall East to the underground Los Angeles Mall. That's not to say, however, that the side-by-side escalators now work all the time.
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January 29, 1999
Community Redevelopment Agency officials granted a temporary reprieve this week to a downtown Los Angeles community garden that is scheduled to close to make way for an affordable housing project. Esperanza Garden, a 2-year-old community project at Olympic Boulevard and Hope Street, was scheduled to be closed by Feb. 15. The lot would have remained vacant until late summer or fall, when construction of a housing development is expected to begin.
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September 17, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Short-handed and strapped for cash, the manager of the Ramona Gardens Recreation Center recently turned to a most unlikely source to help rid his aging Boyle Heights facility of graffiti: gang members. The result was even more surprising. The gang members agreed to help and used donated paint from the adjacent housing project to cover scrawlings in the bathrooms, weight room and main entryway.
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February 14, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Elysian Park, the current hot controversy, for a change, has nothing to do with the Dodgers, whose stadium has been a sore point with area residents for years. This time, the hassle is about bikes. The 580-acre park of steep hills northwest of downtown Los Angeles is ground zero in a battle over a pilot program that could lead to the eventual introduction of mountain bikes throughout the city's park system.
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