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May 11, 1998
Re "Saving Natural California," editorial, May 4: I'm a native Californian and love this state with a passion, because there is so much special and wonderful here. But the saddest and most frustrating thing has been the wholesale disappearance of exquisite natural countryside and farmland in county after county. Your editorial rightly points out that feverish urban development will consume the remaining beauty of this state, unless something on a large scale is done to prevent it. The Legislature must break free of the grip of big-developer interests.
March 31, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Last fall, when the big traveling retrospective of Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) opened at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art's outpost in Long Island City, N.Y., the show looked smashing. Largely that was due to the intrinsic quality of Kelley's diverse work in a staggeringly wide range of media - sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, video, performance, mosaic - plus various mash-ups of just about all of them. Partly, though, it was serendipity. PHOTOS: 'Mike Kelley' exhibit A primary subject of Kelley's art is the way familiar social institutions of daily life - especially school and church, but also including art museums and other representatives of authoritative points of view - inevitably conspire to constrain, pressure and sometimes even warp the very adherents they seek to console and liberate.
June 20, 1999
Recent developments on the open space front in Laguna Canyon and the coastal environs near Newport Beach show how far we have come and how farsighted some of the early proponents of preserving land were. The need for retaining open space is constantly on the table in Orange County, which is balancing the demands of growth with the need to retain what makes living here special. The balancing act plays out in different disputes that come up from time to time.
March 29, 2014 | By Carren Jao
Fredda Weiss used to tell people visiting her Mandeville Canyon cottage for the first time to watch for the house "that looks like the seven dwarfs live there. " Weiss' 1950s home was warm and inviting - but also a little dark and dated. So after three decades of living in the 2,283-square-foot cottage, Weiss decided to give her storybook home a happy ending. And she had just the architect in mind: Zoltan Pali. "If I was going to do this house, he was going to be my architect," Weiss says.
October 19, 2000
The state's purchase this month of 649 acres of wilderness in Coal Canyon was a welcome step toward preserving open space in a county that has seen much of its fields and wooded areas become housing. The canyon property, south of the Riverside Freeway, helps link two large pieces of land in a fast-growing area. Wildlife experts say the corridor is needed to provide sufficient room for mountain lions, deer and other animals to roam.
August 8, 1988
The hilly grassland north of the Ventura Freeway's Cheeseboro exit may be home to thousands of people a decade from now. The land, known as Jordan Ranch and owned by comedian Bob Hope, is a panorama of fragrant black sage, yellow-flowering tarweed, mountain mahogany, valley oaks, coyotes and swarms of bees.
April 23, 1987
Residents of San Dimas, La Verne and other cities near the Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park object to plans for more commercial development in the sprawling 1,976-acre facility. So far county officials have agreed to scale back the development plans to a limited degree, but more changes are needed in order to preserve the park's natural state.
June 15, 1996
Moorpark Mayor Paul Lawrason and the City Council have directed staff to consider reducing the number of residences in a massive development in the heart of the rural space of the city. If the developer is permitted to build to the maximum requested, it is probable that there will be irreversible adverse impacts on air quality, native habitat and wildlife. Staff has been directed to evaluate returning the property to rural density. Recent newspaper articles have indicated that 6,000 deaths in Los Angeles County and 182 deaths in Ventura County occurred in 1995 due to particulate and noxious emissions.
December 22, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
It's 5 a.m. on a rooftop parking lot in downtown Santa Ana and the night sky is just beginning to fade. Under a lamp's orange glow, people in hoodies and sweat pants emerge from the stairwell, wiping the sleep from their eyes and hugging themselves against the cold. "You guys ready?" asks Marc Payan, clutching a mug of coffee in one hand, his phone in the other. On his command, about 100 people lunge around the concrete lot, then quickly step into two long lines facing each other.
March 11, 2013 | By August Brown
Fans of the old Art Bell Coast to Coast radio show - a call-in program about alien encounters that was a staple of Southern late nights in the '90s - might find a lot to like about Shooter Jennings' new album, "The Other Life. " There's a bit of a rural-futurist bent (see "Flying Saucer Song" and "15 Million Light-Years Away"), but more importantly, the album shows how quiet, open spaces can lead to great flights of imagination. "The Other Life" is a showpiece for Jennings' familial knack for outlaw-country hell-raising.
March 7, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Pingpong tables, employees in sandals, software code scrawled on the walls, a bounce house in the lobby. No, it's not a Silicon Valley tech company. Rather, it's a scene from one of several new tech-focused office buildings in Southern California where dozens of start-ups are setting up shop and sharing the work space. In a unique feature of the region's Silicon Beach, walls in more buildings are being knocked down to create open spaces where start-ups cohabit and employees mingle with one another, attend seminars and occasionally party.
January 6, 2013 | By Susan Spano
— A creeks cuts out of the Santa Ynez Mountains about 25 miles west of Santa Barbara. It follows a tight canyon from grass-covered foothills to the sea, passing an old adobe underneath a giant eucalyptus and grapevines planted when California was part of Mexico. There's the smell of sage. Deep quiet. Wind in the leaves. This is the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, known as "the jewel of the Gaviota Coast. " I don't know about that. The whole western skirt of the mountains, draping down to the ocean between Goleta and Point Conception, is mostly undeveloped God's country.
December 9, 2012 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Barry Alan Berkus, a California architect who left a deep imprint on mass-market housing, spurring trends toward homes with grand entrances, high ceilings, master suites, natural light and open spaces, has died. He was 77. Berkus, who had leukemia, died Nov. 30 in Santa Barbara, where he had lived for more than 30 years, said his architect son, Jeffrey. During a career that spanned nearly six decades, the senior Berkus built a portfolio of 600,000 dwellings encompassing about 10,000 designs in developments across the United States, including Playa Vista in Los Angeles, Harbor View in Newport Beach, Turtle Rock Highlands and Woodbridge Landing in Irvine, and Park Imperial South in Palm Springs.
November 29, 2012
After ending a two-decade battle over an El Sereno hilltop long slated for a housing development, the City Council took the final and welcome step in protecting the area last week by rezoning Elephant Hill as open space. The process may not have offered the best model for securing future parkland in Los Angeles, but the bottom line is that generations of Eastside residents - and in fact anyone visiting this verdant corner of the city - will have trails to hike, a black walnut grove to enjoy, unmatched views and respite from urban grit.
November 6, 2012 | By Robert Greene
As voters mark their ballots Tuesday on three statewide tax measures, it's worth noting that there are many times and many ways to vote on taxes, and we're about to see a bunch of them. In addition to Propositions 30 , 38 and 39 , and  Measure J for Los Angeles County voters, some residents in or near the Santa Monica Mountains are finding that they live in a special district and could be subject to new parcel taxes to pay for parkland maintenance and acquisition. But at least that one will be found at the polling place and on election day, where and when voters would expect to find such a measure.
November 2, 2012
Re "Not-so-great park," Oct. 27 It doesn't matter if the park is called the Great Park or the Not-So-Great Park, as long as it is not called the Orange County International Airport. Few people in Irvine and cities south of us wanted an airport as planned by our county supervisors. Everyone is aware of the economic meltdown that started in 2007 from which we still haven't recovered. Here in Irvine, we still have a major housing problem caused by loans made to people who couldn't afford them.
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