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June 21, 2003
As both a homeowner on Vista Street and a dog owner, I can sympathize with both camps in the Runyon Canyon debate (June 14). No one likes traffic or canine urine or feces in front of their home. But the city would be making an egregious mistake to sacrifice any of the acreage enjoyed by off-leash dogs for a parking lot. This natural sanctuary is one of the most charming idylls in Los Angeles, where red-tail hawks circle in the sky, peering down on lizards, rabbits, hummingbirds and, of course, untethered dogs and their owners.
March 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A hiker died at Runyon Canyon Park on Sunday after falling ill, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A fire helicopter joined ground crews in responding to reports of a male adult hiker who had collapsed and stopped breathing just before 2:30 p.m., authorities said. Less than an hour later, the LAFD tweeted that the man had died on the trail at the popular hiking destination. β€œHe was just walking and then he just tumbled and lost consciousness,” John Zahedi, who witnessed the hiker's collapse, told KTLA-TV . Jenny Gittler, a nurse who was on the trail at the time, administered CPR to the man for seven minutes before the EMTs arrived by helicopter.
September 1, 2002
I am amazed that The Times has not found the time to report on the impending closure of the Vista Street entrance to Runyon Canyon in Hollywood. This action is being taken without any public input and will have a terrible impact on the visitors as well as the many people living around the Fuller Avenue gate who will now have to contend with the traffic that Vista Street currently handles. The issue is not just convenience. What happens if there is a fire in the canyon? Are those who may find themselves cut off from the one exit expected to just deal with it, simply for the convenience of the upscale homeowners who have instructed the city to make this change--a change that is taking effect in spite of the impact on so many others?
March 7, 2014 | By Marty Fortney
I will meet more single women this week than most men will in their entire lives. The women will touch me, hug me, laugh at my jokes - and then walk out to their husbands, boyfriends or Chihuahuas and hike Runyon Canyon. I'm a casting director for TV commercials. On a typical day I interview 100 beautiful and spirited women, all of whom stare deeply into my eyes and listen to my every musing. Their very livelihood depends on it. If they catch just a nugget of something I say that the other women miss, it might lead to a callback, then a booking and maybe $25,000 in residuals.
The Los Angeles City Planning Commission on Thursday unexpectedly rejected a proposal to build a 10,000-square-foot home on a prominent ridge overlooking Runyon Canyon Park, an action that City Council staff workers hailed as a historic reinforcement of a 3-year-old city law protecting the Santa Monica Mountains.
Los Angeles city parks commissioners have recommended diverting $1.25 million from a trust fund for Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood to help purchase 63 acres of parkland in Studio City from a private developer. The commissioners, by a 5-0 vote, made the recommendation Monday after Councilman Michael Woo called the price tag "an excellent bargain" for parkland "so close to the heart of the city." Woo represents both Hollywood and Studio City.
The Hollywood Hills home of the late Emmy Award-winning director Alan Handley has been offered to the city of Los Angeles as parkland, but city officials say they cannot afford the $4-million price tag. The four-acre property, which offers spectacular views, includes a three-bedroom house designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is surrounded by the city's rustic Runyon Canyon Park, once the sprawling estate of supermarket magnate G.
It is the perfect place for a view home--a rustic prow of land jutting high above the city, surrounded by Runyon Canyon Park on one of the last untouched ridgelines in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains. The wooded property is also shaping up as the first major battleground over a 3-year-old city law designed to protect Mulholland Drive neighborhoods from urban sprawl. This morning, Beverly Hills jeweler Robert W.
June 14, 2003 | Nita Lelyveld, Times Staff Writer
A day after the city unveiled a plan for Runyon Canyon Park that instantly got dog owners growling, Los Angeles officials said they wanted to hear more from the public before shrinking the area where dogs can roam without leashes. But they said the park needs to be a welcoming place for everyone.
In a sprawling wilderness overlooking Hollywood called Runyon Canyon Park, an irresistible force is about to meet an immovable object, and nearby residents are fearing for the outcome. In this case, the force is the imminent Metro Rail Red Line link between Hollywood and Universal City, on which construction could start as early as next summer.
October 19, 2013 | Charles Fleming
Wattles Garden Park is a bucolic, verdant garden in the heart of Hollywood. It's loaded with history, and a delightful place to have a picnic, watch a sunset or just hang out. This easy walk will introduce you to the many charms of this recently restored Los Angles landmark, closed for many years and opened to the public only this week. 1 Start your stroll at the front door of this 50-acre estate, the Wattles Garden Park gates at 1824 N. Curson Ave., one block uphill from Hollywood Boulevard.
