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SPORTS
September 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
A group of West Ranch baseball players decided to try to make a difference in their community. The four team captains -- Chase Malynn, Ryan Vergara, Jake Spurlin and Addison Jackson -- helped form the West Ranch Action Team last year. They have been doing volunteer projects. Their most recent project was holding a softball skills clinic and scrimmage for the Special Olympics Sharks softball teams earlier this month.  They coached 27 Special Olympics athletes, ages 15 to 43. "It was a special and inspirational day for everyone," Coach Casey Burrill said.
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BUSINESS
September 19, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Bob Biggs, the founder of Slash Records, has listed his ranch in Tehachapi for sale at $2.25 million. The 80-acre spread centers on a three-level concrete home designed by Santa Monica architect Carl Day and built a decade ago. Features include three ground-level fireplaces, loft offices, a library/den, three bedrooms and three bathrooms in nearly 3,900 square feet of living space. A deck runs almost the length of the house. Exterior metal doors can be rolled down for fire protection.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been updated. See note below.
Ellen DeGeneres has done it again, this time unloading her 26-acre ranch in Thousand Oaks.  [Updated, 3:05 p.m. PDT Sept. 12: The sale price was $10.85 million, the L.A. Times has confirmed. That's $5.65 million less than the original asking price. ] Here's how it went down. Try to keep up: DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, bought the rural property in 2009 for $8.5 million and offered it two years later at $16.5 million. The listing, detailing eight contemporary farmhouse-style cabins, two barns, a yoga pavilion, stables and tennis court, was canceled at a reduced price of $14.9 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kate Bosworth tied the knot last week wearing two Oscar de la Renta gowns.  The "Straw Dogs" actress, 30, married director Michael Polish, 42,  in an intimate ranch ceremony in Philipsburg, Mont., on Aug. 31, according to Martha Stewart Weddings, which helped organize the big day by mixing Victorian touches and romantic Western influences. Bosworth and Polish met when he directed her in the drama "Big Sur" in 2011, according to People, and the pair said it was love at first sight.
OPINION
September 1, 2013 | By Evan Kleiman
In recent decades, the Central Coast of California has become one of the state's most important wine-producing regions. But at what cost? Until recently, most ranchers and farmers in this part of California embraced dry farming practices, raising crops irrigated solely by rain. The crops that were dry farmed, including barley and hay, were then used by the area's cattle ranches. Water, drawn from an aquifer, was understood by everyone to be a precious shared resource. Historically, there has been no water district to manage allotments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Abby Sewell and Richard Verrier
A sprawling Santa Clarita Valley landscape that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows will be transformed into one of the largest new studio developments in more than a decade under a plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Disney's Golden Oak Ranch will include more than 500,000 square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers' bungalows, a commissary and other developments spread over 58 acres of oak-studded land in Placerita Canyon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County leaders will decide Tuesday whether to allow the construction of a major high-tech television and film production facility on a sprawling ranch personally selected by Walt Disney to serve as the backdrop for many of his studio's productions. The Disney/ABC proposal, which has been in the works for four years, would develop 58 acres of 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch in the northwestern part of the county, adding more than half a million square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers bungalows and other developments.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
It's getting hard keep pace with Ellen DeGeneres' real estate doings. At the end of July she listed her 26-acre Thousand Oaks ranch estate for $10.995 million. Then a week later she ramps the price up to $12.995 million to include the furnishings. Now, the Multiple Listing Service is showing a status change to “looking for backup” (translation: there's a buy on the hook). To review, DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, bought the rural property in 2009 for $8.5 million and offered it two years later at $16.5 million.
NEWS
August 7, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Jewel-studded stiletto heels, rainbow-fringed leg warmers and sultry sequined gowns vie for my attention as I head to my local Taco Bell near Santee Alley in downtown L.A.'s fashion district. But I'm on a mission: to try the new Cool Ranch Doritos Locos taco supreme. Is that an unwieldy name or what? Making a Doritos taco shell could actually be genius, I think, as I step up to the counter at the fast food joint (which shares space with a Pizza Hut Express). It's a first for me. OK, I'll go with the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos taco supreme ($1.79)
BUSINESS
July 30, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Ellen DeGeneres' on-again, off-again love affair with her equestrian spread in the Hidden Valley area of Thousand Oaks seemed to be on again in April when Elle Decor featured the ranch retreat. Now the 26 acres are back up for sale at $10.995 million. DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, bought the rural property in 2009 for $8.5 million and listed it two years later at $16.5 million. The listing was canceled in September after nine months of offering the ranch, with its eight contemporary farmhouse-style cabins, two barns, yoga pavilion, stables and tennis court, at $14.9 million.
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