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January 18, 1990 | LEON WHITESON
When it comes to the fate of the famed Ambassador Hotel and the future of Wilshire Boulevard, mega-developer Donald Trump's New York money may talk loudly. But another voice--that of the UCLA-based Urban Innovations Group--already is having its considerable say in the contentious debate about the way Los Angeles should grapple with its growth.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1993 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A controversial $1-million loan from the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority to a Wilshire district developer has hit a last-minute snag, officials said Wednesday. Although the MTA's board already approved the loan, county lawyers on Wednesday belatedly sought a concession from developer Wayne Ratkovich before they would issue the $1-million check.
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NEWS
July 7, 1993 | DAVID WILLMAN and NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
County transit officials are lending $1.3 million to a prominent Wilshire district developer despite a bank's refusal to issue the loans because of the borrower's weak collateral, records and interviews show. The loans are being issued by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to two investment groups managed and partially owned by Wayne Ratkovich, proprietor of the Wiltern Theatre and an adjacent complex of office and retail space.
NEWS
July 7, 1993 | DAVID WILLMAN and NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
County transit officials are lending $1.3 million to a prominent Wilshire district developer despite a bank's refusal to issue the loans because of the borrower's weak collateral, records and interviews show. The loans are being issued by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to two investment groups managed and partially owned by Wayne Ratkovich, proprietor of the Wiltern Theatre and an adjacent complex of office and retail space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1993 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A controversial $1-million loan from the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority to a Wilshire district developer has hit a last-minute snag, officials said Wednesday. Although the MTA's board already approved the loan, county lawyers on Wednesday belatedly sought a concession from developer Wayne Ratkovich before they would issue the $1-million check.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1992 | KATHIE JENKINS
Two nights after the riots ended, Mauro Vincenti sat up in bed--he had an idea. The owner of downtown's Rex Il Ristorante thought he knew how to make the city a better place. His plan: Throw a huge festival of food, music and art in a Central L.A. location. "If we can get everyone together," he said passionately, "even for a moment, we have helped a bit." And after the festival, what then?
REAL ESTATE
April 23, 1989 | LEON WHITESON
When New York architect Stanton Eckstut first arrived in Southern California he was startled by the way the huge regional metropolis--stretching from San Diego to Simi Valley--confounded his typical East Coast prejudices and preconceptions. "Los Angeles isn't what everyone says it is," Eckstut said, still slightly amazed at this discovery after several years. "What struck me most about the place is the way it's made up of many small pieces. "It's not only a collection of small cities that have grown together into a vast metropolis; the buildings and neighborhoods within those individual cities are, with few exceptions, small scale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nathan Kaplan, an 82-year-old man with white hair and beard, has lived for 14 years across the street from the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire district, and he has heard all sorts of proposals--from restoration to schools or office buildings--for the now-defunct hotel.
REAL ESTATE
February 19, 1995 | JULIE KIBBLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Kibbler is a Los Angeles free-lance writer. and
Old buildings never die. At least they don't have to. Take Bullock's Wilshire, for example. Which is just what Southwestern University School of Law did earlier this year, taking over after the R. H. Macy & Co. vacated the building. The elegant 1929 landmark department store is scheduled to reopen in December, 1995, as the school's law library.
NEWS
January 18, 1990 | LEON WHITESON
When it comes to the fate of the famed Ambassador Hotel and the future of Wilshire Boulevard, mega-developer Donald Trump's New York money may talk loudly. But another voice--that of the UCLA-based Urban Innovations Group--already is having its considerable say in the contentious debate about the way Los Angeles should grapple with its growth.
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