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January 22, 1986 | Amalia Duarte \f7
A study that recommends increasing the amount of space allotted to parking and recreational areas in development projects will be discussed tonight by the Planning Commission. The two areas are being studied because the ordinances on those standards have not been revised since 1981, according to Frank Haselton, a city urban planner. The commission is not expected to vote on any changes tonight, he said.
March 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The partial government shutdown in October was largely to blame for a 3% drop in visitors to America's national parks in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The country's 401 parks, historic sites and recreation areas drew 273.6 million visitors in 2013, about 9 million fewer than the previous year, according to the report. The 16-day government shutdown, sparked by a budget dispute in Washington, was responsible for reducing the visitation numbers by about 7.9 million, the report said.
October 26, 1991
Pollution has forced the closure of three popular recreational areas in Mission Bay, county health officials said Friday. Beaches near the Visitor's Center, Leisure Lagoon and Enchanted Cove were closed until further notice. According to county officials, water samples taken from storm drains that empty into the three areas showed high bacterial counts. City crews are trying to determine the source of the pollution.
February 21, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
This is a very pleasant urban oasis in the midst of what is, for many Angelenos, a freeway flyover zone in South El Monte. This section of Whittier Narrows Recreation Area features several lakes, abundant waterfowl, picnic tables, public restrooms and well-tended walking and jogging trails. INTERACTIVE MAP: Whittier Narrows Recreation Area 1. Start at Parking Lot D, off Santa Anita Avenue, and head north in the county park, following the paved path with the lake on your left.
May 31, 1986
I was pleased to read that you support Proposition 43. Within the last five years I have noticed our park facilities have been deteriorating because of the lack of funds necessary to restore them. The Community Parklands Act of 1986 will provide the extra money that is needed to renovate and enhance the appearance and atmosphere of Southern California's recreational areas. I frequently use and enjoy almost all of the privileges that our parks offer, and would hate to see the eventual deterioration of these areas.
September 11, 1987
Under increasing pressure from City Hall, the Los Angeles Harbor Department has drafted a plan to move the port's largest exporter of coal and petroleum coke away from recreational areas of the harbor. The preliminary plan calls for moving a port-owned facility used by the export company from the harbor's largely recreational West Channel to a remote area of Terminal Island. The exporter, Kaiser International Corp.
Hansen Dam, the Sepulveda Basin and the Los Angeles River--three high-profile San Fernando Valley recreation projects--would receive nearly $5 million under a 1993 appropriations bill approved by a key House committee Thursday. The House Appropriations Committee approved $2.28 million for development of Hansen Dam in the northeast Valley, $2 million for improvements at the Sepulveda Basin in the central Valley and $500,000 for two studies of ways to better utilize the Los Angeles River.
April 17, 1988 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
National Park Service Director William Penn Mott Jr. asked about 65 local environmentalists Saturday for their advice on a controversial, scaled-back set of priorities for buying land in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. And he warned them that getting money from Congress will be difficult, even for a reduced version of the park.
April 5, 1988 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley, responding to continuing problems of gang violence, Monday unveiled a $2.8-million plan to hire unarmed rangers and improve recreational facilities at 66 mostly inner-city public parks. The plan, subject to approval by the City Council, would put unarmed rangers at 27 parks in South-Central and East Los Angeles where widespread youth gangs have chased away many former park users, city park officials said. The move would greatly expand a pilot program that began Feb.
December 7, 1989 | WENDY PAULSON
The City Council on Tuesday voted 4 to 0 to sponsor a $21-million bond measure designed to purchase 120 acres of farmland for a new park. The measure is scheduled for the April 10 ballot. The special election on the proposed general-obligation bonds would require support from two-thirds of those voting. Terms of the 20-year bond issue show average payments of $5.83 per month for homeowners and $2.29 per month for mobile-home owners.
