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January 17, 2008 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It's an improbable place to find a home-building boom in the midst of Los Angeles' sluggish housing market. Yet only three blocks from the Imperial Courts public housing project, along a stretch of land once used as a neighborhood dump, 44 homes are rising in Watts within sight of its famous towers. Across the street from bungalows with bars on their windows and trash in their yards, a developer and a grass-roots organization are selling the American dream: two stories, four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, with master suites and marble counter tops -- priced "from the mid-$400,000's.
December 1, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: A majority of titleholders want to abandon our present homeowners association. Several thousand homes were to be built in our new subdivision, but fewer than 60 have been purchased. There were supposed to be five phases, but the builder stopped at phase one and won't finish the development. When we purchased our homes, we asked to see the association's governing documents, rules and covenants, conditions and restrictions; nothing made sense to us. Had we understood what a developer-controlled association meant, most of us would not have purchased our homes here.
November 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A subdivision in Amarillo is barring convicted sex offenders from owning or living in any new homes. G.R. Chapman Limited Partnership said the deed restriction will apply to new homes within the Woodlands subdivision. Kent Canada, an attorney for the developer, said the homeowners association will periodically check the state online database of registered sex offenders.
November 24, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The NFL Network aired a terrific documentary this week commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the forward pass. Georgia Southern obviously didn't watch it. In a game that would have made Darrell Royal and Woody Hayes proud, Georgia Southern of the Football Championship Subdivision not only shocked Florida, 26-20, the Eagles did it without completing a "forward" pass. Georgia Southern handed Southeastern Conference-power program Florida, arguably, its most embarrassing loss … ever?
July 6, 1986
A group of 32 San Bernardino homeowners won $4.09 million in damages from the City of San Bernardino and the San Bernardino County Flood Control District. The plaintiffs' homes in the Hampshire Avenue subdivision were damaged by flood waters that sluiced down from the San Bernardino Mountains in 1980.
December 13, 1990
The City Council approved a subdivision of 55.8 acres in northeast Glendora into 16 large lots for single-family homes. The vote Tuesday was unanimous, with Councilman David Bodley absent. The subdivision, proposed by Eagle Land Co. of Glendora, would extend Morgan Ranch Road east toward the Glendora border. The council also approved an environmental impact report and grading plan for the proposed development.
December 20, 1986 | Associated Press
A moving furnace of molten rock from Kilauea Volcano slid through a coastal subdivision Friday, destroying 11 homes and forcing about 400 people to evacuate. "We just lost 10 homes. It's just going right through the subdivision. A lot of other homes are in danger and we fear that more will be lost," said Harry Kim, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator.
July 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
About 11,000 residents of a subdivision threatened by a forest fire in southern British Columbia have been evacuated, officials said. Helicopters, air tankers and firefighters were attacking the 1.35-square-mile blaze raging behind the Glenrosa subdivision, about 170 miles east of Vancouver. "You had to get out. We just did what we were told. We just picked up our belongings and got out," Wilf Carey said as he went in to register at the evacuee center. Carey's house was among 6,500 homes deemed in danger.
January 2, 1992
The City Council on Tuesday modified a condition that all houses on the final 25 lots in the controversial Oakmont View hillside subdivision be built by the developer, Gregg-Gangi. The action allows the developer to sell the lots to buyers and private developers who can then build their own homes, subject to approval by city design review boards.
January 23, 1986 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI
DWI Corp. of Irvine said Wednesday that its proposal to merge its industrial design operations with the real estate sales business of San Francisco-based Otec Corp. would increase DWI's net worth by approximately $11.4 million. DWI officials said the proposed deal calls for DWI to issue 17 million new shares of its stock and use them to buy Otec's real estate assets. Otec shareholders would receive five shares of DWI stock for every share of Otec stock they own.
October 1, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Kyla Ross, 16, a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics gold-medal-winning team at the 2012 Olympics, who trains at Gym-Max in Costa Mesa, posted the highest score Tuesday in the first subdivision of women's qualifying at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Recently crowned U.S. all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, and 2012 team gold medalist and vault silver medalist and defending world champion vault gold medalist McKayla Maroney of Long Beach will compete later Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
August 28, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Five homes were burned Tuesday evening in Fairfield, Calif., after a grass fire that apparently began on the side of a freeway jumped into a residential subdivision. Two of the homes were destroyed and three others were damaged, the Fairfield Police Department said. The blaze broke out along Interstate 80 on Tuesday afternoon. The homes were along Marigold Drive. As flames were pushed by winds, officers went door to door to evacuate residents and make sure no one was trapped inside their homes.
April 20, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
In the brutal cycles of California real estate, the Antelope Valley has been among the last to boom, the first to bust and the slowest to recover. But in the High Desert, separated from downtown Los Angeles by 65 miles and a mountain range, the housing market is finally gaining steam after the latest debacle, underscoring the strong recovery across the region. The reason is simple: Big new houses are selling in the $200,000 range, a mere fraction of home prices across much of the region.
December 17, 2012 | By Brittany Levine, Los Angeles Times
Homes on skinny, small lots in Los Angeles are so popular they sell out in neighborhoods like Silver Lake and Atwater Village over a weekend. Now, Glendale officials think what worked across the border can spark similar developments in some of the city's densest neighborhoods. "If they're successful in L.A., they can be successful in Glendale," said Glendale Principal Planner Laura Stotler. For years, Glendale has been down-zoning overdeveloped areas in south Glendale. But if a developer bought a lot on a street like Riverdale Drive, where old apartment buildings mix with single-family homes, the best option to maximize profit would be to build another apartment complex.
November 16, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
The Southeastern Conference is, for now, a helpless Bowl Championship Series bystander as it monitors three undefeated outliers competing for this season's title. Winners of six straight BCS crowns, the SEC needs any two among these three teams - Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame - to take a loss in order to get a team back in the BCS race. The conference could even advance two schools to the end game if all three undefeated teams lose once. The SEC title winner seems a sure bet, but what if No. 6 Florida also finishes 11-1 with a last win over Florida State?
February 19, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Like lovers in Paris, San Joaquin kit foxes will always have Bakersfield. The rare little foxes come out mostly at night. They find fabulous food everywhere: chunks of cheeseburger from dumpsters, shreds of taco on windblown wrappers. And the accommodations: What can beat a cozy den in the student quarter — specifically, beneath portable classrooms in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District? The 17,000-student district isn't crazy about the foxes, especially when about one-third of its 23 elementary and junior high schools have to deal with them on a regular basis.
December 8, 1985
Comprehensive changes to the common-interest subdivision law, which affects more than 4 million Californians, have been signed into law by Gov. George Deukmejian. They were contained in a bill, AB 314, introduced by Assemblyman Gray Davis (D-Los Angeles). The changes go into effect on Jan. 1. One provision reduces from 20% to 10% the amount of increases in annual assessments that may be made by the board of directors without the approval of the unit owners.
October 5, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC's defense, shredded on the field by Washington and by fans and pundits in the aftermath, tried to regroup Tuesday as the Trojans began preparations for Saturday's game against No. 16 Stanford. USC gave up 536 yards in its 32-31 loss to Washington. The Trojans rank 116th among 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in pass defense, 44th in rushing defense and 99th in total defense. Monte Kiffin , the architect of the unit, said the Trojans are giving up too many big plays.
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