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November 28, 1985
EDCON Inc. of Thousand Oaks has been selected by the City Council to assess the need for an indoor sports facility at Charles H. Wilson Park. The $25,000 study will identify the city's indoor sports programs and determine the level of use of such a facility for the next 15 years. The report is expected to be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Commission in March or April, and by the City Council in June or July.
October 30, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- The consensus among economists is not one that America's professional sports leagues like to hear. The taxpayers get no significant financial return from paying to build a ballpark or a football stadium or a sports arena. The lesson has been learned in California. The San Francisco Giants paid for their new ballpark. The Dodgers paid to renovate theirs. The Oakland Athletics would love to pay for one in San Jose, but the commissioner, the Giants and the courts stand in their way. If the argument is that public funding for sports facilities makes no sense, the opposing argument could be heard, seen and felt all around Fenway Park on Wednesday.
August 21, 1988
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum entered a new era in its storied history when local officials turned over its operation to a private contractor. With recent political and legal controversies swirling about the stadium, it was nice to see an important change take place so quietly and easily.
June 13, 2013 | Sam Farmer
The improbable dream is now even more unlikely. The romantic idea of an NFL stadium at Chavez Ravine, one that overlooks downtown Los Angeles, was already a long shot. News that Frank McCourt is in position to demand some involvement only increases the degree of difficulty. The Los Angeles Times obtained documents Wednesday that show the unpopular former Dodgers owner has the option to buy back land if another sports facility - let's say an NFL football stadium - is built on Dodger Stadium property.
Ask the people who have hired HuntCor Inc. to talk about the company's record in building new sports facilities, and their answers sound like billboards for the H. Norman Schwarzkopf of corporate America. From Memphis, where the company's sister corporation is building a $61-million basketball arena, facility general manager Russ Simons raves: "They have done an extraordinary job--it's on time, on budget and it's a spectacular signature piece of architecture. I'm impressed." Next stop: Anaheim.
June 19, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
In a second attempt to win support for new youth sports facilities, the City Council voted this week to seek voter approval in November for an assessment district to pay for a number of projects. The advisory measure on the November ballot will seek approval to assess a levy for as long as 10 years to pay for $11.5 million in improvements.
January 5, 1993
The city of Anaheim should follow through on Councilman Irv Pickler's suggestion to ban smoking in the seating areas of the city-owned Anaheim Stadium and the soon-to-open Anaheim Arena. National health studies now leave no doubt that secondhand smoking is harmful to nonsmokers. Banning smoking in the city's public facilities is one way of protecting those who choose wisely not to smoke. If the City Council adopts a no-smoking rule for the stadium and arena, it will put them in good company.
December 6, 1998
Many cities use hotel taxes to build or maintain sporting facilities; on the other hand, sports events are popular travel destinations: Percent of Hotel Taxes Spent on Sports Facilities 1. New Orleans: 36.4% 2. Atlanta: 20.1% 3. Tampa, Fla.: 18.3% 4. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: 18.2% 5. Jacksonville, Fla.: 16.0% 6. Chicago: 14.1% 7. Seattle: 12.7% 8. West Palm Beach, Fla.: 9.9% 9. Cincinnati: 4.8% 10. San Francisco: 3.0% **** U.S.
July 17, 1988
The four-level, $25-million Sporting Club at Irvine will combine the most technically advanced athletic and conditioning facilities in a structure designed by Japanese architect Kishio Kurokawa. Darren Hodgdon of The Sporting Clubs of America, the San Diego-based developer of the 100,000-square-foot facility at the Birtcher Lakeshore Towers complex, said construction is expected to start in August near the southwest corner of Von Karman Avenue and the San Diego (405) Freeway, in Irvine.
July 23, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY
The City Council approved a plan this week for possible future uses of the undeveloped areas of Huntington Central Park, including a batting cage, urban forest, trails, parking lots, a swim complex, a bandstand and more. The plan is a preliminary step to making improvements to the 370-acre park along Goldenwest Street. An environmental impact report will precede any development. In some areas, development is not imminent.
