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October 18, 2010
State and local governments need money to get through the economic slump, so they're turning to, well, garage sales. The city of Los Angeles is doing so literally, negotiating the long-term lease of parking garages to private operators. And California officials reported Oct. 11 that they had reached a deal to sell the Ronald Reagan State Building and the Junipero Serra Building in downtown Los Angeles, plus nine other buildings in four other cities, to a private real estate partnership.
August 24, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
The news that New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has finally, officially been named architect of the new Broad Collection museum in downtown Los Angeles proves a couple of things quite clearly. One is that in a design competition as constrained and carefully controlled as the one Eli Broad has been running, a few big conceptual ideas dramatically presented — rather than an inventive treatment of a building's shape — can go a long way. Another is that a little flattery never hurts.
May 13, 2010 | By Zain Shauk, Los Angeles Times
The Glendale City Council this week gave its blessing to a proposed 338,000-square-foot expansion of Walt Disney Co.'s creative campus. The plans call for a six-story office building walled largely in glass, landscaping with palm trees and a park-like area for outdoor activities. "It's a beautiful project," Councilwoman Laura Friedman, chairwoman of the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, said during a public hearing on the development. "It's going to look terrific and certainly improve the area aesthetically."
March 18, 2010 | By Roger Vincent
Disneyland may bill itself as "the happiest place on Earth," but a nearby mall development that hoped to profit from the popularity of the Anaheim theme park has reason to be grumpy. A block away from the park on Disney Way, a time-share condominium developer is giving up on its hope of building residential units on top of the garage at the Anaheim GardenWalk outdoor mall. Its development rights are now being auctioned to the highest bidder. The winner will have the option to build as many as 400 units on top of GardenWalk's parking structure, auctioneer Philip Powers said Wednesday.
February 8, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Phil Willon
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's strategy for getting City Hall through two bleak financial years is not just about layoffs. Though a much-debated plan to eliminate 1,000 jobs would save $65 million next year, city officials are hoping that three times that amount can be generated by leasing 10 city-owned parking structures in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and elsewhere to private investors. But that plan, rejected by City Council members before the recession caused a dramatic drop in tax revenue, comes with some risk.
January 29, 2010 | By Phil Willon
Los Angeles' top budget analysts are recommending that the city privatize 10 public parking garages to help close a nearly $200-million budget shortfall, hoping that such a deal could net between $100 million and $200 million. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recommended privatizing half a dozen garages in his budget proposal in April but met resistance from the City Council, in part, because of the political backlash that occurred in Chicago after that city auctioned off garages and meters, driving up parking rates.
May 23, 2009 | David Ng
Anyone who's attended theater in Los Angeles knows what a strange and disorienting experience it can be. Not unlike New York and London, L.A. contains hundreds of professional stages of all sizes, from glamorous palaces to dumpy little buildings in the middle of nowhere. The true idiosyncrasies, however, are to be found in audience behavior, which can be especially alienating. Every city has its own theater etiquette, but in the ultra-relaxed atmosphere of Southern California, the unspoken rules are particularly difficult to decipher, thanks in part to the sprawling, eclectic nature of the theater-going population.
May 16, 2009 | Phil Willon
Facing the worst city budget crisis in decades, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is gambling on parking meters -- and the bet could prove expensive for Southern California drivers. Villaraigosa hopes to auction off meters as well as six city-owned garages and use the money to save his effort to expand the Los Angeles Police Department and preserve other city services. The mayor points to Chicago, the only other major city to follow that privatization path. That city's mayor, Richard M.
December 5, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
A parking security guard at San Francisco International Airport has pleaded not guilty to burglarizing cars on his watch. Andrew Ridley, 24, is charged with two counts each of burglary of a vehicle and grand theft property, in addition to one count each of possession of a switch-blade knife and possession of burglary tools. Prosecutors said he pleaded not guilty to all the charges Thursday in San Mateo County Superior Court. Prosecutors have accused Ridley of stealing laptop computers, navigation devices, cellphones and cameras from vehicles while he patrolled the airport parking garage at night.
December 3, 2008 | Richard Winton
Police Tuesday released video footage they say shows a hit man moments after he fatally stabbed a woman in a Century City parking garage in July and who remains at large. Los Angeles Police Det. Salaam Abdul said footage from a video surveillance camera in the parking garage shows the assailant getting out of the back of a rented red Suzuki sport utility vehicle and struggling at a control panel to move the arm of a parking barrier so he can exit. Prosecutors have charged James Fayed with capital murder for allegedly paying the manager of his Moorpark ranch $25,000 to help arrange the July 28 slaying of Fayed's wife, Pamela, 44. The couple were embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings.
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