September 6, 2013 | By Carrie Friedman
I am running errands on a rare free afternoon when I drive past the restaurant Little Door on 3rd Street and surprise myself by having an anxiety attack, pronounced enough that I have to pull over. I can't get a good breath. My hands are so sweaty they slip on the steering wheel. I was last here a decade ago with my boyfriend at the time. We were together for six years, and for most of those years I felt like a disheveled beauty queen, my sash out of whack, Vaseline smeared on my teeth, trying so hard to win his love.
June 15, 2013 | By Amy G. Pengra
The first rule I hear after moving to L.A. is, "Don't date actors. " I heed this warning (which was delivered by an actor) until a friend mentions a new guy in her boxing class. "He's a cute British runner who plays guitar," she gushes, knowing I'm a fan of words like "British" and "guitar. " Then she adds that he moved here from London to act. Before I can protest, my friend assures me he used to be an actor, but, after years of dead-end auditions and too much booze, he turned to teaching and sobriety.
March 31, 2013 | By Nora Zelevansky
T-shirts were once novelty items: Disneyland giveaways for deeply uncool vacationers, concert keepsakes for the young and disheveled, kitschy thrift-store finds for young women with hair in Princess Leia buns. But in the last decade the garments have transcended that reputation, becoming refined wardrobe staples for everyone, everywhere. Arguably this phenomenon started in L.A., with C&C California. The T-shirt company launched in 2002 out of the homes of founders Cheyann Benedict and Claire Stansfield.
April 22, 2012 | Robert Crais, Crais is the author of many books in his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series, including "The Sentry," "The Last Detective," "The First Rule" and "L.A. Requiem." His new novel is "Taken."
The Los Angeles Times determined we have 114 separate and distinct neighborhoods here in Los Angeles. The city has posted several hundred blue signs naming far more. L.A. is a mash-up of uncountable, diverse neighborhoods spread over 465 square miles; hard and soft, painted in colors from concrete gray and security bar black to putting lawn green and jacaranda snowfall purple; beautiful, mysterious, dangerous, welcoming neighborhoods, soundtracked by the music of more languages than you or I or even the Los Angeles Times can count.
September 25, 2011
As long as people have built homes in Los Angeles near canyon parks or along the seashore, they have had to cope with the fact that their coveted private real estate abuts prized public land. The tension between residents and visitors has escalated recently in the Hollywood Hills, with two neighborhoods taking their complaints to city officials. In the area beneath the Hollywood sign, residents say increasing numbers of tourists drawn to the landmark are clogging narrow streets and causing traffic hazards.
April 30, 1995
It was sad in a way to read (April 21) that Runyon Canyon had once been owned by someone described only as "an Irish opera singer." Those of us who remember him and treasure his recordings would prefer to have read that the property belonged to "the great Irish tenor John McCormack," who built a home there (which he called San Patrizio after Ireland's patron saint) as a place of respite for his family from the demands of his worldwide fame. Trudging around the canyon a few years ago on the paths McCormack walked; viewing the tennis court where he played; standing within the foundation--all that remains--of San Patrizio where he rehearsed the songs he would sing around the world, it was hard not to imagine hearing the ghost of his voice still floating on the canyon's breezes.
The executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy recommended to members of the conservancy's board Monday night that they delay a decision on whether to allocate $8.7 million to purchase Fryman Canyon until the state reappraises the value of the controversy-cloaked ravine in Studio City. Joseph T. Edmiston also said the delay would allow time to resolve legal questions about a proposal that calls for the city of Los Angeles and the conservancy to buy the canyon for $10.
September 17, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
L.A.'s next gated community lies high in the Hollywood Hills on a curvy cul-de-sac that boasts sweeping views, slick, mid-century modern homes and a popular public access point for hikers heading into Runyon Canyon Park. For many years, the nights were quiet on Solar Drive β€” until an abandoned mansion was overrun by squatters and ravers, and the road became one of the city's most popular spots to park and party. Now, residents spend their mornings armed with trash bags, cleaning up used condoms, beer bottles and drug paraphernalia.
April 24, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
Sir Richard Branson has taken time off from helming his global Virgin brand to help promote the fourth year of BritWeek, which highlights all manner of British connections with California. An impressive array of events in the Southland (and for the first time in San Francisco as well) can be found at And although the celebratory "week" began Saturday, not to fear — it actually runs through mid-May. Meanwhile, here's Sir Richard's L.A. Days & knights We like to stay at the Sunset Marquis.
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