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December 7, 2000 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Top Army Corps of Engineers officials manipulated data to justify a $1-billion Mississippi River construction project--and pressured subordinates to approve other big-ticket, taxpayer-funded public work projects, a Pentagon investigation released Wednesday found. The corps, an Army branch under civilian oversight, is responsible for flood control and river navigation and has approved a huge list of construction projects in waterways around the country.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2000 | JOSH MEYER and HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Underscoring concerns about the nation's fastest-growing type of crime, the FBI arrested two people Wednesday and sought a third in what they described as an identity theft ring that used other people's names to steal more than $700,000. Federal authorities said that the three, using a host of aliases and addresses, masterminded the second-largest identity theft ring ever uncovered in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Handing a victory to the developers of the Playa Vista project, a federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling Monday that had halted for two years the filling of a portion of wetlands at the large Westside construction project. The three-judge panel of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously ruled that the federal authority that oversees sensitive wetlands was right to issue a permit to developers to fill in 16.
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July 6, 2000 | TONY PERRY and SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Alarmed at the discovery of a highly destructive species of aquatic plant life in a lagoon here, officials Wednesday announced plans to poison the fast-growing algae before it can spread and cause ruination along the entire Southern California coast. The green algae, known scientifically as Caulerpa taxifolia, was found in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, 35 miles north of San Diego. It is the first reported discovery of the species anywhere in North America.
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March 3, 2000 | By MICHAEL GRUNWALD,
A key federal agency this week completed wide-ranging new rules designed to protect thousands of acres of wetlands from development in hopes of slowing the steady disappearance of the environmentally sensitive areas nationwide. The 172-page Army Corps of Engineers regulations would make it much harder to build homes, roads or anything else near small streams and creeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2000 | INDRANEEL SUR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should order developers to reexamine the environmental effects of the massive Ahmanson Ranch project before allowing the proposed 3,050-home development to be built, elected officials and residents argued Saturday. Residents from the west San Fernando Valley and Ventura County joined activists and area politicians at a public hearing to ask the Corps for a new environmental impact study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2000 | INDRANEEL SUR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should require developers to reexamine the environmental effects of the massive Ahmanson Ranch project before allowing the proposed 3,050-home project to be built, elected officials and residents argued Saturday. Residents from the west San Fernando Valley and Ventura County joined activists and several area politicians at a public hearing to ask the corps for a new environmental impact study.
NEWS
February 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The military commanders of the Army Corps of Engineers have launched a behind-the-scenes campaign to boost the agency's $4-billion civil works budget by more than 50%, at a time when the Clinton administration is publicly questioning the agency's traditional agenda of major water projects. The Army Corps has been strongly criticized for wasteful and environmentally damaging construction, even by some of its own leaders.
NEWS
December 7, 1999 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles school officials on Monday signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to oversee the construction of at least 150 new schools, a move prompted by their concern over incompetence and potential corruption in the district's school-building program. Also Monday, interim superintendent-to-be Ramon C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal engineers ruled Thursday that the Orange County homes and businesses in the vast Santa Ana River flood plain are no longer threatened by the 100-year flood, a decision that could lead to the elimination of $12 million in annual flood insurance premiums. The formal action by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is perhaps the most significant sign yet that the $1.3-billion campaign to protect thousands of Orange County property owners from devastating floods is working.
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