CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1988
The first person convicted under Los Angeles' hazardous materials "right-to-know" ordinance was fined $1,000 Thursday and ordered to spend two days cleaning freeways for failing to register materials that burned during a toxic fire. David Cooper, 44, the owner of Cooper-La Clear Inc., a steel drum recycling firm that does business as David Cooper Drum Co., was also placed on one year's informal probation by Municipal Court Commissioner Joseph Spada.
November 1, 1987 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is expected to discuss action Monday that would allow the closure of pollution-plagued Tweedy Elementary School in South Gate. If the board gives final approval to a three-year lease agreement with the City of South Gate, the school's students will be moved temporarily to a portion of South Gate Park. The school district's Building Committee approved the lease agreement on Thursday before sending it to the full board.
June 25, 1987 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education has decided to close pollution-plagued Tweedy Elementary School in South Gate. The board voted Monday to close the school "in a timely fashion" without specifying a target date. The board also requested that school district staff members meet with South Gate parents and elected officials to discuss options for relocating Tweedy's 570 students and other issues related to the closure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1987 |
In the first prosecution under Los Angeles' 2-year-old "right-to-know" ordinance, a metal barrel recycling company and its owner were charged Wednesday with failing to supply the Fire Department with an inventory of the hazardous materials stored at the plant. The city attorney's office said a firefighter was injured after he inhaled toxic fumes while battling a blaze June 12 at David Cooper Drum Co., 6920 S. Stanford Ave., in South-Central Los Angeles.
September 7, 1986 |
When children eat their lunch at Tweedy Elementary School, they sit alongside a gray block wall. The wall is part of the Cooper Drum Co., an Atlantic Avenue firm that refurbishes 55-gallon steel drums used in the oil industry. Long a neighbor to the school, the company changed some of its operations this year in response to complaints from parents and school employees about the pungent smell of chemicals from that company and other nearby firms.
March 1, 1992 |
Fifteen Los Angeles Unified School District employees say they have developed rashes, headaches and allergies while working at a former elementary school that was closed to students in 1988 because of concerns over air pollution and other contamination. Several of the 20 employees at the former Tweedy Elementary School site in South Gate say they have asked the district to move them away from the industrial area. The former school is next-door to the Cooper Drum Co.