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January 18, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Extasy, a Northridge club featuring nude dancers, will remain open through the weekend, despite action against it by the Los Angeles City Council and building inspectors. "We're open and we're planning to stay open," said Steve Gamer, a spokesman for the club on Corbin Avenue near Nordhoff Street. "We're going to adhere to the law. We plan to fight any attempt to close us down."
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January 21, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
For more than four decades, a grimy, rough-edged stretch of Branford Street in Pacoima has been known as Dismantler Row: a stronghold of metal recyclers, trucking yards, rock cutters, salvage yards and auto body shops. Oily water streams out of yards each day, fills the cracks and potholes of the street's narrow, asphalt lanes and gushes into storm drains and downstream to the sea. Shops without names hack and hammer at cars in alleyways strewn with discarded tires and trash. Saws and sanders blow granite dust out doors and windows like a white fog. Residents of surrounding neighborhoods have had enough.
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October 27, 1997 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Basic Plumbing has been told to close. King of Hearts is history. The Prowl has been cited. Neighbors want the Barracks to go away. The Vortex is shuttered. The past year has been tough for gay sex clubs in Los Angeles. They are under fire, as they have been in other cities in recent years. But for far different reasons. Whereas elsewhere these indoor trysting grounds for gay men have come under attack for allowing unsafe sex, that most Southern Californian of concerns is at work here: land use.
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May 4, 2001 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To Philip and Sandy Young, proprietors of a Chinatown printing shop, the mere mention of bringing nude dancing to their community is chilling. "It will destroy our community," Sandy Young said. "You never know what kind of people will come into Chinatown." Chinatown-watchers cannot remember the last time the community got as worked up or united as it has over a Nevada firm's effort to open what it calls an "upscale" erotic dance club in the 200 block of Alpine Street.
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December 2, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, they have lived the life of pint-size fugitives, ground-hugging outlaws trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities. Pot-bellied pigs, the low-rider of the swine family, were all the rage a few years ago, becoming the pet of choice for about 4,000 Los Angeles residents, including teen idol Luke Perry. But someone forgot to tell them that in the city of Los Angeles, you can't house a pig in your home unless you go through a long and expensive zoning variance process.
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October 6, 1995
Residents in San Pedro have put a dent in the golden arches. A proposal to operate a 24-hour McDonald's drive-through service was denied by the Los Angeles Zoning Administration on Thursday when nearly 70 people living near the franchise opposed the plan at a public hearing. Residents complained that keeping the window open all night would increase noise, crime and trash. The fast-food outlet is at 303 S. Gaffey St., near a residential neighborhood.
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March 9, 1989
A Los Angeles zoning administrator granted a permit Tuesday to allow the Nancy Reagan Center for drug rehabilitation to open in Lake View Terrace, sparking a barrage of criticism from area residents, who said they will appeal. Associate Zoning Administrator Darryl L. Fisher said he issued a two-year permit, with the potential for an automatic extension of three more years, to keep center operators "honest . . . they've got to prove themselves."
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October 6, 1994
Siding with ruffled neighbors, a Los Angeles zoning panel this week ordered the owner of a seven-acre Chatsworth estate to get rid of his 800 or so ostriches and emus, calling the big, flightless fowl a nuisance. The Board of Zoning Appeals ruling was a victory for about 30 neighbors in Monteria Estates who had complained about odors, dust and airborne feathers.
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July 18, 1997
The Los Angeles zoning appeals board voted this week to shut down a Silver Lake sexual encounter club that had illegally operated near a residential neighborhood for several years. At a hearing packed with opponents of the club, called Basic Plumbing, the board refused to grant a zoning variance that would have allowed the establishment to stay open in the 1920 block of Hyperion Avenue.
