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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1996
A $270-million bond issue to purchase new parks and maintain and improve existing parks in Los Angeles County moved one step closer to the November ballot Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors set a public hearing for June to finalize the proposal. Encouraged by voters' approval of a larger 1992 park bond measure, backers of the latest bond measure won approval for the hearing on a 3-1 vote just before the supervisors left for a two-day lobbying trip to the nation's capital.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Family members, fellow officers and residents gathered Thursday to dedicate a Stevenson Ranch park to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Hagop "Jake" Kuredjian, who was killed in an August shootout a few blocks away. Sheriff Lee Baca and other officials unveiled a plaque in Kuredjian's memory at the small, grassy park at Stevenson Ranch and Poe parkways. Kuredjian, a 17-year department veteran, was shot in the head during an Aug.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1995 | Cecilia Rasmussen
There are two kinds of history: One is written; the other is lived. And while scholars only recently have begun to set down the long and complex story of Southern California's Latino people, one fascinating chapter of that tale was lived out in a now-forgotten El Monte barrio called Hicks Camp. For almost a century, El Monte basked in the bucolic prosperity created by thriving walnut groves, strawberry fields and dairy farms. It was renowned as "The Garden of Los Angeles County."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With much fanfare, the city of Lancaster plans today to unveil its latest park, the Prime Desert Woodlands Preserve. It consists of about 65 acres of cracked desert soil and scrub brush, which Lancaster has in abundance. City officials say they have good reason to be excited about their 10th park, as ordinary as its features may seem. It preserves a patch of the high desert in its natural, pre-development state. The other parks are irrigated oases of imported turf and trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $270-million bond issue to purchase new parks and maintain and improve existing parks in Los Angeles County moved one step closer to the November ballot when the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday set a public hearing for June to finalize the proposal. Encouraged by voters' approval of a larger 1992 park bond measure, backers of the latest measure won approval for the hearing on a 3-1 vote just before the supervisors left for a two-day lobbying trip to Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State officials announced the allocation of $105 million to parks in Los Angeles County as part of the massive state parks bond measure passed by voters last year. The lump of money to be distributed over the next few years is a share of $388 million that will go to cities, counties and other agencies from Crescent City to San Diego--the largest infusion of cash to local parks in California history.
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two dozen lawn bowlers play on the sun-soaked green at a county park in the heart of Arcadia as tennis players trade volleys on nearby courts and joggers dodge baby strollers. But they all will have to go elsewhere if the county goes ahead with plans to drastically cut its parks budget. The 37-acre Arcadia County Park is one of 25 parks Los Angeles County may close in the San Gabriel Valley, along with a public swimming pool and Eaton Canyon wilderness park, to help make up a projected $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cold War's terrifying nuclear past united with the quiet of nature this weekend when the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy opened a new state park high above Encino and Brentwood. From 1956 to 1968--long before perestroika or the dawn of Russian elections--a tiny knob of dirt 1,950 feet above the Pacific Ocean, between the San Fernando Valley and Brentwood, was the last line of defense to protect Los Angeles and its teeming aerospace factories from Soviet bombers.
NEWS
February 13, 1994 | JENNIFER OLDHAM
The City Council last week approved adding a youth center to a community facility that will be built in Lugo Park. To fund the youth center, the city is applying for $250,000 from the county Regional Park and Open Space District's Safe Neighborhood Park grant program. The funds are needed because the cost of adding a youth area to the community center were higher than expected, said Nick Mull, assistant city manager. The city received $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's an easy thing, physically speaking, to close a hospital, or a library, or even a police station. But how do you "close" a park? Residents near three South Bay parks may soon find out, as county officials wrestle with this year's budget crunch. The current cost-cutting plan calls for the closure of Friendship Park in San Pedro, Bodger Park near Hawthorne and Del Aire Park just east of El Segundo, along with 18 other county parks in Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2001 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some urban refugees get away by heading to the middle of nowhere. Others find serenity by heading to the middle of the city. Take David Franks, who with his wife, Merrie Ann, son Paul, 6, and his friend, Manoah Ainuu, gathered their camping gear on a recent Friday afternoon and drove all of five minutes from the Franks' home in Torrance to Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2001 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Department of Parks and Recreation completed a $43-million deal Thursday to purchase 1,659 acres in lower Topanga Canyon, extending the reach of Topanga State Park from the San Fernando Valley all the way to the sea. State officials bought the property from LAACO Ltd., owner of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, in an arrangement brokered by the American Land Conservancy in San Francisco. "It's such a wonderful purchase," said Harriet Burgess, the conservancy's president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2001 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supervisor Gloria Molina announced $1.7 million in grants Wednesday for seven open-space improvement projects along the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers in eastern Los Angeles County. In addition, the supervisor said $4.5 million more will be awarded in the near future to preservation agencies, cities and nonprofit organizations that propose other projects in her district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2001 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a bold, new front in the "big box" war. Lancaster is so desperately clinging to tax revenue that it is considering giving up nearly five acres of the city's signature park and cutting down 100 trees to get a bigger, better Costco in the high desert. Hemmed in on all sides by competitors, Costco says it will soon close an older store and abandon the town if it doesn't get a new, prime location--Lancaster City Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State officials announced the allocation of $105 million to parks in Los Angeles County as part of the massive state parks bond measure passed by voters last year. The lump of money to be distributed over the next few years is a share of $388 million that will go to cities, counties and other agencies from Crescent City to San Diego--the largest infusion of cash to local parks in California history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Literally halting the bulldozers, the state has struck a deal to buy a 68-acre parcel in the Baldwin Hills that preservationists say is critical in piecing together one of the biggest parks in the Los Angeles area. The $41.1 million paid for the so-called Vista Pacifica property makes it the most expensive urban park acquisition in California history, according to the governor's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1992 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Any street-savvy city dweller knows that there are certain parks in Los Angeles County where muggings are waiting to happen. Their overgrown lawns are populated by the skeletons of picnic benches, graffiti-covered trees and bathrooms that smell like open sewers. Every year, more parks across the county fall into this state of disrepair, thanks partly to an ever-worsening fiscal crisis in local government. Hoping to remedy the situation, the Board of Supervisors placed Proposition A on the Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every time their tax bills arrive, homeowners in the county's unincorporated areas shell out money for such services as fire protection, flood control and mosquito abatement--some seven fees in all. By fall, they may have to cough up an additional fee for parks. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is quietly exploring the feasibility of making up an $8.5-million budget shortfall by taxing homeowners at least $10 per household. Parks Director Rodney E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2000 | CAROL CHAMBERS
Santa Clarita city leaders today are expected to receive $250,000 from the state to help fund the building of a veterans memorial park in downtown Newhall. The money will be presented by Assemblyman George Runner (R-Lancaster) at a ceremony today marking the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which drew the United States into World War II.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2000
A coalition of community groups announced a new program on Wednesday to reduce health and safety problems related to cigarette smoking at the city's parks and beaches. Plans call for the creation of smoke-free zones at playgrounds, sports fields and beaches. Also being prepared are no-smoking signs and educational brochures to publicize the program.
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