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December 7, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Carolers, professional and amateur, will travel to three retirement homes Sunday to bring a little cheer to residents this season. The 15th annual holiday caroling will take accomplished singers and musicians to three sites in the Valley this year. Organizers are looking for singers of all talent levels to help entertain. "We want to bring happiness to the elderly and to bring enjoyment to the less fortunate residents," said choral director and event organizer Vincent J. Leinen.
April 7, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
If the producers of the HBO series "Getting On" go to Costa Mesa to see Samuel D. Hunter's "Rest," the American theater might lose another talented playwright to television. This prolific dramatist's latest play, which is having its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in a finely acted production directed by Martin Benson, put me in mind of the American version of the dark British television comedy in which the old and frail are tended to by caregivers who could use some urgent care themselves.
October 12, 1989
California Lutheran Homes, which operates The Alhambra retirement home at 2312 S. Fremont Ave., is planning to merge with a Norwalk retirement home, a move that will make it one of the largest senior care facilities in Southern California, a spokesman said. The merger will not be final until the board of directors for Southland Lutheran Home approves it Dec.
September 12, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With each new member of its inaugural rollout, Netflix continues its creative course of conservative innovation. It has the star-studded drama ("House of Cards"), a little horror for the young folk ("Hemlock Grove"), the iconic re-issue ("Arrested Development") and a sassy dramedy ("Orange Is the New Black"). Really, all that's missing from this cable template is a period piece and something new from Ricky Gervais. And now, here's something new from Ricky Gervais. "Derek," which appears in its seven-episode entirety Thursday, is a heartbreaking mess of a show.
March 13, 1995 | ERROL COCKFIELD
An early morning fire swept through a Mission Hills retirement home Sunday, badly burning one man and forcing the evacuation of 40 residents, authorities said. Firefighters extinguished the flames within 20 minutes of arriving at 2:34 a.m. "We found heavy smoke coming from the second floor," Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Many elderly residents of the three-story building at 10050 Sepulveda Blvd.
September 8, 2000
John Roderick Steinhaus, 75, president and chief executive of California Lutheran Homes for three decades. Steinhaus led the expansion and development of the Alhambra-based nonprofit corporation, which operates 10 retirement homes in Southern California serving 1,500 people. He served on the first board of examiners for nursing home administrators in California and held the first license issued by the state when the licensing of the administrators became law in 1972.
May 24, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
A Los Angeles zoning panel on Tuesday approved a retirement home's request for permission to expand its facilities, despite the protests of nearby homeowners. The Los Angeles Board of Zoning Appeals went beyond a previous decision of a city zoning official, allowing the Jewish Home for the Aging to expand its one-story main building in Reseda into a five-story structure. In January, Associate Zoning Administrator Dan Green had limited the expansion to three stories.
March 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The first retirement home for the deaf in Northern California has ended up taking mostly hearing seniors, frustrating the project's organizers, who hoped for a deaf-only enclave. Fremont Oak Gardens, which opened in May 2005, was meant to be a place where deaf seniors could rest and grow old in one another's company. But bureaucratic hurdles and the Bay Area's tough housing market have led hearing seniors to move in, said Julian "Buddy" Singleton, 73, who is deaf and led the project.
December 13, 1997
A blaze that damaged two floors of a South-Central Los Angeles retirement home Friday displaced 50 people, a fire department spokesman said. The blaze broke out at 2:08 p.m. at Independent Square in the 2400 block of South St. Andrews Place, and was put out in 25 minutes by 14 fire companies, spokesman Jim Wells said. Wells said the number of units affected was still unclear, but the hallways on the sixth and seventh floors suffered major smoke damage.
March 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
In the latest allegations of poor treatment for veterans, the Pentagon said Thursday it was investigating conditions at a veterans' retirement home in the capital. A medical team went for an inspection Wednesday after Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates received a letter from congressional investigators about allegations of a rising death rate and rooms spattered with blood, urine and feces at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington.
February 19, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- Spectacular views of Rome, stands of palm and magnolia trees, the Sistine Chapel close by -- these are the amenities awaiting the first pope to step down in more than 600 years after he moves into his retirement home this spring. A week after Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, hard-hatted construction workers were rushing Tuesday to ready his intended residence amid the perfectly trimmed lawns of Vatican City. Chutes attached to windows of the four-story building were prepared to unload rubble as workers appeared to gut the building and perform a complete redecoration before Benedict starts a secluded life of prayer there.
