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April 17, 1988 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms of Laguna Beach are authors of "Away for the Weekend," a travel guide to Southern California.
Seashore, mountains, desert . . . California is unsurpassed for its diverse vacation destinations. Here are a dozen favorite getaways in the Golden State, all within easy reach from Los Angeles. We mention offbeat treats as well as top attractions, accommodations and dining spots along with telephone numbers and the one-way mileage from Los Angeles. Santa Barbara. Subtropical landscaping and bright stucco buildings with red-tile roofs set the scene for this seaside retreat.
April 23, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The image of bandit Jesus Malverde turns up as a kind of venerated saint inside " Quitapesares (Solace)," a makeshift chapel by artist Maria Romero erected near the end of a large new exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum. On May 3, 1909, the outlaw was hanged from a tree in the town of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa near the country's northwest coast, by the federal government of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz. He was left to rot in the sun. At least, that's what people say. Historians have found no evidence that the story is true.
January 30, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Pending home sales fell sharply in December as cold weather and declining affordability sapped demand, according to a trade group. The National Assn. of Realtors said Thursday that its pending sales index, which is adjusted for seasonal swings, fell 8.7% from November, reaching the lowest level since October 2011. The index, based on contracts signed but not closed, is 8.8% below December 2012. QUIZ: Test your knowledge of mortgages “Unusually disruptive weather across large stretches of the country in December forced people indoors and prevented some buyers from looking at homes or making offers,” the association's chief economist, Lawrence Yun, said in a statement.
August 20, 1989
Kilsby-Roberts, a Brea-based distributor of steel and aluminum tubing and bars, has reached a tentative agreement to acquire Republic Supply Co. of California. Terms were not disclosed. Republic, with headquarters in Carson, distributes pipes, valves and fittings in the western United States. The deal is expected to be completed by Oct. 1.
June 23, 1999 | Christine Castro, (714) 966-7440
As part of a therapy program called Project 9865, pediatric patients at St. Jude Medical Center on Tuesday joined in making what creators say is the largest monument in the western United States. Patients painted floral panels that will go on a 165-foot-tall oil tower at 9865 Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles. The project involves more than 4,000 children from pediatric units and 40,000 volunteers throughout the state.
December 8, 2013 | Larry Gordon
Janet Napolitano views her new job as president of the University of California system as being primarily "a huge public advocate for higher ed. " The former Arizona governor and U.S. secretary of Homeland Security was an unusual choice for UC: a politician without prior leadership experience in academia. Napolitano, 56, the first woman to hold the post, is paid $570,000 a year plus housing to manage the sprawling chain of 10 campuses, five medical centers and numerous research centers.
June 19, 2011
COCHISE COUNTY, ARIZ. Independence Day celebrations When, where: July 1-4, Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, SierraVista, Tombstone and Willcox Highlights: The communities of southeastern Arizona are festive for the Fourth, with Bisbee's Coaster Races down Tombstone Canyon, Sierra Vista's Pets & People parade (plus a variety of other parades throughout the county), a firefighters' water battle, sports matches, live entertainment and, of course, fireworks. Cost: Free Info: PARK CITY, UTAH Park City Food & Wine Classic When, where: July 7-10, various venues Highlights: More than 100 high-profile chefs, vintners, brewers and distillers convene to present tastings, pairings, classes and culinary-themed outdoor adventures.
May 12, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Built in 1859, the simple cottage in the scenic Gold Rush town of Sutter Creek wasn't even on the market in 1966 when Jane Way persuaded the owner to sell it. Way bought it "on a whim," she later said, during "an all-time low in my life. " "My son had been killed in an accident, my husband had split, my health was terrible — I'd had cancer twice," she told the San Francisco Chronicle in 1999. Seeking to reinvent her life, Way turned the property into the Sutter Creek Inn, an early bed and breakfast in the West that served as a prototype for many that followed, according to travel guidebooks.
October 25, 2009
It's only fitting that Tombstone, Ariz., which gained fame for a shootout, has a rough-and-tough gunslinger grave site. Check out the political commentary on the epitaphs of Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury, killed as they battled Wyatt Earp and his posse at the O.K. Corral. Want a taste of headstone humor? Try this: "Here lies Lester Moore / Four slugs from a .44 / No Les / No more." And this one recalls George Johnson (wrongly sentenced to hang for buying a stolen horse)
February 18, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
The Western Climate Initiative, touted as a model for national global warming legislation, will strain the region's electricity grid and prolong the economic recession, a business group asserted Tuesday. The initiative was launched in September by seven Western governors, including California's Arnold Schwarzenegger, and four Canadian provincial premiers. It seeks to slash regional greenhouse gas emissions by about 15% below 2005 levels in the next 12 years.
August 23, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
Stepping in where the Bush administration has refused to tread, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and five other Western governors, joined by two Canadian provincial leaders, pledged Wednesday to enforce a tough regional cap on greenhouse gas emissions. Under the Western Climate Initiative, the leaders agreed to slash emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-warming pollutants to 15% below 2005 levels in their states and provinces in the next 13 years.
June 16, 1985
Fifty Iranians living in exile in the western United States have formed an organization to gather U.S. support for an overthrow of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, according to Tom Arostamian. The Constitutional Council concluded a week of meetings Saturday at the Miramar Sheraton in Santa Monica. Arostamian, a member of the council, said the 50 representatives will meet in Paris in August with a similar group that has been organized in Europe.
February 17, 2004 | Gary Polakovic
Western mule deer herds are in sharp decline, and scientists are working to overcome threats to reverse the trend. Just 40 years ago, an estimated 2.3 million mule deer roamed the West. In Nevada, deer populations have dropped 27% over the last decade, and other states are reporting declines. Mule deer are muscular critters with long ears similar to those of a mule.
July 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Fire crews hoped for breaks from the weather to help fight blazes fueled by high temperatures, tinder-dry conditions and gusty winds across the West on Monday. A Hot Springs, S.D., wildfire that killed a man and left more than 30 families homeless spread somewhat to the southwest of the tourist town Monday, but fire officials expected to gain on it in the next day or so. "My best guess is that we'll make some good ground on the fire," said Joe Lowe, state wildland fire suppression coordinator.
July 9, 2007 | Julie Cart, Jack Leonard and Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writers
Crews stayed on the offensive against major blazes around California and other Western states Sunday, a day marked by an epic fire in Utah and evacuations of hundreds of homes in Washington, as well as a helicopter crash that hurt two firefighters in Santa Barbara County.
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