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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1996
Barbara Kauffman sets a brisk pace in the early morning heat, as she leads the usual Sunday nature hike in Chatsworth's 670-acre Santa Susana Mountain Park. She points out rare red and orange monkey flowers and tells of encounters with coyotes and rattlesnakes in her several years of combing the picturesque rocky hills that separate the northwest San Fernando Valley from Simi Valley. "It's kind of a last frontier," she says.
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April 18, 1997 | ERIK SANJURJO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fourteen-year-old Choem Ngiam felt a tug on his fishing pole as he reeled in his line. "I got one! I got one!" he shouted to his friends standing beside him. He quickly drew in the line so the fish couldn't escape. When his friends saw Choem's catch, they laughed. It was only a baby trout, a measly 3 inches long. Choem tossed the fish back into the calm waters of the lake and then quickly cast his line again, hoping for better luck.
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January 29, 1994 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A purple carillon tower rises 125 feet above Hill Street, with a big pink globe dangling from its pinnacle. Canary yellow walls embrace an open-air cafe and citrus trees poke up from a rose-colored walkway. A waterfall cascades into a fountain that simulates tidal ebbs and flows. Coming upon those features in Downtown Los Angeles, even longtime residents may be disoriented.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' vast park system--long a source of free recreational space for a city of 3.5 million citizens--is increasingly being viewed as City Hall's new source of funding. Mayor Richard Riordan, desperate for money to expand the police force, has instructed recreation officials to make the parks home to more moneymaking concessions such as water slides, batting cages and miniature golf courses. He also wants them to squeeze more money from 56 existing concessions.
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November 7, 1995 | JANE SPILLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hidden behind a chain-link fence overgrown with juniper in Westwood is a shrine that is rich with American history and the final resting place of more than 81,000 veterans from the Civil War through Vietnam. Many drivers passing by on Wilshire Boulevard probably don't know the Los Angeles National Cemetery exists, but under a plan drafted by a group of veterans and neighbors, the area around the cemetery would become a memorial parkway as well as an oasis of open space on the crowded Westside.
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January 13, 1999 | ELEANOR YANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When residents of a neighborhood near USC decided to build a park, they enlisted the help of school architects, the city Department of Recreation and Parks--and the local street gang. To avoid creating a park only to have it taken over by gang violence, residents in the West Adams district went to the Harpys gang's hangouts, homes and friends' homes, pleading with members to plan the park together. "If you exclude the gangbangers, it's defeating the purpose.
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November 7, 1999 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While frustrated Valley residents are nearing the end of their long and seemingly losing battle to block a city dump expansion in Granada Hills, joyful Griffith Park enthusiasts gathered Saturday to celebrate a decade-old victory in their own fierce dump battle.
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August 9, 1992 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fast-paced music isn't the only cause of a recent spate of fights and drunkenness at Orcas Park in Lake View Terrace, but it certainly doesn't help things, authorities and residents agree. But a cooperative effort by police, neighbors and park visitors seems to be bringing the situation under control. Live bands began playing banda music around four months ago, a change from the mariachi music that previously filled the air on Sundays in the park.
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September 16, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A company planning to build an industrial project on land the governor and others hoped would become part of a proposed state park along the Los Angeles River has offered to sell the 30-acre parcel to an environmental group. Urban park advocates who had been fighting the project near Dodger Stadium for years hailed the decision by Lennar Partners, saying it would provide an invaluable parcel for the long-awaited 103-acre park just northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
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October 25, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Responding to two recent gang-related shooting incidents near Hubert H. Humphrey Memorial Park, Los Angeles city officials Tuesday said they will install a police drop-in center on park grounds. Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks also indicated that the Police Department is seeking a gang injunction for the area, which is plagued by a number of active gangs, according to Councilman Alex Padilla, who represents the area.
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