January 1, 1988
A group of homeless people who want to renovate and live in a dilapidated downtown house won an important victory when the Oakland Planning Commission recommended that the house be designated a historical landmark. The action delays any possible demolition of the boarded-up Victorian house for at least 240 days, and gives the two dozen people calling themselves the Oakland Homeless Union time to work out a deal with the city and the owner of the house, Robin Orr.
October 25, 1989 |
As a wrecking ball punched into the historic Cominos Hotel again and again last Friday, Betty Brusa sadly clicked away with her camera, recording for posterity the death of one of the Salinas Valley's most regal landmarks. "It was heartbreaking," said Brusa, president of the Monterey County Historical Society, who with a stunned group of local preservationists and history buffs watched the destruction of the old luxury hotel in downtown Salinas--a favorite haunt of author John Steinbeck.