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  • Incomplete sets can still have significant value

    Q: Attached are images of pieces from two tea sets. One set, a wedding gift in the early 1930s, is Asian. Another is gold plated from Italy and was a gift around the 1960s. Do either have any value other than sentimental? A: The reader adds that while...
  • Who should pay for quake-proofing L.A.?

    Who should pay for quake-proofing L.A.?
    The city of Los Angeles is finally getting serious about retrofitting the soft-story wood frame apartment buildings and the brittle concrete ones that are at risk of collapsing during a substantial earthquake. The soft-story Northridge Meadows apartment...
  • Sturdy defensibles

    A reader has suggested that I take time out from exposing the purblind ignorance of that ass Simon Heffer and his ilk to identify some rules and distinctions of usage that are worth observing.  H.W. Fowler had an entry, “sturdy indefensibles,&...
  • Flooring trends offer more than hardwood

    Flooring trends offer more than hardwood
    The single biggest visual element in a home is the floor. It sets the mood of a room and ties a space together. According to trend scouts, this year's line-up of new floor introductions could not be more warm and inviting. Here is a glimpse of what's...
  • Move over Flappy Bird: The latest gaming craze is 2048

    Move over Flappy Bird: The latest gaming craze is 2048
    The (Flappy) Bird is no longer the word -- the latest craze is all about a puzzle game called 2048. The game, which can be played through the Web, requires that users pair tiles containing similar numbers together to create tiles with larger figures....
  • Once-tired PacMutual Plaza is prime office space again

    Once-tired PacMutual Plaza is prime office space again
    In a sign that the definition of prime office space is undergoing a dramatic shift, an old downtown Los Angeles office complex — once considered second rate — is now outperforming many of its newer, glitzier competitors. PacMutual Plaza,...
  • Earthquakes leave properties damaged, residents shaken

    Earthquakes leave properties damaged, residents shaken
    When the first jolt hit, Fullerton Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn was on the couch getting his 4- and 8-year-old daughters ready for bed. As Sebourn rushed his screaming girls toward the door, another violent lurch knocked the mayor and one of his daughters...
  • Property of the Week: Northwoods of Colchester

    Property of the Week: Northwoods of Colchester
    North Woods of Colchester’s newest residents Kathy Regan-Pyne and Roy Pyne didn’t really need to move to their single-floor ranch-style home. But like so many other residents, they chose to move as a lifestyle upgrade and are delighted that...
  • Liability for quake losses a big concern for L.A. property owners

    Liability for quake losses a big concern for L.A. property owners
    It was three days before Christmas when a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked the Central Coast in 2003. Cracking like a bullwhip from the mountains, the shaking felt like an explosion in Paso Robles' historic downtown. Two women working at a clothing store...
  • City hopes reclaimed brick will pave way to jobs, sustainability

    City hopes reclaimed brick will pave way to jobs, sustainability
    For years, the city has fought blight with excavators, clawing down abandoned and decrepit buildings. This month, it started to attack its vacant home problem by hand, signing off on a plan to take apart a selection of houses brick by brick....
  • Tribeca 2014: In 'Beyond the Brick,' Lego as cultural juggernaut

    Tribeca 2014: In 'Beyond the Brick,' Lego as cultural juggernaut
    NEW YORK -- “The Lego Movie” this winter reawakened many people to the colorful plastic bricks they hadn’t thought about since childhood. But a raft of people inside and outside the Danish company have been clued in to its pleasures...