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December 30, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The Motion Picture & Television Fund and the union representing its nursing staff have agreed to a new contract, ending a year-long labor dispute at the Woodland Hillls-based retirement community. On Friday, members of SEIU-UHW overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new three-year contract that provides 1% annual pay increases for about 500 custodial staff, nursing staff and other employees of the fund, according to two people close to the negotiations who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to comment.
March 26, 1997 | MELINDA FULMER
Orange County is losing its luster as a retirement community. A lack of affordable housing within walking distance of amenities such as shopping, churches and other activities is pushing many retirees into other areas, said John Tully, partner in the Irvine architectural firm KTGY Group. Many boomers about age 45 or 50 are already starting to look elsewhere for retirement homes they can use now on weekends and live in later.
January 25, 1998
Re "Cityhood Is '98 Goal for 4 Communities," Dec. 29: Leisure World cityhood petitioner Bob Ring overlooks and sidesteps why many of the people living in Leisure World, Laguna Hills, are so hesitant about cityhood. During the past few years, millions of dollars, collected from our monthly fees, have been frittered away. Land that we the people of Leisure World didn't want to purchase was purchased for us, with our money, from Rossmoor Partners. On the same day that the escrow for this transaction was completed, another escrow was closed, which transferred the same property to another owner at a great financial loss to Leisure World.
February 14, 2008
Re "They want this place to stay put," Feb. 8 We'd all love to keep historic buildings in their original locations; unfortunately, it is just not possible. Think of the Weddington House like your grandmother. Do you want her to die at home or live out her years well cared for in the Heritage Square Museum (and retirement community)? Rodney Kemerer Beverly Hills -- The Weddington House belongs in North Hollywood, as one of the last vestiges of the San Fernando Valley's early farming community.
September 1, 2005
RE "Recasting the Actor's Studio" [Aug. 25]: What a kick! Being an actor, I started to read with great interest your article about the Motion Picture & Television Fund's retirement community last Thursday, but when I turned to Page 11, I was dumbstruck! There I was on the television screen in John Alderson's living room in a scene from a movie I made at Fox in 1952 (released in '53), "Titanic." When I think of the odds of that one frame appearing in The Times photograph, it boggles my mind.
The Japanese government wants to send its retirees abroad where the living is cheaper, and a small Orange County company is offering a solution. VTN Corp., an engineering firm in Orange, wants to build a giant Leisure World-type retirement community for Japanese and other foreign retirees along a 14-mile stretch of coastline in the West African nation of Senegal.
July 13, 2008
Re "Left out of 'leisureville,' " July 8 As a resident of Sun City in Palm Desert, I was incensed by this article. Many of us volunteer in local schools, hospitals and charities. We give back to the community but choose to live in an environment designed for people our age. Those who helped defeat school bond measures would have voted the same way wherever they lived. It is not up to Congress or anyone else to regulate our right to live in "over 55" communities, as long as other areas exist to provide a choice.
August 15, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
I am fortunate enough to have known the Great Julia for many years. She was always an inspiration to me. Not so much for her cookbooks - quite honestly, I came of culinary age at the tail end of the era of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and didn't cook from it all that much. What inspired me about Julia was the way she lived. And that's what I reflected on in my appreciation of her written right after she died on Aug. 13, 2004. I've been lucky enough to win more than my share of awards, but few things have meant as much as the fact that her family chose to have this piece read aloud at their private funeral service for her. It's as true now as it was then.
December 8, 1996 | From Associated Press
It runs on electricity, does about 25 mph, travels about 30 miles before needing a recharge--and is being marketed first in this retirement community where golf carts are common. It's Bombardier Motor Corp. of America's Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, a two-seater that starts at about $6,700. The little vehicle that went on display Nov. 12 is billed as just the thing for jaunts to the bank, grocery store or clubhouse.
June 9, 1991
The top 25 "dream" retirement communities--based on quality of life, climate, scenic beauty and cultural and recreational opportunities--have been selected by Century 21 Real Estate Corp. from 300 locations nominated in a national survey of its offices. Housing prices were not a consideration in the survey, and most of the communities were located in Florida and California. Some of the surprises included Cape May, N.J., North Conway, N.H., Tryon, N.C., and Hot Springs, Ark.
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