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March 16, 1986
The Travelers Insurance Cos. have leased 55,000 square feet of space for 15 years, with a consideration in excess of $25 million, in the new 10 Universal Plaza building in Universal City. Cushman Realty Corp., Los Angeles, represented Travelers. Occupancy is expected next month in floors 26 through 29 in the building owned by MCA Inc. and Texaco Inc. The firm's regional office will remain in the Travelers Building, 3600 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
March 20, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 2.7 earthquake was reported Thursday evening six miles from Universal City, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 7:17 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was six miles from Beverly Hills, California, eight miles from West Hollywood, California and eight miles from San Fernando, California. In the past ten days, there has been one earthquake magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.
January 13, 1985
Work has begun on a $3.5-million office building expected to be completed in the spring at 3280 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Universal City. Mitch Francis is developing the three-story, 16,800-square-foot building designed by Robbins & Bown with balconies facing Campo de Paseo Park. Zugsmith & Associates Inc. of Studio City is handling leasing.
March 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Precious Nwaba, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, comes from a sports family that is well known at L.A. University. Older brothers David and Victor were basketball standouts and sister Barbara was a star in track. Nwaba is pretty good in basketball, too. She scored 21 points, including 14 in the decisive second quarter, to help University defeat Roosevelt, 46-40, in the City Section Division II championship game on Friday at Roybal. Her second-quarter performance helped University outscore Roosevelt, 22-4, to take a 32-19 halftime lead.
May 1, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
Diners at the soon-to-open Wolfgang Puck Cafe in Universal City will be allowed to have wine with their pasta, and beer with their pizza, a city zoning administrator ruled Friday. Zoning administrator John Parker ruled in favor of Puck in granting a special permit to sell alcoholic beverages in a location where zoning regulations otherwise prohibit it. "They are so well-buffered there, and far removed from any neighborhoods that would be diversely impacted," said Parker.
March 27, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA
Homeowner leaders Thursday expressed concern about a lawsuit filed by MCA Development Co. to rezone 23 acres of vacant land next to Universal City for intense commercial development. "This is quite distressing," said Tony Lucente, president of the Studio City Homeowners Assn. Lucente said his group opposes rezoning that would permit further development of the Universal City area as a regional commercial center. The real estate arm of MCA Inc.
April 10, 1992 | CAROL WATSON
A three-month science carnival in Universal City failed to raise as much money as its backers had hoped but generated enough interest to prove the area wants a permanent museum, the project's founder said. The Science Carnival & Maze attracted 60,043 people and made $454,243 through admissions, gift shop sales and corporate donations, according to Nick Brestoff, president and founder of Discovery Pavilion, the nonprofit organization behind the exhibit.
March 12, 1992 | AMY PYLE
Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to receive a humanitarian award from a San Fernando Valley group March 22 at the Universal City Hilton Hotel. The San Fernando Valley Chapter of The Links Inc., an organization of black professional women, will give Powell the Don Newcombe Humanitarian Award "for his contribution to the nation and as a role model to the community at large," according to a spokeswoman for the organization. Powell is expected to attend.
January 5, 1989
A construction crane accidentally knocked down several power lines that narrowly missed an RTD bus Wednesday, interrupting power to 800 customers in the Universal City area, authorities said. There were no injuries in the 4:30 p.m. accident in the 4100 block of Cahuenga Boulevard, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. The passengers and driver of the bus got off the vehicle without incident, Wells said.
May 22, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
In a fitting end to its yearlong effort to build understanding of different cultures, a North Hollywood private school held its second annual "Mini Olympics" Friday. To the delight of their parents, about 150 kindergarten- to sixth-grade students from the Country School marched with the flags of various nations, competed in races and sang "We Are the World" at North Weddington Park in Universal City.
