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January 29, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
Many of the most dramatic images of the Northridge earthquake--felled buildings, flames and water spouting simultaneously from the ground and collapsed freeways--came from Granada Hills in the immediate aftermath of the powerful temblor.
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April 8, 2004 | Adamo DiGregorio and David A. Keeps, Special to The Times
Studio CITY may not seem like a hub of great design, but on the short stretch west of Laurel Canyon -- just past Pier 1 and Banana Republic -- Ventura Boulevard is home base for the house-proud. In sharp contrast to the spare and silent showrooms on the other side of the hill in Los Angeles and West Hollywood, the decorating businesses of Studio City feel just like home.
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February 11, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO
Over the last year, dozens of skunks have invaded a Studio City neighborhood, causing more than just a stench in the air. The neighborhood joke has turned into an all out war against the black-and-white critters, with residents calling in a specialist to stop the migration. "We must have a skunk burial ground or something," joked resident Bob Feiles. "Or they just love the neighborhood," he said.
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October 30, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Most roofers these days are hurrying to finish their work in time to keep the coming winter rains out. But workers atop one roof in Studio City are rushing to finish in time to keep the rain in. The construction crew at Coldwater Canyon Park is installing a heavy-duty covering over a 250,000-gallon cistern that will collect rainwater for landscape irrigation, firefighting and to fill an artificial creek for an unusual new nature center.
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June 17, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
Studio City residents found themselves at an impasse this week when they invited a Burbank Airport official to their residents association meeting to discuss concerns about aircraft noise over their homes. "We continue to believe that the airport authority could work with the community and at the present time is choosing not to do so," said Scott Lorimer, secretary of the Studio City Residents Assn.
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November 15, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four people were arrested on suspicion of running a methamphetamine lab in a motel room by police who seized two gallons of ingredients and enough equipment to produce thousands of dollars worth of the drug, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. Acting on a tip, police officers went to a room at the one-story El Royale, a motel in the 11100 block of Ventura Boulevard, at 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
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March 28, 2001
After losing a court battle last week to keep his giant Studio City carwash sign, owner Ben Forat has decided to end his fight with City Hall and reduce the 26-foot-tall structure. "I don't want to appeal it anymore. I just want to move on," said Forat, who had vowed to take his fight to appellate court. "It's just not worth it." A judge agreed with city officials' decision that the sign should be reduced and moved back from the street.
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May 14, 1998 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
To bring the Sherman Oaks-Studio City-Toluca Lake Community Plan into alignment with the physical reality of the area, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved several changes to the document. One of the more significant changes was the rezoning of an area on Laurelwood Drive near Carpenter Avenue Elementary School to keep density low as new developments are built.
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February 28, 1997
The sports scene at Studio City Park leans toward that of Canada--minus the ice. Like their neighbors to the north, many children here eagerly learn to skate and play hockey--albeit on rollers, not blades--almost before they can walk. Leagues for players as young as 5 hold regular games, drawing hordes of goal-scorers from all over the San Fernando Valley.
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February 11, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Gloria Woods doesn't consider cleaning a chore. For her and dozens of other Studio City residents, it's a form of self-empowerment. "The city just doesn't have the resources to really clean the neighborhoods anymore," she said. "People can't just sit around and wait for them to show up." As a member of the Studio City Residents Assn.'s board of directors, Woods decided to organize those who felt the same way.
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October 1, 2003 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council decided Tuesday to use its powers of eminent domain to acquire one acre of the 17.2-acre Studio City Golf and Tennis Center for a new fire station, despite objections from a firm planning a senior housing project elsewhere on the property. The housing project has been submitted to the city Planning Department for approval.
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August 13, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
At Firefly, everybody arrives with an entourage in tow, or at least a friend or a date as social armor. The Studio City restaurant and bar is too cool to have a sign out front. So you drive up and down Ventura Boulevard until you realize that the darkened, ivy-swathed facade with a couple of valet parkers at the ready must be the spot, if the clutch of young fashion plates stepping out of fancy leased convertibles is any indication. Firefly may be the hippest thing to hit the Valley in years.
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May 2, 2003 | Michael Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
A bulletproof vest is credited with saving a bank security guard from serious injury during a shootout Thursday morning when an armed man attempted to rob a Studio City branch of Bank of America. The gunman and a guard, also armed, confronted each other on the sidewalk in front of the bank in the 12000 block of Ventura Boulevard shortly after 9 a.m., said Sgt. John Pasquariello of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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September 28, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The owner of the Studio City Car Wash agreed to reduce the size of a sign depicting a giant hand holding a sponge and a full-size Corvette and move it farther from the street under a no-contest plea agreement, the Los Angeles city attorney said Thursday. Behzad Forat of Studio City pleaded no contest to one count of erecting an illegal sign. He was sentenced to 36 months of summary probation and agreed to provide 200 hours of community service and donate $2,000 to charity.
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March 28, 2001
After losing a court battle last week to keep his giant Studio City carwash sign, owner Ben Forat has decided to end his fight with City Hall and reduce the 26-foot-tall structure. "I don't want to appeal it anymore. I just want to move on," said Forat, who had vowed to take his fight to appellate court. "It's just not worth it." A judge agreed with city officials' decision that the sign should be reduced and moved back from the street.
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January 3, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Studio City residents has asked to be removed from the proposed city of Hollywood, raising the second boundary challenge in as many months. Last month, a group of East Hollywood residents also petitioned to be removed from the proposed city. "We did an informal poll, and nobody in Studio City thinks of themselves as being part of Hollywood," said Tony Lucente, president of the Studio City Residents Assn. "They all identify more with the Valley."
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January 25, 1997 | DADE HAYES
CBS Studio Center and the Studio City Residents Assn. have reached a compromise on the studio's planned $30-million parking structure, part of an overall studio expansion approved in 1994. Area residents had objected to the size of the six-story, 1,420-space structure, as well as the traffic problems it might cause, especially around Ventura Boulevard.
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January 11, 1996
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to honor slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by naming the Studio City intersection of Lankershim and Ventura boulevards after him. At the request of Councilman Joel Wachs, the council agreed to name the much-traveled intersection Yitzhak Rabin Square. Wachs proposed the measure soon after the Nobel Peace Prize winner was assassinated Nov. 4. "I am very thankful to my fellow council members for approving my request," Wachs said after the vote.
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January 3, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Studio City residents has asked to be left out of the proposed city of Hollywood, raising the second boundary challenge in as many months. Last month, a group of east Hollywood residents also petitioned to be removed from the proposed city. "We did an informal poll, and nobody in Studio City thinks of themselves as being part of Hollywood," said Tony Lucente, president of the Studio City Residents Assn. "They all identify more with the [San Fernando] Valley."
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September 24, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pink Corvette can stay. It's just weird enough for Ventura Boulevard. That's what the Los Angeles Planning Commission decided on Thursday, allowing Studio City Hand Car Wash to keep its controversial, new, eye-catching sign. The fiberglass sign, sporting a 1957 Corvette resting on a yellow sponge, is too big to be legal, but the commission voted unanimously to make an exception during a hearing at the Sherman Oaks Woman's Club.
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