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April 27, 1995 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Granted, it was not the end of the world, said Jack Kaufman. But to him, the removal of the Union Bank sign from atop Martin V. (Bud) Smith's 22-story office tower was a meaningful event, the end of an era in Oxnard. "It's pretty hard to get used to something like that," said Kaufman, who runs the snack shop in the high-rise's lobby. "I've been here for eight years. Union Bank was the first tenant, I was the second. It's hard to tell someone where we're at now.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
In an era of "starchitects" who jet off to design attention-getting international projects, each a variation on the same theme, it's difficult to describe a corporate design chief whose key contribution was working with clients and leading design teams. Albert C. Martin Jr., who died last week at 92, never settled into a signature style.
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NEWS
July 20, 1988 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
The fire that ravaged part of the 34th floor of the Union Bank building Monday night could have been much worse--possibly equaling the destruction of the May 4 fire at the nearby First Interstate Bank building--if not for important differences in the way the blazes broke out and in the structures of the two buildings, officials said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1995 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Granted, it was not the end of the world, said Jack Kaufman. But to him, the removal of the Union Bank sign from atop Martin V. (Bud) Smith's 22-story office tower was a meaningful event, the end of an era in Oxnard. "It's pretty hard to get used to something like that," said Kaufman, who runs the snack shop in the high-rise's lobby. "I've been here for eight years. Union Bank was the first tenant, I was the second. It's hard to tell someone where we're at now.
NEWS
July 19, 1988 | NIESON HIMMEL and EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writers
Fire broke out Monday night in law offices near the top of downtown's 38-story Union Bank building, but firefighters were able to confine flames to small areas of two floors and put them out in less than an hour. At least two of the 150 firefighters who responded suffered heat exhaustion and were treated by paramedics with oxygen. But no other injuries were immediately reported.
NEWS
July 20, 1988 | FREDERICK M. MUIR and RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writers
The Union Bank fire, the second downtown high-rise blaze in 11 weeks, was started when a worker refinishing a bookcase dragged a brush soaked with paint remover over an electrical outlet, causing a short circuit and a flash fire, fire investigators said Tuesday. The fire in the 40-story office tower sent one worker to County-USC Medical Center for first- and second-degree burns on his right hand. Two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer and
Standing at the foot of the burning Union Bank building, Frank Baxter was using a portable telephone and an airline guide to arrange early morning flights to whisk his traders to the five other cities where Jefferies & Co. has branches. As flames licked at the sides of the building where the securities firm has its headquarters, Baxter kept trying to count down from the top to see how close the fire was to his offices on the 33rd floor.
NEWS
July 20, 1988 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
The new hand-held radios the Los Angeles Fire Department is testing these days are expensive--about $2,200 to $2,700 each. But firefighters say the quick, successful battle to control the Union Bank blaze proved that they are worth it. "We could talk to people within the building on each floor as they were fighting the fire, without interference, and they could talk to the command post down on the street," Fire Inspector Ed Reed said Tuesday. "When you can't talk, you're blind."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
In an era of "starchitects" who jet off to design attention-getting international projects, each a variation on the same theme, it's difficult to describe a corporate design chief whose key contribution was working with clients and leading design teams. Albert C. Martin Jr., who died last week at 92, never settled into a signature style.
NEWS
July 20, 1988 | FREDERICK M. MUIR and RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writers
The Union Bank fire, the second downtown high-rise blaze in 11 weeks, was started when a worker refinishing a bookcase dragged a brush soaked with paint remover over an electrical outlet, causing a short circuit and a flash fire, fire investigators said Tuesday. The fire in the 40-story office tower sent one worker to County-USC Medical Center for first- and second-degree burns on his right hand. Two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.
NEWS
July 20, 1988 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
The fire that ravaged part of the 34th floor of the Union Bank building Monday night could have been much worse--possibly equaling the destruction of the May 4 fire at the nearby First Interstate Bank building--if not for important differences in the way the blazes broke out and in the structures of the two buildings, officials said Tuesday.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer and
Standing at the foot of the burning Union Bank building, Frank Baxter was using a portable telephone and an airline guide to arrange early morning flights to whisk his traders to the five other cities where Jefferies & Co. has branches. As flames licked at the sides of the building where the securities firm has its headquarters, Baxter kept trying to count down from the top to see how close the fire was to his offices on the 33rd floor.
NEWS
July 20, 1988 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
The new hand-held radios the Los Angeles Fire Department is testing these days are expensive--about $2,200 to $2,700 each. But firefighters say the quick, successful battle to control the Union Bank blaze proved that they are worth it. "We could talk to people within the building on each floor as they were fighting the fire, without interference, and they could talk to the command post down on the street," Fire Inspector Ed Reed said Tuesday. "When you can't talk, you're blind."
NEWS
July 19, 1988 | NIESON HIMMEL and EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writers
Fire broke out Monday night in law offices near the top of downtown's 38-story Union Bank building, but firefighters were able to confine flames to small areas of two floors and put them out in less than an hour. At least two of the 150 firefighters who responded suffered heat exhaustion and were treated by paramedics with oxygen. But no other injuries were immediately reported.
BUSINESS
January 3, 1995
Benton Oil & Gas Co., which is moving from Oxnard to Carpinteria in February, has retained a broker to sublease its office space in Oxnard's Financial Plaza. The company now occupies more than 7,000 square feet on the 11th and 20th floors of the Union Bank Building. Grubb & Ellis Co.'s Oxnard office is marketing the space.
REAL ESTATE
June 19, 1988
Tishman Speyer Properties has reportedly paid American Trading Real Estate Properties Inc., Baltimore, more than $57 million for the Union Bank Building in downtown San Diego. The 22-story, 19-year-old building is Tishman Speyer's first San Diego purchase, according to Carl Muhlstein, California partner-in-charge of the New York-based national real estate firm. Business Real Estate Brokerage Co., San Diego, represented both parties.
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