November 3, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Billy Connolly may have been named the U.K.'s "most influential stand-up comedian of all time" this year, but at his core he's the same banjo-playing welder who infused his Humblebums gigs with joke-telling. So when he was asked to play a role recently abandoned by Albert Finney and opposite Maggie Smith in Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut "Quartet," it was only natural the 69-year-old Scot would feel some pangs of trepidation. "I thought, 'Oh, my God!' I got a bit scared," said Connolly of acting opposite such acclaimed talent.
June 21, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN JOSE - When the jury in Department 34 of Santa Clara County Superior Court finally sits down to deliberate, the main question facing the nine men and three women sounds simple: Just who is the victim here? William Lynch, 45, is accused of tracking down Father Jerold Lindner on May 10, 2010, and assaulting him at his Jesuit retirement home. Witnesses testified during the preliminary hearing that Lynch had punched and kicked the elderly priest, yelling: "You ruined my life. Turn yourself in. You molested me. " Lynch and his younger brother sued the Society of Jesus, Lindner's order, 15 years ago, alleging that the priest had raped them and forced them to have sex with each other when Lynch was 7 and his brother 4. The case was settled for $625,000, and Lindner was removed from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, where he had been teaching.
February 4, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
BEN BOLCH'S RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY THE UNTOUCHABLES 1. CHICAGO (20-6) Derrick Rose prefers Chicago in June to Orlando in February, London in August. (1) 2. OKLAHOMA CITY (18-5) Kevin Durant no longer invited to judge All-Star dunk contest. (2) 3. MIAMI (17-6) Fortune 500 companies line up for LeBron James after way he ran offense. (3) ALL THE RIGHT MOVES 4. INDIANA (16-7) More success in back-to-backs than "Star Wars" & "Empire Strikes Back.
November 18, 2010 | By Louis Lucero II, Los Angeles Times
The words "eternal telethon" evoke a kind of fever dream, a never-ending parade of well-meaning celebrities and philanthropic lions such as Jerry Lewis endlessly pitching and pitching. John Burtle is aware of the associations. But the 24-year-old L.A. artist also believes that the art world hasn't yet realized the full potential of the much-maligned telethon format. Like, for instance, building a retirement home for artists near the Salton Sea. For 24 hours beginning Saturday at noon, Burtle is cohosting and coordinating the latest installment of a categorically open-ended charity drive called the Eternal Telethon, broadcast over the Internet in a live stream on the project's website, http://www.
September 10, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A man convicted in April of torture and elder abuse at an upscale Calabasas retirement home said he was beaten by other inmates in a Los Angeles County jail on two occasions despite requesting to be removed from the general population housing, according to a sworn statement he made to the American Civil Liberties Union. Cesar Ulloa, 22, said his crimes made him a target: He often laughed as he viciously attacked residents at Silverado Senior Living, several of whom were too dementia-ridden to call for help, prosecutors alleged.
Investigators have narrowed the source of last month's deadly fire at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home to the gas wall heater that had passed a maintenance worker's inspection days earlier, said Battalion Chief Daryl Arbuthnott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Motion Picture home officials declined to comment on the finding. Their own subsequent review of other heaters at the Woodland Hills complex found no problems, they said.
May 25, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
It was happy hour and cocktail glasses were being hoisted in the San Fernando Valley. Retirees at a new senior citizen residence were toasting their good fortune that there wasn't a recliner in sight. "What the hell do you need rocking chairs for?" asked 87-year-old Dody Fertig, taking a sip of wine. "Who doesn't want to live their life out in style?" That's what residents of the $90-million Village at Northridge are paying for, after all. The new five-acre "senior living community" built atop the site of a grapefruit grove-turned-aerospace plant was alive with cocktail chatter and the tinkling of ice as residents relaxed before adjourning to nearby restaurant-style dining rooms for the dinner hour.
April 9, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
A former employee of an upscale retirement home accused of physically assaulting four vulnerable residents was convicted Thursday of torture and elder abuse. Jurors deliberated about five hours before finding Cesar Ulloa guilty of all eight counts against him. As the verdict was read, the 21-year-old Reseda resident stared straight ahead without showing any emotion. Ulloa, who had a bruise on his right eye that he said was the result of being attacked by half a dozen inmates in jail over the weekend, faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in May. According to witnesses, Ulloa, a low-level employee, often laughed as he viciously attacked residents.
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