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April 29, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
Supporters of the fire rings that line the Orange County shoreline gathered Sunday at Huntington State Beach to send a political smoke signal to air quality regulators who want to snuff out the decades-old tradition in the name of health. Proponents of beach fires cooked hot dogs, roasted marshmallows and told supporters why they believe the South Coast Air Quality Management District is wrong in its proposal to ban fire rings in Orange and Los Angeles counties. "The community is completely united in keeping our fire rings," said Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)
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April 18, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A state coastal commissioner who vocally supported banning beach bonfires along a stretch of Orange County coastline has resigned under growing pressure from two state legislators. William Burke was serving as both a member of the state Coastal Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, agencies that are at odds about whether the Southern California tradition of beach bonfires should be extinguished from San Clemente to Malibu. Coastal Commission staffers have recommended that Newport Beach's proposal to rip out 60 fire pits in Balboa and Corona del Mar be denied, while the air quality board is considering a regional ban on wood-burning fire pits for health reasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1991
Re the article regarding the automotive "beasts" still on the road ("Targets in Smog War," March 20): I happen to own one of those "beasts," a 1973 Olds Cutlass with a 350-cubic-inch V-8 coming up on 150,000 miles. Sure, the seats are shot and just about every replaceable item has been replaced at some time or other. Why do I hold on to it? It's simple--a matter of economics. The cost of a new or newer car today is plainly obscene, in purchase price, licensing and insurance. But, if AQMD and/or Unocal would like to take the car off my hands to help clean up the air, I would gladly accept a new or at least late-model American auto in replacement, with total purchase price, all licensing fees and insurance paid for one year by either AQMD or Unocal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1992
We agree with The Times that opening 20 miles of new Orange Freeway car-pool lanes will help relieve north Orange County's strangulating traffic congestion ("Car-Pool Construction Picks Up Speed," editorial, June 7). Obviously, those 20% to 25% of the commuters now car-pooling will use the new lanes. But, more importantly, will restricting the new lanes to car-pool vehicles motivate any appreciable number of the remaining 75% to 80% to form new car-pools? Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration say it won't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1989
The South Coast Air Quality Management District will consider July 12 whether to give the city of Los Angeles additional time to install a $1-million system to burn off gas generated by the Lopez Canyon landfill, where two workers were overcome by gas earlier this year. AQMD staff members recommended that if the city does get an extension, a warning should be issued that the city will be taken to court if the new deadline is not met. The city has been given one six-month extension--to July 1--to install the system at its dump above Lake View Terrace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1990
How ironic the juxtaposition of the news can be. On Feb. 9 the big story, nearly filling the first section of the paper, is the 394,000 gallons of oil spilled off the Orange County coast. A disaster that has all the politicians and conservation groups up in arms calling for new regulations. And then on Page 2 of Metro is a short little compilation put together by AQMD listing the 20 top releasers of hydrocarbons in the Air Quality Management District. The total annual release from just these few amounts to about 3.3 million gallons or the equivalent of one spill the size of the one off Huntington Beach every 33 days!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1992
Mary Nichols and Tom Soto attack the smog emissions market proposed by the AQMD as costly and uneconomical ("Smog Trade-Offs: Devil Is in Details," Commentary, March 12). In truth , they are simply blinded by love for the current system of rigid air quality regulations. According to Nichols and Soto, market-based programs encourage fraud because they lack strict controls. The free market is too free. The development of an emissions market to replace the current system will allow the very flexibility needed to achieve our emission-reduction goals.
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June 12, 1986 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
An influential state senator is mounting a drive that lawmakers and environmentalists said Wednesday may lead to the ouster of one of the most outspoken clean air advocates on the South Coast Air Quality Management District board. Sen. Ruben S. Ayala (D-Chino) said he wants to remove Sabrina Schiller as the Senate Rules Committee's appointee on the AQMD because she angered local politicians by going into their communities and criticizing their voting records on air pollution issues.
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June 2, 1989 | From United Press International
A Superior Court judge Thursday rejected a request for a comprehensive environmental impact report on a proposed toxic waste incinerator in Vernon but ruled the plant must be equipped with up-to-date pollution controls before beginning operations. Judge Kurt Lewin's order would add at least $6 million to the incinerator's $29-million price tag and result in a delay of at least 20 months in beginning operations, said Alfred Grossman, chairman of Security Environmental Systems of Garden Grove, the parent company of the plant's builder, California Thermal Treatment Services.
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November 22, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Newport Beach residents may soon be one step closer to roasting marshmallows beach-side over natural gas-burning fire rings. City staff plans to recommend Tuesday that council members approve city participation in a pilot project with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to install natural gas fire rings in certain beach areasĀ  while removing some of the existing wood-fueled fire rings, the Daily Pilot reported. There are 33 fire rings in the sand near the Balboa Pier and 27 at Corona del Mar State Beach.
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