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August 26, 1993
After threatening to suspend county beach services in Hermosa Beach after Labor Day, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week voted 4 to 0 to give the city a 60-day reprieve. The supervisors decided last month to cut off its lifeguard and beach maintenance after the Hermosa Beach City Council refused to pay more for the services. But the supervisors agreed to extend its deadline to Nov.
April 29, 1992 | LISA MASCARO
As city officials work to see if homeowners have paid new annual fees stemming from the controversial policy established last year on beach encroachment, some property owners have proposed a route around the costs. The homeowners propose to donate the land to the city for open space instead of paying the annual fees now charged owners of property that takes up part of the public beach next to their homes.
February 28, 2010 | By Noel Murray
2012 Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $39.95 It takes too long for director Roland Emmerich's disaster epic "2012" to get out of first gear, but once the Earth begins to crumble, the destruction comes fast and furious. John Cusack stars as a science fiction writer racing to get his family to safety, but the plot of "2012" matters less than the relentless scenes of characters running, driving, flying and boating just ahead of explosions and tsunamis. Even those who pick up "2012" looking to see world-ending mayhem may get bored with all the rubble.
April 11, 1992 | BILL BILLITER
After protests from 26 pet owners, the City Council this week dropped a proposed ordinance to restrict the hours that canines may be walked on the city's so-called "Dog Beach." Pet owners have for many years been permitted to walk their leashed dogs at all hours of the day on the stretch of city beach between Golden West Street and Bolsa Chica State Beach. Pet owners say it is one of the few public beaches in Southern California that permit dogs at any hour.
April 24, 2012
Is it something we said? It seems that California's population growth has slowed dramatically and will continue that trend through 2050. Not only that, but immigration from Mexico to the United States (and let's face it, many of those folks end up in the Golden State) has come to a statistical standstill. No wonder my drive to work today was so easy! Now, the USC researchers who studied the state's population growth made clear that the state will continue to add people.  (We're at about 37 million happy, healthy, sun-blessed, laid-back souls today.)
February 6, 1991
I have been a resident of Port Hueneme for 10 years. My condominium overlooks Hueneme Beach and adjoining Ormond Beach. Over the years, I gradually saw the beaches flooded with all-terrain vehicles and the wildlife disappeared. My neighbors and I led a movement to have Oxnard ban the vehicles from its beach and join Port Hueneme in policing the areas. Once again, the wildlife began to return and this past year was spectacular. We were visited by three sizes of egret and heron of various types.
Los Angeles County officials have drafted an unprecedented policy to increase public awareness of potential health risks of swimming in the ocean after heavy rains, sewage spills and environmental accidents. A beach regulatory protocol to be considered by the County Board of Supervisors today would be the first of its kind in California, said officials from the state Department of Health Services.
March 26, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
One of the largest sewage spills along the Southern California coastline in years has forced the closure of three miles of popular beaches and surf breaks in south Orange County. An underground sewage main in Rancho Santa Margarita ruptured Tuesday afternoon, sending an estimated 500,000 gallons of raw sewage gushing into a creek that empties into the ocean at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, officials said Thursday. Beaches from the breakwater at Dana Point Harbor to Capistrano Bay Community Beach could remain closed through the weekend, or until water quality test- ing meets state standards for two straight days, Orange County health officials said.
April 25, 2004
Mahalo to Brenda Wong for "Oahu: Leaving the Beach Behind" (April 11). I also recommend the Polynesian Cultural Center (, where kids and adults can spend an enjoyable day experiencing all the cultures represented on Hawaii. Visitors learn how to make things, perform dances, sample traditional foods and more. Keith Herried Los Angeles Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213) 237-7355, e-mail travel@ latimes.
February 11, 2001
Re "Oxnard Teen Drowns at Silver Strand Beach," Feb. 5. The drowning of a 15-year-old will be quickly forgotten by the public and the media. As for myself, it will be etched in my memory for life, because I was involved in the resuscitation efforts along with others at the scene. After the helicopter took away the boy's blue limp body, I thought to myself, "Why again? Why does the county deny the public protection at our beaches?" For some families the beach is the only economical recreation available.
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