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October 22, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Jarron Lucas tromped through waist-high brush at the Chatsworth Nature Preserve, flipping over weathered boards. "Let's see if anyone's home," he said, lifting a plank. Coiled underneath was a reddish snake with dark brown cross bands on its neck. Lucas reached down and snatched the young red racer. "It's just a baby," he said as the slender 14-inch snake writhed in his hand. Male, too, he said, judging from the long tail. A few yards away, he found a 4-foot adult female red racer thick as a broom handle.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
After a two-year, $45-million makeover, Echo Park Lake will reopen to the public Saturday morning with a ceremony that will include Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti. The festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon. The park is located in the 1700 block of Park Avenue. The lake was completely drained and cleaned before being refilled and restocked with plants. A clay liner was installed to reduce water leakage through the lake bottom. The 29-acre lake was originally built in the 1860s as a reservoir for drinking water.
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NEWS
June 9, 1985
Beverly Hills City Manager Edward Kreins has announced the elimination of the city's Transportation Department and consolidation of its functions into the city's department of Planning and Community Development, Finance Administration, Public Services, and Recreation and Parks. Kreins said the change was made to "improve efficiency."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
What do you do when an old friend undergoes an expensive and major surgery, remains in seclusion for two years and now is stripping off most of the bandages? In the case of Echo Park Lake, hundreds of Angelenos turned out Saturday to celebrate and welcome back the beloved body of water and surrounding parklands after a $45-million, two-year renovation. They ambled down retopped pathways, photographed new beds of lotus plants, climbed playground equipment and marveled at the clarity of the lake water, which used to be a notoriously dark stew of toxic runoff.
NEWS
July 15, 1993
The Rancho Cienega Pool, closed for two years because of circulation and mechanical problems, will reopen Saturday with a ceremony sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The pool, at 5001 Rodeo Road, has been refurbished with new filters, a heating system and dehumidifier. Information: (213) 847-3406.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
What do you do when an old friend undergoes an expensive and major surgery, remains in seclusion for two years and now is stripping off most of the bandages? In the case of Echo Park Lake, hundreds of Angelenos turned out Saturday to celebrate and welcome back the beloved body of water and surrounding parklands after a $45-million, two-year renovation. They ambled down retopped pathways, photographed new beds of lotus plants, climbed playground equipment and marveled at the clarity of the lake water, which used to be a notoriously dark stew of toxic runoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1997
"Roller Rink Plan Spurs Neighbors' Concerns," July 23. As a former planning and design supervisor for the Department of Recreation and Parks from 1963 to 1974, I am appalled that the department is considering installation of a Rollerblade hockey rink at Studio City Recreation Center. It was criminal enough that the basketball hoops were removed from the basketball court, but to consider the replacement of the courts with a rink is ludicrous. The arguments that the 4 1/2-acre recreation center is already fully developed and the parking lot is too small to accommodate a roller rink stand on their own merits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1994
Congratulations to Carlyle Hall Jr., president of People for Parks, and Prof. Jack Foley for their insightful column "Recreation Is More Than Fun and Games" (Commentary, Aug. 5). The 2,000 full-time and 20,000 part-time employees of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks share the view that the work of the department not only helps "provide a satisfying life in Southern California," but is a deterrent to crime. Drawing a direct relationship between "quantity and quality of our parks and recreation" and crime has been done time and time again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1997
Henry Chu, in his Sept. 14 article "Park Proposals Are No Picnic," quoted Steven Soboroff, head of the city's Recreation and Parks Commission, as follows: "Parks should be very cyclical in their uses, because neighborhoods are cyclical in their demographics. You move to a neighborhood with teenagers necking in their cars and [soon] you're in a neighborhood with people walking with baby strollers." This is a "flavor of the month" approach for wasting the taxpayers' money. A logical interpretation and conclusion of his philosophy is to provide necking areas for teenagers, to be ripped out for baby stroller paths, to be ripped out and replaced with roller-blade hockey rinks for the baby-stroller children when they grow up--and eventually to be ripped out and replaced with senior citizen horseshoe courts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1987
Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky deserves a vote of thanks from users of the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park. Due to his support, work recently commenced to renovate the children's play area. It has taken over two years with a concerted effort on the part of my neighbors and friends to get to this point. Over two years, every swing in the entire park was broken. The merry-go-round had been removed. The sand was dirty and littered with broken glass. When I called the Department of Recreation and Parks to ask who was responsible for improving conditions at the park, I was told it was a "political" issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2013 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Councilman Bernard C. Parks unveiled six security cameras at Jackie Tatum Harvard Recreation Center on Thursday, an issue that stalled in the City Council for months until a youth volunteer was gunned down in the park. The installation of the cameras marks the second phase of a multi-year project to revamp the South L.A. park, once a popular hangout for a Bloods street gang. Parks started pushing for cameras last year after he discovered reputed gang members were intimidating park workers, blocking residents from using the city-owned space and shooting music videos in the park after it was supposed to be closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
The director of a Los Angeles city recreation center is facing felony charges after she allegedly stole up to $15,000 from the facility, including lunch money from children in her care. Carol Brandt, 47, who served as the director of the Montecito Heights Recreation Center northeast of downtown from 2008 to 2011, was charged Tuesday with embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds. She is accused of pocketing more than $10,000 from members of several basketball and soccer teams who paid to use the facility's courts and fields in 2009 and 2010.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The public is invited to express its preferences on two different matters in a city-sponsored barbecue Saturday at the Watts Towers. The pleasant and easy one is: hot dog or hamburger? The thorny and contentious one - an issue simmering since 2009 - is whether it's a good idea to plant a state-of-the-art skateboard plaza in the shadow of the Watt Towers, a national historic landmark that's one of the most revered and symbolic public artworks on the West Coast, if not the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
Forget the 200-foot-tall observation wheel. Venice Beach expects to get a zip line this summer. The Venice Neighborhood Council this week approved the installation of a 720-foot zip-line ride to run for a three-month trial period, clearing the way for consideration by the California Coastal Commission. Under the proposal, riders will take off from a 44-foot tower near the skate park and ride to a 24-foot tower at Windward Plaza by the basketball courts. The metal towers will be decorated with local art, and the attraction will bring in much-needed revenue to clean up the boardwalk, said Linda Lucks, president of the council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
A British company's proposal to build an observation wheel about as tall as a 20-story skyscraper at Venice Beach has some residents' heads spinning at the prospect of more crowds, trash and noise. With enthusiastic support from Los Angeles park and tourism officials, Great City Attractions is seeking permission to operate a 200-foot-tall mechanical ride just west of the Venice Beach boardwalk at Windward Avenue. The attraction would consist of 42 enclosed, air-conditioned "capsules," each capable of accommodating eight people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2011 | By David Zahniser and Nicole Santa Cruz Los Angeles Times
There were vinyl albums by Etta James and the punk band X. There were cosmetic kits, one with seven kinds of nail polish. There were sleeping bags, luggage, cutlery, a small red guitar with a broken neck and a collection of Ernest Hemingway stories. Hours after police launched a nighttime eviction of the Occupy L.A. encampment, Los Angeles City Hall's south lawn offered enough personal possessions to sustain a small community — except that no one was left to claim them. City crews on Wednesday began the long and potentially expensive process of restoring the 1.7-acre park that served as ground zero for Occupy L.A., saying they expected to send 30 tons of refuse to the landfill.
NEWS
December 5, 1991
I was surprised to note Mr. Bennett Kayser's letter on the proposed new recreation center for Silver Lake (Times, Nov. 14) and his charges about the position of the Committee to Save Silver Lake's Reservoirs on this issue. Since our group is focused on the reservoir issue, it is not our role to offer an opinion on traffic, organized community sports, "peewee" T-ball or any other of the numerous things mentioned in his letter. We have, however, taken a stance on one simple issue.
NEWS
May 25, 1989 | ESTHER SCHRADER, Times Staff Writer
Plans to create a city-sponsored farmers market in Highland Park moved forward last week, with Los Angeles city officials naming Sycamore Grove Park as the site of the market. City officials had proposed Arroyo Seco Park as a site. But when homeowners in the residential area around the park objected, officials began looking for a new site. The farmers market will be run in its first year with a $25,000 budget approved by Department of Recreation and Parks officials earlier this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Jarron Lucas tromped through waist-high brush at the Chatsworth Nature Preserve, flipping over weathered boards. "Let's see if anyone's home," he said, lifting a plank. Coiled underneath was a reddish snake with dark brown cross bands on its neck. Lucas reached down and snatched the young red racer. "It's just a baby," he said as the slender 14-inch snake writhed in his hand. Male, too, he said, judging from the long tail. A few yards away, he found a 4-foot adult female red racer thick as a broom handle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
James Hadaway, who emphasized the renovation of inner-city parks as general manager of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department from 1976 to 1992, has died. He was 82. Hadaway, who had cancer, died Monday at his Hermosa Beach home, his family said. "He was the architect of the urban impact program, which refurbished parks and recreation centers in inner-city and lower-income areas that had been kind of neglected," said Kevin Regan, assistant general manager of the department.
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