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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In hopes that a buyer and new use can be found for St. Vibiana's Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Los Angeles Conservancy on Wednesday announced the selection of a group of architects and urban experts to study the now-abandoned downtown church.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1996
Arson investigators are looking into a suspicious rubbish fire that slightly damaged the otherwise empty and shuttered St. Vibiana's Roman Catholic Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. The small blaze was reported shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday and was extinguished in about 10 minutes, a Fire Department spokesman said. Damage to the structure was estimated at about $1,000, he said Thursday. The fire greatly alarmed preservationists seeking a buyer and new use for the 120-year-old church. St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Giving St. Vibiana's Cathedral another lease on life, a state Court of Appeal panel unanimously rejected the Roman Catholic archdiocese's pleas Thursday that it be allowed to quickly demolish the 120-year-old church. The court action continued the Los Angeles Conservancy's unbroken string of legal victories in its attempt to save the Spanish Baroque-style church in downtown. "It's nice to have the court say you are right," said Linda Dishman, executive director of the conservancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In sharp rebuke to the Los Angeles City Council and Roman Catholic archdiocese, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday that St. Vibiana's Cathedral cannot be torn down quickly even though the downtown church is no longer a formal city landmark. The decision represented another legal victory for the Los Angeles Conservancy, which hopes to preserve the 120-year-old church despite the City Council's 14-1 vote last week to strip St. Vibiana's of its landmark status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1996
Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien reserved decision Thursday on the fate of St. Vibiana's Cathedral, the downtown Los Angeles church that the Roman Catholic archdiocese wants to raze. After winning a temporary restraining order from the judge last week, the Los Angeles Conservancy is seeking a more lasting injunction against demolition. The conservancy contends that a thorough environmental impact study must be conducted before the 120-year-old structure can be razed.
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July 23, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Roman Catholic archdiocese will "absolutely not" build a replacement on the site of the current St. Vibiana's Cathedral and instead will construct a grand church elsewhere in downtown Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony announced Monday. "It is my overwhelming preference and that of my advisors that we try to remain in the greater Civic Center area of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday stripped St. Vibiana's Cathedral of its landmark status, but a judge later blocked efforts by church officials to immediately demolish the 120-year-old building. The council's 14-1 vote to remove St. Vibiana's from the city list of historic-cultural landmarks touched off another series of fast-moving events involving the downtown cathedral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1996 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state Court of Appeal panel closely questioned both sides Tuesday in the legal dispute over the proposed demolition of St. Vibiana's Cathedral, the 120-year-old Los Angeles landmark that the Roman Catholic archdiocese wants to replace with a new and larger church. The three justices did not rule on the archdiocese's request to overturn a Superior Court's preliminary injunction against immediate razing of the downtown cathedral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1996 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Cardinal Roger M. Mahony startled Los Angeles civic leaders by saying he might put the new St. Vibiana's Cathedral in the San Fernando Valley, or elsewhere outside of downtown, it's little wonder that speculation quickly focused on an area where many Catholic institutions have clustered--from a high school to a hospital, a historic mission to a cemetery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1996 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Sen. Richard G. Polanco (D-Los Angeles) on Thursday revived legislation intended to clear the path for the destruction of St. Vibiana's Cathedral, amending a bill that could move through the Legislature as early as next week. The move came one day after similar legislation died in a committee chaired by state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica).
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