October 2, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
With an eye toward consolidating its Los Angeles-area operations, Comcast Corp. has purchased 10 Universal City Plaza, the tallest office building in the San Fernando Valley, for its NBCUniversal division. Comcast's NBCUniversal unit is the largest tenant at the property, which sold for about $420 million, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter. The deal with seller Normandy Real Estate Partners  closed Tuesday. According to real estate sources who were not authorized to comment publicly, the 35-story building in Universal City sold for about $516 per square foot. The transaction is one of the biggest commercial real estate deals in Los Angeles County this year.
April 24, 2013 | By August Brown
Fans of radio-station round-tables, norteño titans and pop stars on the make will have to find a new venue to see their favorites. The Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City will close in September as part of a massive overhaul of Universal Studios. “We, like music lovers across Los Angeles, will miss Gibson Amphitheatre,” said Bret Gallagher, president of North American Concerts, Southern California/Las Vegas for Live Nation, in a statement today.  “It is a tremendous venue with a uniquely intimate setting that has made it a very special place for fans and artists alike.  The list of musicians that have played here is simply staggering...
April 4, 2013
Wacky KROQ radio show hosts, Kevin & Bean, are hosting a fun-filled night of comedy called "April Foolishness. " The stellar lineup includes comedians Jay Mohr, Bill Burr, Doug Benson, Rob Delaney, Ari Shaffir and Brad Williams. Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, L.A. 8:15 p.m. Sat. Prices vary. (818) 677-8800;
December 19, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
At the Wednesday public memorial service that celebrated her tragically short life, Jenni Rivera was hailed as "the eternal diva," "la gran señora," "mariposa de barrio" (butterfly of the barrio) and other terms of deep affection and respect. But there was another title that Rivera had aspired to and earned: the Latin American Oprah Winfrey. Like Winfrey before her, the Long Beach native, who died with six other people in a Dec. 9 plane crash in northern Mexico, was more than simply a multitalented, multi-tasking woman of a certain age, ethnicity and oversize personality.
January 16, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
One of the country's largest office landlords has completed a $355-million recapitalization of its Universal City office building and said it intends to buy more property in Southern California. Normandy Real Estate Partners owns 10 Universal City Plaza, the tallest building in the San Fernando Valley at 36 stories, in which NBCUniversal is the largest tenant. Morristown, N.J.-based Normandy became the owner of the tower in mid-2009 when the previous owner defaulted on debt owed to Normandy.
August 5, 2011 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In a recession that's forced large malls to reevaluate leases and diversify offerings to the public, Universal CityWalk's most anticipated new tenant this summer isn't a restaurant but an upscale nightclub. Infusion Lounge L.A., which held a "first look" open-to-the-public preview event last weekend preceding an official opening Aug. 18, is the chain's first outpost outside of San Francisco, where the original Infusion Lounge has been making consistent money on dancing and bottle service since 2009 — right through the recession.
May 8, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Hundreds of visually impaired and blind children from throughout the nation will take to the field today for the 21st annual Braille Olympics in Universal City. The free event, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Braille Institute Youth Center, 3450 Cahuenga Blvd. West, features track and field events for youths between the ages of 6 and 19, all of whom are visually impaired.
January 6, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A Chinese real estate firm with one Los Angeles hotel in its fold closed on a deal to buy the Sheraton Universal hotel, showing a growing trust in a recovery of the hospitality industry and the rising interest of Asian investors in U.S. commercial property. The price of the Sheraton was not disclosed, but industry experts who tracked the deal said Shenzhen New World Group Co. paid about $90 million for the 451-room inn overlooking Universal City. That would make it a deep discount from the $122 million that previous owner Lowe Enterprises paid for the hotel at the top of the market in 2007.
November 5, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
NBC Universal's ambitious plans for a $3-billion overhaul of Universal City passed a milestone Thursday with the release of the long-awaited city report on how the project might affect neighbors and the surrounding area. Much of the study, known as a draft environmental impact report focuses on the traffic that would be generated by adding nearly 3,000 residences to the famed studio property in the San Fernando Valley. The plans also call for the construction of additional studios and offices for producing movies and television shows, as well as a hotel, shops and tourist attractions.
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