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October 29, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Last week, on a sun-splashed day at the center of the revolution, I heard a speaker suggest that occupiers begin growing their own food. Another speaker, who once lived in a tree for 71 days to save it from a developer's bulldozer, called for solidarity. I'm going to go out on a limb myself and predict that the several hundred folks camped out at Los Angeles City Hall aren't going anywhere soon, even as weary city officials and police strategize on how to roll up the welcome mat without using riot gear and tear gas, as cops in Oakland did. Regardless of whether a sister occupation in Van Nuys gathers much support, the City Hall campers are likely to remain firmly rooted.
October 28, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Time
Actor Todd Stashwick has sold his Laurel Canyon house for $816,000, public records show. The original property, built in 1922, was much smaller than the 2,682-square-foot home today. Earlier owners redesigned and expanded the property to its three-bedroom, 31/2 -bathroom configuration. The house includes a double-height dining room, a family room with wood-burning fireplace and a master suite with a fireplace and balcony. The grounds have a motorized rock-bed stream, a children's playhouse and a 200-year-old oak tree.
September 5, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A hungry pest called the goldspotted oak borer is devouring enormous numbers of oak trees in San Diego County and its devastation could spread to trees throughout California, according to researchers at UC Riverside. More than 80,000 oak trees in the county have been killed in the last decade. Unless the spread of the half-inch-long beetle is stopped, it could threaten 10 million acres of red oaks in the state, researchers said. "This may be the biggest oak mortality event since the Pleistocene [epoch]
April 16, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Wasting no time, newly elected Calabasas City Council members have helped scrap a controversial plan to extend a sewer line into Old Topanga Canyon. The sewer construction plan had prompted a city crackdown on 40 homes with septic tanks, including raids at several houses. While checking septic systems, inspectors cited homeowners for other alleged building code violations. "I think the very dark cloud that is hanging over this city will be lifted," Councilwoman Mary Sue Maurer said Wednesday night as the panel voted unanimously to halt the sewer planning.
February 17, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
Back to the future, but not quite. The California Horse Racing Board voted Thursday to award the Southern California autumn racing dates from Sept. 28 through Nov. 6 to the Santa Anita-based Pacific Racing Assn., in a development that will effectively end more than 40 years of the Oak Tree Racing Assn. operating and controlling those dates. The return of these race dates to the Arcadia track comes after the 2010 Oak Tree meeting was run at Hollywood Park because Santa Anita voided a lease with Oak Tree.
December 19, 2010 | By Mary Forgione
Before architect Elmer Grey designed the Beverly Hills Hotel or the Pasadena Playhouse, he took up the task of designing something far more personal: a home of his own. Starting with a woodsy lot on the western edge of Pasadena's Oak Knoll District, Grey let his desire to keep nature close drive his vision. An Engelmann oak with a broad, green canopy became the starting point around which the house was sited. The house faces west and is surrounded by gardens and greenery that are visible from just about every room.
December 10, 2010
A silly food fight Re "School lunch bill approved in the House," Dec. 3 "The $4.5-billion bill was approved 264 to 157 on Thursday, with 17 Republicans joining in support. " Once again, Republicans are playing politics and forgetting about the common man or the common child. The bill will help needy children with food, but it also will help all children by teaching them about nutrition and limiting the unhealthy food for sale at the schools. As you reported, "Republicans criticized the bill as too costly and pegged it as the latest example of government overreach.
October 29, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
Horses bred in California will get their moment in the spotlight Saturday when the California Cup takes place during the Oak Tree meeting at Hollywood Park. There will be seven stakes races featuring purses totaling $700,000 on a 10-race program restricted to California-breds. Post time is 1 p.m. Enriched, a half brother to the California champion Lava Man, heads the field in the richest race of the day, the $150,000 California Cup Classic at 1 1/8 miles. Lava Man won the Hollywood Gold Cup three times but couldn't win the Classic in two appearances.
October 6, 2010 | Wire reports
Venus Williams will sit out the rest of the 2010 tennis season, including the Fed Cup final between the United States and Italy next month, because of a nagging knee injury. Williams has not played since the U.S. Open, where she lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Kim Clijsters . She was to due to play in the China Open this week but withdrew because of her knee problems, raising doubts about her chances of playing in the Fed Cup final and the WTA Championships.
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