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October 1, 2012 | By William Fulton
The recent bankruptcies of Stockton and San Bernardino have again highlighted the fragility of many California cities' finances. In each case, the burden of public pensions has been blamed for the financial problems. However true that may be in the short run, the pension blame game masks another, deeper problem for the state's taxpayers: the hidden but crushing cost of sprawl. It's true that pensions are an increasingly visible strain on city budgets. As a former mayor of Ventura - a city that is not going bankrupt - I can attest that rapidly rising pension costs are a huge problem that must be dealt with aggressively.
February 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
In an unusual departure from the norm, the star of this year's BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament might not even swing a racket. The attention-getter very well may be more bricks-and-mortar than serve-and-volley. They call the current stadium the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It seats 16,100 in a massive enclosure that, at first look, fits in a desert setting like a bobsled fits on a beach. It is not ugly, just startling in contrast to everything else around it, which is zoned for, and conceived to be, understated and sleepy.
February 18, 2001
Re "Anti-Sprawl Arsons Put Arizonans on Edge," Feb. 11: I recently visited Tucson, where the sprawl of million-dollar homes has brought about the demise of the local bighorn sheep herd. The eco-terrorists in Phoenix may have questionable methods, but laudable goals. And with developers buying election outcomes in the state, environmentalists have few lawful choices. BRIAN HOBBS Manhattan Beach
February 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Set behind wrought-iron gates at the end of a hand-cut cobblestone driveway, Stratford Manor centers on a stately French Normandy-style mansion. The sprawling estate is a car-lover's delight with multiple garages and an auto lift. Location: 4033 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011 Asking price: $11.5 million Year built: 1995 House size: Seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 3.98 acres Features: Two-story foyer, winding staircase, mahogany paneled library/office, 1,200-bottle wine cellar/tasting room, 800-square-foot office, multiple fireplaces, four-car polished tile garage, additional detached two-car garage, gate house/car barn with auto lift, outdoor family/screening room, infinity-edge pool, expansive lawns, year-round streams, three bridges, San Gabriel Mountains views About the area: Last year, 277 single-family homes sold in the 91011 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.21 million, according to DataQuick.
October 25, 2002
Re "Swallowed by Urban Sprawl," Oct. 18: Riverside County Supervisor Tom Mullen says the solution to the sprawl problems in Riverside and San Bernardino is to spend $13 billion on four new highways. This is his "innovative way to deal with" the problem. His solution is like suggesting a heavy wire brush is the solution to poison oak. More highways lower the time and cost of travel. Demand increases as costs are reduced. When people can travel farther in the same amount of time, they will live farther away.
February 17, 1991
I couldn't agree more with your editorial sentiments expressed in "Crocodile Tears Over Deer" (Feb. 1). The Board of Supervisors has consistently done a lousy job of protecting our wildlife. We don't need to approve more housing tracts in the last remaining wild areas of our county. You were 100% correct when you said hunting is not the biggest danger to our wildlife. The biggest killer of wildlife is our nonstop urban sprawl. BILL BECK, Newport Beach
December 17, 2000
As a busy mother of two boys I don't get much time to read all the editorials regarding the Foothill South toll road. However, from what I have read and have learned, it sounds like building this toll road would be a huge mistake. Rare, valuable and sensitive habitat would be threatened and subsequently destroyed. The wonderful quality of life in South County (especially of that in San Clemente), which is already diminishing due to urban sprawl, could disappear altogether. I feel so fortunate to have grown up in San Clemente during a much simpler time.
June 3, 1995
Until the recent approval of the Ahmanson Ranch mini-city in the middle of the open space greenbelt between the Conejo and San Fernando valleys, Ventura County was a positive example of how to avoid leapfrog development. Ironically, the overriding consideration for its approval was that this development is beneficial to preserving open space. The open space being preserved is that which is being purchased with our tax dollars by our government. Jordan Ranch (2,350 of the 10,000 acres which are to be preserved as a requirement of development)
February 26, 1995
Regarding the editorial on the "Beyond Sprawl" report from the state Resources Agency, one can question if the report is actually recommending against further growth in Orange County ("When Will We Hit Too Much Growth?" Feb. 19). The report recommends against "sprawl," which it never defines but implies to be any outward low-density development on undeveloped land. It clearly states it is not recommending growth limitations but rather redirection into already developed areas through "infill" and more dense redevelopment.
January 26, 1997
Can you imagine a bunch of celery? Can you envision crunching into one of its crisp, juicy stalks? Delicious! Can you imagine 30,000 bunches of celery? This is the amount of celery produced on one acre of prime farmland on the Oxnard Plain in one crop. Two crops are harvested every year from that one acre. Can you imagine 60,000 bunches of celery? After the two crops of celery are harvested, a third crop--often cabbage--is harvested that same year from that same acre. Can you imagine 20,000 heads of cabbage?
