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Race to save Hollywood sign from bulldozer
March 25, 2010 | ABC News (Australia)

Posted on 03/25/2010 2:26:56 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper

A conservation group warns they have just three weeks to raise $US3 million to save the iconic Hollywood sign from being razed by investors who want to build luxury houses on the site.

"We feel good about where we are and we feel good about our chances to do this," said Tim Ahern of the Trust for Public Land.

The group needs to raise $US3 million to reach the $US12.5 million needed to purchase the 138-acre parcel of rugged land surrounding the sign from a Chicago-based consortium that has acquired rights to build four luxury mansions along the ridgeline.

The investors sought to sell the property for $US22 million but agreed to the $US12.5-million price tag for the conservation group only if payment arrives by April 14.

Los Angeles council member Tom LaBonge says the trust has so far collected $US9.5 million - $US4 million from public funds, and the remainder $US5.5 million from private donors, including movie and television companies and Hollywood stars such as director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks.

"We're getting closer to our goal and if we continue working hard, I know we'll reach it," Mr LaBonge said.

One of the world's most recognisable landmarks, the sign was given a facelift last month when the trust shrouded each of the 13-metre high letters in blankets so the slogan "SAVE THE PEAK" became visible for miles around the sprawling Californian city.

The Hollywood sign itself, which was initially created as an advert for a real estate development called Hollywoodland in 1923, is owned by the city of Los Angeles.

One of the City of Angels' most beloved attractions, the sign had fallen into disrepair until it was restored in the 1970s after a campaign which saw nine donors pay $US27,777 to "adopt" one letter each.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: hollywood; losangeles; sign

1 posted on 03/25/2010 2:26:56 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper
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Ah, crap, forgot the link: ABC News Australia
2 posted on 03/25/2010 2:29:17 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("Ked Tennedy would have been plowed... I mean, proud today..." - Senator Max Baucus (Drunk-MT))
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To: BigSkyFreeper

“until it was restored in the 1970s after a campaign which saw nine donors pay $US27,777 to “adopt” one letter each.”

Alice Cooper paid for an O in honor of his good friend, Groucho Marx.

I bet this is freaking him out.


3 posted on 03/25/2010 2:29:44 AM PDT by Salamander (....and I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.......)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Damn, I thought the article meant Hollywood itself. I would of been all for it.


4 posted on 03/25/2010 2:29:46 AM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Admin Moderator; Lead Moderator
Forgot the link, added in post 2.
5 posted on 03/25/2010 2:34:02 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("Ked Tennedy would have been plowed... I mean, proud today..." - Senator Max Baucus (Drunk-MT))
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To: randomhero97

Hehe, you raise a good point here. Since I am in Holland, I see it from a distance. Hollywood may be a haven for the loony left; but it also gave us the wondrous works of John Ford. Or Laurel&Hardy. Or Frank Capra. Or Hitchcock. Or Preston Sturges. Or Clint Eastwood. Or Charlton Heston.

...erm... I notice that I am talking largely of the past here.

What the heck happened to America?


6 posted on 03/25/2010 2:34:26 AM PDT by Ayn And Milton
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To: Ayn And Milton
"What the heck happened to America?"


7 posted on 03/25/2010 2:37:22 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Considering the filth that Hollywood now represents,
they should demolish the sign and the whole damn town.

Like everything good in America, it is now all “Gone With the Wind”.


8 posted on 03/25/2010 2:38:10 AM PDT by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

great idea build homes on a hill then we can watch them slide down when it rains or burn when there’s a fire.


9 posted on 03/25/2010 2:44:17 AM PDT by bikerman
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To: bikerman

Ha! Yep.


10 posted on 03/25/2010 2:50:29 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("Ked Tennedy would have been plowed... I mean, proud today..." - Senator Max Baucus (Drunk-MT))
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To: BigSkyFreeper



11 posted on 03/25/2010 2:57:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I always wanted to post in "Test Topic, Ignore It". [CHECK])
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To: BigSkyFreeper
I knew it would come down to raising money. No thanks.
12 posted on 03/25/2010 2:58:16 AM PDT by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

What will happen to Dr. Evil’s lair?


13 posted on 03/25/2010 3:07:28 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: BigSkyFreeper

14 posted on 03/25/2010 3:13:52 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: Fresh Wind

You could as well have made the first ‘O’ into an ‘E’...


15 posted on 03/25/2010 4:17:35 AM PDT by Ayn And Milton
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Now, is there still a job opening for bulldozer operator on that project?

I’d like to apply.


16 posted on 03/25/2010 4:37:46 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare, a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: bikerman

That was my first thought also.

Who Cares? Tear it down.


17 posted on 03/25/2010 4:54:05 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Ayn And Milton

make it HOLLYWEIRD


18 posted on 03/25/2010 5:08:38 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: Leo Carpathian

WHO THE HECK CARES???????


19 posted on 03/25/2010 5:09:45 AM PDT by Cheryllynn
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Rush and other wealthy Conservative through intermediaries should buy it and change it as Kalipornia moves towards financial insolvency and bankruptcy....

OBAMAVILLE

20 posted on 03/25/2010 5:16:49 AM PDT by taildragger (Palin/Mulally 2012)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Where’s the donations from all the multi-millionaire actors and actresses who work there? Why don’t they pay for it?


21 posted on 03/25/2010 5:25:10 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Entitlements will do to America what drugs eventually do to addicts)
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To: reagan_fanatic
Where’s the donations from all the multi-millionaire actors and actresses who work there? Why don’t they pay for it?

That's what I don't understand.  Then again, they might be for the bulldozing of it because it presents itself as an environmental eyesore.

22 posted on 03/25/2010 5:44:08 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("Ked Tennedy would have been plowed... I mean, proud today..." - Senator Max Baucus (Drunk-MT))
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To: Venturer

I agree let the show begin got popcorn?


23 posted on 03/25/2010 5:46:26 AM PDT by bikerman
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To: reagan_fanatic
Why don’t they pay for it?

Liberals spend your money, not theirs.

24 posted on 03/25/2010 6:00:17 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Leo Carpathian

:) very good... I hope that they won’t be saved, regardless of my opinion on Hollywood. I always found them:

stinking, bad, rotten UGLY!


25 posted on 03/25/2010 9:19:40 AM PDT by Ayn And Milton
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Who cares? Let ‘em bulldoze it.


26 posted on 03/25/2010 9:35:52 AM PDT by calex59
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To: BigSkyFreeper
The sign itself is not threatened, despite the hysterics of some. The property that's up for sale is above and to the left of the sign.

To some extent, the developers are playing chicken with the city. Just building a road up to the buildable spots would be an expensive challenge, and the city could hold up the permitting indefinitely. It's basically a knife-edge ridge falling to steep slopes, so short of bulldozing the entire top, the buildable area isn't that great

Here's the land in question:


27 posted on 03/25/2010 9:52:20 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Ole Okie

Exactly! Why pay for it when you can get some schmuck to pay for you!


28 posted on 03/25/2010 10:22:19 AM PDT by BenKenobi ("we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be")
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