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August 21, 2006
Re "Church-State Issues Topple Proposal to Restore Missions," Aug. 17 It breaks my heart to read that California has interrupted the process by which the voters would be allowed to decide on funding for the restoration of our crumbling missions. These missions should not be a pawn in the state-versus-church issue. They are vestiges of history, built roughly a day's journey from one to another, and should be protected with the same fervor afforded our parks, lakes and Early California homes.
May 14, 1989 | SAM HALL KAPLAN
The brooding Ennis-Brown House rising out of a cliff above Los Feliz is one of the more dramatic and important architectural landmarks in Los Angeles, the last and most ambitious of Frank Lloyd Wright's experimental mock Mesoamerican block structures. That its owner, the nonprofit Trust for Preservation of Cultural Heritage, has to consider stripping the singular structure of artwork to generate funds for desperately needed repairs is a sad commentary on the growing petrification of the preservation bureaucracy today.
January 20, 2005
Re " 'Open Space' Doesn't Always Mean Forever," Jan. 17: I remember 10 years ago being in a carwash lobby, waiting for my car, and seeing a photo of south Orange County taken almost 50 years ago. The amount of available land has been constantly shrinking and, with Montage resort setting its sights on the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park for yet another golf course, one wonders when enough is enough? The county owes it to the citizens, and the citizens owe it to the environment, to leave this (and other parks)
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