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January 8, 1996 | KAY HWANGBO
Los Angeles zoning officials will hold public hearings on a number of applications for city permits within the next week, including a proposed house of worship in a North Hills neighborhood and a proposed liquor permit in Northridge. The hearings will be held either at the Sherman Oaks Woman's Club, 4808 Kester Ave., in Sherman Oaks or at 201 N. Figueroa St., Room 170, in downtown Los Angeles.
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May 3, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Party on, Hef! Neighbors' charges that Hugh Hefner is running a commercial party business out of his famed Playboy Mansion have been rejected by Los Angeles officials who say they inspected "every square foot" of the place without finding anything illegal going on. Wednesday's announcement ends a nine-month city investigation. But it is unlikely to end the controversy over the seemingly nonstop series of nighttime soirees staged at Hefner's 31-room, Tudor-style Holmby Hills estate.
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February 23, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A controversial plan to build a residential development on a broad pasture that for generations has been the center of Chatsworth's equestrian community was approved Thursday by the Los Angeles Planning Commission. The panel voted 5 to 2 in favor of a developer's plan to build 20 single-family houses on the 6.7-acre lot at the northwest corner of Chatsworth Street and Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
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January 5, 2001 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Body bags and restaurants just don't mix. After hearing from nearby merchants who fear that the steady arrival and departure of corpses would hurt business, a city planning commission on Thursday rejected a privately run autopsy lab proposed for a Tujunga retail district.
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November 16, 2000 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As children walk to and from Coliseum Elementary School, they must navigate around gangs, drugs and violence on a daily basis. Their neighborhood is well known to every officer in the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division. At least 88 stores in a nine-mile radius already have liquor licenses, police say. The last thing area residents need there, officers said, is a 7-Eleven store selling alcohol across the street from where the children go to class.
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July 26, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A City Council committee Tuesday approved an updated plan for Ventura Boulevard that encourages pedestrian retail areas and beautification of the Valley's "main street." The land-use guidelines, known formally as the Ventura/Cahuenga Boulevard Corridor Specific Plan, is subject to final approval by the full council, city Planner Dick Platkin said.
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June 6, 2000 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposed restaurant supported by City Councilman Nate Holden but opposed by competing Koreatown businesses and some residents faces its final regulatory hurdle Wednesday, when a review board is scheduled to decide whether to grant owners a police permit to allow dancing. Those who have resisted the club--including the Los Angeles Police Department--say Koreatown has too many nightclubs, which often are troubled by vice and violent crimes, according to LAPD statistics.
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December 27, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
Three zoning hearings dealing with a proposed cellular phone antenna and two requests to sell liquor will be held within the next few weeks in Sherman Oaks and downtown Los Angeles. Zoning officials will consider granting conditional use permits for the following: * A 62-foot-high cellular phone antenna at a shopping center at 22807 1/2 Saticoy St. in West Hills. The hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5 at the Sherman Oaks Woman's Club, 4808 Kester Ave.
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February 5, 1996 | KAY HWANGBO
A Los Angeles zoning board will hold public hearings on a number of applications for city permits in the next two weeks, including a proposed cell phone antenna in Sun Valley, a proposed storage facility in a Sun Valley neighborhood and a proposed higher-than-allowed fence in Sherman Oaks. The Board of Zoning Appeals hearings will be held at 201 N. Figueroa St., Room 170, Los Angeles.
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May 30, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles is on the verge of a major change in the way development projects are evaluated, and despite assurances from city officials, some fear the transition won't be smooth. Starting July 1, the Board of Zoning Appeals will be abolished and seven new planning commissions are to begin operating throughout Los Angeles, making decisions on local planning issues. A citywide commission, expanded from five to nine members, will take up projects with broader impact.
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May 25, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY
Despite warnings that it is inviting a lawsuit, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to reject a proposal that would allow the construction of six luxury homes at the northern end of Hazelbrook Road. Buttressed by opposition from the Studio City Residents' Assn., Councilman Joel Wachs argued that the hilly property is too steep to accommodate more than two or three houses.
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