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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.
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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
TRAVEL
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: http://www.explorecochise.com 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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January 21, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt
Ozone from Asia is wafting across the Pacific on springtime winds and boosting the amount of the smog-producing chemical found in the skies above the western United States, researchers said in a study released Wednesday. The new study, published in the journal Nature, explores a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists in the past decade: Ground-level ozone has dropped in cities thanks to tighter pollution controls; but it has risen in rural areas in the western U.S., where there is little industry or automobile traffic.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi
It was less than 18 months ago that the Democratic Party declared this region its new base. Barack Obama claimed the party's presidential nomination at a football stadium here, in a state where Democrats had won the governorship, both houses of the state Legislature, and were about to pick up both U.S. Senate seats. Now President Obama and his party's approval ratings in the West are lower than elsewhere in the country. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. abruptly announced last week that he would not seek reelection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2009 | By Carol J. Williams
Federal courts in California and eight other Western states will allow video camera coverage of civil proceedings in an experiment aimed at increasing public understanding of the work of the courts, the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday. The decision by the court's judicial council, headed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, is in response to recommendations made to the court two years ago and ends a 1996 ban on the taking of photographs or transmitting of radio or video broadcasts.
TRAVEL
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)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 6, 1986
The eight workers at Radnoti Glass Technology Inc. in Monrovia hand-fabricate scientific instruments and vessels of all sizes and shapes for research labs, universities and hospitals all over the the world. President Desmond A. Radnoti Sr. started the company in 1970 to answer the demand for speciality items ordered in such small quantity that they cannot efficiently be produced by larger firms.
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September 12, 2009 | Associated Press
In an effort to protect endangered and threatened Pacific salmon, the Environmental Protection Agency announced new limits Friday on three pesticides that are commonly used on Western farms. The restrictions apply to the use of chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion near salmon waters in Washington, California, Oregon and Idaho. The chemicals have been found by the U.S. Geological Survey to interfere with salmon's sense of smell, making it harder for them to find food, avoid predators and return to native waters to spawn, according to federal biologists.
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July 17, 2009 | Kim Murphy
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday scrapped a plan, authorized in the last days of the Bush administration, to nearly quadruple the allowable logging on federal lands in western Oregon -- including many prized old-growth stands -- and open up protected northern spotted owl habitat across Oregon, Washington and Northern California to timber companies.
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