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.
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.
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.