CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1990 |
Tucked away up Rustic Canyon is a sordid bit of local history. Surrounded by the rugged mountainsides and overgrown by brush, the burned-out and crumbling buildings are what remain of the Murphy Ranch, where during the late 1930s a small group hoping to establish a Nazi utopia built an elaborate infrastructure that included a 395,000-gallon concrete water tank, a 20,000-gallon diesel fuel tank and a power station.
November 8, 1992 |
The remains of a Nazi utopia lie eerily quiet at the bottom of Rustic Canyon. For years, the L. A. Department of Recreation and Parks has wanted to bulldoze the site and make it into a picnic area, but a constant shortage of money and staff has left undisturbed the dream of Winona Stephens. In 1933, Stephens, heir to a mining fortune, created the Murphy Ranch on 50 secluded acres near what is now Topanga State Park.
March 12, 1987
When they meet tonight, trustees of the Whittier Union High School District will be asked to appoint Lee Eastwood superintendent and approve a contract setting his salary. Eastwood, 46, is expected to replace Supt. Norman B. Eisen when he retires July 1 after 36 years with the school district. Board member Harward A. Stearns, an attorney, is writing Eastwood's contract. Stearns and Eastwood refused to disclose the terms. Eisen earns $86,031 a year.
November 18, 1999 |
We can't all be James Bond. But maybe we can find a little intrigue this weekend. Friday Prepare for opening night of the 19th James Bond movie with a trip to your neighborhood spy shop. The hot personal espionage item these days is the hidden video camera. The "nanny cam" hides in a stuffed animal, but cameras--which transmit to an actual recorder--are so small they can be camouflaged in pagers or sunglasses. You could do a little holiday shopping too.
June 18, 1992 |
To children at Murphy Ranch Elementary in Whittier, Chris Laurich is every inch a school librarian. She orders, checks out and shelves books, sends out overdue notices, and reads to visiting classes. But she is not a librarian. She's a parent. And she gets paid nothing for the 50 hours a month she works. She is among a small army of parent volunteers staffing libraries in school districts throughout Southeast Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1996
Los Angeles County has moved closer to its goal of turning large swaths of oil fields in Whittier Hills into a wildlife preserve with the recent purchase of 970 acres from Chevron Corp. The $5.25-million deal, together with a similar 300-acre purchase from Unocal Corp. in October, were crucial to forming a public wilderness corridor to link Whittier and Anaheim, Whittier City Councilman Bob Henderson said.