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November 6, 2006
Re "Military rebuts media on Iraq," Nov. 2 So now some of our tax money is going to be spent by the Pentagon to make sure that we all hear the preferred spin on news of the war. Where have we heard about this tactic being used before? Was it Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union? EMMAGENE COFFEY Palos Verdes Estates
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BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Sasha Vujacic, the former Lakers guard, has sold an ocean-view house in Palos Verdes Estates for $2.6 million. Called La Casa Moderna, the Midcentury Modern-style, glass-and-wood house was built in 1966. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in views of the coastline, the ocean and Santa Catalina Island. The open-plan main floor of the 3,455-square-foot house combines the living room, den, dining room and  kitchen and opens to a balcony. Appointments include crystal light fixtures, remote-controlled window coverings and Venetian-style plaster.
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OPINION
March 6, 2007
Re "Ex-Taliban minister is captured," March 2 The charade continues. The U.S. leans on Pakistan to do its part in the war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. A few days later, Pakistan announces the arrest of a high-ranking leader of the Taliban. Reminds one of the line in "Casablanca" in which Capt. Renault says, "Round up the usual suspects" to cover his tracks. GEORGE PAULIKAS Palos Verdes Estates
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The temperature had soared to nearly 100 degrees by late morning in Palos Verdes Estates, making it a fine day to cool off at the beach or a water park. Instead, Chloe Solandt, her face pink from heat and sun, was sanding boards and stomping through dirt as she and 150 or so other volunteers built an edible garden on a one-acre hillside plot at Valmonte School, an early learning center. "I'm really interested in agriculture and food sustainability," said Solandt, 17, a senior at Palos Verdes High School.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2006
The photograph of five bright yellow lemons in front of a $1.7-million Mercedes roadster on the showroom floor at Grand Prix Motors must strike a sour note at Mercedes-Benz USA ("Rare Roadster Hugs the Road, for Good," June 15). This staged photo op was clearly designed to benefit the allegedly wronged dealership. Your coverage may buy the plaintiffs something litigation could not accomplish: a quick settlement from Mercedes to avoid further public indignation. Oh, by the way: Where was the picture of sour grapes in front of the dealership that bought a race car, thinking it would come with a passenger-car warranty?
OPINION
December 13, 2006
Re "Cardinal rules," editorial, Dec. 9 In pointing out the difficulties in playing Division I collegiate football while maintaining high admission and academic standards, The Times overlooks three schools that have managed to succeed -- West Point and the Naval and Air Force academies. The Navy team this year leads the nation in rushing yardage and will play in a bowl game. These schools accept only about 15% of those who apply. It's not easy, but it can be done. KIM BASSETT Palos Verdes Estates Obviously the 42-0 score of the USC-Stanford game was very disappointing to this loyal Cardinal fan. However, I was able to take some solace in the fact that before the game, the score for 2006 Nobel laureates was Stanford 2, USC 0. MICHAEL P. NEWMAN West Covina
OPINION
June 6, 2006
Re "Online Privacy Again at Issue," June 2 The government wants to snoop into our online activities purportedly to track the child pornographers and terrorists among us. Though no one outside those categories would mind these people being tracked, should not the Justice Department have some probable cause first so it can get a warrant? If we trade in all of our rights to fight terror, have we not already lost? If the government gets its way, we should all boycott the Internet.
OPINION
August 11, 2005
Re "New Chapter in the Mystery of Marilyn: Her Own Words?" Column One, Aug. 5 I read the article on Marilyn Monroe with great interest. I didn't, however, see anything there that is inconsistent with suicide. Her big plans for the future were unrealistic, even grandiose, and I suspect that those plans and ideas were part of a mania that could very possibly have been followed by depression and despair. CAROLYN KUNIN Pasadena In death, Marilyn was violated by your article.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2006
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke decided to stick his foot in the bear's mouth, providing the last thing the market needed from him: alarmist comments and poor choices of words ("Dow Dives 199 on Rate, Energy Fears," June 6). True, Bernanke is new in his role. True, Alan Greenspan, his predecessor, perfected his calming rhetoric and uncanny ability to refrain from being specific during nearly 20 years at the helm. But Bernanke seemed to go out of his way to share his anxiety about inflation pressures and confirm the Fed's intended "vigilance" to ensure that inflation doesn't stick.
