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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
Hoping to fend off debt repayments a little longer, the Ventura City Council unanimously voted to merge its three existing redevelopment areas--and briefly raised the idea of creating a fourth one in the Avenue area. Redevelopment is a process to help city and county governments revitalize areas that face deteriorating social, physical, environmental or economic conditions that discourage new investment.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Chez Jay, a hole-in-the-wall eatery in Santa Monica, became as legendary as its clientele by serving as a safe haven for the likes of Henry Kissinger, Fred Astaire, John Belushi, Clint Eastwood, Judy Garland and Rat Packers Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford. Lee Marvin once rode in on his motorcycle to order a drink at the bar. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg reportedly passed the Pentagon Papers to a New York Times reporter at the restaurant's fabled Table 10. On Monday night, in recognition of the cozy bar and restaurant's importance to the city's cultural, social and political history, the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to designate Chez Jay as a local landmark.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2000
The San Fernando Valley would be able to maintain control over the city redevelopment areas in its jurisdiction if it breaks off from Los Angeles, under a bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Richard Alarcon (D-Sylmar) now goes to the Assembly for consideration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
State Sen. Bob Huff, who is working aggressively to save California's redevelopment agencies, says Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to abolish them is legally dubious, would cost jobs and would eliminate one of the state's few tools for spurring economic development. What the Diamond Bar Republican doesn't include in his pitch is that his wife is a paid consultant for a large developer eager to keep the program intact. The developer, Ed Roski Jr., owner of Majestic Realty, has industrial and commercial properties across Southern California, many of them in redevelopment zones that have been spruced up with tax dollars.
NEWS
October 8, 1987 | RICHARD HOLGUIN, Times Staff Writer
It seemed like clear sailing when the City Council approved more than 400 acres for redevelopment in July, after bowing to strong public pressure not to allow property to be condemned for new projects. Since then, however, the city has been hit with three lawsuits seeking to invalidate the new redevelopment areas. In the latest two lawsuits, Los Angeles County alleges that Downey illegally established the redevelopment areas "solely to obtain tax . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1992 | IRIS YOKOI
The City Council last week approved adding 145 acres along Beach Boulevard to the city's redevelopment plan, despite continued protests from the Garden Grove Unified School District. The redevelopment amendment designates another 260 parcels of mostly commercial and industrial property for redevelopment money and improvements. It was the second addition to the redevelopment plan, which was originally adopted in 1983.
NEWS
June 14, 1990 | SIOK-HIAN TAY KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The BKK Corp. landfill, once one of the nation's busiest toxic dumps, may become a city redevelopment area under a plan being considered by municipal officials. Redevelopment officials since 1988 have been preparing an environmental impact report on potential development at the dump site, which may be transformed into a business park. After a three-hour public hearing on the report Monday, the City Council, acting jointly as the West Covina Redevelopment Agency, postponed action until June 25.
NEWS
July 11, 1991
The City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to two new redevelopment areas. Downey Community Hospital plans to develop the 14.3-acre tract at Brookshire and Margaret avenues. The second zone, a 12-acre parcel along Lakewood Boulevard and Gallatin Road, will be used to expand an auto mall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1994
In the latest effort to hasten the city's earthquake recovery, Los Angeles redevelopment officials on Monday recommended establishing emergency redevelopment areas in six quake-ravaged areas in the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. Generally, the proposed areas are scattered around the damaged neighborhoods, reflecting the meandering nature of the quake's destruction, with the biggest areas in Northridge, Chatsworth, North Hills and Granada Hills, near the epicenter.
NEWS
August 30, 1990 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Council has proposed three new redevelopment areas to help Downey Community Hospital and a Ford dealership expand and to create an auto mall on the city's east side. The council unanimously approved resolutions Tuesday to study the three redevelopment areas, which would cover 54.7 acres. The city has two redevelopment districts that cover about 430 acres along Firestone Boulevard and 118 acres in an industrial area in the eastern part of the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2009 | Katherine Tulich
Culver City has been an epicenter of filmmaking from the silent era through the present, with Sony Studios a major resident of the area, but in recent years a vibrant redevelopment has turned this area into a star attraction of galleries, theaters, shops and many of L.A.'s hottest restaurants. Foodie haven Ford's Filling Station (9531 Culver Blvd., [310] 202-1470, www.fordsfillingstation.net) began the Culver restaurant renaissance with its inspired gastropub fare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2009 | Jessica Garrison and Patrick McGreevy
State leaders have said there are no winners in California's budget deal to erase a $26.3-billion deficit. But at least one group might come out ahead: the City of Industry, billionaire real estate investor Ed Roski Jr. and backers of a proposed NFL stadium on 600 acres he controls east of downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2008 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
When property owners complained that an ambitious plan to revamp a 123-block stretch of downtown Santa Ana could jeopardize their livelihoods, the plan's map was quietly redrawn. And when the new map emerged last year, the redevelopment zone no longer included businesses owned by the families of Mayor Miguel Pulido and Councilman Vincent Sarmiento.
OPINION
July 18, 2004
Re "A Legal Rip-Off at the Heart of Glendale," Commentary, July 12: Ralph Shaffer insinuates that redevelopment is useful only as a tool for large developers to extort money from local governments, which admittedly happens with frequency. The flip side of redevelopment, however, is that it helps revitalize distressed areas, such as Hollywood and Western, Crenshaw, Watts and hundreds of other redevelopment areas throughout Los Angeles and the state. Redevelopment becomes a sour deal for taxpayers only when elected officials, developers and unscrupulous redevelopment consultants collude to identify economically healthy areas as "blighted."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to bolster the local economic climate, Santa Paula has formed a partnership with Cal State Channel Islands to create and administer a loan program for small businesses, officials said Friday. The city and the university's Small Business Institute have committed $100,000 to the micro-loan program designed to provide assistance to businesses within Santa Paula's redevelopment area, which includes downtown, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2003 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
Facing a crowd of more than 300, the Costa Mesa Redevelopment Agency on Monday postponed a decision on a controversial plan that would place a large portion of the city's west side in a redevelopment area. Under consideration is a proposal to expand a 200-acre downtown redevelopment area to include an additional 434 acres representing about 600 property owners, a designation that would give the city the right to buy the land through eminent domain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1994 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the latest effort to hasten the city's quake recovery, Los Angeles redevelopment officials recommended Monday establishing emergency redevelopment areas in six quake-ravaged areas in the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. Generally, the proposed areas are scattered around the damaged neighborhoods, reflecting the meandering nature of the quake's destruction, with the biggest areas near the epicenter in Northridge, Chatsworth, North Hills and Granada Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a March 31 deadline, Palmdale officials are scrambling to assemble and approve the final documents needed to merge three of the city's four redevelopment areas, a move that city officials say could generate $200 million for improvement projects. The proposed merger has triggered concern among some residents in these areas, who fear the city will seize their property for an urban renewal project or impose new taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2003 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
Hope Leon lives on Costa Mesa's west side, where her husband's family lived for more than 80 years and where a monument, complete with flagpole, stands in his honor. But these days, she fears the city will take her property. The 63-year-old widow is among hundreds of residents and business owners in the city's ethnically diverse west side who are worried that their homes and properties will be taken from them in a redevelopment push.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Free municipal services used to mean checking out a library book, but in Anaheim these days, some residents can borrow an electric car. All it takes is a valid license and a decent driving record. The cars are part of a $300,000 state pilot program to cut pollution and introduce the zippy, gas-free vehicles into neighborhoods. Although San Jose, Palm Springs and Sebastopol also received grants, Anaheim's program has a unique twist.
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