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February 4, 1996 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its glory days, the Ventura Inn was the diva of downtown hotels, a graceful 93-room manor that catered to movie stars and oil barons. Its splendid arched entryway welcomed visitors through the Depression and a world war. But then boxy motels cropped up along the nearby Ventura Freeway, diverting tourists and beginning the inn's slow decline.
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May 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Ventura City Council tentatively approved a measure allowing residents to vote on development of the rugged hillsides behind the city. If the measure receives final City Council approval July 23, residents will be asked in November whether extension of water and sewer services to the 7,000-acre area should require voter approval. Denial of those services would scuttle the possible development of as many as 1,900 homes on the chaparral-dotted slopes and canyons that form the city's backdrop.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Ventura City Council tentatively approved a measure allowing residents to vote on development of the rugged hillsides behind the city. If the measure receives final City Council approval July 23, residents will be asked in November whether extension of water and sewer services to the 7,000-acre area should require voter approval. Denial of those services would scuttle the possible development of as many as 1,900 homes on the chaparral-dotted slopes and canyons that form the city's backdrop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sea-battered Ventura Pier, built back when this beach-side town was more accessible by water than roadway, reopened Saturday after a seven-month, $2.2-million renovation to bolster the historic monument against the weight of the Pacific. Balmy weather drew about 2,500 people to the beach to admire the pier's new octagonal end, steel-reinforced pilings and dozens of aesthetic changes designed to make the structure more inviting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City leaders have been hoping to strike retail gold with the new $4.6-million parking garage project on Santa Clara Street. On Friday, they struck oil. The petroleum pool--about a foot deep with the length and width of a small car--was discovered as crews continued grading work at the construction site. The work had stopped when workers unearthed what city officials speculate to be the basement of the old Star-Free Press newspaper building, which once stood on the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At 119, it may not be the oldest brick building in Ventura. But it is no doubt among the most cracked, crumbling and controversial. Ever since the city ponied up $150,000 to buy the historic Peirano's Market building, across Main Street from the San Buenaventura Mission, the former grocery has both hexed and enticed local officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
About 60 residents attended a public meeting this week to give their opinions about the proposed expansion of the Buenaventura Mall. No definite decisions were made about the project Thursday evening, but developers are thinking about making some modifications based on residents' suggestions, said Lori Gatto, vice president of Santa Monica-based MaceRich Co., which owns the mall. "Let me assure you that this is not a forum to placate people," Gatto told the audience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura City Council today will consider opening the door to large-scale development, although few builders are expected to rush through. After three years of forbidding any residential construction because of drought concerns, a majority of the council is expected to allow 500 housing units to be built in the downtown area immediately. In addition, approval is expected for 193 more housing units elsewhere in the city each year until the year 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
After three years of banning residential construction because of drought concerns, the Ventura City Council has decided to allow large-scale development. The council on Monday voted 6 to 1 to allocate 500 housing units in the downtown area and 175 housing units elsewhere in the city each year until the year 2000. Thirty-five units will be set aside for small projects. A unit is a single-family home or an apartment.
BUSINESS
March 7, 1995 | LARRY JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The possible developer of a jumbo-sized K mart on Ventura's Victoria Avenue, across the street from the existing K mart, says it will decide within two weeks if the development will get off the ground. Gary C. Mull, general partner with Lundin, Beaver and Mull Development Co. in Huntington Beach, said it is premature to discuss the cost or when the Super K mart Center might be built. But K mart officials in Troy, Mich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Starting next month, the city's historic wooden pier will get an overhaul, to replace a section destroyed more than three years ago by giant waves and to bolster the local landmark against future storms. The California Coastal Commission last week approved the construction of an 80-foot octagonal extension of the Ventura Pier. "Years ago, the pier used to be really a gathering place with the hustle and bustle of activity," Ventura Mayor Jim Friedman said.
NEWS
November 10, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With rosy visions of bustling stores, ringing cash registers and busloads of tourists tumbling off tour buses, the city threw open its coffers two years ago and pumped $15 million into downtown redevelopment. Then city officials sat tight and hoped it would pay off. Now the payoff has arrived, as the biggest downtown projects--a 10-screen movie theater and a five-story parking structure--are rising out of the earth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City leaders have been hoping to strike retail gold with the new $4.6-million parking garage project on Santa Clara Street. On Friday, they struck oil. The petroleum pool--about a foot deep with the length and width of a small car--was discovered as crews continued grading work at the construction site. The work had stopped when workers unearthed what city officials speculate to be the basement of the old Star-Free Press newspaper building, which once stood on the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A day after the new managers of the Ventura Theatre announced that they face imminent eviction, city officials and merchants expressed disappointment that the renovated Art Deco concert hall--a symbol of downtown's budding renaissance--may now languish indefinitely. "I'd hate to God if they close it," said Mayor Jack Tingstrom, who returned from out of town to news of the theater's closure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1996 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Victor Georgino is far from a household name. A Burbank real estate broker and developer, he is not listed in any local directory of builders because he has never constructed a commercial project in Ventura County. He has never served on a city committee, never coached a local Little League team, and only toured Ventura for the first time a couple of years ago. So what does this guy have that makes city officials willing to hand him millions in taxpayer dollars? Victor Georgino has connections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At 119, it may not be the oldest brick building in Ventura. But it is no doubt among the most cracked, crumbling and controversial. Ever since the city ponied up $150,000 to buy the historic Peirano's Market building, across Main Street from the San Buenaventura Mission, the former grocery has both hexed and enticed local officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura City Council tonight is expected to ease restrictions on new housing development imposed during the height of the drought, essentially lifting a three-year ban on residential development. Specifically, the council will consider new proposals to build 35 houses or apartments, and schedule a public hearing next month to permit nine long-stalled projects to move forward with permits needed to build 108 units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years ago, after weeks of fervid public debate, the Ventura City Council adopted a moderate growth plan that would limit the city's population to 102,000 by the year 2000. Last week, the council passed a measure that has the potential to boost the city's population to about 106,578 by 1996, in effect junking a key component of the city's Comprehensive Plan and touching off cries of protest from slow-growth advocates.
NEWS
March 21, 1996 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With governments all over California using tax breaks to attract major league stadiums, shopping malls and auto dealers, the voters of Ventura are considering banning all such public subsidies in their city. If a local ballot initiative passes Tuesday, it would be the first time in California that a city's electorate has issued a blanket ban on subsidies to developers, local government experts say.
NEWS
February 4, 1996 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its glory days, the Ventura Inn was the diva of downtown hotels, a graceful 93-room manor that catered to movie stars and oil barons. Its splendid arched entryway welcomed visitors through the Depression and a world war. But then boxy motels cropped up along the nearby Ventura Freeway, diverting tourists and beginning the inn's slow decline.
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