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November 15, 2007
Very nice article on "California Romantica" ["Casa California," Nov. 1]. I understand that Diane Keaton's celebrity status fueled it, but it's still nice to see the coverage. One of the pictures shows the glass mosaic outside of the living room at the Guerra Estate in La Canada Flintridge. I lived in, and partially restored, that house for about a year and have been involved in the restoration of many Paul Williams-designed houses throughout Los Angeles.
March 22, 1994 | Associated Press
Citing what he said was a series of legal blunders, the state attorney general asked a court Monday to reinstate rape charges against five men allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanors in a 1991 assault on an unconscious woman in a tavern. The men pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and were each fined $750. As part of a plea agreement, the original charges of first-degree rape, a felony carrying a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, were dismissed last June.
January 22, 1997
A nonprofit housing organization that transformed a decrepit group of vandalized Hollywood bungalows into low-income housing for people with HIV has been honored by the state Office of Historic Preservation for its work in saving the landmark buildings. When the Hollywood Community Housing Corp. bought St. Andrew's Bungalow Court in 1992, the vacant buildings were hotbeds of drug deals and prostitution and scheduled to be demolished, said Christina Duncan, the corporation's executive director.
February 1, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
John D. Lowry, an entertainment technology innovator who founded Lowry Digital Images, the renowned movie restoration company in Burbank that worked its magic by returning film classics such as "Casablanca" and "Star Wars" to their pristine state for DVD release, has died. He was 79. Lowry died Jan. 21 at his home in Camarillo, said his son David. The cause of death is unknown. "John Lowry's passion for cinema and expertise in technology were essential in preserving the work of filmmakers for future generations to enjoy," George Lucas told The Times in a statement.
June 11, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
After a vocal advocate for the controversial Malibu Lagoon restoration turned a gun on herself late Saturday, some closest to her were left wondering if the increasing vitriol surrounding the project drove the 35-year-old over the edge. Stephenie Glas, a Los Angeles city firefighter, shot herself in the head shortly before midnight at her boyfriend's Corral Canyon home, according to the boyfriend, Steve Woods. Authorities said only that a 35-year-old female died of "apparent suicide" at the home but did not release the woman's identity Sunday.
The first phase of a $2-million restoration of the historic City Gym and Pool has been completed. The project included renovating the men's and women's showers, women's restroom, game room and office; and upgrading the 1931 facility to accommodate disabled people. Federal and state grants paid for the $600,000 first phase of the restoration.
December 20, 1992
The Bolsa Chica wetlands are a rare ecological find and are part of only a few thousand acres of wetlands left in Southern California. Because of this, they deserve to be restored and preserved for future generations. The Bolsa Chica Coalition Plan is the best way to accomplish this objective. Undoubtedly, this effort will require small sacrifices from everyone in the community--including the surfers. Construction of the jetty at Bolsa Chica State Beach is essential to wetlands restoration.
November 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
One of the gems of the Vatican's priceless religious art collection -- a 6th century reliquary containing the purported fragments of the cross on which Jesus was crucified -- has gotten a new look after being restored to its Byzantine-era glory, experts say. The Vatican today will unveil the restored Crux Vaticana, a jewel-encrusted golden cross containing what tradition holds are shards of Jesus' cross. Art experts said the restoration rendered the cross much closer to what it would have looked like at the time Byzantine Emperor Justin II gave it to the people of Rome.
August 25, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD
The city of Fillmore has received a contract from state historical preservation officials guaranteeing almost $450,000 for restoration of the cracked and crumbled Towne Theater. Although the city has not yet received a check, the contract ensures that Fillmore will get the money, Councilman Roger Campbell said Wednesday. "We have already gotten to the point of asking for proposals from architects," Campbell said. "This has all happened very quickly." The Jan.
February 28, 1992
Restoration of the historic Venice canals began Thursday, after four years of debate among lawmakers and residents on how to rehabilitate the area while protecting wetland habitats. City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter joined public works officials and community leaders at a ground-breaking ceremony for the $6 million effort. The rehabilitation plan was approved last year by the City Council, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Coastal Commission.
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