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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.
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BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Los Angeles builder KB Home will open four new developments in the Inland Empire next week, another sign that the hard-hit region is rapidly becoming a home-building hot spot again. The builder said Friday that it would open new developments in Chino, Ontario, Temecula and Perris. It has more than a dozen developments already selling homes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The region east of Los Angeles and Orange counties still sees foreclosures and suffers from high unemployment compared with the rest of the nation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1997 | NICK GREEN
A soccer tournament, arts and crafts displays, a health clinic and other activities will mark the grand opening of a new recreation center in Oxnard's tough Southwinds neighborhood on June 14. The $450,000 building was built at one corner of Southwinds Park on West Clara Street with federal money. In addition to serving as a neighborhood community-and-recreation center, the 2,700-square-foot building will house a police storefront.
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.
NEWS
June 21, 1990
The Westchester Recreation Center will be expanded to include a center for teen-agers and a picnic area under a plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. The council voted to allow the Department of Transportation to donate nearly 1 1/2 acres of vacant land adjacent to the center for the new facilities and the widening of a small stretch of Lincoln Boulevard. Transportation officials had intended to use the land, valued at $675,000, for a service yard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1997
It's a Taj Mahal for teens, a dream home away from home for Duarte youngsters. The doors officially open Saturday on the $1.2-million Duarte Teen Center, which has everything from a boxing ring to pinball machines to a computer lab. As city workers completed the final touches on the social and recreation center this week, high school students began checking out the 6,640-square-foot facility's weight room, game room and lounge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1992
The city's Cultural Arts and Recreation Center on Cedar Street will move to temporary offices at City Hall on Western Avenue today. The move will allow the recreation center to be torn down to make way for the city's new $3-million Civic Center complex. Located at the southwest corner of Katella Avenue and Cedar Street, it will house all city offices.
NEWS
August 20, 1987
Construction has begun on a $5-million recreation center north of Westwood Park that will include three tennis courts, a swimming pool and a basketball court. The center, located between Veteran Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard and south of the Federal Building parking lot, is scheduled to open at the end of next year, said Michelle Krotinger, spokeswoman for Los Angeles Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky. The project is being paid for by the city Recreation and Parks Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1994 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
A recreation center offering everything from karate exhibitions to dance courses is set to open in Pacoima's Paxton Park by early June, park officials said. The facility, on 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd., will probably be named the Ritchie Valens Community Center, said Paxton Park Director Art Gomez. Valens, who hailed from Pacoima, was a rock star. "It's basically going to be a recreation center to meet the needs of the community, from preschool to adults," Gomez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1994 | SCOTT HADLY
Moorpark city officials say they are just one month away from finishing a $1.7-million recreation center at Arroyo Vista Park. The city plans to hold a grand opening ceremony in June for the new facility, said Christine Adams, director of community services. The new recreation center has a gymnasium and two multipurpose rooms, Adams said. The city plans to keep the facility open 80 hours a week for everything from adult basketball leagues to summer day camp for preschool-age children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2012 | By Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
More than 250 rescue workers and volunteers trekked through brush and steep terrain in El Sereno on Tuesday after police received reports of a teenage girl dragged away by a kidnapper, screaming and kicking. By late afternoon, search teams had uncovered leggings and a pair of Puma tennis shoes but found no other signs that the girl was abducted, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said. "While we have located some physical evidence that supports the abduction, we have not found any evidence that the young lady is still in the park," Beck said at a news conference.
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.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
With the summer pool season approaching, a battle is brewing between advocates for disabled Americans and hotel owners over how to make public swimming pools more accessible to people with disabilities. At the center of the dispute is a new regulation that requires hotels and recreation centers that operate public pools and spas to install or order permanent lifts - costing between $2,500 and $6,500 each, plus installation - by May 21. The requirement also can be satisfied by pool ramps, which are much more expensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A gunman calmly shot three people, two of them fatally, as a woman fled with a small child in her arms and others scrambled for safety Wednesday afternoon at a Venice park, according to police and an eyewitness. The shooting forced authorities to lock down a recreation center filled with small children at Penmar park, which sits in a quiet neighborhood lined with single-family homes and shady trees in the 1300 block of East Lake Street. An assistant softball coach arrived at the park shortly after 4 p.m. with her softball team.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The Children's Museum of Los Angeles is probably the most snakebitten cultural entity in Southern California — if you can even call it an entity. Years ago, when it actually existed, its leaders and backers had a vision of transforming what had been a small operation in downtown Los Angeles, affording youngsters hands-on experiences with art, culture, history and science, into a major museum in the San Fernando Valley, adjacent to Hansen Dam Recreation Center at the city's northern edge.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
The area around Lafayette and MacArthur parks, just west of downtown Los Angeles, is home to a number of remarkable and somewhat vain postwar landmarks, including DMJM's dramatically veiled American Cement Building from 1964 and the mirrored, painterly 1972 Superior Court tower by Langdon and Wilson. That eccentric group has been joined by a far quieter project, the Lafayette Park Recreation Center, which nonetheless stands out as a significant addition to the neighborhood's architectural and urban fabric.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Popcorn, cotton candy and corn dogs, along with rides on the Ferris wheel and scary walks through the funhouse in Winnetka Park, will entertain area children and their parents this weekend at a fair that will benefit the recreation center. The fair, which began Friday night, will continue from 2 to 10:30 p.m. todayand Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1992 | BLAINE HALLEY
The Palmdale City Council has officially closed the book on plans to finance and develop a controversial $24-million indoor recreation center. After three years of discussions, the council on Thursday directed city administrators to discontinue work on funding and building the center, which would have provided facilities for swimming, basketball, ice skating and other sports and games.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2010 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Immigrants who are interested in learning English and becoming citizens can now access information at libraries and recreation centers throughout Los Angeles under a new partnership between local and federal officials. The goal of the program — the first in the nation — is to promote citizenship and strengthen integration through education, outreach and civic participation. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the partnership Thursday during a citizenship class at Evans Community Adult School near downtown.
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