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January 19, 1992 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are lights that twinkle like stars on the rusty marquee of the old El Royale Motel, but nobody wishes on them. This isn't a place where dreams come true. Fantasies maybe, in the small rooms with mirrored ceilings and pornographic movies shown on televisions mounted high on the patched walls. But not dreams.
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February 21, 2001 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will review a city councilman's proposal today to create a cultural center adjacent to the historic San Fernando Mission. Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla, who represents the northeast Valley, has proposed a center that would feature the culture of the San Fernando Valley much the way Barnsdall Art Park does for Hollywood and Plaza de la Raza and El Pueblo do for East Los Angeles.
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August 13, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wrecking crews were demolishing the oldest synagogue offices and classrooms in the San Fernando Valley--built in 1949--when the synagogue's rabbi reluctantly walked over Monday to point out some of its history. "I've been staying away; it's very depressing to see this," Rabbi Moshe Rothblum of Temple Adat Ari El said as he watched workers toss debris from the second floor.
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November 12, 2000 | Richard Cheverton, Richard Cheverton is a freelance writer based in La Palma and author of the book "The Maverick Way" (Maverick Way Publishing). This is his first story for the magazine
Our chariot, the one that will carry us on an extraordinary journey through space and time, awaits. It is a 320-horsepower, gimme-a-ticket scarlet ragtop Camaro, a brutal, throwback muscle car throbbing expectantly at a parking meter on Ventura Boulevard, poised for flight in front of . . . what to call it? A building; yes, certainly that.
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February 21, 2001 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will review a city councilman's proposal today to create a cultural center adjacent to the historic San Fernando Mission. Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla, who represents the northeast Valley, has proposed a center that would feature the culture of the San Fernando Valley much the way Barnsdall Art Park does for Hollywood and Plaza de la Raza and El Pueblo do for East Los Angeles.
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February 24, 1999 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like ohmigod like totally Encino is like so bitchen. There's like the Galleria and like all those like really great shoe stores. "Valley Girl"--Frank and Moon Unit Zappa **** "Oh, my God," said former Valley girl Charlene Andersson, almost reverently as an escalator deposited her Tuesday on the second floor of Robinsons-May in the Sherman Oaks Galleria. "Ten years ago, I used to push my kids in strollers through here."
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August 2, 1991 | STEVE PADILLA, Columnist Bill Boyarsky is on vacation. Today's guest columnist is Steve Padilla, a reporter in the San Fernando Valley Edition of The Times
If our homes are our castles, lots of folks in this town probably would love to install moats. For a while now, communities have been walling off the world, with barriers physical or psychological, in search of peace of mind, status or higher property values. That's certainly the case in the San Fernando Valley, the Balkan Peninsula of Greater Los Angeles.
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May 2, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Ventura Boulevard has an unofficial cheerleader, it is Claudia Wells. The owner of Armani Wells, a clothing store near the corner of Laurel Canyon and Ventura boulevards, she wiles away her mornings sipping cafe latte outside her shop, chatting with other shopkeepers, hugging friends and smiling at passersby. On a recent sun-soaked morning, her face was a portrait of satisfaction in her surroundings. "It's like the '50s here," Wells said.
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December 26, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For generations, a rumbling ritual of courtship has been performed every weekend in the San Fernando Valley, transforming dull strips of asphalt into enchanted avenues of adolescent amore . Shortly after sunset, young men roll out their four-wheeled finery before an admiring audience, flexing their hydraulic muscles and inviting a few young women to join them in the customized interiors of these hand-polished vehicles.
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November 12, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crews are busy installing a mosaic in the foyer of the rebuilt Madrid Theatre this week in preparation for a Dec. 3 opening ceremony for the new performing arts center. The mosaic represents construction materials used in early buildings in Canoga Park and includes a medallion engraved with a rendering of the original theater..
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September 23, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sarah Tran came to the Express Pack & Ship here to send 90 pounds of food to her son. But while she was mailing the package, Tran couldn't resist buying Lotto tickets and a used Canon camera priced at $65. "It was a good deal," the Palmdale woman said. The sign out front may say Pack & Ship, but longtime customers know the store is also something of a trading post--and a crossroads of the Valley's diverse cultures.
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May 2, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Ventura Boulevard has an unofficial cheerleader, it is Claudia Wells. The owner of Armani Wells, a clothing store near the corner of Laurel Canyon and Ventura boulevards, she wiles away her mornings sipping cafe latte outside her shop, chatting with other shopkeepers, hugging friends and smiling at passersby. On a recent sun-soaked morning, her face was a portrait of satisfaction in her surroundings. "It's like the '50s here," Wells said.
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February 24, 1999 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like ohmigod like totally Encino is like so bitchen. There's like the Galleria and like all those like really great shoe stores. "Valley Girl"--Frank and Moon Unit Zappa **** "Oh, my God," said former Valley girl Charlene Andersson, almost reverently as an escalator deposited her Tuesday on the second floor of Robinsons-May in the Sherman Oaks Galleria. "Ten years ago, I used to push my kids in strollers through here."
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December 1, 1998 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the ribbon is cut Thursday on Canoga Park's new Madrid Theatre, the West Valley will have something it's never had before--a genuine community performing arts center. And music director James Domine will have something he's always wanted--a place where his San Fernando Valley Symphony can rehearse, perform and grow. "It was my idea even before the earthquake," says Domine, a Reseda resident who operates the Copy Center in Canoga Park in addition to his musical activities.
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December 1, 1998 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the ribbon is cut Thursday on Canoga Park's new Madrid Theatre, the west San Fernando Valley will have something it has never had before--a genuine community performing arts center. And music director James Domine will have something he has always wanted--a place where his San Fernando Valley Symphony can rehearse, perform and grow. "It was my idea even before the earthquake," says Domine.
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November 12, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crews are busy installing a mosaic in the foyer of the rebuilt Madrid Theatre this week in preparation for a Dec. 3 opening ceremony for the new performing arts center. The mosaic represents construction materials used in early buildings in Canoga Park and includes a medallion engraved with a rendering of the original theater..
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December 1, 1998 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the ribbon is cut Thursday on Canoga Park's new Madrid Theatre, the West Valley will have something it's never had before--a genuine community performing arts center. And music director James Domine will have something he's always wanted--a place where his San Fernando Valley Symphony can rehearse, perform and grow. "It was my idea even before the earthquake," says Domine, a Reseda resident who operates the Copy Center in Canoga Park in addition to his musical activities.
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April 6, 1992 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a trunk full of liquor samples and a head stuffed with Irish wisdom--"The reason the good Lord made whiskey was to keep the Irish from ruling the world"--Ellen Murphy keeps the night life lively in Ventura Boulevard's trendy bars and restaurants. When the music is loud and the liquor is flowing, you might lift your glass to Murphy, for she keeps it full. A saleswoman for Young's Market Co.
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October 28, 1997 | J. EMILIO FLORES, For The Times
They come out at night, driving the streets of the northeast San Fernando Valley in a rusty and faded Datsun station wagon, wearing cowboy hats and carrying guitars, an accordion, a guitarron and a fired-up attitude. Meet " Luces del Valle, " a trio of musicos, street musicians who make their living by playing local cantinas.
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March 12, 1997 | DAVID E. BRADY
Theirs is a uniquely San Fernando Valley story. A lovely lady. A man named Brady. Three very lovely girls. Three boys of his own. And Alice, the housekeeper. Although it lasted just five unremarkable seasons on ABC from 1969-74, "The Brady Bunch" has become a love-it-or-hate-it icon of blissful middle-class suburbia with roots deep in the Valley.
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