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July 14, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A prominent vacant lot on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown was bought for $21 million by a local developer who plans to build a retail and residential project and help create a public park. Don Hankey bought the land at 3670 Wilshire Blvd. on Wednesday from Shin Young America, a South Korea-based company that bought the site for $45 million in the mid-2000s, real estate broker Jimmy Chai said. Shin Young had dramatic plans for the 2.2-acre site east of Western Avenue calling for dual condominium and hotel towers as tall as 41 stories.
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November 14, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A woman jogging in Yorba Linda was able to fend off an attack by a knife-wielding man Thursday morning as he attempted to steal her iPod, authorities said. The attack occurred on a trail near Imperial Highway and Valley View Avenue, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jeff Hallock. The man grabbed the woman from behind, brandished a knife, and attempted to steal the woman's iPod. When the 39-year-old woman fought back, her assailant ran away and hid in the area.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1990 | CAROL WATSON
Police continue to search for three men who abducted and raped a 36-year-old woman in Oxnard. The woman was walking home Monday on Grant Avenue near Cooper Road in Oxnard when a man whom she knew by sight approached her, Sgt. Gary Amar of the Oxnard Police Department said. As the two were talking, a second man whom the woman did not know came up behind her and put a knife to her back, Amar said. The man with the knife told the woman to start walking and warned her not to scream, Amar said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
A complex plan to build a new federal courthouse and federal office building in downtown Los Angeles has come under fire by two congressmen who argue that the proposal lacks justification and won't work financially. Under the plan proposed by the U.S. General Services Administration, two buildings would be built on a lot bounded by Broadway and 1st, 2nd and Hill streets. Part of the project would be funded by a private developer, which in return would take over an existing federal courthouse building on Spring Street.
NEWS
July 12, 1992 | MARY FOSTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The planes rumbling off runway 10 still shake houses in the Morningside subdivision and stir E.V. Weems' saddest memories. His house was the first one hit by the cartwheeling jetliner a decade ago Thursday. Ten years have blunted the pain of that rainy afternoon when a Boeing 727 slammed into the streets of the close-knit neighborhood. All 146 people on board were killed, along with two adults and six children on the ground. "It's better, but I guess it left a lasting effect on all of us.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1998
What was once a blighted, weed-strewn vacant lot at Alondra Boulevard and Gundry Avenue is being converted into a small park as part of Paramount's beautification plan. "We are very sensitive in our city to blight and the way we look," Assistant City Manager Linda Benedetti-Leal said. "It's nice to have soft green areas in an urban environment." For the past three years, the city has turned unsightly vacant lots owned by individuals into grassy oases until the lots are sold.
NEWS
May 13, 1998 | From Associated Press
The priciest vacant lot in San Francisco, a weedy acre with a Pacific Heights address and a view of the Golden Gate, had a new owner Tuesday. The winner of a high-stakes real estate auction was developer Mitch Menaged, who paid $13.65 million for the 1.1-acre former school site sitting within a block of the homes of the most famous names in San Francisco, including Getty. "It's probably the single remaining best site in one of the best cities in the world," Menaged said.
NEWS
September 20, 1985
Sheriff's deputies Thursday arrested a 40-year-old woman who apparently operated a child-care center and tutoring service in a vacant lot and an abandoned building in Bellflower. Dempsy Lee Spencer was booked on suspicion of child neglect and child endangering and bail was set at $5,000, investigators said. Deputies arrested Spencer and turned the children over to their parents after a resident complained about children wandering around the vacant lot, Deputy Ron Brooks said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1997
Long Beach is launching a program to plant community gardens on vacant lots. "Too many vacant lots are projecting an image of blight and abandonment," said Long Beach Vice Mayor Doris Topsy-Elvord. "Something has to be done in order to reduce the unsightly appearance of these lots." A community garden kickoff will be held Saturday on a city-owned vacant lot at Hill Street and Atlantic Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Gone are the days of Christmas tree and pumpkin sales on the vacant lot next to one of the San Fernando Valley's busiest public library branches. Beginning with a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, the area next to the Studio City branch of the Los Angeles Public Library will become a park and 19 new parking spaces. "Vacant lots aren't awfully desirable these days," said library system spokesman Bob Reagan. "We've had the land there for a while, so we thought we'd put it to use in a better way."
