August 10, 2013
Over the years on trips to the Monterey Peninsula, I've stayed with my Brittany, Barnaby, at the Lighthouse Lodge in Pacific Grove. It's in a forested area, the staff welcomes dogs, and it's within walking distance of the ocean. And it's reasonable for man and dog. Lighthouse Lodge , 1150 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove; (800) 858-1249. Rooms from $125. $50 one-time pet fee. Jeanne Heller West Los Angeles
August 9, 2013 |
The $14,500 that Eddie Smith Sr. paid for his 1967 Ferrari 275 was a lot of money half a century ago - about $100,000 in today's dollars. His son, Eddie Smith Jr., recalled it being a steep price for the family at the time. And yet it was immediately clear the car would be worth keeping. "We knew it was special," said Smith Jr., who was 26 then. "It sounded so good; it looked so good; it drove so good. " That sticker price seems like a pittance now - as Smith Jr. prepares to roll his late father's car onto an auction stage during Monterey Classic Car Week, where experts estimate it will fetch $14 million to $17 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 |
Monterey Park officials are reliving a decades-old racial controversy as they revise a law regulating the use of English on signs. As part of a general revision of old codes, the City Council changed a law that required some English on storefront signs because of fears that the language in the measure was unconstitutional. A proposed amendment, to be considered this week, requires the use of "modern Latin" letters on storefront signs. It's actually a looser requirement than the old law, which called for English words, not just letters.
July 8, 2013 |
The 100th birthday of the Asilomar Conference Center is being celebrated this year with a full slate of events, including lunch and lecture series, guided walks, chef-led cooking demonstrations and holiday guest packages. All are designed to welcome back folks to the historic meeting grounds designed by architect Julia Morgan in 1913 as a YWCA summer camp on the Central Coast between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. The old girl has great bones thanks to Morgan, the first female architect licensed in California and best known for designing Hearst Castle . She put her rustic, Western Arts and Crafts signature on 11 buildings at Asilomar (a National Historic Landmark)
June 2, 2013
Yes, viewing famous destinations can be more prosaic than their reputations might suggest ["They See More Than the Tree" by Christopher Reynolds, May 19]. I think my wife, Tina, summed up her experience as best as could be done, when after a morning driving about to see the sites of the Monterey Peninsula, we got to No. 16 on 17-Mile Drive, and she said, "It's alone. It's a cypress. It's a lone cypress. When's lunch?" I have gotten a laugh out of that for about 20 years. John Hamilton Scott Sherman Oaks We have traveled the world and over that time have developed favorites, and the Monterey Peninsula is close to the top. We arrived in Monterey on a holiday in the early '70s and could not find a place to stay, so I called the local chamber of commerce and they said Asilomar might have available rooms.
May 21, 2013 |
There is absolutely no reason for Restaurant 1833 in Monterey to be as good as it is. In the first place, well, it's in Monterey, a lovely town that is swamped by short-term tourists - the kinds of diners who will eat at a restaurant once and never go back again. Then there's the setting. Restaurant 1833 is housed in one of the oldest homes in Monterey, for many years the home of the town's leading doctor James Stokes - at least until his misdiagnosis killed California governor Jose Figueroa and an investigation revealed that he had never had a medical license in the first place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 |
Students milled around parking lots on the outskirts of East Los Angeles College on Thursday morning after a shooting threat prompted an evacuation of the campus, along with lockdowns at other Monterey Park schools. All Monterey Park schools were locked down and the college cleared after an anonymous cellphone caller threatened to "shoot up" an unknown campus Thursday morning, authorities said. Officers have been deployed to all Monterey Park schools and 10 campuses have been locked down, though Monterey Park police Chief Jim Smith cautioned the information was "really sketchy" and no gunman has been seen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 |
All schools in Monterey Park have been placed on lockdown and East Los Angeles College has been evacuated after an anonymous caller threatened to "shoot up" an unknown campus Thursday morning, authorities said. The shooting was supposed to happen at 8 a.m., the caller said. Officers have been deployed to all Monterey Park schools and 10 campuses have been locked down. Monterey Park police Chief Jim Smith said no gunman has been seen. He cautioned: "It's really sketchy information.
March 31, 2013 |
The small oil town of Taft was built on petroleum -- and is now hoping for a second boom from the Monterey Shale. In a story on Sunday's front page, The Times wrote about the shale that runs miles underground through Southern and Central California. Oil companies are already drilling exploratory wells. Oil trapped in deep rock deposits in the Monterey is estimated at 15 billion barrels. That's four times the amount of oil in North Dakota's Bakken Shale, which has fueled a boom that's driven that state's unemployment rate to 3.3%, the nation's lowest.
March 30, 2013 |
TAFT, Calif. - This two-stoplight town was built on petroleum, and residents here never miss a chance to pay tribute. A 38-foot monument to wildcatters stands downtown; locals brag it's the tallest bronze sculpture west of the Mississippi. Every five years, the city throws an "Oildorado" festival. There's even a beauty pageant in which young women dubbed "the maids of petroleum" vie to be crowned queen. It's all an homage to the bustling days when Taft boasted two giant oil fields and Standard Oil Co. of California was headquartered there.