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March 20, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It's no easy job, being the lungs of Los Angeles. But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even heroically. Venture into the park, or nearby Elysian Park, or one of the creative neighborhoods in between, and you'll find not only beloved landmarks such as Griffith Observatory and Dodger Stadium, but also happy surprises, such as the time-travel supply shop, or the cafe where cops dine daily to the sound of echoing gunfire, or the Korean greetings that echo at dawn every day atop Mt. Hollywood.
February 24, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces. The proposed ordinance, now heading to the full City Council, would treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes, outlawing their use in parks, on city beaches, in restaurant outdoor dining areas and at city-sponsored farmers markets. Lawmakers acted after Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said e-cigarettes threaten to make smoking socially acceptable after years of advocacy to discourage the habit.
March 7, 1985 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
Agreeing that they were "between a rock and a hard spot," San Diego County supervisors voted Wednesday to allow the owners of a popular Pacific Beach restaurant and nightclub to open a similar business in Solana Beach. The decision came after a lengthy and emotional hearing at which Solana Beach residents and others warned that the new Diego's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina would bring to their neighborhood drunk drivers, peeping Toms, drug pushers and violent crime, among other problems.
March 29, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
Burbank has moved closer to becoming the third Southern California city to ban some outdoor smoking, following in the footsteps of Calabasas and Santa Monica. At its meeting Tuesday, the City Council voted 3 to 2 in favor of the ban, but members asked for revisions after hearing three hours of comments from 50 public speakers. The council then deliberated for two hours, ultimately voting to ask the city attorney to make about a dozen changes to the ordinance. Senior Assistant City Atty.
June 8, 1989 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
As the gloom of overcast skies and early morning fog rolls into its second week, betraying the promise of paradise in Orange County, some manage to see the bright side of gray. "Hey, we're packed in here," said Glenn Wiessner, co-owner of Aloha Sun Tanning Center in Fullerton. Wiessner said he had 12 ovens--uh, tanning booths--humming Wednesday at his salon next door to a Sizzler Restaurant to accommodate crowds "who'd like to be out but aren't because of the weather." "These are die-hard tanners.
Santa Monica officials said the city is prepared to handle without problem the hordes of visitors that flock to its beaches each summer, notwithstanding the disturbance at a Cinco de Mayo celebration on the pier two weeks ago.
March 25, 2004 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to stamp out cigarette-butt litter and secondhand smoke's ill effects, Santa Monica has become the second city in California -- and the first in Los Angeles County -- to outlaw smoking at the beach. If the Santa Monica City Council again approves the ordinance at its second reading April 13, the ban will take effect May 13, said Deputy City Atty. Adam Radinsky.
April 25, 1985 | VIRGINIA ESCALANTE, Times Staff Writer
A major expansion at Northrop Corp. has helped push the city's building permit valuation to a record high of $31.3 million in the first quarter of the year. That total--more than quadrupling the $7.3 million in building permits issued in the first three months of 1984--includes other commercial development and 130 residential units, according to John Walker, director of planning and building for the city. Northrop, though, has accounted for more than half of the permit valuation, Walker said.
July 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Kelly
Smoking in La Cañada Flintridge could soon become more restrictive in public places after officials showed strong support this week for an ordinance to curb second-hand smoke. The City Council considered the proposal by the city's Youth Council on Monday night, which would ban smoking at or within 20 feet of outdoor dining areas, city-owned property, shopping centers and public events. Smoking is already restricted in most enclosed public places, including places of employment, on trails and near playgrounds and government buildings.
August 2, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Citing potential fire dangers and concerns over the health risks posed by secondhand smoke, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved legislation that would prohibit smokers from lighting up in municipal parks. The move came nearly three months after a blaze charred roughly 20% of Griffith Park, threatening such landmarks as the Griffith Observatory and the Los Angeles Zoo. Authorities believe the fire was sparked by a man who had fallen asleep while smoking.
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