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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.
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.
June 22, 1993 | KURT PITZER
The Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department will offer 8,500 lunches a day to children from low-income families this summer. The program, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides lunch to children 19 and younger who get free meals at school during the academic year. The lunches, including a sandwich, fruit, fruit juice and milk, will be served for two hours starting about noon at 96 recreation centers in Los Angeles, from July 7 to Aug. 27.
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.
February 7, 1996
A corner of the Santa Fe High School campus could become a hot after-school hangout if a partnership between the city and school district skates along smoothly. The Santa Fe Springs City Council and Whittier Union High School District--which encompasses schools in both cities--are negotiating the details for an outdoor recreation center to include a lighted, 11,400-square-foot in-line skating rink. Construction on the $1.
October 18, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
City officials will soon begin reviewing proposals submitted by architects vying for the job of designing the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. The center, a joint project of the two cities, will be the focal point of recreation and programs for local youth, city officials said. At a meeting of the Agoura Hills City Council on Wednesday night, council members learned that 20 architectural firms had submitted applications.
October 25, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The worn facade of the Reseda Park Recreation Center received a welcome boost Thursday as art students from Reseda High School unveiled a new mural illustrating a bright and peaceful underwater scene. Rich hues of green and yellow depict a school of fish feeding in a garden of sun-streaked pond lilies in "Dream City Fish," which was designed by Reseda senior Shen Liska. "This makes me feel really good. I live right down the street so I'm always seeing it," said Shen.
November 21, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
The City Council has hit a snag in finding organizations willing to operate and take financial control of the city's four recreation centers. Failing so far to find interested parties, the council this week approved an 18-month contract extension for Sports Leisure Group, which runs two of the centers.
March 28, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
The progress of negotiations between city officials and nonprofit organizations over the leasing of city-owned recreation centers will be updated at tonight's City Council meeting. The city has been working to lease four recreation centers in the wake of a recent report that said operating them would cost taxpayers about $1 million per year. The council has assured concerned users of the centers that the city would try to find nonprofit, recreation-oriented groups to run the facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 31, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
With every seat filled in the Los Angeles City Council chambers Wednesday, Anita Edwards had one minute to make her case before the buzzer cut her off. "I'm here because I'm fighting for my job," said the 51-year-old city child-care director, one of hundreds of employees expecting a pink slip by July. "I love what I do and that's why I've stayed dedicated to this city for 18 years." For as long as anyone can remember, city leaders have neatly balanced their books by eliminating vacant positions and shifting money between accounts.
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