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March 10, 2005 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Interior Department failed to conduct an adequate environmental analysis of the potential harm from new exploratory oil drilling scheduled to begin within two years off California's coastline, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by 10 environmental groups. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland, targets 37 tracts of ocean floor clustered in areas from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo.
March 6, 2005 | Elliot Spagat, Associated Press Writer
A big indoor mall opens Wednesday, eight months after the area's first stand-alone Starbucks hit town. Several national homebuilders have staked ground as bulldozers prepare more farmland for construction. The Imperial Valley -- a desert region of 160,000 people and a notoriously high unemployment rate -- is witnessing a surge in new homes and stores for middle-income families.
November 9, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Clearing the first major hurdle for building homes and businesses on Orange County's largest remaining swath of privately owned open space, the Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved development plans for the 23,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo. The decision means the land's owner could eventually build as many as 14,000 homes, commercial and community facilities on 380 acres, and 25 acres of golf courses on the south Orange County property.
October 20, 2004 | Jason Felch and Sue Fox, Times Staff Writers
For the past five years, the Los Angeles County assessor's office has forgotten to collect millions of dollars in property tax on 26 acres across from Staples Center, where a billion-dollar hotel and entertainment complex is slated for development. The oversight began in 1999, when the deed for the property was lost as it was being transferred from the Community Redevelopment Agency to the Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns Staples Center and is developing the hotel complex.
June 22, 2004 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge on Monday upheld an environmental study that supports construction of 162 homes near the Cleveland National Forest. Orange County Superior Court Judge Judge Ronald L. Bauer's ruling allows the Rutter Development Co. of Irvine to build the Saddle Creek and Saddle Crest housing tracts on 593 acres along Live Oak Canyon and Santiago Canyon roads in eastern Orange County. Officials with the environmental groups that tried to stop the developments vowed to appeal.
May 25, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Ending a quarter-century development quarrel, a landowner was allowed Monday to build 266 single-family homes in southeast Orange County after agreeing to expand a wildlife corridor to satisfy environmentalists and build a 30-foot berm to give a neighboring monastery more privacy.
April 9, 2004 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Forest Service is considering creating a Big Sur National Forest that could include the Hearst Ranch and Ft. Hunter Liggett, if the enormous U.S. Army base is shuttered in the Pentagon's coming round of base closures. As envisioned, the new national forest could encompass an area yet to be acquired that alone would be nearly half the size of Orange County, plus northern portions of the Los Padres National Forest. The concept, raised in a briefing paper for U.S. Rep.
November 30, 2003 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
It was business as usual as an Orange County land-use commission recently turned down plans for an Irvine housing tract, saying it would be too close to an airport. Some of the houses, commissioners reasoned, could end up so close to the runways that they would be in a potential crash zone. And the noise of jets overhead made the area unsuitable for homes. There is only one problem: The airport doesn't exist.
November 20, 2003
Architect A. Quincy Jones (1917-1979) devoted much of his postwar career to creating a middle ground between custom-built and developer-built homes. A cooperative group, the Mutual Housing Assn., hired him as part of a three-man team to design modest-sized homes for returning servicemen. Approximately 160 of their houses, based on eight models, were built in the Crestwood Hills area of Brentwood.
November 6, 2003 | Bettijane Levine
WITH its miles of upscale, monotone, cookie-cutter tracts and nostalgic faux Mediterranean mansions, much of Southern California is filled with what author Michael Webb refers to as dumbed-down, high-priced housing built as status shelters for conformists who don't know any better.
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