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Turning vacant city lots into green spaces may improve urban dwellers' health, a study finds, by reducing stress and increasing exercise. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania looked at the effect greened vacant lots had on the health of the surrounding community. They compared about 4,400 vacant lots in Philadelphia that had been improved to about 26,000 matched lots that had been left vacant. Upgrading the lots was a project spearheaded by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society in 1999 and involved cleaning and grading the land, planting trees and grass to make the lots look more park-like, putting in low wooden fences to discourage dumping and show that the land was being cared for, and providing regular maintenance.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A prominent vacant lot on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown was bought for $21 million by a local developer who plans to build a retail and residential project and help create a public park. Don Hankey bought the land at 3670 Wilshire Blvd. on Wednesday from Shin Young America, a South Korea-based company that bought the site for $45 million in the mid-2000s, real estate broker Jimmy Chai said. Shin Young had dramatic plans for the 2.2-acre site east of Western Avenue calling for dual condominium and hotel towers as tall as 41 stories.
NATIONAL
April 30, 2011 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
Speaking to Republican activists here, Donald Trump touted something other than his potential presidential bid and hit reality television show: Trump International Hotel and Tower, a gleaming luxury high-rise and his sole Las Vegas venture. "It's one of the greatest signs of all time," Trump said Thursday of the building's marquee, rising 64 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard. "You drive down that Strip, what do you see?" "Trump!" the crowd shouted in unison. "We got it built, it's doing great and we're very proud of it," the real estate mogul said, in remarks that were otherwise laced with profanity and attacks on President Obama.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant
In Whittier, city officials are clearing the way for office buildings, retail shops and even homes to take root on the land where the vacant car lots stand. Classrooms offering lessons on green technology are being considered as a replacement for the deserted dealerships in Riverside County. And in coastal Ventura, a card club could soon take up residence among the Toyotas, Chevys and Jaguars being sold at the struggling Ventura Auto Center. For decades, cities have set aside vast expanses of land for auto malls and the dealerships have rewarded them with a steady flow of tax dollars, often providing 20% or more of an average town's sales receipts.
SPORTS
January 25, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Winging west from Kentucky, William "Bird" Averitt once soared majestically for the Pepperdine basketball team. These days, he rarely leaves his nest. The nation's leading scorer during the 1972-73 season, when he averaged nearly 34 points a game for a school that had not yet built a gym on its then-newly opened Malibu campus, Averitt long ago clipped his wings. "I pretty much stay to myself," he says from his hometown of Hopkinsville, Ky., where he returned more than 25 years ago and never left.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2010 | By Patricia McCune Irvine
"Mom? Is it OK if I check out our vacant lot?" "Go ahead," Mom said. "The boxes can wait." Matthew grinned. "Thanks!" "Do you like our new house, Matt?" "I love it!" Matthew yelled as he grabbed his baseball and bat, raced out the back door and around the house to the gap in the hedge. Suddenly, he stopped. A boy stood still as a statue on the other side of the vacant lot. "Hi," Matthew called. The boy spun around and ran inside. The next morning, when the neighborhood kids ambled off to school, the boy was not among them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1989
City voters will decide on Nov. 7 whether a small parcel of land at 4210 River Ave. should be sold at market price or whether the city should hold on to the land. The property has been vacant since the city acquired it in 1936. Residents who live near it have maintained the lot for more than 25 years at no cost to the city. Some residents argue that the parcel has benefited neither the city nor the neighborhood, other than providing some open space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1990 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irma Garcia smiled as she gazed at a rubble-filled vacant lot at an intersection just south of City Hall. Instead of mounds of dirt and tufts of weeds, she saw freshly painted walls, flowerpots and lots of roomy closets. For Garcia, a single mother of five children, the lot at 2nd and Shelton streets represents something she has long dreamed of but never thought possible: It will soon be occupied by a home the family will own, after living for two years in a single room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2010 | By Bob Pool
In a world where identity theft is a major issue, authorities in Los Angeles have a name they can't get anyone to take. Somebody named "D. Smith" owns a 5,706-square-foot lot in South Los Angeles, and workers in the county tax collector's office want to know if he or she wants to sell it. Officials have spent 22 years hunting for the owner in order to collect property taxes on the vacant property that have gone unpaid since 1980. As the decades have gone by without the $275 or so yearly tax assessment being paid, the balance has grown and grown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2009 | Martha Groves
The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday approved the construction of a tower at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and rezoned a vacant Westwood lot so that it can become a city park. Cedars-Sinai received approval for a 200,000-square-foot expansion that will include 100 new patient beds and 700 parking spaces.
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