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December 3, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Two Los Angeles city firefighters were honored with the Medal of Valor on Tuesday for their roles in saving the life of a member of their crew during last year's Calabasas fire. Firefighters Richard J. Kirkwood and Surgey "Guy" H. Tomlinson, both of Fire Station 10 in downtown Los Angeles, were awarded valor pins and certificates at a ceremony during a fire commission meeting in downtown Los Angeles. The men were part of a strike crew in Malibu's Corral Canyon on Oct.
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November 3, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than two dozen employees of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District went door-to-door Sunday alerting residents in about 1,600 homes that their drinking water is safe despite last week's contamination scare. The water supply was declared safe late Saturday after results from a second round of testing showed no bacterial contamination.
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November 2, 1997 | JON STEINMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Calabasas drinking water is safe to consume, according to an announcement made Saturday night by local water officials after tests showed no bacterial contamination. The announcement came on the heels of four nervous days in this hillside community where health officials had earlier recommended that residents drink only bottled water for fear of what was circulating in the potable water system.
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October 8, 1997 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While firefighters continued to battle last year's Calabasas fire, Southern California Edison impeded efforts by state investigators trying to determine the exact cause of the blaze, even refusing to shut off the electricity to the pole where the fire apparently began, according to an investigator's sworn affidavit. State fire investigator Wesley A.
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October 3, 1997 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County Fire Department investigation of the 1996 Calabasas fire found no wrongdoing by Southern California Edison Co., which is now under investigation by state authorities who want to know whether company negligence may have caused the devastating fire. In a report completed about a month ago and obtained by The Times, county fire officials concluded that the "fire was accidental in nature, caused by an electrical arc/spark malfunction involving a high voltage power line(s)."
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October 2, 1997 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Accused of playing a role in the 1996 Calabasas fire, Southern California Edison has asked a judge to block release of its own investigation into the cause of the devastating blaze. About 50 law enforcement investigators raided four offices of the utility this week, based on a search warrant that alleged the fire started when trees brushed against a power line that Edison had failed to keep clear of vegetation.
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October 2, 1997 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High tension was in the air Wednesday as efforts were made to get to the bottom of the 1996 Calabasas brush fire controversy. Not just at the Southern California Edison Co. offices raided by law enforcement officers looking for evidence of negligence leading to the 1996 Calabasas fire. But also at power pole No. 2274942E, fingered by fire investigators as the starting point for the Oct. 21 wind-whipped blaze that burned 13,900 acres, destroyed nearly a dozen homes and injured 11 people.
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September 22, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
After years of planning and negotiations, the first shovel of dirt marking the beginning of construction of the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center will be turned Wednesday. Despite a recent setback in potential funding for the $5-million-plus project, organizers are pushing forward to complete the joint venture that will provide recreational activities to residents throughout the region. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m.
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September 18, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Heeding predictions of record-breaking storms this winter, the city is taking steps to make ready streets and public areas and advising residents to do the same. Although Calabasas did not have the flooding and landslides that affected its neighbors in Topanga Canyon and Agoura Hills in the 1995 storms, city officials are preparing for the worst. "You never know what could happen," said James Tong, the city's project technician. "It depends on how catastrophic the storm is.
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August 26, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
The Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance has awarded grants totaling $43,700 to eight educational and social service programs sponsored by area Jewish community groups. The Incentive Regional Allocation grants will be used for numerous support programs for the unemployed, aged and disabled as well as for programs promoting Jewish education, history and culture, said Shoshana Hirsh, director of planning and allocations for the organization.
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