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July 31, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Besieged Rancho Palos Verdes officials have decided to fly the pied piper of peacocks from Iowa to give angry residents advice on how to live with screaming, flower-eating and ever-multiplying peafowl. Nearby Palos Verdes Estates officials are also contending with residents upset about peacocks and peahens. But their efforts to round up birds and ship them to better homes have been met by angry confrontations between police and bird lovers determined to prevent the trappings.
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December 20, 2008 | Victoria Kim
When Donald Trump came to Rancho Palos Verdes six years ago with plans for a world-class golf course, he was welcomed with open arms. Then came the dispute with the city over his plan to name a street after himself. And then came the battle with neighbors over his 12-foot-tall ficus trees. Now the mogul is suing the small town, and suing big. He wants $100 million from a city with an annual budget just shy of $20 million.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2008 | Victoria Kim
When Donald Trump came to Rancho Palos Verdes six years ago with plans for a world-class golf course, he was welcomed with open arms. Then came the dispute with the city over his plan to name a street after himself. And then came the battle with neighbors over his 12-foot-tall ficus trees. Now the mogul is suing the small town, and suing big. He wants $100 million from a city with an annual budget just shy of $20 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Trump National Golf Course can't keep its new ficus trees because they violate city permits and block neighbors' views, according to the City Council. Donald Trump had the trees planted earlier this year to block golfers' views of what he claims are run-down properties, then asked the council for permission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1996 | JOHN L. MITCHELL and EMI ENDO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Heidi K. Chamberlain and Christopher Mills chose a rugged and remote precipice at the edge of Rancho Palos Verdes--a rustic area of expensive homes, dirt-bike trails and jogging and hiking paths--to end their lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2000
The California Coastal Commission has unanimously approved an ambitious repair program at a new luxury golf course where much of the 18th hole slid into the ocean last year. The repair program for the Ocean Trails Golf Club calls for the insertion of up to 120 giant pins and construction of a wall to stabilize the ocean bluff that gave way, wiping out part of the course and damaging the course's public hiking and bike trails, as well as a recently restored wildlife and native plant habitat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1997
Supervisor Don Knabe is reviewing a downsized version of a controversial nature center proposed for Friendship Park, which straddles San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes. The plan, submitted by the Friendship Park Citizens Advisory Committee, calls for a smaller nature center to be located near an existing parking lot instead of atop a hill overlooking the 123-acre park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Homicide detectives on Monday were investigating after an unidentified woman's body was found at the bottom of a cliff Sunday. The fully clothed body, said to be a Latina in her early 30s, was discovered by passersby about 3 p.m., according to homicide Det. Jim Gates of the Sheriff's Department. Investigators have no leads on her identity. The body was taken to the coroner's office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, he said.
NEWS
June 29, 1992
An out-of-control brush fire charred eight acres and drove residents from their homes Rancho Palos Verdes Sunday night, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to evacuate homes near the Portuguese Bend area as the fast-moving flames threatened homes, said Sgt. Bob Stoneman. He did not know how many residents were forced to leave. The fire was reported at 8:15 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The body of a man was found Wednesday at the bottom of a cliff, authorities said. Four fishermen reported spotting the body about 2:30 p.m. at the base of the cliff near Hawthorne Boulevard and Palos Verdes Drive West, said Sheriff's Lt. Doreen Alcaraz. The name of the man was withheld pending notification of relatives. The cause of death had not yet been determined. Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating, Alcaraz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2005 | Wendy Lee and James Ricci, Times Staff Writers
About 200 ocean-view homes were voluntarily evacuated Wednesday afternoon when a brush fire raced through a network of small canyons in Rancho Palos Verdes, authorities said. No houses were damaged and only one injury was reported; one woman was overcome by smoke. By nightfall, the blaze had burned at least 100 acres, fire officials said. Residents were allowed to return to their homes later in the evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Homicide detectives on Monday were investigating after an unidentified woman's body was found at the bottom of a cliff Sunday. The fully clothed body, said to be a Latina in her early 30s, was discovered by passersby about 3 p.m., according to homicide Det. Jim Gates of the Sheriff's Department. Investigators have no leads on her identity. The body was taken to the coroner's office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, he said.
NEWS
November 30, 2004 | Ashley Powers
The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council is scheduled Saturday to consider trail access for the Forrestal Nature Preserve that attempts to balance the needs of hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and homeowners. People trekked the 160 acres of land for years until a management plan sparked bickering among users and residents. The plan would close some trails to horses and mountain bikes but allow them on others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2004 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
It was a Tuesday night in Rancho Palos Verdes, and 400 well-dressed men and women packed a parish hall atop a wind-swept hill to expand their knowledge of world's three major monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. "These symposia are not debates. There is no right; there is no wrong. We're here to learn a little about the traditions of our neighbors. In doing so, we will all go home winners," said Bob Rothman, chairman of the Dawn Unity Group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A grand jury murder indictment unsealed Monday accuses a 42-year-old man of pushing his 4-year-old daughter over a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes in November 2000, to avoid child-support payments. The indictment of Cameron John Brown in the death of Lauren Sarene Key was returned July 20. Brown, 42, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was arrested in November and is being held without bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The body of a man was found Wednesday at the bottom of a cliff, authorities said. Four fishermen reported spotting the body about 2:30 p.m. at the base of the cliff near Hawthorne Boulevard and Palos Verdes Drive West, said Sheriff's Lt. Doreen Alcaraz. The name of the man was withheld pending notification of relatives. The cause of death had not yet been determined. Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating, Alcaraz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A grand jury murder indictment unsealed Monday accuses a 42-year-old man of pushing his 4-year-old daughter over a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes in November 2000, to avoid child-support payments. The indictment of Cameron John Brown in the death of Lauren Sarene Key was returned July 20. Brown, 42, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was arrested in November and is being held without bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1998
Rancho Palos Verdes city officials are reviewing four pieces of property for possible purchase with the $4 million in parks preservation funds they have received from a voter-approved county bond measure. The four properties include a 14-acre parcel in Windport Canyon, a 240-acre property in the western portion of Abalone Cove, a 427-acre undeveloped area above the Portuguese Bend active landslide area and a 100-acre property in the Barkentine area.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2002 | James Flanigan
This is a story about how the rich get richer. Donald Trump is buying Ocean Trails in Rancho Palos Verdes, the golf course that attained notoriety three years ago when its 18th hole fell, kerplunk, into the Pacific. That collapse, which was found to be the result of a busted sewer pipe, sent the golf course's developers, Robert and Kenneth Zuckerman, into bankruptcy proceedings. It cost the main lender, Credit Suisse First Boston, most of its $100-million loan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2001 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayfarers Chapel is scarcely more than a soap bubble, a delicate prism of sunlight and shadows set on the airy bluff tops of Rancho Palos Verdes. "In photos you see the panes of glass--very ethereal, very surreal," says wedding photographer John Borden, who has studied the light and lines of the historic glass sanctuary perhaps more carefully than anyone. "You have the whole illusion of being in the church, but the church is not really there."
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