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September 4, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Southern California has been the cradle to many odd cults, credos, utopias and dystopias. Among the most mysterious are the ruins of a Rustic Canyon enclave once known as Murphy Ranch. The mansions of Hollywood elite -- Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Cosby, Steven Spielberg -- sit in splendor atop the ridges of the canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Southern California has been the cradle to many odd cults, credos, utopias and dystopias. Among the most mysterious are the ruins of a Rustic Canyon enclave once known as Murphy Ranch. The mansions of Hollywood elite -- Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Cosby, Steven Spielberg -- sit in splendor atop the ridges of the canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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November 15, 1990 | JOHN RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 remains 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 their own power station.
HEALTH
August 18, 2012
Training for stair-climbing events isn't easy without stairs, which is why people in L.A. are at a disadvantage compared with those who live in 60-story apartment buildings in Manhattan. According to Chris Solarz, who last year set a Guinness World Record with 33,000 feet of stairs climbed in 12 hours and was ranked sixth in the world in 2010, you need at least 30 continuous floors for good training. That's roughly 650 steps. You'll probably have to settle for fewer in L.A. The Aon building opens three times a week for climbers in the three months before the Fight for Air Climb in March, and the YMCA event, this year on Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1990 | JOHN RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
MAGAZINE
November 8, 1992 | Lionel Rolfe
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1999 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 18, 1992 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 21, 1993
School officials are considering an enrollment policy that would allow parents to choose their children's public school. Administrators in the East Whittier City School District are also exploring opening schools to students who live outside the district. The proposed open-enrollment system would be a way to increase the number of students at Murphy Ranch Elementary School, which has less than 300 students and typically must combine more than one grade level into a class.
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