February 17, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
New Chinese owners are set to break ground on a sprawling hotel and residential complex that's expected to alter L.A.'s skyline and cement a growing Asian footprint in downtown Los Angeles. Moving at a pace rare in Southern California development, owner Greenland Group of Shanghai vowed Friday to start work shortly on the first phase of a $1-billion project that will be constructed on a vast parking lot along the Harbor Freeway just north of Staples Center and LA Live. Known as Metropolis Los Angeles, the development will feature a 38-story residential skyscraper and a four-star luxury hotel.
February 5, 2014 | By John Horn
George Clooney and Grant Heslov describe themselves as two of the least cynical people in Hollywood. But when the longtime collaborators looked back at their recent work, they realized the movies had an unshakable gloom: "The Ides of March," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "The American" and "August: Osage County" were hardly films that made you feel better about the world. So Clooney and Heslov decided to change course and put together a crowd-pleasing tale. The resulting work, Friday's "The Monuments Men," is a curious departure for the filmmakers - a sometimes lighthearted account of a largely untold chapter of World War II history that recalls some of the less serious movies about the conflict.
January 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - In 1957, when he was nearly 50 years old, Run Run Shaw made a grand bet on his movie dreams. He bought 46 acres of hilly land in a remote part of Hong Kong - paying the British colonial government just 45 cents per square foot because of the poor topography and the Communist threat looming over the border with Mao Tse-tung's China - and set out to build his dream factory. By the time Shaw Movietown officially opened in 1961, the mogul had 1,200 actors, directors and other employees on site, many of them living in dormitories.
January 4, 2014 | By Rick Schultz
"Vladimir Horowitz: Live at Carnegie Hall" Vladimir Horowitz's technical ease, power, wide color palette, singing tone and musicianship sent other now-legendary pianists, including Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Rubinstein and Claudio Arrau, back to the practice room. Serkin said Horowitz "opened a new world for me," and Rubinstein admitted in his autobiography to feeling jealous after hearing Horowitz's near note-perfect playing. Arrau's own mother turned to him after a Horowitz recital and said, "He plays better than you. " Most baby boomers never got to hear that Horowitz, when his technique was unsurpassed.
December 21, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
TOPPENISH, Wash. - The Yakama Nation sits in the fertile heart of illegal marijuana country - Washington state's answer to Mendocino County, minus the tie-dye. The soil is rich. The growing season is long. And one of the biggest illegal pot grows in state history was seized here on sacred forested acres where the tribe hunts and gathers food in the shadow of Mt. Adams, also known as Pahto. A year has passed since Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana use. State officials are poised to issue licenses to grow, process and sell what once was contraband.
December 11, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
When actors vote for awards, you can be sure of two things: They're going to love movies with sprawling casts (more parts = more work!) and showy roles that require physical transformation will typically beat subtler performances. Those precedents were borne out again today when the Screen Actors Guild announced its SAG Awards nominees. The film ensemble cast award was dominated by movies sporting super-sized casts: "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "August: Osage County," "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle.
One of the first major metropolitan areas in the nation to throw up an imaginary fence around the suburbs to rein in sprawl is deciding whether to loosen the restrictions. An "urban growth boundary" that has preserved forests and farmland on the doorsteps of Oregon's largest city has made Portland a national model for controlling sprawl. Metro, an elected regional agency created in 1979, decides when and where the line can be extended, based on population growth within the imaginary fence.
January 23, 2011 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Architect Stefanos Polyzoides is a godfather of the hugely influential movement in architecture and urban planning known as the New Urbanism. All those suburbs that decided to put in little downtowns and walkable areas? The whole loft thing? Infill development that puts condos in empty lots instead of sprawl out in the exurbs? Credit Polyzoides, his wife, Elizabeth Moule, and a small group of colleagues for co-founding the influential movement ? and Polyzoides for giving it a name.
November 20, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A vast but vacant Sears Roebuck & Co. product distribution center in Boyle Heights - a landmark in East Los Angeles since the 1920s - has sold for $29 million to a Los Angeles developer who plans to bring it back to life, perhaps with housing, offices and stores. The sprawling building on Olympic Boulevard near the Los Angeles River is a familiar fixture on the skyline for commuters heading west into downtown. Izek Shomof, who has renovated several office buildings and hotels in downtown's historic core, bought the sprawling nine-story complex where sure-footed Sears workers once glided on roller skates among far-flung racks of merchandise to fill orders from the popular Sears mail-order catalog.
October 27, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Just north of the big hotels along bustling Century Boulevard east of LAX lie the remains of Manchester Square. Once a thriving community with its own elementary school, the working-class neighborhood that sprang up in the postwar building boom is now an urban void of unkempt buildings, desolate streets and residential lots scraped bare where thousands used to live. Their long-gone addresses are marked by idle driveways, clusters of trees and chain-link fences that crisscross 20 square blocks.
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