The year 2011 was the year of development. From a huge cost underestimate on Bob Hope Airport’s massive transit center, to news that Walmart was coming to town, to the clog of a large-scale revamp of the Golden State (5) Freeway corridor, the pang of new construction and a changing landscape was inescapable.
Here’s a look at some of the headlines that grabbed our attention in 2011, and that will continue to reverberate well into 2012.
For whatever reason, 2011 saw more than its fair share of wildlife intrusions into urban areas. Mountain lions, coyotes, bears, bobcats — during the summer, hardly a week went by without some sort of sighting.
While coyotes play a continuing role in pet deaths, it was the recurring reports of prowling mountain lions that generated the most worry among residents.
Lions were spotted in backyards and even prowling among parked cars in the hills of Burbank. And animal control officers rescued two mountain lion cubs from underneath a parked car earlier this month after they apparently were abandoned by their mother.