October 22, 2013 |
Here comes Halloween, bearing down upon us like a hearse with bad brakes, and your family is way behind in its fall rituals. No worries. Here are three farms, all within 90 minutes of Los Angeles, that are all tricked out for the season with corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches and something called a “pumpkin cannon.” Go forth next weekend -- or during the week, if you're unbound by traditional school schedules -- and make hay while the...
May 7, 2013 |
A shallow magnitude 1.4 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning three miles from Meiners Oaks, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:06 a.m. PDT at a depth of 6.8 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 13 miles from Carpinteria, 14 miles from Ventura and 16 miles from Santa Paula. In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes . [Updated at 5:30 p.m.: The USGS had earlier reported the quake was magnitude 3.7. ]
November 4, 2012 |
Santa Paula's downtown is reminiscent of any Small Town, USA, with its century-old inn, mural-lined walls and neighborhoods with Victorian homes. The tranquil lifestyle might make it seem as if it's in an isolated part of the state, but the truth is that the town, population 28,000, is 20 minutes east of Ventura. The bed The 1911 Tudor-Craftsman Glen Tavern Inn (134 N. Mill St.;  933-5550, http://www.glentavern.comrooms from $79) includes the on-site Enzo's Italian Restaurant, a lobby featuring a fireplace and a plethora of inviting couches, and hallways lined with classic movie posters.
September 29, 2012 |
With dark blue, astringent skins, and dry, sour flesh, the ancient plums called damsons aren't good for eating fresh. When submitted to a process akin to alchemy, however, their tartness and spiciness are ideal for making preserves. Cooked down, the damson's astringency disappears, and its tannic skin imparts a gorgeous magenta color and rich, spicy flavor, while its abundant pectin confers a lusciously thick and smooth consistency. Originating in western Asia (supposedly near Damascus, whence its name)
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August 3, 2012 |
William H. "Bill" Mensing, the owner of an aircraft sheet-metal business whose improved water-drop tanks made for Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopters in the early 1970s became widely used, has died. He was 88. Mensing died July 26 at his home in Santa Paula after a brief illness, said his family. A World War II veteran, Mensing opened a precision sheet-metal business called Sheetcraft in Northridge in the early 1960s and became known for his skill in making new parts for damaged helicopters and airplanes.
June 15, 2012 |
The bank-owned Santa Paula ranch that screen star Steve McQueen and his third wife, Barbara Minty, once owned has sold for $660,000. The property was listed in 2009 at $1.95 million but after multiple price reductions was lost to foreclosure in November at $699,283. The pair moved to the 15.3-acre Ventura County ranch in 1979 and were married in the home's living room in January 1980. The Victorian-style house, built in 1892, contains some of its original Victorian features, antique stained-glass windows and fireplaces in the family room and kitchen.