April 24, 2011 |
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe - now that it's grown to more than 1.7 million people in nearly three dozen cities and neighborhoods rich and poor - the Valley isn't even a suburb anymore. It begins just 10 miles northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, sprawling west to the Simi Hills, north to the Santa Susana Mountains, and east to the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains.
July 19, 2009 |
My husband, Nolan, and I had pulled in next to a train station to make coffee in our rented Volkswagen Vanagon camper when a wiry, red-haired man ambled over and knocked on our sliding door. It was our first morning in New Zealand, and we assumed he was going to tell us we couldn't park there. Hands in the pockets of his fleece jacket, he smiled apologetically at interrupting our breakfast, and leaned in. "What year is it?" he asked, meaning our bright orange van (a 1982).
May 10, 2009 |
The Italian buffalo is a massive beast with eyes that glow red and a bony rump. Resistant to any change in routine, it is happiest wallowing in mud, lying in the pasture like a pile of old leather shoes and poking its wet nose into a mound of feed. It has nothing in common with Botticelli"s "Primavera" or Donatello's "David." But since the 12th century at least, the brutes have given the world something arguably as good: fresh, pillow-soft, white mozzarella cheese.
January 15, 1997 |
Nextel Communications Inc., in a first for the wireless industry, said its customers can travel anywhere in the U.S. and use their phones without paying higher "roaming" fees. With Nextel's new digital network, customers can travel in 50 U.S. cities and have their wireless calls and home rates follow them. Previously, Nextel's digital phones worked only in their designated home markets.
September 18, 2002 |
Here are some sources for pitahaya fruit and plants. White-fleshed varieties are usually called dragon fruit. At Vietnamese stores and nurseries, you might need to ask for thanh long. * Bien Hoa Farm. Dragon fruit plants and fruits. Open weekends, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 275 Stewart Canyon Road, Fallbrook; (760) 728-8768. * Dalat Farm. Dragon fruit plants and fruits, in limited supply. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 11130 E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2000
Channel Islands National Park, one of the most delightful features of Ventura County, is about to get a little bigger and better: The nonprofit Nature Conservancy has agreed to give 8,000 acres of land on Santa Cruz Island to the park. Added to the 6,000 acres of the island that the park already controls, this gift will open up miles of rugged hiking trails, a wide sandy beach and access to the pier in Prisoner's Harbor, a popular destination for boaters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1987 |
Some people bring their work home with them. Ed and Donna Dill do it the other way around--they take their home to work. As project manager and secretary for the first phase of a $150-million development project at California State University, Northridge, they live in a one-bedroom, Komfort trailer just south of the north campus construction site. "We love it," said Ed Dill of the unusual arrangement. "People come by and say, 'Hi, glad to have you here.'
November 16, 2006
Thank you for the coverage of the Griffith Observatory reopening ["Home of the Real Stars," Nov. 2]. The following should be added to the list of movies filmed at the observatory: the cliffhanger serial "The Phantom Empire." It was produced by Mascot Pictures in 1935, right after the observatory was completed. It featured Gene Autry in his first starring role. It was the only western/science fiction serial ever made. The observatory stood in for the underground city of Murania. The observatory's copper roof and Art Deco wall were used for background.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2003 |
When I read about the 104 bison in Catalina's overcrowded herd being shipped off to a new life in South Dakota, I recalled being told that a question often asked by clueless tourists on the island is: "Do the buffalo migrate?" A restaurant worker told me last year that her usual answer is: "Yes, they swim across the channel [to the mainland]." Now we know they take a boat. And in case you're thinking of visiting Catalina, let me answer two other frequently asked questions about the creatures.