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March 22, 1989
The business community has a single response to questions about its schemes to inaugurate enterprises, challenges to its management of existing enterprises, and demands to undo the consequences of abandoned enterprises. Garcia and Weinstein trot out the specter of "people and jobs" to slow much needed realignment of priorities in urban planning. Garcia and Weinstein and the industries they defend created the problems the AQMD and others are proposing to correct. Industry's noises evoking sympathy for displaced minorities will become persuasive only when it acknowledges culpability and sincerely participates in planning timely fixes.
June 20, 1987
South Coast Air Quality Management District investigators were unable Friday to pinpoint the source of an odorous cloud that worked its way across the Long Beach area and into Orange County on Thursday night. AQMD spokeswoman Jeanne Randol said the agency suspected that the smell originated at a refinery and might have resulted from the opening of a pressure valve.
May 15, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Los Angeles may be one of the first global cities to adopt a new electric freight trucking system, unveiled by electrical engineering giant Siemens Corp. last week at the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium, or EVS26. The new technology, called eHighway, is a highway electrification system that uses overhead electrical wires to transmit energy to freight trucks in select vehicle lanes, similar to modern-day streetcars. “Most people think about cars when they think of vehicle emissions, but the reality is it's freight trucks,” said Daryl Dulaney, chief executive of North American infrastructure and cities sector for Siemens.
January 19, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Environmental regulators will be allowed to enforce air quality laws on the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians reservation in the Coachella Valley, an agreement reached seven months after noxious odors from a recycling facility sickened nearby schoolchildren. Under the agreement announced Wednesday, inspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District will have the authority to enter sovereign tribal land to monitor environmental laws on a reservation industrial park and issue violations.
July 26, 1992
The San Gabriel Valley Commerce and Cities Consortium supports the findings of the Special Commission on Air Quality and the Economy. As a coalition of both the public and private sectors, we have a vested interest in the quality of life within the region--not only for ourselves, but for our children. However, we agree that there must be a balance created between the desire for clean air (and the speed by which we get it) and a sound, healthy economy. The professionals at AQMD are charged with improving air quality, period.
October 13, 1998
Re "Air Quality Fight Far From Over," editorial, Oct. 7: U.S. District Judge Harry L. Hupp never said that the South Coast Air Quality Management District could not or should not revise its clean air plan. State law requires AQMD to revise its clean air plan every three years, based on the latest scientific data and technology. The 1997 plan revised the 1994 plan, and we now are working on the year 2000 revision. The disputed measures proposed in 1994 were dropped or delayed in the 1997 plan because further analysis found them to be infeasible or otherwise unavailable.
March 12, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
To help preserve a Persian New Year tradition, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has offered a temporary reprieve to those who want to burn wood in Newport Beach's fire pits. Wood can be burned in the pits until March 24, said City Manager Dave Kiff, when the agency and city will begin enforcing new regulations that were originally scheduled to go into effect March 1. Thousands of people have  flocked to Newport Beach around the holiday in years past, using the fire rings to fulfill a tradition that involves leaping over flames.
August 29, 1992
Your Aug. 8 article "AQMD Rejects Key Smog Proposals in Blow to Business" helps perpetuate a myth that environmental regulations and air quality regulations in particular are the major reason for the region's economic woes. The Southland, like the rest of the nation, has been gradually losing its employment base in manufacturing industries primarily due to liberalized foreign investment laws and technology advances that allow companies to chase the cheapest labor around the globe.
July 3, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Newport Beach has withdrawn its request to remove fire rings from the city's beaches. In a letter to the California Coastal Commission, which would have had to approve the city's application to remove the rings, City Manager Dave Kiff wrote that "[w]hile the most sensible thing to do is simply delay the commission's consideration of our application, we understand this is not possible. " The commission was scheduled to vote on Newport Beach's application a day before the South Coast Air Quality Management District considers a proposal to give any city or county the authority to get rid of wood-burning fire rings.
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