August 1, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Most public lands and resorts in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas are welcoming visitors after a wildfire last month that forced widespread evacuations and fouled the air on the Strip. The Carpenter 1 blaze consumed more than 43 square miles of forest. Officials described it as a “mosaic” fire, meaning it burned in patches, often in remote, rugged terrain seldom accessed by day-trippers. Most of the pine-laced hiking trails and picnic areas in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area  were unscathed and have reopened.
February 23, 2013
The stats Distance: 1.1 miles (for the loop around the lake) Duration: 40 minutes Difficulty: 1 (on a scale of 1 to 5) Details: No dogs allowed. Wheelchair accessible. Bus: Routes 164, 236 and Woodley Station on Metro Orange Line.
December 29, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
"There's no there there" is how Gertrude Stein famously summed up and put down Oakland, her old hometown. For the Music Center, which manages much of the prime cultural real estate in downtown Los Angeles, the problem has long been the opposite: There's too much "there" there. To the public, by and large, the glamorous hilltop place known as the Music Center overshadows the identically named but ill-defined organization that's been in charge of venue logistics since it opened as the city's performing arts hub 48 years ago. The glory at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and REDCAT accrues mainly to the impresarios who put on the shows.
July 9, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Atop his chocolate mare JJ, Rene Herrera follows a dirt path from Gabrielino Equestrian Park on the eastern end of Hansen Dam Recreation Area to a nearby creek shaded by cottonwoods. Families with coolers and bags of food have beaten Herrera and two other horse riders there, seeking refuge in the wooded waterside from temperatures in the 90s. While a dozen children splash around in a swimming hole, the adults kick back in hammocks and camp chairs, eating grilled chicken and shooting the breeze.
June 30, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California officials said Friday that only one park will be closed come Sunday, revising plans announced a day earlier to cease operations at five parks. Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, in a remote part of San Bernardino County, has been shut down since earlier this year and will remain so. But the revised plan means four sites expected to close on Sunday - Benicia State Recreation Area, the California Mining and Mineral Museum, Gray Whale Cove State Beach and Zmudowski State Beach - will keep operating for the time being.
June 29, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
After Margot Feuer moved to the hills of Malibu in 1965, she was "catapulted into community action" by the threat of development in the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. The terrifying proposals included building a nuclear power plant in an isolated canyon and a freeway through Malibu Canyon. "I looked around at what I was in the middle of," she later said, "and I figured, gosh, the idea of a park is a beautiful idea. " Hundreds would join her in the movement to create a national park in Los Angeles, but only Feuer and two other activists would be recognized as "the founding mothers" of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which won federal approval in 1978.
April 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Visitors to the Petrified National Forest in Arizona annually steal 12 tons of the fossilized tree remains that give the park its name, marking one of the more blatant reasons for naming it to the National Parks Conservation Assn.'s list of the 10 most endangered parks. In a report released Wednesday, the conservation group ranked 10 areas most threatened.
June 27, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
Trustees of the Orange Unified School District will consider a proposal tonight to charge property owners an annual fee that would pay for the upkeep and improvement of school recreational facilities. Many parents and other residents have denounced such a fee as an unapproved tax and vowed to fight it.
May 21, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SALTON SEA STATE RECREATION AREA - During the heyday of the Salton Sea, when the Hollywood crowd and others came to play in large numbers, this strip of beaches, campsites and fishing spots along the sea's northern shore was one of California's most popular parks. But that was years ago. The popularity of the recreation area has plummeted in recent decades, and now the area is on a list of parks to be closed because of the state's financial woes. Unlike other parks slated for closure, this one may never come back, park officials said.
June 18, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Rough and rocky, Johnson Valley is considered the perfect place to test the mettle of men and their machines. An estimated 200,000 people a year flock to the desert valley for recreational pursuits: hiking, camping, rock-hounding, star-gazing and a new sport called "geocaching," a treasure hunt using GPS technology. Moviemakers use the desert floor for chase scenes. But the valley has gained its greatest acclaim in recent years as an untamed, unregulated venue for off-road vehicles.
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