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House on shaky ground

first_img“It’s kind of ironic how they want to put us there for lack of a better place,” Scott Bowles said. Other residents say they are concerned the city is not paying enough attention to its roots. “We’re dismissing the indigenous people, as well as the founding families,” said Senya Lubisich. The lack of solicitation of resident input “seems to be more of a pattern with the city, and we’re just concerned.” Lubisich’s husband, Eloy Zarate, is a founding member of the Friends of La Laguna, a group that led successful efforts to preserve an artist-built playground in Vincent Lugo Park in recent months. Questions regarding the future of the Hayes House and plans for development were referred to Deputy City Manager Steven Preston. Preston did not return repeated calls for comment since last week. “All that is the subject of discussions right now,” said City Manager Mike Paules. Paules said the city hopes to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ratkovich Company in the next month or two. “Financially, if it’s possible to keep it in place with the proposed project, then that would be something to consider. But right now I don’t know if it’s possible,” said City Councilman Kevin Sawkins. “Where the Hayes House and museum are, it takes up a pretty big piece of land. It may make the project unfeasible.” The proposal is a key component of the city’s effort to revitalize the Mission District, in which the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel is located, and which has not been as successful as had been hoped. “It’s a very, very important project,” Sawkins said. The two structures sit on a lot roughly 100 by 100 feet. The parking lot is about three acres. It makes economic and logical sense to keep the historical house in the historical district, said Scott Bowles’ wife, Isela. “This is the founding region of Los Angeles,” she said. “Everywhere you turn there is history that no one has anymore.” The Victorian house, with its gray wood clapboards, bay window and white cresting at the tip of a gable roof, was built in 1887 on Pine Street between Broadway and Live Oak Avenue. It was built by George Findley Bovard, who later became the fourth president of USC. In 1893, it was purchased by Milton Scott Wilson, a justice of the peace for the town. It stayed in the family until Wilson’s granddaughter, Mary Ruth Hayes, left the house to the historical association after her death in 1990. Inside, the family’s possessions have been saved, including Hayes’ collection of cat figurines, tea cups and dolls. Armchairs, wood stoves, a cabinet-looking ice box and lighting fixtures also remain. “They were the original pack rats,” Williams said. “They never threw anything away.” patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Gabriel Historical Association President Bill Williams said he would prefer to have both structures remain together in the Mission District. “We’re in a position where we don’t know,” Williams said. “All we know is they’re talking about it.” The Hayes House was moved to Broadway in 1991. It is named for Edwin Hayes, who helped organize the first San Gabriel City Council and the San Gabriel Union Church. One proposed new location for the house is Smith Park, Williams said. The park is dedicated to the Gabrielino-Tongva, the indigenous people occupying present-day Los Angeles and Orange counties, and their descendants, according to the city brochure. The Gabrielino-Tongva town of Sibangna once stood in the vicinity of the park. SAN GABRIEL – City staff and developers are considering a mixed-use project that may squeeze the 19th-century Hayes House and the San Gabriel Historical Association museum next door from their coveted corner in the Mission District. The struggle between change and historic preservation is especially poignant for some residents in a city that touts itself as the “birthplace of the Los Angeles region.” “Mission life in American reached its fullest development in California, and in no other city is this more evident,” a city brochure reads. The city is “dedicated to preserving the culture, vision and ideals of our heritage.” “These are very strong words here,” said Scott Bowles, pointing to the text. “These ideas are what us residents like.” last_img read more

Everton fight to keep star, Swansea in £15m swoop and Charlton starlet in demand

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers and online…Christian Benteke’s agent has confirmed Liverpool have yet to receive any new offers for the Belgium striker but is hopeful of resolving his future before the end of the transfer window.  Crystal Palace have been eyeing the striker, along with Everton, West Ham United and Besiktas. (Guardian)Everton have been angered by Chelsea’s attempts to unsettle striker Romelu Lukaku. The Blues have yet to receive any bid for the 23-year-old despite reports of a £57m offer being rejected and they would not welcome an approach for their top scorer. (Liverpool Echo)And Everton will this week open new contract talks with Romelu Lukaku after insisting the striker will stay at the club. (Daily Express)Swansea City are ready to break their transfer record to bring Borja Baston to the Liberty Stadium. Francesco Guidolin revealed at the weekend that the Atletico Madrid striker’s arrival was “imminent” — and it is believed Swansea are prepared to pay £15 million for the highly-rated 23-year-old. (South Wales Evening Post)England Under-19 wonderkid Ademola Lookman is back on the radar of a host of Premier League clubs. The Charlton striker remains wanted by Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton. Charlton protected their asset by tying Lookman, 18, to a first long-term deal earlier this year. But it won’t deter the clubs who are willing to pay upwards of £2million to poach Lookman before the transfer window closes. (Daily Mirror)Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony appear to be edging towards the exit door at Manchester City after being left at home for the pre-season game with Arsenal in Gothenburg. (Manchester Evening News)Southampton have approached Napoli over a deal for Italy forward Manolo Gabbiadini, 24. (HITC)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Jose Mourinho: Manchester United is ‘the perfect club’ for Paul PogbaPaul Pogba transfer: Massimiliano Allegri remains coy on Man United deal – ‘we will see tomorrow if he is a still Juventus player’West Ham United transfer news: Andre Ayew and Arthur Masuaku edge closer to Hammers move as Slaven Bilic admits ‘it’s only a matter of paperwork’Championship news: Marseille step up pursuit of out-of-favour Newcastle United midfielder Henri Saivetlast_img read more