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June 2, 2005 | Ann Herold, Times Staff Writer
The perfectly clipped hedges at Montecito's Val Verde estate still bristle with authority, impossibly long lines of them, not a breach in sight. The 110-year-old camellias haven't stirred from their posts beside a reflecting pool, and the citrus trees are still cut into the pleasing cubes that garden designer Lockwood De Forest Jr. envisioned playing off the geometry of the breakthrough 1910 Modernist house. It's a miracle, really.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2003
The Disney Hall organ, which was mentioned four times in the article "Actress, Developer Hitched at the Hall" (by Ann Conway, Nov. 7) and was said to have "made" the wedding, did not play itself. The music was performed by William Charles Beck, one of the finest of numerous very fine organists we are most privileged to have residing in our environs. The hall, and its organ, would be no more than beautiful sculpture were it not for the many talented individuals who will make it come to life.
NEWS
February 18, 2001 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Georgia O'Keeffe visited. So did Cole Porter when he had business in Hollywood. But the public has yet to get past the front gates of the famed Val Verde estate in Montecito. Still, a judge's ruling is giving new hope that average joes may soon get a look at one of the most gorgeous gardens in America. Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A leading civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block a rural school district from posting the Ten Commandments in its offices--but the issue could become moot within a week. The lawsuit, prepared by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said the decision by trustees of the Val Verde Unified School District to display the biblical rules directly ignored a 1980 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits posting the commandments at schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Resting amid the ashes in front of the home gutted on New Year's Eve by fire was a makeshift bouquet of flowers, a small but powerful reminder of the tragedy that had occurred there days before. There were no other visible signs of grief Monday in Val Verde, a quiet, dusty town of 2,000 northwest of Magic Mountain. But residents left no doubt, as sheriff's detectives resumed their investigation and as funeral arrangements were set for the two victims, that theirs is a community in mourning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Resting among the ashes in front of the Val Verde home gutted by fire on New Year's Eve was a bouquet of flowers, a small but powerful reminder of the tragedy that had occurred there days before. There were no other visible signs of grief Monday in this quiet, dusty town of 2,000 residents northwest of Magic Mountain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former transient who married an 80-year-old woman at a Las Vegas drive-through chapel shortly after she was widowed has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling about $300,000 from her, authorities said. Timothy Watkins, 53, was arrested on Sunday and was being held on $400,000 bail. His son and daughter-in-law--Loren, 28, and Christina Watkins, 26--were also arrested. Loren and Christina Watkins were arraigned in San Fernando Municipal Court on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered the Board of Supervisors to reconsider its approval of a zoning permit to expand the Chiquita Canyon Landfill. Judge Paul Boland issued a 22-page ruling Monday, saying the supervisors failed to properly consider the environmental impact of sedimentation basins needed for the expansion. The basins prevent landfill-tainted water and silt from fouling the local water supply and environment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a film sound editor, Mike Clark has a ready illustration of the profound isolation of this unincorporated town of about 2,000. "It's so quiet here, my friends come up from L.A. to record the sound of a passing car," he said, pressing one boot into a bank of mud in front of his storm-ravaged home. "You just can't get that quiet down there. . . . We're the best-kept secret in L.A. County."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1997
Officially, the fight over Chiquita Canyon Landfill ended last week as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously granted final approval to expansion of the dump near the low-income community of Val Verde. Unofficially, the fight is far from over as a group of residents vowed to sue to stop the project. Such resolutions are hardly rare: Local government often approves projects that are promptly challenged in the courts by unhappy residents.
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