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Areas burned by Woolsey Fire now face possibility of mudslides

Rains are forecasted Wednesday in the burn area Residents of Malibu and other areas devastated by the Woolsey Fire have a new threat to worry about this week, as rains approach coastal California. Los Angeles County public officials are warning residents who live in areas prone to mudslides and debris flows—and burned areas in particular—to prepare for possible flooding this week. A storm is expected to roll through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties on Wednesday and could soak parts...
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Thanksgiving traffic in LA could be worse than usual this year

More people will travel for the holiday, says a new report Planning on traveling this Thanksgiving weekend? You’d do well not to hit the road between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, according to a new report from AAA and transportation analyst INRIX. That’s when the report predicts traffic will reach peak congestion levels in Southern California, doubling the length of many cross-town trips. The most traffic-clogged stretch of road is likely to be Interstate 5, heading south ...
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Demolition underway to build Frank Gehry’s next Downtown LA project

Across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall As anticipated, demolition has begun on a parking structure east of the Walt Disney Concert Hall to prepare the site for construction of a major mixed-use development designed by Frank Gehry. Photos taken this morning of the Bunker Hill property by photographer Sterling Davis show that a good chunk of the structure has already come down, but there’s much more to go. The $1 billion project, dubbed The Grand, will include a 20-story hotel, retail an...
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San Fernando Valley home prices cool off after record-setting summer

Median price: $678,000 After shattering records earlier this year, home prices in the San Fernando Valley have cooled off, according to a new report from the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. The region’s median sale price for single-family homes was $678,000 in October, says the report. That’s considerably below the $708,000 median price recorded in May (and matched in August), which set an all-time record for the area. Condo prices have also fallen off a bit since summer....
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Gwyneth Paltrow-backed club on Sunset Strip going to voters

West Hollywood residents will decide the club’s fate on March 5 West Hollywood’s City Council voted Monday to let residents decide whether plans to build a private club on the site of the Sunset Strip Hustler store should move forward. The council greenlit the members-only Arts Club in August, granting the project three approvals needed to move forward. But the council’s decision was challenged in October by the hotel workers union Unite Here Local 11, which collected more than...
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Here’s how the Woolsey Fire stacks up to LA’s most destructive wildfires

The massive blaze is truly historic Having claimed at least 1,500 structures, the Woolsey Fire is now far and away the most destructive wildfire ever to sweep through Los Angeles County. It is the “largest fire on record,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said last week, pointing out that the blaze is now roughly the size of Denver. At 96,949 acres, the fire still hasn’t burned through quite as wide an area as the Station Fire, which torched more than 160,000 acres of A...
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Why Pepperdine stays put when wildfires rage

While the rest of Malibu evacuates, the hillside college hunkers down Stephen Davis stood in the desiccated chaparral high above Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus and watched a massive billow of gray smoke swallow the blue sky. It was Friday, November 9, and Davis had hiked up to the school’s nature reserve to track the movement of the Woolsey Fire, which would eventually grow to become LA’s most destructive wildfire. Earlier that morning, a wall of flames 14 miles wide h...
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How much do house flippers make selling in LA?

More than 10,000 homes were flipped in 2017 Over the last four years, Los Angeles house flippers have netted profits well in excess of $100,000, according to a new report from LendingHome. That high total shows why quick buying and selling is popular with many local real estate investors. Over a quarter of all flips in the state of California are undertaken in Los Angeles County, according to the report. The report finds that, from 2014 to 2017, house flippers—who buy properties with the ...
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Palihotel set to open in December in 1920s-era Culver City hotel

“Modern and urban with bohemian, Art Deco influences” Palisociety hotel group announced Friday that it will open its Palihotel Culver City on December 29, just in time for New Year’s Eve. The project will refurbish an existing, 49-room hotel that sits right behind the city’s ArcLight Theater and a short jaunt from the Expo Line. The property opened as the West End Hotel in the 1920s. It was rumored to be the first LA residence of Joan Crawford. The Art Deco-style exterio...
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Two-bedroom condo in elegant Old Hollywood complex asking $895K

Located in the shadow of the Hollywood sign, the eye-catching complex was purportedly built to house Warner Brothers starlets. The stretch of North Beachwood Drive leading into Hollywoodland is lined with attractive examples of period-revival architecture. But the most eye-catching specimen on the block would have to be the whimsical, turreted Chateau Beachwood. Designed in 1937 by architect Walter C. King, the French Normandy-style complex is said to have been built to house Warner Brothers st...
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