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November 20, 2011 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Shopping centers have always been about more than shopping. Before the rise of Internet-based social interaction, malls were a workplace, gathering place and pop culture petri dish for the better part of two generations. That made them the perfect backdrops for the kinds of films that filled the '80s and '90s - for the most part geographically ambiguous, lost-in-the-crowd tales of teen angst, budding (or imploding) romance, the everyman chafing under the yoke of social hierarchy and the bullies that come with it. In short, the mall setting was a grown-up version of the childhood playground - and, perhaps most important, a place that would look fairly familiar to everyone.
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January 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Indoor malls may have a limited lifespan, according to Rick Caruso, owner of Southland centers including the Grove in the Fairfax district and the Americana at Brand in Glendale. In a Sunday keynote speech to some 4,000 people at the National Retail Federation's convention, Caruso said the industry is “on the verge of the rebirth of brick and mortar retail.” “I've come to the conclusion that within 10 to 15 years, the typical U.S. mall, unless completely reinvented, will be seen as a historical anachronism, a 60-year or so aberration that no longer meets the public's, the consumer's or the retailer's needs,” Caruso said at the New York City event.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2000
I've lived in Ventura for 10 years, and there's a lot to like about this town. There are also a number of things that puzzle me. One of them is the parking garage at Pacific View Mall. It's the wrong building in the wrong place. Something this homely should have been located elsewhere or camouflaged. OK, it isn't the Louvre or the Guggenheim or the Getty. It's a parking garage. It adheres to the dictates of function at the expense of expression of form. By definition, we must forgive a parking garage if it is not pleasing to the eye. However, that is no reason something so unsightly should be put on display, running parallel to a main thoroughfare, as though it were a real building.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Fred Sands, whose name once was posted on for-sale signs on houses all over Los Angeles' affluent Westside, quit selling homes more than a decade ago. But he has quietly built another real estate empire. The striving son of a New York cabby and small-business man, Sands built the largest independent residential real estate brokerage in California with 65 offices and 4,000 employees. Fred Sands Realtors and affiliated companies generated $9.4 billion a year in sales when he sold it in late 2000.
NEWS
July 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Postal Service announced Friday that it will begin setting up operations in major stores at shopping malls across the nation. Assistant Postmaster General Gordon C. Morison said the agency plans to negotiate contracts for operation of the postal service centers. No locations were announced. Like several thousand contract postal outlets in drugstores, groceries and other retail facilities, the new centers will be operated by employees of the stores and will be open when the stores are open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989
A West Los Angeles anti-nuclear group has won a court order allowing it to distribute information to patrons of shopping malls. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California called Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kurt Lewin's ruling "a victory for freedom of speech." Lewin granted a preliminary injunction that bars mall owners from preventing individuals or groups from entering a mall "simply to hand out information or talk to patrons," ACLU officials said.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Macerich Co. said it bought two shopping malls, one in Modesto and one in Billings, Mont., for $118.2 million in cash and debt. The sellers weren't identified. The purchase of the Vintage Fair Mall in Modesto and Rimrock Mall in Billings, which contain a total of 1.65 million square feet of space, boosts Macerich's portfolio to 23 malls and shopping centers with 16.6 million square feet of space.
BUSINESS
February 4, 1987
The Canadian real estate developer is buying half interests in five shopping centers being sold to Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., an Ohio developer. The centers were formerly owned by Allied Stores, which Campeau recently acquired. Campeau will pay $200 million for the interests. Under an agreement between Campeau and DeBartolo, the five centers were to be sold to DeBartolo for $400 million by March 31, with Campeau reserving the option to buy a 50% interest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1994 | PAUL ELIAS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last-minute Christmas shopping became a little more stressful Friday when a power outage struck Thousand Oaks' two largest shopping malls, trapping customers in elevators and leaving hundreds of shoppers to wander into dark parking lots. The outage, apparently caused by an underground explosion, occurred about 6:20 p.m., when malls were jammed with shoppers and restaurants full of diners, merchants said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
Keith Kiley smokes, but he's resigned to a life under an ever-increasing number of smoking bans. The 57-year-old-maintenance worker spent Wednesday painstakingly applying clear plastic stickers depicting a burning cigarette with a line drawn through it to the shimmering glass doors of The Promenade at Woodland Hills. The Promenade was one of six San Fernando Valley shopping malls to ban smoking Wednesday.
