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May 23, 1999
A leading example of the decline of Ventura Boulevard ("Beautifying the Boulevard," May 2) can be found at Hayvenhurst Avenue. Where cars were once sold has been transformed into something resembling a parking lot. Facing most of Ventura Boulevard is an urban tomb with crypt-like, windowless walls. . . . About the only sign of life is at Starbucks. DONALD A. EISNER Encino
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December 26, 2013 | By Hector Becerra,
Los Angeles firefighters and paramedics responded to an intersection in Woodland Hills on Thursday night after a three-car crash left five people injured, three of them critically. Katherine Main of the Los Angeles City Fire Department said the crash was reported about 9:45 p.m. near the intersection of Oakdale Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. She said two of the patients were in fair condition. One of the three critically injured patients had to be extricated from a car using the “jaws of life,” Main said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1986
The appearance of parking-meter posts on Ventura Boulevard gives rise to the question of the function of the Traffic Department: Is it their job to keep cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles moving in a safe, orderly manner or is it their job to snatch nickels, dimes and quarters from the public? Ventura Boulevard has reached virtual gridlock. What we need is more lanes, not a revenue-producing parking-meter scheme. Gone are the days when a person might park on the boulevard to pop into a local business.
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September 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Frank Shyong
A man in his 50s was arrested shortly after midnight Thursday in connection with six fires started within about an hour along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  The suspect was spotted by authorities and taken into custody near the intersection of Katherine Avenue and Moorpark Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. J. Hensley.  Reports of rubbish fires began as early as 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Around 9 p.m., fire crews fought back a blaze that started in the back of a strip mall in the 13900 block of Ventura Boulevard.
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February 19, 1987
A faulty 34,000-volt distribution line caused an explosion under Ventura Boulevard in Encino on Wednesday, halting traffic for several hours and blacking out 25 large commercial buildings. Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said 600 employees were evacuated for two hours from two high-rises, the Lincoln National and Valley State bank buildings. The explosion, reported at 10:56 a.m., propelled a manhole cover into the air in the 16000 block of Ventura Boulevard, Wells said.
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May 5, 1990
Ventura Boulevard will be resurfaced between Balboa Boulevard and Libbit Avenue between 2 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, the state Department of Transportation reported Friday. Caltrans advised motorists to use Burbank Boulevard as an alternative route. In addition, Caltrans crews will be working Sunday on the eastbound Ventura Freeway between Wilbur and Lindley avenues as part of the Ventura Improvement Project. he can remain free while he appeals his case.
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August 29, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The Ventura Boulevard corridor here may eventually get a new look, one designed to get people out of their cars, out of malls and walking again. The Woodland Hills draft Streetscape Plan was unveiled Tuesday night at a public meeting, where city officials and members of the Woodland Hills Ventura Boulevard Improvement Assn. expressed the need for business owners to form a Business Improvement District.
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March 24, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Property owners' share of the bill for Ventura Boulevard improvements would be cut from nearly 90% to about half under a report adopted by a Ventura Boulevard planning board, with government funds making up the difference. The Ventura Boulevard Specific Plan Review Board, meeting in Van Nuys on Tuesday, approved the report, which calls for property owners to pay for 52% of the plan's budget and for Los Angeles city and other governmental agency funds to pay 48%.
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August 19, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Two pedestrians killed in hit-and-run crashes along Ventura Boulevard late Saturday night and early Sunday morning have been identified. Michael Spencer Bonanomi, 35, of Santa Monica was hit as he crossed Ventura Boulevard east of Fairway Avenue in Studio City late Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. He died at the scene. Police are still searching for the driver of the car, believed to be a white Mercedes CLS with black paper license plates with “Encino” in yellow writing.
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August 18, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A hit-and-run driver struck a 22-year-old man in Sherman Oaks early Sunday, causing severe head injuries to the victim, authorities said. The injured man, a Van Nuys resident whose name has not been released, remained in critical condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said Officer Bill McConnell of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division. The incident occurred about 1:45 a.m. on Ventura Boulevard near Kester Avenue i n Sherman Oaks, McConnell said. The victim was seated in his Ford Focus, which was stopped at a valet station when it was struck by a silver Hyundai, he added.
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April 24, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A monthlong closure of Coldwater Canyon Avenue ended a little early Tuesday, as a 2.1-mile stretch of the major artery linking the Westside and San Fernando Valley was again opened to traffic. Beginning March 23, officials had shut down the popular route -- between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive -- during business hours as part of a $2-million project to replace half a mile of a 99-year-old water pipe. One lane was available to traffic at night and on Sundays, but the 1,300 vehicles that typically traveled the road per hour were largely pushed elsewhere.
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April 5, 2013
Work continues on a 2.1-mile segment of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard, a twisting route favored by commuters that is closed during business hours through April 25. The canyon route is closed from Ventura Boulevard to Mulholland Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. At night and on Sundays, one lane is open in each direction. The closures are part of a $62-million DWP project to replace half a mile of 99-year-old water pipe. Four years ago, part of the main broke at Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon, causing $7 million in damage when an estimated 4 million gallons of water flooded homes and businesses.
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March 31, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Southern California was marking a cloudy Easter Sunday with a variety of events. The National Weather Service predicted a cloudy Easter in Los Angeles with a 20% chance of scattered showers in some areas. Highs will be in the high 50s to low 60s. There will be fog in some coastal areas. Easter at the Hollywood Bowl is free to the public and will feature an address by Francis Chan, author of "Crazy Love. " “Whether you are simply curious about faith or a longtime follower of Jesus, Easter at the Bowl will leave you filled with life and an unshakeable hope!
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March 30, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Still deciding where to celebrate Easter Sunday? Here are some places Angelenos are expected to be en masse: Easter at the Hollywood Bowl is free to the public and will feature an address by Francis Chan, author of "Crazy Love. " “Whether you are simply curious about faith or a longtime follower of Jesus, Easter at the Bowl will leave you filled with life and an unshakable hope!” organizers said on the event website. The bowl service hosted by Bel Air Presbyterian Church and the Christian Assembly Church begins at 11 a.m. Sunday.
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March 22, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Drivers who traverse the hills between the Westside and the San Fernando Valley are bracing for long detours as Coldwater Canyon Avenue closes for a month beginning Saturday at 8:30 a.m. In the evenings and on Sundays, one lane in each direction will be open. The rest of the time, the road will be completely closed between Mulholland Drive and Ventura Boulevard. The closure is necessary for workers from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to replace a 99-year-old water pipe.
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March 22, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Dan Justin will don a black cassock and sash, lead his congregation to the sidewalk outside St. Michael & All Angels Church and sprinkle holy water on the bulldozers, trucks and cranes gathered along Coldwater Canyon Avenue. As Justin improvises a prayer, the machinery will growl to life. Saturday marks the start of a monthlong construction project that will choke off a vital mountain artery connecting the Westside to the San Fernando Valley. "We want to tell the crews, 'Hey, we're with you on this,'" Justin said.
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