YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsRestorations


When John Cox first visited the internment camp where about 10,000 Japanese-Americans were forcibly relocated during World War II, he was shocked--not by what he saw, but by what he didn't see. "There was nothing," the 16-year-old Northridge Boy Scout said of his trip last year. "There was just these two guard shacks and a few walls still standing. There's really nothing but a memorial plaque to tell you what really happened here."
March 23, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
Trying to restore its luster as a tourist destination, this cozy harbor town is undergoing its most ambitious overhaul since chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. built the town's signature feature in 1929: Avalon Casino. More than half a dozen projects are underway or planned in the 2-square-mile community, including a museum, hotel, spa, aquatic facility, chapel and wine-tasting room. Renovations are planned for the island's golf course, and the oceanfront beach club is expanding.
January 6, 2014
'Columbia in the 1930s: Recent Restorations' Where: Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and Feb. 14 Cost: $9 Information: UCLA Film & Television Archive,
March 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: Ray Adamyk, 52, is president of Spectra Co., a Pomona firm that has played a major role in restoring such prominent historic buildings as the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the Catalina Casino in Avalon and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In his view, preservation and environmentalism are two sides of the same coin. "The greenest building is one that already exists," he said. "I think people want to see old buildings restored. " Early days: Adamyk was born in England and reared in Canada, where he enjoyed physically demanding sports in his school days.
November 21, 1992 | JEFFREY WELLS
Several new restorations are either completed or in the works: * "The Guns of Navarone," the 1961 World War II adventure starring Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven. Columbia has been funding the restoration for more than two years. As supervised by UCLA Archives preservation chief Bob Gitt, the work has proceeded slowly and has focused on sound and image restoration. "Navarone" will be the opening-night attraction for UCLA's annual Festival of Restoration, to be held in April.
September 13, 2007 | Nancy Yoshihara, Times Staff Writer
INA BROSSEAU MARX speaks painstakingly about furniture restoration. Make the mistake of using the word "refinishing" instead, and her retort is quick: "In this country I don't know why we have the problem with the word 'restoration.' It is not the same as refinishing." The exacting way she talks about restoration is reflected in the compendium on the subject that she and husband Allen Marx wrote based on their 30 years practicing the craft.
A key stretch of the Santa Clara River could be taken out of private hands and run by the government to promote wildlife and nature parks under an ambitious new environmental recovery plan. The proposal, unveiled Monday, seeks to acquire and restore 6,400 acres of some of the best remaining stream-side habitat in Southern California.
December 17, 1993 | Associated Press
Talks aimed at ending years of legal battles over cleaning up the Florida Everglades collapsed Thursday amid sharp disagreement between U.S officials and the sugar industry. The failure to reach agreement dashed hopes that had been raised last July when Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announced an accord with sugar growers that was designed to be a framework for ending the dispute.
March 22, 1997 | DADE HAYES
The Portal of the Folded Wings, built in 1924 next to what is now Burbank Airport, has been selected as one of 20 statewide winners of the annual Preservation Design Awards. The California Preservation Foundation honored the Valhalla Memorial Park monument in its restoration category. The monument is the only San Fernando Valley winner and one of five in Los Angeles.
September 19, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Capping more than 12 years of planning and $18 million worth of improvements, the city this week celebrates the completion of renovation of its two historic train depots and the opening of a pedestrian bridge linking them. The Fullerton station, which serves more than 900 Amtrak and Metrolink passengers a day, has long been a transportation hub, city officials said. And both depots recently were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. "We're a junction here," said Terry M.
March 23, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - The mighty Colorado River, which over millenniums has carved the Grand Canyon, does an unusual thing when it gets south of the Arizona-Mexico border. It dies. The Morelos Dam - sitting on the international boundary - serves as its headstone, diverting nearly all of the river water into an aqueduct that serves agriculture as well as homes in Tijuana. South of the dam, the river channel travels about 75 miles to the Gulf of California. Except when filled by rains, the channel is bone dry. But starting Sunday, the river will flow again, part of an unprecedented experiment by U.S. and Mexican officials.
March 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter is working to get its service back up and running in Turkey after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pulled the plug on the social network. “We stand with our users in Turkey who rely on Twitter as a vital communications platform,” Twitter's policy team said in a tweet on Friday. “We hope to have full access returned soon.” The ban was prompted by links posted to Twitter of audio clips that appeared to incriminate Erdogan in corruption ahead of local elections.
March 21, 2014 | By David Kelly
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.  - Since moving to Colorado from Southern California three years ago, I've come to hate winter. Scalding baths, wool blankets, the dog snoozing on my feet - nothing takes the edge off the bitter cold. It lingers in the air, in the bones and, most of all, in the soul. Then a friend told me about a place three hours from Denver guaranteed to rocket my moribund core temperature through the roof. I set off on a dark January morning in a raging blizzard.
March 18, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
About 5,400 people were without power Tuesday night in neighborhoods in northern Glendale. Officials with Glendale Water and Power said on the utility's Twitter account that the outage was in the Sparr Heights area of the city. Crews "are working on power restoration as quickly as possible and are aware of all areas affected," the utility said. [Updated, 10:14 p.m. PDT, March 18: Parts of La Crescenta were also affected by the outage, the utility said.
March 17, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles' top budget official Monday advised city leaders to resist the temptation to expand services, saying they should work instead toward eliminating a recurring deficit by 2018. In a 37-page report, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said a rebounding economy and greater stability in the city's finances have created new pressure to add or expand local government. He recommended that council members focus on initiatives to stabilize the budget, such as reducing entry-level city salaries and securing new healthcare concessions from the workforce.
March 17, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told the Legislature on Monday that the closure of budget-strapped courts has deprived more than 2 million residents of accessible justice and left the state on the verge of a "civil rights crisis. " "A one-way, three-hour trip to a courthouse can't be fair in anyone's book," Cantil-Sakauye said in her annual address to state lawmakers. California court budgets in the last several years have been cut by about $1 billion, and Cantil-Sakauye has been pleading with legislators to restore more funding next year.
February 17, 1992 | Kevin Thomas
If you missed seeing the 1952 "Singin' in the Rain" at the Hollywood Bowl in August, 1990, you'll have another chance to see it in restored form when it begins a one-week run Friday at the Nuart. A fresh viewing only confirms its stature as one of the greatest of all musicals, co-directed and co-choreographed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly.
July 18, 1998 | Associated Press
A cemetery that is considered the nation's most significant black burial ground is being restored a year after it was destroyed by vandals. The cemetery at Rossville African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is in a community called Sandy Ground on Staten Island. Free black oystermen from Maryland established it in the early 1800s. The community, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad, is a symbol of strength for many blacks today.
March 16, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
When it comes to a battered environment, few places can match Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, an empire of weeds, trash and vagrant encampments surrounding a polluted lake crawling with nonnative snails as big as baseballs, voracious water snakes and snapping turtles. The park's Lake Machado is best known as the swampy hideout of the abandoned alligator Reggie, who won international fame after officials spent $200,000 trying to catch him. Reggie was finally snagged in 2007 with a dog-catcher's pole.
March 15, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Jenny Gonzalez checked for signs of epipodium, tentacles resembling swaying wet noodles, on the green abalones in her South Gate classroom the other day. "That's what I was looking for," Jenny, 13, said of a small, light-colored abalone. "When you see the epipodium, that means they're happy. " That's one thing students at South Gate Middle School are learning about green abalones. The students have cared for three of the snail-like marine creatures since January. Although the activity has been in place at the school for three years, this is the first time teacher Violeta Llamas' "Explorations in Science" students participated.
Los Angeles Times Articles