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December 14, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
A state appeals court has stalled the controversial sale of 24 government buildings, ruling Monday afternoon that the transaction cannot go forward this week as planned and delaying it until at least January. The Schwarzenegger administration had hoped to help fill the state's yawning budget deficit by selling the buildings ? including the homes of the state Supreme Court and two appeals courts ? to raise $1.2 billion for this year's shortfall and then leasing them back. But two former members of the state building authority filed suit last month to halt the sale, arguing that it was a waste of taxpayer money.
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January 31, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Is Manhattan big enough for two seasonal events to take over the lights atop its landmark Empire State Buidling? Apparently so. Red and gold dazzling lights in honor of Chinese New Year will shine brightly on the building's tower lights Friday -- until they are interrupted for an hour-long Super Bowl tribute. The Empire State Building kicked off lunar new year festivities on Wednesday with a lighting ceremony and opening of a Year of the Horse exhibition in the lobby. The bursts of color are meant to represent fireworks for the new year observance, which begins Friday and lasts 15 days.
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NEWS
April 16, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years after voters approved bonds to strengthen government buildings, the Wilson Administration on Friday identified the most seismically unsafe state buildings in California, including three in Downtown Los Angeles that it singled out for demolition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Students and faculty in a building at San Jose State University have been told to shelter in place after reports of a man with a handgun inside. The university sent out two messages from its Twitter account shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday about the incident. The first: " Per UPD 10:06am: Report of white male, all black clothes, possible handgun in Sweeney Hall. " The second: " Per UPD 10:06am: Sweeney Hall shelter in place others stay out of area, rest of campus open.
NEWS
April 16, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years after voters approved bonds to strengthen government buildings, the Wilson Administration on Friday identified the 20 most seismically unsafe state buildings in California, including three in Downtown Los Angeles that it singled out for demolition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2010 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
This is how much budget trouble the state of California is in: It's about to run out of toilet paper in its rural parks. California's red ink budget is immensely complicated because of voter-approved ballot initiatives, federal rules and court decisions. But this internal e-mail within Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Finance Department is plenty simple: "Bottom line: Remote rural state parks will likely run out of toilet paper by early October. " Pressing a deadline, I was unable to dig deep enough to learn precisely which parks, let alone privies… I did learn that the problem involves banks canceling a state credit card for lack of payment.
NEWS
November 15, 1986 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
The state Seismic Safety Commission is proposing an $800-million bond issue to finance strengthening or demolishing hazardous state government buildings that could collapse in an earthquake. More than 100 such buildings are used by the University of California, according to a commission survey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1990
The state Seismic Safety Commission has been pushing the Legislature for several years to begin repairing and retrofitting state buildings and local government buildings that might collapse or suffer serious damage in a moderate or severe earthquake. The state owns 16,000 structures throughout California, many of which need to be upgraded to modern earthquake-safety standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1985 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
A total of $800 million is needed to reinforce 250 hospitals and state-owned buildings considered potentially hazardous in a major earthquake, the chief administrator of the California Seismic Safety Commission told a legislative panel meeting Friday in Los Angeles. State Sen.
