August 16, 2012
Re "Cracking down on diesel," Opinion, Aug. 14 Carl Pope makes a good case for retrofitting trucks with diesel filters, which costs about $10,000 a truck, to reduce deadly air pollution. But the benefit is to the public. Why should the truck owner bear the burden while getting no direct benefit? I suggest that the retrofit be subsidized by taxpayers because they receive the benefit. Among the advantages of this approach is that the retrofits will be done sooner and the savings from costly enforcement programs can be used to actually get the job done.
February 18, 1990
Jim Hutchison's story, "In the Wake of the Lady Rose," Jan. 28, was interesting to an ex-Northwester, but I must take exception to "state of the art in 1937, the Lady Rose boasted one of the world's first marine diesel engines." Fiat was building marine diesels in 1909 and they were used in World War I U-boats. R. BOTTUM Van Nuys
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1989
Three hundred gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a flood control channel in Anaheim on Thursday, flowing through four cities before it was contained near the ocean, authorities said. The spill occurred at about 9:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of South Allec Street when a 18-wheel truck backing out of a driveway sheared off a valve connecting two 150-gallon diesel tanks. The fuel spilled onto the street and then into an underground flood control drain, where it was inaccessible to authorities trying to contain it, according to Capt.
June 11, 2012 |
Are hybrids worth their price tag? Autos reporter Jerry Hirsch takes a look at that question in this video and in his Los Angeles Times Business section story Sunday. In general, he says, it takes about five years to recoup the price differential between a hybrid and a similar gas-powered vehicle. Hirsch compares two wagons in this video, the Prius v hybrid and the Volkswagen Jetta diesel, to give an idea about the cost, comfort and driveability issues to think about before you head out to a dealer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1986
You are to be commended for your strong editorial (April 29), "Staying a Step Ahead," on behalf of cleaner operating RTD buses. Dirty diesels are an obvious source of air pollution that is especially offensive to the rest of the motoring public. In an effort to begin corrective action, last year I carried, and the governor signed, Senate Bill 152, which will include diesel inspections to the "smog-check" program currently applicable to smaller vehicle engines in areas of the state with poor air quality.
May 9, 1989
Deal for Fruehauf Reached: Toronto-based Varity Corp. announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Detroit-based Fruehauf Corp. in a merger valued at more than $500 million. Varity has no plans to restructure the automotive and truck component company or lay off any workers, Varity spokesman J. R. Nowling said. Under the merger agreement, Fruehauf will receive $66 million cash, $430 million principal amount in notes guaranteed by Varity and about 55.5 million new Varity common shares.
September 9, 2010
The Monster Truck Madness rally at the L.A. County Fair really doesn't need much more of an explanation — there will be trucks, they will be approximately the size of monsters, and they will elicit delighted madness from fans of diesel fumes and crunching metal and comically aggressive names for vehicles. L.A. County Fair at the Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $18.50-$22.50. http://www.lacountyfair.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989
Thirty new methanol-powered buses will be added to the RTD fleet in Los Angeles this summer, doubling the number of such vehicles in use in the nation, transit officials said Monday. "RTD is proud to be a leader in the field of testing alternative fuels as a viable way of improving air quality," said Southern California Rapid Transit District Board President Gordana Swanson. The first of the new $164,000, 40-foot coaches was unveiled Monday, along with an identifying logo--a white cross within a circle to denote good health.
August 9, 1985 |
When Fernando Valenzuela's fastball is humming, he leaves fans singing in the aisles at Dodger Stadium--or if he doesn't, he may, thanks to Alma Pedroza. Pedroza, mother of KABC-TV reporter Inez Pedroza and former KFWB reporter Cecilia Pedroza, has released what she hopes will become the star pitcher's theme song, "Fernando! You Are the One!" She co-wrote the music with a third daughter, Adelina Pedroza, who is a flamenco dancer.
March 15, 2011 |
For California drivers, $4-a-gallon gasoline is right around the corner after an 8-cent increase in the average price during the last week. Can $5 be far behind? Many analysts are predicting a sharp rise in energy prices, particularly on the West Coast, as refiners scramble to replace more than 1 million barrels a day in refined fuels production lost because of Japan's earthquake and tsunami. "This will most likely test whether consumers are going to be willing to pay $5 per gallon for gasoline and diesel fuel in the U.S," said consultant Bob van der Valk, who tracks fuel prices for 4Refuel Inc., which helps companies buy fuel more economically for their fleets.