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November 29, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years ago, a shotgun blast rang out at Las Palmas Park during a gang shootout. A mother and her three young children lay bleeding from pellet wounds. The family survived the shooting, and a galvanized City Council approved a temporary, controversial ordinance keeping all known gang members out of Las Palmas. Since then, officials and residents have slowly cleaned and expanded the park.
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June 15, 2000 | EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ashlei Yatron wasn't paying much attention as the VIP speakers described how the new recreation center here was funded with bond funds and developer fees. All the 10-year-old knew was that beginning Wednesday, she was able to ask her mom to bring her to Castaic's new park to play baseball or practice gymnastics. "There is a small park behind my house, but all of the slides are made of metal and get very hot with the sun," Ashlei said. "This is a pretty park."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1993 | JEFF PRUGH
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clarita Valley, whose satellite Emblem Clubhouse in Saugus nearly had to close because of a shortage of money, has reported that a $10,000 grant from the Los Angeles Times Fund will enable the 2,800-square-foot facility to remain open and continue serving 250 children. The grant will help defray clubhouse operating costs of $40,000 per year, said Jim Ventress, the clubs' executive director.
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January 25, 2000 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Knees wobbling, fingers clawing the uneven climbing wall like a scared cat clinging to a tree, Gemma Groocock tried not to look down. Her left foot pawed the air wildly, searching for a toehold as she grappled against gravity. "I'm losing my grip," the lanky 13-year-old cried, her voice booming off the synthetic rock. Twenty-five feet below, Natalie Good, 12, tightened her hold on Gemma's climbing rope and belted out some hearty advice. "You can do it, Gemma!" she shouted. "You've got it . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1993 | GEOFFREY MOHAN
After an expensive plan to overhaul Las Palmas Park was scrapped by the City Council, park officials in San Fernando say they have a new, more salable way to make improvements. If the new proposal is approved by the council, the city could spend about $335,000 to improve two baseball fields, build a picnic area and replace existing restrooms with a larger concession and restroom structure, according to a consultant's report. The improvements are only the first phase of a proposed $3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Over objections from a small group of homeowners, the Agoura Hills City Council has upheld the Planning Commission's approval of a golf driving range at Lake Lindero Country Club. The 2-2 vote followed lengthy debate Wednesday. "It was a very difficult decision," said Councilman Denis Weber, who voted to deny the homeowners' appeal. Agoura Hills-based Golf Projects International, which manages the country club, wants to build a 24-tee driving range north of Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1995
The youngsters who come to play after school at tiny Layne Park in San Fernando don't mind that somebody lost their baseball. They found an old tennis ball to pitch instead. They don't care that the bat they play with is just a stick of wood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
After years of planning and negotiations, the first shovel of dirt marking the beginning of construction of the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center will be turned Wednesday. Despite a recent setback in potential funding for the $5-million-plus project, organizers are pushing forward to complete the joint venture that will provide recreational activities to residents throughout the region. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m.
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December 2, 1992 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $4.6-million Antelope Valley sports center promised in campaign literature by backers of the Proposition A parks assessment measure approved in November won't be built after all, Lancaster and Palmdale officials have learned. The mayor of Palmdale on Monday said he considers the post-election revelation as an indication that the Antelope Valley is still considered the stepchild of Los Angeles County. "There's some hard feelings up here," Mayor Jim Ledford said.
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December 10, 1992 | JEFF PRUGH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the irresistible force against the almost immovable object: a 40-acre recreation-sports complex that the Croatian National Assn. wants to build and nearby homeowners in Canyon Country want to kill. The two sides collided Wednesday before the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years ago, a shotgun blast rang out at Las Palmas Park during a gang shootout. A mother and her three young children lay bleeding from pellet wounds. The family survived the shooting, and a galvanized City Council approved a temporary, controversial ordinance keeping all known gang members out of Las Palmas. Since then, officials and residents have slowly cleaned and expanded the park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
After years of planning and negotiations, the first shovel of dirt marking the beginning of construction of the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center will be turned Wednesday. Despite a recent setback in potential funding for the $5-million-plus project, organizers are pushing forward to complete the joint venture that will provide recreational activities to residents throughout the region. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1997 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite questioning the work of officials charged with turning over several county parks to local cities, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to resume funding the parks. "It doesn't seem like there has been a real assertive approach to this," Supervisor Gloria Molina told Rodney E. Cooper, director of the Department of Regional Parks and Recreation. "It just seems, guys, that you are not presenting a real good marketing plan here."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Over objections from a small group of homeowners, the Agoura Hills City Council has upheld the Planning Commission's approval of a golf driving range at Lake Lindero Country Club. The 2-2 vote followed lengthy debate Wednesday. "It was a very difficult decision," said Councilman Denis Weber, who voted to deny the homeowners' appeal. Agoura Hills-based Golf Projects International, which manages the country club, wants to build a 24-tee driving range north of Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1995 | TIM MAY
Officials from the city of San Fernando's recreation department are encouraging youths who are interested in participating in a variety of free sports and activities held after school at city parks to register for the programs soon. Flag football leagues for children 8 to 14 will be run at all four city parks from October to December, said Gwen Indermill, activities director for the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1995
The youngsters who come to play after school at tiny Layne Park in San Fernando don't mind that somebody lost their baseball. They found an old tennis ball to pitch instead. They don't care that the bat they play with is just a stick of wood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1994 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For six decades, the crowds have come to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia to watch magnificent horses at full gallop beneath the midday sun. But with the stands no longer as full as before, executives at this Southland landmark are proposing a $100-million entertainment complex in the track's huge parking lot to lure a new type of customer.
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January 25, 2000 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Knees wobbling, fingers clawing the uneven climbing wall like a scared cat clinging to a tree, Gemma Groocock tried not to look down. Her left foot pawed the air wildly, searching for a toehold as she grappled against gravity. "I'm losing my grip," the lanky 13-year-old cried, her voice booming off the synthetic rock. Twenty-five feet below, Natalie Good, 12, tightened her hold on Gemma's climbing rope and belted out some hearty advice. "You can do it, Gemma!" she shouted. "You've got it . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1995 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here, in the second-floor gymnasium of the Verdugo Recreation Center, fifth-grader Michael Vahoviak drops by on his bicycle to shoot hoops, swearing he rarely misses the chance. A 17-year-old self-described gang member plays a game of pool shortly before two high school friends arrive for Ping-Pong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1994 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For six decades, the crowds have come to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia to watch magnificent horses at full gallop beneath the midday sun. But with the stands no longer as full as before, executives at this Southland landmark are proposing a $100-million entertainment complex in the track's huge parking lot to lure a new type of customer.
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