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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1999
"CRA Ends Deal for Mall With Magic Johnson" (Nov. 19) confused the issue. The Magic Johnson/Victor MacFarlane team still has every opportunity to develop Santa Barbara Plaza, as do other interested parties. The community and I await a viable proposal from whomever it is that can improve, rehabilitate and redevelop the plaza, and that includes Johnson and MacFarlane. As for my own efforts, I will not rest until there is economic vitality once again at Santa Barbara Plaza. MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS L.A. City Council
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OPINION
May 2, 2008
The stalled Santa Barbara Plaza development, detailed this week in The Times, suggests how badly a project can be bungled when incentives are not in line with goals. Christopher Hammond, a politically connected developer of extremely questionable credit- worthiness and reliability, was able to draw $15 million in public funding for a retail and housing development at the foot of Baldwin Hills that remains unbuilt.
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NEWS
December 6, 1992 | ERIN J. AUBRY
With its aging facades and long rows of empty parking spaces, the Santa Barbara Plaza doesn't appear to be much of a commercial prize. But in the last few years, especially since the April-May riots, the debate has heated up about how to improve the 20-acre shopping center. Speculation about the future of Santa Barbara Plaza heightened this fall, when City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas beat out Councilman Nate Holden for the plaza in a redistricting battle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1999
"CRA Ends Deal for Mall With Magic Johnson" (Nov. 19) confused the issue. The Magic Johnson/Victor MacFarlane team still has every opportunity to develop Santa Barbara Plaza, as do other interested parties. The community and I await a viable proposal from whomever it is that can improve, rehabilitate and redevelop the plaza, and that includes Johnson and MacFarlane. As for my own efforts, I will not rest until there is economic vitality once again at Santa Barbara Plaza. MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS L.A. City Council
NEWS
October 25, 1992
I wish to provide some clarification for your readers concerning the Los Angeles City Council's Oct. 9 vote to include the Santa Barbara Plaza Shopping Center in the 8th Council District, which I represent. Through their vote, a majority of City Council members recognized the wisdom and logic of placing the Santa Barbara Plaza in the 8th District. The residents and business people of the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw area will be better served. The council vote now places the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza, Santa Barbara Plaza and the encompassing proposed redevelopment area in one council district.
NEWS
October 22, 1992
I wish to provide some clarification for your readers concerning the Los Angeles City Council's vote to include the Santa Barbara Plaza Shopping Center in the 8th Council District, which I represent. Through their vote, a majority of City Council members recognized the wisdom and logic of placing Santa Barbara Plaza in the 8th District. The residents and business people of the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area will be better served. The Council vote now places the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Plaza, Santa Barbara Plaza and the encompassing proposed redevelopment area in one Council district.
NEWS
August 18, 1991 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The problems plaguing the Santa Barbara Plaza shopping center frequently boil down to the distinct difference between daytime and nighttime traffic, says Karim Ansar, an optician who has operated his business in the plaza for 25 years. During the day, the sprawling shopping center on 23 acres in the Crenshaw District is home to about 250 businesses--an array of clothing stores, hair salons, cleaners, restaurants, pharmacies and offices for lawyers and doctors.
OPINION
May 2, 2008
The stalled Santa Barbara Plaza development, detailed this week in The Times, suggests how badly a project can be bungled when incentives are not in line with goals. Christopher Hammond, a politically connected developer of extremely questionable credit- worthiness and reliability, was able to draw $15 million in public funding for a retail and housing development at the foot of Baldwin Hills that remains unbuilt.
NEWS
November 7, 1991 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Utah-based grocery chain has been scouting the aging Santa Barbara Plaza shopping center in Crenshaw as a possible site for a giant supermarket and drugstore combination. Representatives of Smith's Food & Drug Centers of Salt Lake City have approached Mayor Tom Bradley and City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, whose district includes the Crenshaw area, expressing interest in the site.
