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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
The Port of Los Angeles will earmark $31 million to buy and restore coastal marshes near the harbor and the Ballona wetlands, the Harbor Commission decided Tuesday. The action represents a significant change in focus for the port, which in the past has invested nearly $100 million in wetlands in Orange and San Diego counties but not in Los Angeles County. When the port expands into open water, it must offset the loss of bird and fish habitat by restoring coastal wetlands.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1990 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Behind rows of condominiums and away from the noises of city traffic sit 45 acres of bluffs, hills and rough terrain waiting to be transformed. Once a sand and gravel pit, the land soon will be restored to what it was nearly 70 years ago. Canyon Park, expected to open to the public next summer, will feature native California drought-tolerant plants and trees rather than the usual park landscaping. "You can see this area has been abused," said city Parks Supt.
NEWS
August 27, 1993 | Associated Press
A restoration team has completed work on the statue of Armed Freedom that was removed from the dome of the Capitol in May. The seven-ton bronze female warrior has been cleaned and restored and will be returned by helicopter to its regular perch on Oct. 23, said George White, architect of the Capitol. He said the scaffolding that has surrounded the 19-foot, 6-inch statue for the last 3 1/2 months will come down so the public can view it up close before it goes aloft again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1996
Restoration of the Venice Pier, a once-popular site for fishing and tourism, passed a major hurdle Thursday when the California Coastal Commission approved a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the long-closed landmark. The commission's action paves the way for reconstruction of the pier to begin in the next two months. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks plans to replace half of the pier's 1,200-foot-long concrete deck, repairing the other half where it has deteriorated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A state grant of $1 million has been given to the Aliso Creek riparian restoration project, which seeks to restore native wetland habitat in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The grant will also help fund flood control projects. The state's Department of Water Resources will oversee administration of the grants.
NEWS
September 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Senate gave overwhelming approval Monday to what lawmakers called the largest environmental restoration project in history--a $7.8-billion effort expected to take three decades to rescue the Florida Everglades. The legislation, which must still be taken up by the House, calls for a large federal construction project to restore the historic water flows through the 300-mile-long Everglades ecosystem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1996 | MAKI BECKER
The mural had fallen into sad shape. The portrait of Cecil Fergerson, arts activist and icon to many African American artists, was crumbling. It was painted on the front wall of the Watts Towers Arts Center about seven years ago as a tribute. Fergerson had worked his way up from being a janitor at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to become a curator, playing a key role in getting the works of more black artists represented in exhibitions there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1990 | MICHELLE NICOLOSI
In a blow to local environmentalists, Port of Long Beach officials say they won't consider restoring the 100 acres of historical wetlands on the Hellman Ranch property. The Wetlands Restoration Society has been lobbying to have the wetlands restored instead of allowing a $200-million housing development to be built on the property. But port officials said in a letter to the group that the restoration would be too expensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1993 | ROBERT BARKER
The 1 1/2-mile walking trail at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve has been restored, just in time to make it more convenient for wetlands visitors coming to see returning ducks, geese, sandpipers and other migrating waterfowl. Phil Smith, executive director of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, said that about 60 members of the Arco corporate environmental remediation team have patched up the loop trail with about 13 cubic yards of decomposed granite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1993 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Preservationist Diane Rush cringes when she looks at the gift and souvenir shops that were recently installed on the historic deck of the Queen Mary, altering the ship's original design. Then she turns her attention to what has not been restored, such as the areas where crew members worked and lived, and the dining area where economy-class passengers ate. The ship's operator "is not putting anything into historic preservation," Rush said.
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