March 26, 1997 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
HOME & GARDEN
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.
November 20, 1990 |
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.
December 8, 1996 |
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.
March 31, 1991 |
A lot of funny people, including the comedy team of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, are involved in "American Playhouse's" "The Sunset Gang," premiering Friday on KCET. The three-part series, though, is no laughing matter. Adapted from the short stories by Warren Adler ("The War of the Roses") and co-executive produced by actress Linda Lavin ("Alice"), "Sunset Gang" examines how senior citizens deal with their golden years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1989 |
The 14 candidates who want to be elected to the city council of Laguna Hills, if such a city is formed, agree on one thing: Stop plans to build a large business park that would dump 42,000 vehicles a day on already-congested roads and prevent commercial use of the airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. In a poll taken at a candidates forum at Leisure World last week, all 13 candidates present said they would oppose a plan to change the zoning from recreation and open space to commercial on 192 acres next to the retirement community.