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February 9, 1986 | JUBE SHIVER JR.
Following the lead of other Japanese car and motorcycle companies that have diversified their product lines, Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A., headquartered in Cypress, is introducing a small, four-wheel vehicle aimed at Americans who live in small, closed communities--particularly retirement communities.
March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A 70-pound mountain lion seen running on the slopes behind a retirement community was sedated by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and taken to the Cleveland National Forest, according to a news release issued Thursday by the city of Mission Viejo. The female mountain lion, believed to be 2 to 5 years old, was first seen near the Palmia retirement community near Santa Margarita Parkway and Promenade. The sighting was reported to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the city.
When Lloyd Lewis started building retirement communities more than 25 years ago, he took a scouting trip around the country to see what was out there. What he found was a virtual desert--an "ageist society" with no real quality service for the elderly. What he ended up becoming was a pioneer in retirement living.
January 20, 2013 | By Scott J. Wilson
Can you make money buying hidden treasures at yard and garage sales, then reselling them? The experts say you can, but don't expect it to be easy. Some advice from the pros: •Focus on a particular type of item. "Start with something you really like and have a strong interest in," recommended Aaron LaPedis, author of "The Garage Sale Millionaire. " "This will ensure that the treasure-hunting process will be much more fulfilling, as well as more profitable for you. " Research your specialty to see which items are most in demand.
December 21, 1999
Homeplace Retirement Communities of America Inc. said it has received approval from the city of Los Angeles to build a retirement community in Northridge. The facility will offer independent living for seniors as well as on-site assisted living and skilled nursing care. Villa Capri is scheduled to open in mid-2002. Homeplace, of Del Mar, specializes in building retirement communities in Southern California.
June 1, 1995 | MIMI KO
Despite opposition from a few residents, the City Council has approved the construction of a 73-space employee parking lot on the south side of the Morningside retirement community. "It's just a lousy place for a parking lot," said Morningside resident James Greene, whose home overlooks the parking lot site. "We don't think it's a good deal at all."
April 2, 1987 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
It was dubbed "Menopause Manor" in the late 1950s, and the name stuck. But Park LaBrea, the country's third-largest apartment complex and the biggest west of the Mississippi, has outgrown its dubious reputation. New cars, baby carriages and joggers are the most visible signs that its 4,204 units are increasingly occupied by younger tenants, many of whom work in new office towers on Wilshire Boulevard.
Is it the end of Leisure World as we know it? The venerable retirement community, which makes up most of Laguna Woods, Orange County's newest city, will probably change its name, possibly by the end of the year. Two newer Leisure Worlds, in Silver Spring, Md., and near Leesburg, Va., have complicated the retirement community's ability to use its own name on everything from brochures and letterhead to its telephone directories and shuttle buses.
August 6, 1989 | JANE FRITSCH, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles builder used a $27-million loan insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to build a golf course and help finance a lavish clubhouse for a private, gated retirement community in Oceanside, HUD records show. New homes in the development, called Leisure Village Ocean Hills, are selling for as much as $329,000 and feature individual back-yard fountains and hot tubs.
Four years ago, Japan's powerful Ministry of International Trade and Industry floated the idea of exporting a new commodity to the United States and other countries. But for a change the Japanese found no ready market for the export, which was not a fancy new television or camcorder or car. Rather, it was Japanese retirees.
August 17, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
THE VILLAGES, Fla. - In Florida, the jobs picture is worse than the national average. Foreclosures still weigh down home sales, and gasoline prices are back on the rise. But since Paul Ryan joined Mitt Romney's ticket, the campaign debate has turned abruptly away from President Obama's record on jobs and the economy and toward Ryan's proposals for overhauling Medicare, an issue that historically favors Democrats and is generating more than casual interest in senior-heavy Florida.
April 29, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Construction is underway on a $62-million senior housing complex in Costa Mesa called Vivante on the Coast. The 185-unit retirement community being developed by Nexus Cos. at 1640 Monrovia Ave. is intended to provide a resort-style environment for tenants 62 and older. "We've incorporated many of the new ideas in fitness, healthcare, technology and lifestyle that appeal to the demands of our growing aging population, especially here in Orange County," said Curt Olson, chief executive of Nexus Cos. The gated campus will have a fitness and physical therapy facility with an indoor saltwater pool, outdoor courtyards and rooftop decks.
June 15, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A $273,000 mistake has become the talk of the town in Leisure World Seal Beach. The retirement community of about 9,000 is abuzz after the complex's management company, Golden Rain Foundation, failed to pay the majority of a total of $3.5 million in property taxes on time, resulting in a penalty of $272,948.32. "It's a disgusting, huge blunder," said David Lyon, a resident for 11 years. "It's not just a simple mistake. " Members of the foundation met with the Orange County treasurer-tax collector to try to get the penalty waived and was denied.
April 28, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The Sun City community here has just about anything active seniors could want: a fitness center, swimming pools and an array of classes including dance, aerobics, personal finance and computer skills. Outside, residents play pickleball in the warm air, near the amphitheater where a Jimmy Buffett tribute band will kick off the summer season. Golf carts hum on the streets, and in the main lodge's parking lot, spaces for the handicapped stretch toward the horizon. In the neat neighborhoods, there's nary a basketball hoop or spare toy in sight.
April 9, 2011 | By Jeffrey Head, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether housing for seniors has been built for independent or assisted living, the architecture seldom varies from the traditional. Few are modern in their aesthetics, and communities built to give residents comfort through familiar environs — to surround them with design they have lived with throughout their lives — may simply perpetuate existing models of retirement living and not consider the range of wants and needs of an aging but active population....
November 13, 2010 | Sandy Banks
For months after she moved into Belmont Village, Meril Graf couldn't unlock the door to her penthouse apartment without crying. When she got inside, "all I would do was nap," she said. When her children tried to talk up the place ? maid service, gourmet meals and endless social amenities ? she listened, stone-faced, "with tears running down my cheeks. " "I didn't want to be here," Graf recalled. "I didn't want this to be happening to me. " We were sitting on the sofa in her elegant, sunny living room, with a wall of windows looking out over Wilshire Boulevard six floors below.
December 11, 1986
Donald M. Perry has been named vice president of operations for Health Care Group's retirement communities.
January 11, 2010 | By Sy Rosen
My mom is in a retirement community -- about half of the residents are "independent" and the other half are "assisted." My mother is very proud that she's in independent living and makes sure she mentions it at least twice in every conversation: "I'll have a bowl of soup, and speaking of soup, did I mention that I was in independent living?" I didn't say her transitions were graceful. Being a great liberal (I would have gone to Woodstock if I hadn't been doing a term paper), I told my mom that there wasn't a big difference between the assisted residents and the independents.
December 27, 2009
Technology for seniors: An article in the Dec. 20 Business section about high-tech products and services for seniors said Linked Senior, a company that provides MP3 players and content to retirement communities, was launched in June. The company was founded in 2006. The story also said the service was currently available in 14 retirement communities. It is now available in about 30 facilities. High school football: An article in the Dec. 20 Sports section on the CIF football state championships said Southern California teams held an 11-4 advantage over Northern California teams in the last four years.
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