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February 12, 2001 | MARY McNAMARA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The quintessential L.A. moment--one parking space, two waiting cars. Technically, it should go to the white compact that just pulled up behind the car that is backing out, but the blue minivan, though stationed on the side of opposing traffic, was clearly waiting for it first. For a moment, tensions rise as two sets of turn signals blink proprietarily and then, with no visible instructions from God or Della Reese, the driver of the white compact waves to the driver of the minivan. And moves on.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2001 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Soccer parents joined forces Monday with environmental groups to announce they will file a lawsuit today to block development of land that they want to become the centerpiece of an urban park renaissance along the Los Angeles River. About 150 marchers, including children being pushed in strollers, demonstrated across the street from a blighted industrial site and former railroad switching station called Taylor Yard. It is close to the river in the northeast Los Angeles community of Cypress Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Central Park in the downtown area became the second beneficiary of Mayor Richard Riordan's crusade to fix a blighted park every two weeks until his term ends June 1. This time Steve Soboroff, president of the Recreation and Parks Commission and a candidate for mayor, joined Riordan to unveil new playground equipment, fresh flower beds and expanded youth programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on Wednesday announced the addition of four more communities to the city's Targeted Neighborhood Initiative program. Wilmington and the San Fernando Valley communities of Pacoima/Lake View Terrace, Van Nuys and Valley Glen will receive $3 million each over four years to spend on community improvements proposed by residents. The city started the Targeted Neighborhood Initiative program in 1997 with 12 communities awarded grants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2000 | JIM NEWTON and JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Expanding on a quixotic but successful park revival campaign in recent days, Mayor Richard Riordan pledged Sunday to revive one Los Angeles park every two weeks from now until he leaves office in June. The mayor made his pledge at two South-Central churches in part to respond to an emerging theme in the race to succeed him: the charge that he and his administration have done too little to address long-standing problems confronting the city's poor and African American residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's not much natural about Natural Park. Three thousand cubic yards of dirt bulldozed from landslides along Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway were trucked in to form its man-made hills and meadows. Rocks from the headwaters of the Los Angeles River were gathered to create an artificial "wetlands" area fed by pumped-in city water. Chaparral and sage were transplanted from the mountains around Los Angeles to landscape the carefully shaped hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2000 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Confronted with the passionate complaint of a community leader who said her neighborhood park has been neglected for decades, Mayor Richard Riordan on Wednesday put his personal credibility on the line by promising to fix the problem within two weeks. Helen Johnson, who has lived in the neighborhood for 47 years, gently raised the issue of her community park during a morning meeting with Riordan in the LAPD's Wilshire Division, a busy area for police and a bustlingly diverse swath of the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The streets near Hubert H. Humphrey Park are densely packed with modest homes--some clean and orderly, some ramshackle, but nearly all ringed by spiked fences, lending an aura of the American Dream on the defensive. For 38 years, though, leaders of this onetime African American--now predominantly Latino--neighborhood have envisioned the block-sized patch of ball fields and recreation buildings as an oasis--a place where residents can let their guard down and experience a sense of community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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