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June 15, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER
The City Council tonight will consider a one-year extension of a controversial utility tax and the proposed city budget, which includes new rental fees for some popular books and tapes from the library and increased fees for recreation programs and golf. The 2% utility tax and the fee increases, which will be voted on separately, are necessary to balance the $135-million budget for 1993-94, city administrators say. That public hearing will begin at 5 p.m. at City Hall.
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.
February 19, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER
A $3-million senior citizen's center, for years a top priority for residents and city leaders, got long-awaited approval from the City Council. A round of loud applause greeted the votes Tuesday as each council member commended the design of the 14,060-square-foot center, which will include a classroom, library, fitness room, ballroom, kitchen and gift shop. "As far as any capital improvement being considered by the city, I would have to say this is easily the No.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 11, 2001
Re "Seniors Sue Over Loss of Apartment's Recreation Center," Jan. 21. After reading the article by Grace E. Jang concerning the plight of the Woodland Hills seniors, I can only say I'm appalled and angry. The defense attorney, Doug Alani, made a comment which should--I hope--cost him the case: "Have you seen the other projects' leasing offices near there? They're very nice. When you go in to rent a place, the first thing you see is the leasing office." That may be true, but the niceness of the office is not going to persuade me to sign up. It's amenities, such as a large, pleasant clubroom, where I saw people laughing and visiting over coffee, that would be one of the main selling points.
June 29, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
More than 100 recreation centers throughout Los Angeles--including at least 16 in the San Fernando Valley--will serve healthy, nutritious lunches to students until school starts again. Sponsored by the Summer Food Service Program for Children and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program started Monday and continues through Aug. 20. Any child or young adult from 1 to 19 is eligible; no identification is required, a spokesman said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 27, 2010
Praise for firefighters Re "A pair's little victories in Haiti," Column One, Feb. 20 As a Los Angeles firefighter of over 30 years, now retired, I can vouch that this story captured the spirit, the heart and the compassion of all firefighters more than anything I have seen or heard since a survivor at the twin towers remarked that "we were fighting to get out, and the firefighters were fighting to get in." I pray that the citizens and politicians of Los Angeles, in cutting budgets, will not be responsible for quelling these noble qualities in our hero firefighters.
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