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February 27, 1992 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Escalating the weaponry in the builders' battle for home buyers, Presley of Southern California on Wednesday launched a five-year warranty plan covering all of its new houses. The firm, the largest of the Presley Cos.' five home-building divisions, said it also will provide all home buyers with a mortgage payment insurance plan--something several other Orange County builders recently began offering. The five-year warranty, however, appears to be rare. Bob Albertson Jr.
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SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
  NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that just because Stan Kroenke, owner of the St. Louis Rams, recently purchased 60 acres adjacent to Hollywood Park, it doesn't mean Kroenke plans to relocate the Rams to the Los Angeles area. "Stan is a very large developer on a global basis; he has land throughout the country and throughout the world," Goodell said at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference. "He has kept us informed of it. We're aware of it. There are no plans, to my knowledge, of a stadium development.
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BUSINESS
December 15, 1993 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert A. Ferrante, a once-flamboyant developer who was acquitted last year of criminal charges in one of the FBI's top-priority bank fraud cases, filed for bankruptcy Monday. Ferrante of Newport Beach listed debts of $24.2 million and assets of only $777,300 in his Chapter 7 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana. A Chapter 7 filing seeks a court-monitored liquidation of assets to pay creditors.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The Kroenke Organization confirmed Friday The Times' report that it bought a large piece of land in Inglewood. Billionaire Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, purchased a 60-acre parking lot located between the Forum and Hollywood Park that could potentially be used for an NFL stadium. "As real estate developers, the Kroenke Organizations are involved in numerous real estate deals across the country and North America," a Kroenke Organization spokesperson wrote in an email statement.
NEWS
September 7, 1991 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After an intense public outcry, Las Vegas officials are shying away from plans to kill desert tortoises not adopted or relocated within five days after being found on properties slated for development. Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury said Friday he will introduce a resolution at the next Board of Commissioners meeting to scrap the option of euthanizing tortoises. The board is likely to approve the proposal at its Sept. 17 meeting, commissioners said.
BUSINESS
May 1, 1992 | Susan Christian, Times staff writer
The charity project was supposed to take one day and cost about $60,000 in time and materials. But the project ended up requiring three days and cost an additional $10,000. "A waterline got broken, which complicated things," said Jan Standley, spokeswoman for Catellus Development Corp. The Anaheim office of the San Francisco-based developer donated its efforts--and then some--last weekend to installing a private sewer system at Hillview Acres Children's Home in Chino.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1992 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years ago, real estate developer Kichinosuke Sasaki, 59, traveled regularly to Italy. He took Jeep rides into the mountains to personally pick out the finest marble for his luxury office complexes. He could afford to be picky. His $4 billion worth of properties--92 buildings in the center of Tokyo--made him one of a handful of Japan's richest billionaires. Today, those lavishly furnished buildings of marble and granite are like tombstones marking the death of an era.
BUSINESS
February 12, 1991 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the half-empty office buildings, the unsold homes and the unemployed, there is one group still finding lots of work in Southern California's tattered real estate market: accountants. When a developer lands in the soup these days, he's as likely to call an accounting firm as anybody else. When the real estate market was hot in the 1980s, some of the big firms expanded into consulting for developers and their financial partners.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1989 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Professional Builder Magazine named Kathryn G. Thompson Development Co. in Irvine the fastest-growing home builder in the nation, with a 393% jump in sales from $19.5 million in 1987 to $96.3 million last year. The company sold 506 condominiums and houses last year in Pomona and Aliso Viejo. Kathryn Thompson, who founded the company, has been in California real estate for 25 years.
BUSINESS
January 5, 1990
When Union Pacific Corp. put its massive landholdings up for sale, Koll Co. wasn't the only local developer that went shopping. (In the largest deal in its history, Koll bought a half-billion dollars worth of land and buildings from the railroad recently.) SDC Development, a much smaller neighbor of Koll's in Newport Beach, paid Union Pacific $16 million for an industrial park called Mira Loma Industrial Center in Riverside County.
OPINION
August 7, 2013
Re "Dream projects," Aug. 3 That so many grand architectural plans never materialized in Los Angeles over the last several decades cannot be explained as simply as The Times' Christopher Hawthorne and the "Never Built Los Angeles" curators suggest: that our real estate developers lack vision and our politicians lack will. The problem is also that our architects view their clients as patrons rather than partners. The long-term building that Hawthorne advocates will not take place until we, those who build the city - architects, planners, developers, politicians and citizens - learn to treat the process as more than a zero-sum-game.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
As the economy improves, commercial real estate industry leaders are increasingly optimistic about a surge in the California market over the next three years or so, a new report said. Experts said they expect the nonresidential market will keep growing steadily for the next three years but start to slow after 2016 or 2017. There will still be growth, the report said, but at a slower rate. The conclusions are based on a survey of selected California real estate professionals in the development and investment sectors of the industry.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2013 | By Cale Ottens, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Ken Kahan, 54, is founder and president of California Landmark, a real estate development company that has made its mark throughout the Los Angeles area by acquiring, rehabilitating and building new projects in both commercial and residential real estate. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, which is based in West Los Angeles. Kahan frequently finds himself on job sites, getting his hands dirty. "We don't call ourselves developers," Kahan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Second in a series of articles focusing on key periods in the lives of the mayoral hopefuls. When Jan Perry came to Los Angeles as a college freshman to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes play in the 1974 Rose Bowl, she had no idea that a trip to a football game would change her life. "All I remember is being shocked at how warm it was when I got here and the sky was blue and that people were wearing shorts," Perry said, recalling walking down Hollywood Boulevard, visiting Olvera Street and seeing the Jackson Five in the Rose Parade.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Light-rail passenger service returned to Culver City last month after a nearly 60-year break, speeding the evolution of the formerly insulated bedroom community into an urban hub of business and revelry. Hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of real estate development are in the pipeline, including a project linked to the new Expo Line that would contain apartments, stores and a hotel. Restaurant operators have been so keen on opening in the gentrifying downtown that rents for retail space didn't decline during the economic downturn as they did in most markets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Paralyzed by a spinal cord injury in 1986, real estate developer Rogers Severson sought out a leading rehabilitation facility after doctors told the former college athlete he'd never walk again. Six months later, he walked out of Casa Colina Center for Rehabilitation in Pomona with the aid of a cane and the realization that he possessed what most patients there did not: excellent insurance and the personal means to pay for top-flight care. He vowed to help change that. Almost a year to the day after he was thrown from a mule, breaking two vertebrae, Severson stood before those gathered at a fundraising luncheon to benefit the charity he'd founded, the Spinal Cord Injury Special Fund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1989 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $2-million damage suit was filed Tuesday against the real estate developers who allegedly tried to illegally demolish the McKinley Mansion, a historic Lafayette Park residence built more than 70 years ago by a Los Angeles mortuary mogul.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2001 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with a glut of retail space and weakening office rents, many Los Angeles-area developers are adding high-density housing to properties that once would have been reserved strictly for offices or stores. The combination of homes and businesses in the same building or block goes against decades of standard development practices.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
California commercial real estate developers and their bankers are growing optimistic about their industry's prospects, a report said. Although the national economy has given mixed signals in the last six months, California's markets for office and industrial space have made progress, albeit uneven, according to the semiannual Allen Matkins UCLA Anderson Forecast. "The progress, such as it is, has been driven by the steady employment gains in coastal California," the report said.
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