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January 10, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Most urban renewal projects require piles of cash and armloads of permits and blueprints. All that's needed for James Rojas' makeover of downtown Long Beach is imagination. Rojas is an urban planner who has constructed an 80-square-foot scale model of the city that residents and business owners can tinker with to illustrate their own vision of Long Beach's future. The city's high-rises, retail shops and residential buildings are represented by movable blocks of wood, scraps of plastic and pieces of castoffs that Rojas has salvaged from garage sales and thrift shops.
December 5, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
At the Long Beach Ballet academy on Wardlow Road, pint-sized ballerinas get dressed upstairs in Signal Hill. When they go downstairs for class, the dance floor is in Long Beach. That's because city lines pierce right through the building, making it a two-city hybrid that was created when 100-year-old boundaries got overtaken by development. From time to time, the oddity has created confusion among business owners and residents seeking to get business licenses, pay taxes or obtain police services.
April 14, 2011
Wines on a budget Here are a few favorite wines for less than $15 from the people we interviewed: Simon Cocks of Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese: NV Anton Ohlig Sekt Rosé Extra-Trocken, "50 N" (German sparkling rosé), $14.99; 2009 Hubert Rousseau Gros Plant du Pays Nantais (French white), $13.99; 2009 Monte dos Perdigöes Alenteja DO, Tapada do Barao (Portuguese red), $11.99. 223 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 856-8699 (no website)
February 19, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Steve Horn, a moderate Republican political scientist who spent a decade in Congress representing Long Beach and surrounding areas after serving as president of Cal State Long Beach for nearly 20 years, has died. He was 79. Horn died Thursday at his Long Beach home from complications of Alzheimer's disease, said his son, Steve Horn Jr. On Capitol Hill, Horn was regarded as a maverick known for his bipartisanship during five terms in Congress from 1993 to 2003. Although he voted to impeach President Clinton, Horn often broke ranks with his party, including voting against oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
December 10, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The sinister-looking black coupe sits in a corner of the showroom floor, oozing macho and muscle. Square headlights. Evil sneer for a grille. Six cylinders of turbocharged fury. If Darth Vader drove a car, this is what you might find in his garage. This new car is 23 years old. It's a Buick Regal GNX, and in 1987 car enthusiasts including celebrity collectors Reggie Jackson, Burt Reynolds and Sylvester Stallone snapped them up. This menacing Buick ? one of only about 500 ?
August 7, 2010 | By Sam Watters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It is August when spacious skies soar above amber waves of grain in fields stretching from sea to shining sea. It is the month of the fruited plains and purple mountain majesties that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write her anthem, "America the Beautiful," and that lured the masses west for a better life. Jonathan Bixby from Maine was one of those folks, and he hit it big. In 1881 he picked up 26,000 acres in what is today Long Beach. The property was Rancho Los Alamitos, part of a Spanish land grant earned by an intrepid soldier who marched north from Mexico in the 1760s.
April 8, 2010
• The 2008 Burgans Rias Baixas Albariño is available at the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111,; and Manhattan Fine Wines in Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454, about $13. •The 2008 Mártin Códax Rias Baixas Albariño is available at Du Vin Wine & Spirits, West Hollywood, (310) 855-1161,; John & Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310)
November 29, 2009 | By Jerry Hirsch
The gig: Owner of Rossmoor Pastries, one of the region's largest independent commercial bakeries. It supplies pastries, cakes and other baked goods to large clients, including Disneyland, Staples Center, Angel Stadium, Universal Studios and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Some big projects : Created a gingerbread version of Staples Center that was rolled out to center court during halftime of a Los Angeles Lakers game. Baked a 5-foot-tall birthday cake for pop star Miley Cyrus.
November 5, 2009
Re "4 new rivals, same old ideas," Opinion, Nov. 3 I absolutely agree with Jerry Roberts' and Phil Trounstine's assessment of the candidates for the upcoming governor's race. As a young Democratic voter, I looked forward to casting my vote for Gavin Newsom. What California needs right now is a leader with a fresh voice that speaks to the younger generation. Newsom was that voice, and he could've brought out a seemingly unattainable younger vote. He proved his commitment to us as mayor of San Francisco, and many of us anticipated his continuing with the same fervor in the governor's seat.
August 26, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila
Headed to LACMA to catch the "Pompeii and the Roman Villa" exhibit before it closes Oct. 4? Before you go, put a bottle of this crisp, minerally white from Italy's Campania region (that's Naples/Pompeii and environs) in the fridge to break open when you come home. Served well-chilled, it's refreshing with notes of citrus rind and white pepper. Incidentally, Falanghina is the name of the grape. It's terrific with spaghetti alle vongole , which goes together really quickly. Enjoy it with grilled fish or shrimp too, for easy summer drinking.
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