NEWS
November 7, 1995 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a striking exception to California's stagnated urban construction scene, the blam, blam of the pile driver echoes through downtown Sacramento, pounding merrily along, scarcely missing a beat through good times and recession times. One by one in recent years, construction projects rising in the capital city have added office space equal to the area of about 100 football fields.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - King Kong climbed it. A bomber crashed into it. Now the country's most iconic building is going public. The Empire State Building is set to make its debut Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. And for $13 - about half the cost of a ticket to its famous observation deck - you can own a piece of the American landmark. When it was completed in 1931, the 102-story Art Deco landmark reigned as the tallest building in the world. An enduring symbol of Gotham's vertical prowess, it retained its status as the tallest skyscraper in New York City for four decades, until it was eclipsed by the old World Trade Center at the foot of Manhattan.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is embroiled in potentially costly lawsuit over a Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger-era real estate deal gone bad. At the center of the legal battle is the Golden State Portfolio, a collection of 11 state office buildings, including two in downtown Los Angeles, that Schwarzenegger agreed to sell to investors for $2.3 billion before leaving office at the end of 2010. Schwarzenegger launched the deal to help fill a $25-billion deficit in the recession-racked state budget.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Confederate flag that was briefly displayed inside the old North Carolina State Capitol building is coming down and will be moved along with an exhibit on the Civil War to another site. The flag had been hanging for about a week before the Associated Press published a story about its display inside the building, which houses the governor's offices. In a statement provided by the governor's office, Susan Kluttz, the head of the state Cultural Resources office said the intent of the exhibit was to represent the Capitol the way it was in 1863.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
It's been 80 years since a giant ape climbed to the top of the Empire State Building and held on to a tiny actress while planes flew over trying to shoot him down. That scene in the original 1933 "King Kong" is one of the most memorable in cinema history. "I don't care how old you are, you feel for the poor gorilla and what happened to him," said "Kong" historian John Michlig, who has written for the "Kong Is King" website. Though there have been sequels and remakes - including Peter Jackson's CGI-driven 2005 hit - none have matched the magic and romance of RKO's original, produced and directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack.
NATIONAL
August 25, 2012
A man who shot to death a former colleague in midtown Manhattan and then took aim at police never fired at the officers before they gunned him down in a hail of bullets that also wounded nine bystanders outside the Empire State Building. The New York City police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, said Saturday that three of the pedestrians suffered bullet wounds and the others “were struck with fragments of some sort” as a result of the two officers' shooting at Jeffrey Johnson after he pointed his .45-caliber handgun at them.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2012 | By Tina Susman
Gunfire broke out on the street outside the Empire State Building in Manhattan at the height of rush hour Friday, and initial reports said that multiple people have been shot and the shooter was dead. Media reports said at least three other people had been shot, but their conditions were not immediately known. The gunfire erupted about 9 a.m. EDT outside the iconic building at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Police blocked off traffic around the building, which on a normal summer morning would be surrounded by tourists lined up to ride the elevator to its top floors, and commuters who work inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Gov. Jerry Brown has an unexpected opportunity to kill perhaps the worst real estate deal the state of California has ever concocted. It's a dreadful deal for taxpayers, that is. It's a sweetheart for private investors. INTERACTIVE: Try your hand at balancing the state budget But Brown may be so desperate for cash to balance the books in Sacramento that he will feel compelled to move ahead with the fire sale of 24 buildings on 11 pieces of property. This Sacramento swill was cooked up by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature to feed their addiction to borrowing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
It was a big, early test for Gov. Jerry Brown. And he passed with an "A. " He opted for prudence rather than expedience. Brown essentially walked out of escrow Wednesday on arguably the worst real estate deal the state of California had ever conjured up. It was a transaction authorized by a wimpy Legislature ? trying to avoid deeper spending cuts and higher taxes ? and negotiated by the Schwarzenegger administration. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ? a play now, pay later type of guy ?
NATIONAL
August 24, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Brian Bennett
A man who opened fire on the crowded streets outside the Empire State Building, shooting indiscriminately and hitting multiple people, appears to have been motivated by a workplace dispute, not terrorism, according to an FBI official who received the initial reports from police on the scene. “The preliminary indication is that there is no nexus to terrorism,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Early reports said the gunman and at least one other person were dead.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Steven Zeitchik and Andrew Tangel
Los Angeles Times NEW YORK - Each morning, Jeffrey Johnson would put on a suit, leave his Manhattan apartment, and walk to a nearby McDonald's to pick up breakfast. Sometimes he would greet a neighbor and pet her dog along the way. Friday seemed no different to those familiar with Johnson's ritual, but this time, he did not return to his apartment with breakfast in a bag. Instead, he headed to Midtown Manhattan, to his former employer's shop near the foot of the Empire State Building, and shot an ex-colleague repeatedly in the head, police said.
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