OPINION
May 28, 2006
Re "If They're on Campus, They're Not Truants," column, May 22 If a student had to catch a bus or a train to go to school, would that vehicle wait for a dawdling student? We all know it would not. Why should a roomful of students who are on time have to be disrupted and wait for a latecomer? Of course the violator should be reprimanded and justly dealt with. MARY OVERBEY Palos Verdes Estates I think it is the height of irresponsibility on the part of parents to make excuses for their kids' tardiness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities have taken over an investigation into the management of an elderly heiress' fortune by a key figure at the Kabbalah Centre, police said Tuesday. A supervisor with the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, which had led a criminal probe into the handling of the housebound widow's affairs, said the department turned over files concerning her longtime business manager, John E. Larkin, to federal agents last month. Sgt. Steve Barber declined to name the agency but said its focus was "financial activities" involving the 88-year-old heiress, Susan Strong Davis, and Larkin, a veteran Hollywood business manager who helps oversee the Kabbalah Centre's money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Police and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office have joined the investigation into the possible financial exploitation of an heiress by a Hollywood business manager. Detectives from Palos Verdes Estates, where 87-year-old Susan Strong Davis lives, met with prosecutors in the district attorney's elder abuse unit Thursday to discuss potential criminal aspects in the handling of her finances. The management of her affairs by John E. Larkin, a veteran entertainment money manager, was already the subject of a probe by social workers from the county's Adult Protective Services.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2011
A little bit of Italy Location: 612 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 Asking price: $10.9 million Previous sale: $8.65 million in 2007 House size: The house has five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in more than 10,000 square feet, including rooms off the pool and a mechanical/storage room. Lot size: Almost an acre Additional features: Library, media room, family room, three laundry rooms, three-car garage, spa, elevator Around the neighborhood: In the first half of the year, 141 single-family homes sold in the 90274 ZIP Code at a median price of $1,475,000, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione
This ornate villa overlooking Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes Estates feels like it could be in Italy. But views of Santa Monica Bay and points north, and on clear days, the San Gabriel Mountains and downtown Los Angeles, belie that. Yet the views alone don't account for the $10.9-million price tag. The home's eye-popping extravagance begins with a $1.7-million foundation and continues from the ground up. Marble mosaic floors and 300-year-old terra-cotta pavers from France stand atop that base — and that's just what's underfoot.
HOME & GARDEN
July 1, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Mixed martial arts champion Anderson da Silva, known as the Spider, has bought a home in Palos Verdes Estates for close to its $1.76-million asking price. The ocean-view house of 3,000 square feet has four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. The lot is more than half an acre and includes a swimming pool. The 36-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champ, who was renting in Redondo Beach, purchased the home to be closer to where he trains. He also owns homes in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil.
HOME & GARDEN
October 28, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Donald Trump has put an estate in Rancho Palos Verdes on the market at $12 million. Located at Trump National Golf Course, which he owns and operates, the 11,000-square-foot Mediterranean has a great-room entry, marble flooring and wall-to-ceiling sliding doors that disappear from view. The five-bedroom, nine-bathroom house features a game room with a bar that is a replica of the one at the course restaurant. The wine room is enclosed behind glass, and the master bedroom has a patio and fire pit. The U-shaped house, designed by Luis de Moraes of Envirotechno Architecture, opens onto a courtyard with an infinity pool.
OPINION
August 20, 2006
Re "U.S. Hopes to Rival Hezbollah With Rebuilding Effort," Aug. 17 It seems a little ironic that only now is the Bush administration realizing that to win hearts and minds it is better to help the people who have been adversely affected by another petty war. It will be interesting to see who wins the hearts and minds of the displaced Lebanese -- Hezbollah, on the ground with actual physical help, or Halliburton, with an open-end, no-bid contract and...
OPINION
August 13, 2005
John Wood's essay, "Confront L.A.'s monsters head-on" (Opinion, Aug. 9), urges us to confront gangs where they live, thinking that will stop them from their murderous ways. I think that argument misses the boat. Instead, we should confront the poverty, poor education and family dysfunction in gang areas. If we would spend part of the money for incarcerating criminals on improving the economic and educational opportunities for young people in low-income areas, it would do far more to reduce violence, as we would be getting at the root cause of most criminality.
OPINION
July 6, 2010
Eyesore, or classic? Re "2 dreams, 1 lot," July 1 A homeowner paid $2.5 million for a tear-down in Palos Verdes Estates and says he's "just a regular guy from the area." That -- and the fact that it is a Lloyd Wright house toward which the bulldozer is aimed -- speaks volumes. So does the photo of the magnificent house with an array of about a dozen homes above it, none of which have the grace or creativity of that 1958 design. A neighbor labeled the house a "laughingstock" and an "embarrassment."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2010 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
It had been the dream of a local surgeon: a gray, spaceship-like structure with floor-to-ceiling windows and a facade that jutted out toward the Pacific Ocean. "I don't want a big square house like that one," Dr. Louis Moore reportedly told the architect, pointing to a neighbor's home during a drive around Palos Verdes Estates. And so, in 1958, an avant-garde, five-bedroom home with angular appendages was completed on the cliff above Malaga Cove. Now the current owner wants to build his own dream house.
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