January 28, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Two state lawmakers have moved to crack down on a costly method of finance that hundreds of school districts have been relying on to pay for new construction. Assembly members Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) introduced legislation Friday that seeks to check the use of long-term capital appreciation bonds, which can carry debt payments many times the amount borrowed to build schools, classrooms and sports facilities. Fiscal watchdogs, including county treasurers and California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, have warned repeatedly that the bonds are risky and reminiscent of the lending and Wall Street excesses that contributed to the Great Recession.
March 4, 2011 | By Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
After years of delays and false starts, the project seemed to be nearing completion, finally. It was the spring of 2009, and construction crews at Los Angeles City College appeared to have accomplished the neat trick of building a track and athletic field on the roof of a new parking structure. Field boundaries had been marked in white on the artificial turf. Bleachers had been installed, and workers were laying the track. Billions to Spend: Complete Coverage It was easy to imagine that students would soon be playing soccer or running sprints against a backdrop of pencil-thin palms, chocolate-colored hills and the Hollywood sign.
April 7, 2010 | By Jack Dolan
UCLA officials have decided not to use all of the $25 million in student fees that they were planning to spend on a $185-million renovation of Pauley Pavilion, home of the school's legendary basketball team. Vice Chancellor Steven A. Olsen said in a letter to The Times that $15 million of the student funds would go to other uses. The letter followed a Sunday article detailing how, in a time of crippling budget cuts, administrators throughout the state have tapped funds meant for classrooms and student services to help pay for ill-timed land deals, loans to high-ranking officials and, at UCLA, the Pauley renovation.
September 23, 2008 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
The University of California is seeking maximum civil penalties against 16 people who took part in a 21-month tree-sitting protest at UC Berkeley in the hope of deterring similar demonstrations in the future, UC officials said Monday. The protesters, including the final four who were removed from a 90-foot redwood earlier this month, face fines of $1,000 each and potential attorneys' fees ranging from $3,000 to $10,000, said Michael Goldstein, a UC attorney.
September 5, 2008 | Richard C. Paddock
A state appeals court Thursday cleared the way for UC Berkeley to begin construction of an athletic facility on a contested site where protesters have been occupying trees in the hope of halting the project. University officials said they were pleased with the ruling and would begin construction as soon as possible. Opponents of the project argue that it will mean the loss of a valuable grove of trees next to Memorial Stadium. Protesters have been occupying trees in the grove for 21 months in the hope of blocking construction.
November 7, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
If the University of California is the home of campus protest, finding the correct address is simple. Just follow the messages written in brightly colored chalk on the sidewalk of Piedmont Avenue alongside Memorial Stadium. All Life Is Sacred Value Life Not Capital Trees = Oxygen Love Your Mother. When USC fans show up for Saturday's football game against Cal, there will be plenty of reading material, and it's there at their feet.
December 12, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The leadership of East Germany's embattled Sports Federation resigned today in the face of mounting public criticism over excessive government support of elite athletes. Federation President Klaus Eichler said he and the rest of the central administration would step down in response to calls for "far-reaching programs and personnel changes," the official news agency ADN said. Eichler admitted "mistakes" by the federation leadership in recent weeks, ADN reported.
December 13, 1989
The leadership of East Germany's embattled sports federation resigned Tuesday in response to mounting public criticism of excessive government support of elite athletes. President Klaus Eichler, his five vice presidents and the entire secretariat quit the German Gymnastics and Sports Federation (DTSB) in an emergency session at the Kienbaum training camp east of Berlin.
September 22, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has long been one of the state's perennial athletic powers. But the Roman Catholic school never had a place to display its prowess -- the tiny gymnasium wasn't big enough to hold a regulation-size basketball court, much less hang 60 championship banners. This week, the school's teams will move into a facility that would be the envy of some colleges: an $18-million athletic and aquatic complex.
June 30, 2003 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
Mention vibration and fitness and most people conjure up those useless jiggle belts women wore decades ago to try to shake away their flab. That visual image may soon disappear. The Power Plate, a device about the size of a medical upright scale, sends vibrations through the body, promising to improve flexibility, strength, bone density and help heal certain injuries.
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