L.A. orders Hollywood preservation group out of mansion
City says Hollywood Heritage ignored rules and rented out the Wattles Mansion for disruptive parties. The organization denies the events are a nuisance and says the eviction notice was a shock.
Hollywood's leading preservation group has been ordered out of the community's most prominent historic estate for allegedly ignoring city rules and renting out the mansion for disruptive parties.
Hollywood Heritage has supervised the famed Wattles Mansion for 25 years under an exclusive agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The city purchased the mansion for about $2 million in 1968.
Read about the history of the Wattles Mansion here.
Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Category: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008
The tail fin era
General Motors designer Chuck Jordan visits Los Angeles to encourage young car nuts to pursue their dreams. His advice: 'Start as bold as you can.... If you don't start out ambitious enough, it will be drained down to nothing.'
Above, Chuck Jordan's design for the 1959 Eldorado. Below, the 1955 Chevrolet Cameo.
|One of the joys of this blog is that I never know what I'm going to
find in the daily paper. It could be some tragic killing or an oddball brite. But today, I fell into the rabbit hole of research with
a brief story about a local boy who made good as a General Motors car
designer after winning a student contest 11 years before.
His name was not, as Bill Dredge wrote in The Times in 1958, Chuck Gordan. He was, in fact, Charles M. "Chuck" Jordan, designer of the 1955 Chevrolet Cameo), the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado and many other autos.
Chuck Jordan's winning entry in the 1947 Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild contest. Photo by Harry Schoepf
Coming soon to a theater near you...
Above, "Crimson Kimono" (paired with "Battle of the Coral Sea").
|Jan. 27, 2009, 8 p.m. Ramo Auditorium at Caltech.|
"The Crimson Kimono," with discussion afterward. Frank Capra Film Series. Free.
Los Angeles urged to drive less and reduce smog
Ozone levels in the region reach 0.53 per million, which would be a Stage 3 alert in 2008.
The "Mating Urge," in "flaming color." Imdb says this wasn't released until 1959. Oops.
Coming soon to a theater near you...
Above, "The Godfather," 1972.
|Sept. 19-25, 2008, ArcLight Hollywood.|
"The Godfather" and "Godfather II." Member movie.
The hanging tree
Once described as the oldest rubber tree on the American continent, it was actually an Australian fig ... maybe. Either way, it's gone now. And the rustlers who were supposedly hanged here must have been awfully short because the branches are low.
2015 Long Beach Ave. in 1938 and, below, via Google maps' street view.
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Bowron: Liberal, moderate and conservative
The Times' Timothy G. Turner writes: 'Fletcher Bowron is no longhair nor will he turn the town over to Psalm singers. He is little concerned with gambling and prostitution as such, only in their effect on political corruption.'
Above, a breath of fresh air at City Hall.
Bowron defeats Shaw
Superior Court judge, elected with 65% of the vote, will take office Sept. 26. He says: 'This election, in no sense, is a personal triumph. This is not my fight. I have merely been part of a movement -- a most significant movement for clean government.'
Above, The Times' lead editorial laments the recall of Mayor Frank Shaw and emphasizes the inexperience of Fletcher Bowron, noting with alarm his support from subversives and radicals.
Los Angeles Times file photo
|This is another photo of our mystery guest, who was misfiled as Veda Ann Borg.|
So sorry, only one guess was even vaguely warm. Not Lucille Ball and not Vera Hruba Ralston.... This is going to be a toughie.