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Down on the fat farm, the SPCA is trying to get Rosemary sow slim.

March 09, 1995

PIG AEROBICS?: Here's a challenge for Jenny Craig:

Rosemary is a potbellied pig so overweight she can barely support herself standing. Her eyes are submerged in rolls of fat.

So she's hittin' the equivalent of Slim Fast for sows.

The Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently took Rosemary from a home in Culver City where she was, well, eating like a pig.

She weighed in at 170 pounds--hefty even for a potbellied porker.

The family, accused by SPCA officials of overfeeding Rosemary and of violating a city ban on potbellied pigs, could no longer care for the animal and asked the organization to intervene.

"Potbellied pigs . . . like to run around, but this one can't even move," said Madeline Bernstein, executive director of the Los Angeles SPCA and the Southern California Humane Society.

Now Rosemary is living at the SPCA's shelter in Hawthorne, a fat farm of sorts, where she is on a diet featuring alfalfa sprouts.

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MANIFEST DESTINY: In this austere era of limited horizons, California lawmakers showed a refreshing return to the state's former expansionist spirit this week by nearly annexing a new national park, geysers and all.

A Carson state assemblywoman introduced a resolution declaring State Tourism Year and saluting such attractions as Lake Tahoe, the Mojave Desert, the Sierra Nevadas and Catalina Island.

"Whereas," it stated, "the tourism industry is present in all areas of the state, including: Yellowstone National Park . . ."

Maps show Yellowstone lodged squarely in the northwest corner of Wyoming, spilling over into Montana and Idaho. Yet the huge national park was listed as part of the Golden State in the resolution from state Assemblywoman Juanita M. McDonald (D-Carson).

In fact, the annexation was a typo, which the Assembly corrected by amending the resolution on Monday to delete "Yellowstone" and insert "Yosemite."

But the mistake has led to some good-natured ribbing in Sacramento of McDonald's chief of staff, Vincent Harris.

"We do such a good job managing Yosemite," quipped Harris good-naturedly, "that the Feds want to give us Yellowstone."

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CIVIL DISH-OBEDIENCE: When Barbara Boots erected a satellite dish in her Rancho Palos Verdes back yard more than two years ago, she ended up catching more than television signals.

She caught the attention of her neighbors, who complained to City Hall that the dish--more than 12 feet high--was wrecking their ocean views. And she caught some heat from city officials, who won permission in court a year ago to remove the unsightly obstruction after learning Boots lacked the proper permits.

The city thought it had the last word when it placed a lien on Boots' property for just over $5,000 to pay for the removal and court costs.

Wrong. City workers left the dismantled dish on Boots' Via La Cresta property, and it reappeared in September.

Once again, the permits were not in order, so once again the city yanked the dish. This time around it's in storage at City Hall.

All the while the $5,000 bill remained unpaid, said Finance Director Brent Mattingly. Last month, the city placed another lien on Boot's property for $685.12 to pay for the second removal.

Boots maintains that she has the proper permits for the dish.

Carolynn Petru, the city's planning administrator, said that Boots does have approval to relocate the dish to an area that would not block views. But she said Boots does not have a building permit, which covers details such as electrical wiring.

--Compiled by DAVE GRIMM

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