NEWS
December 6, 1992 | ERIN J. AUBRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With its aging facades and long rows of empty parking spaces, the Santa Barbara Plaza doesn't appear to be much of a commercial prize. But in the last few years, especially since the April-May riots, the debate has heated up over how to improve the 20-acre shopping center. Speculation about the future of Santa Barbara Plaza heightened this fall, when Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas beat out Councilman Nate Holden for the plaza in a redistricting battle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It looks as though not even Magic could turn around the beleaguered Santa Barbara Plaza shopping center in the Crenshaw district. The Community Redevelopment Agency's Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to terminate its exclusive agreement with Earvin "Magic" Johnson's development company to revitalize the commercial project. But, as is common with anything even remotely connected to the CRA and City Hall these days, there is more under the surface than what appears in public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1998
After several rounds of futile finger-pointing, the revitalization of an underused segment of Los Angeles' small-business community is nearer. The aging Santa Barbara Plaza in the Crenshaw district used to be a shopping center with many bustling stores. But the old-fashioned, sprawling outdoor layout, as well as the declining fortunes of the adjacent mall, led to hard times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1998 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of hardball politics, developers for former basketball star Magic Johnson and city officials are expected to announce today that they have reached agreement on a $100-million shopping center in the Crenshaw district, which is badly in need of development. Under nonbinding terms approved by the developers and the Community Redevelopment Agency, the city will offer developers a nearly $20-million subsidy to rebuild the crumbling Santa Barbara Plaza shopping center.
NEWS
May 7, 1995
The United Negro College Fund is hosting its 13th annual fund-raising walkathon at 8:30 a.m. May 20. The 4.5-mile course starts at Santa Barbara Plaza and then heads west to Rodeo Road, north on La Brea Avenue, east on Jefferson Boulevard, south on Crenshaw Boulevard, west on Stocker Avenue and north on Santa Rosalia Drive back to the plaza. The event is expected to raise $200,000; $160,000 was raised last year. It is sponsored by Pacific Bell, Southern California Edison Co.
NEWS
September 18, 1994
The Kiwanis Club of Angeles Mesa is holding a reception Saturday for Celes King III to celebrate the bail bondsman's 50 years as a community leader and civil rights activist. For 30 years, King, 70, has owned a bail bond agency at 1528 W. Martin Luther King Blvd. that has also served as the operation site for a number of organizations he has either founded or helped to launch. Among them are the state Congress of Racial Equality and the Martin Luther King Kingdom Day Parade.
NEWS
December 6, 1992 | ERIN J. AUBRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With its aging facades and long rows of empty parking spaces, the Santa Barbara Plaza doesn't appear to be much of a commercial prize. But in the last few years, especially since the April-May riots, the debate has heated up over how to improve the 20-acre shopping center. Speculation about the future of Santa Barbara Plaza heightened this fall, when Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas beat out Councilman Nate Holden for the plaza in a redistricting battle.
NEWS
July 5, 1992 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In quiet maneuvering shortly before the Los Angeles City Council voted on its redistricting plan in May, Councilmen Nate Holden and Mark Ridley-Thomas each succeeded in claiming a coveted prize from the other's turf, The Times has learned. Holden's coup was to capture Santa Barbara Plaza, an aging shopping center in the Crenshaw District that has been targeted for redevelopment by the city.
NEWS
November 15, 1992 | ERIN J. AUBRY
Certco, an Orange County database service, has announced plans to open an office by the end of the year in Santa Barbara Plaza. Certco will offer 40 jobs to local residents. The jobs, which start at $8 to $10 per hour and pay up to $36,000 a year, range from data entry to administrative positions. Applications will be available in two weeks at the firm's Crenshaw district office, 3856 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
NEWS
December 6, 1992 | ERIN J. AUBRY
With its aging facades and long rows of empty parking spaces, the Santa Barbara Plaza doesn't appear to be much of a commercial prize. But in the last few years, especially since the April-May riots, the debate has heated up about how to improve the 20-acre shopping center. Speculation about the future of Santa Barbara Plaza heightened this fall, when City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas beat out Councilman Nate Holden for the plaza in a redistricting battle.
NEWS
November 26, 1992
Certco, an Orange County database service, has announced plans to open an office by the end of the year in Santa Barbara Plaza. Certco will offer 40 jobs to local residents. The jobs, which start at $8 to $10 per hour, range from data entry to administrative positions. Applications will be available in about a week at the firm's Crenshaw District office, 3856 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
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