May 9, 2012
People who live along the shimmering coastline of Southern California have found many creative ways over the years to discourage the public from using the parts of the beach they would prefer to consider their own. They have put up gates that block public access and have taken down signs that say "public welcome. " The latest gambit, by residents in Newport Beach, involves planting lawns and hedges, installing sprinkler systems and fire pits, and plopping down furniture and ornaments that spill over from their property onto the public beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2010 |
Mike Boyd and his wife, Ruth Christy, moved to this quiet, sidewalk-lined Midway City neighborhood 18 years ago, attracted to what they call an "old-fashioned" place to live. But Boyd, 73, and a handful of other residents are up in arms about a proposed 6,380-square-foot indoor gun range in their neighborhood, an unincorporated area of Orange County that borders Westminster. Residents say the range would destroy their quiet, their property values and their peace of mind. "I'm not opposed to a shooting range," Boyd said.
February 12, 2006 |
WILL HAWLEY'S three-bedroom Palos Verdes Estates home has a picturesque 50-foot-deep garden in back shaded by a grove of giant eucalyptus trees and separated from a meandering forested trail by an unassuming wooden fence. The backyard has been a feature he's enjoyed since he bought the home in 1998. But in October, Hawley attended a meeting of the Palos Verdes Estates City Council and returned home with bad news: About half of what he thought was his backyard is public land.
June 5, 2005 |
Long before the demolition crew showed up to raze most of Tracy and Kevin King's house in preparation for an extensive renovation, the Long Beach couple made an effort to ward off potential friction with their neighbors. "We had lived here for five years and didn't want any bad blood between us when we moved back into the house," Tracy King said.
HOME & GARDEN
April 24, 2003 |
People choose to live in neighborhoods for a hundred reasons -- the house, the commute, the schools -- but almost never the neighbor. The people next door are the luck of the draw, and most of us don't want to take chances. That's a big reason why there are still fences. "There's little doubt people want to know their neighbors," said Douglas B. Currivan, a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, who's studied neighborhood dynamics in city and suburban settings.
April 6, 2003 |
We had no idea how big 40 acres were when we made an offer on a wild property in the Southern California mountains. My wife, Iris, and I raised three kids in a house with one bathroom on a small lot on the Westside. Forty acres? Disneyland only has 70. We did know that this little slice of dry, oak and pine woodland -- pretty as a California Impressionist painting -- was what we had been looking for in a second property.