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November 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A 20-year-old gunman was dead Tuesday morning after firing at least six rounds inside a New Jersey mall in the latest gun rampage through a high-traffic, hence low-security, venue. No one was shot or injured.  Richard Shoop, 20, fired from a modified rifle into the crowd at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., about 15 miles from downtown Manhattan and just over the George Washington Bridge in an area known for attracting shoppers from around the region. It was unclear if Shoop was aiming at anyone.
WORLD
September 22, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Heavy gunfire broke out again at dawn Monday at the Nairobi shopping mall where an attack by Somali militants Saturday killed at least 68 people. The Kenyan military said late Sunday that it had rescued most of the hostages inside the upscale mall and that they were launching a final assault against the assailants.  It was not known how many hostages had been rescued, nor how many remained in the hands of gunmen said to be from the Al Qaeda-linked group the Shabab.
WORLD
September 22, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya - Security forces launched what they called a final assault late Sunday against Somali militants holed up in a high-end shopping mall, claiming they had freed most of the hostages being held by the gunmen and seized control of much of the building. Military and police helicopters circled low over the multi-story Westgate mall and gunfire rang out throughout the day. As darkness fell, beginning the second night of the siege, a large explosion shook the area. The Kenya National Disaster Operation Center said a major operation was unfolding to end the terrorist attack that killed at least 68 people and injured 175. PHOTOS: Kenya mall attack "This will end tonight," it declared.
WORLD
September 22, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Israeli advisors were reported to be helping Kenya's government try to free hostages held by terrorist gunmen in an upscale shopping mall, after an attack that killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, but President Uhuru Kenyatta said the rescue attempt remained a domestic operation. "For the time being, this remains an operation of the Kenyan security agencies. I thank all our international friends who have reached out to us and stood with us," Kenyatta said.
WORLD
September 21, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
Shabab, the Al Qaeda-affiliated Somali militant group claiming responsibility for a deadly assault Saturday on an upscale Nairobi shopping mall, has been implicated in a string of attacks in Kenya in recent years. The group has been issuing threats against Kenya since the country sent troops into southern Somalia in 2011 and helped drive the militants out of the port city of Kismayo, once a key source of Shabab's revenue, the following year.  Kenya still has troops in Somalia operating under the banner of the African Union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki
Glendale police are working to identify a man and woman captured on security camera footage that shows food kiosk burglaries at the Americana at Brand.  Break-ins at the Richie Palmer's Pizza and Häagen-Dazs kiosks occurred around 4:20 a.m. on July 28, according to a police crime bulletin.  Video from one of the stores shows a woman opening a sliding glass service window and a man entering through it. The man hits his head on the floor, appearing...
NEWS
April 30, 1987 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
Lawyers are sometimes given a bad rap. They generally rank low in public opinion polls. They are often depicted in film as despicable shysters, out to make a buck, willing to lie, cheat or steal to protect their clients or their own pocketbooks. But ask any person where they should turn when they face a serious business, financial or even personal problem, and the correct answer will often be: "Ask a lawyer."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1988
A six-level, two-block-long enclosed shopping mall has been proposed for Encino, to be built primarily underground. Because only two levels of the $100-million mall would be above ground, the proposal will apparently meet strict building controls for the area and not require a single public hearing, Los Angeles officials said Thursday. The Puma Development Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday backed a plan to let shopping mall giant Westfield keep up to $59 million in tax revenue over 25 years, one in a flurry of decisions made before six council members leave office. The council voted 10 to 0 to let Westfield keep up to 42% of the net new tax revenue produced by a planned shopping mall and hotel in Warner Center over 25 years. The project is expected to generate $140 million in taxes during that period. Departing Councilman Dennis Zine spearheaded the effort, saying the additional funds would allow Westfield to speed construction of its mall.
WORLD
January 20, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - Two security guards were injured in a bomb blast at a shopping center a few miles north of the Greek capital Sunday, stoking new fears of escalating violence and extremism in the economically stumbling nation. The attack on a state bank branch in a massive shopping mall came less than a week after masked men opened fire with an AK-47 and a revolver on the headquarters of the governing New Democracy party, targeting the office of its leader, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
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