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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1998
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. As El Nino continues to batter our county, we here at the American Red Cross Ventura County Chapter would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers and donors and the many agencies that have pitched in to help individuals and families driven from their homes by flood or mud. That help, in the form of food, shelter and recovery assistance, has made a difference to hundreds of people most severely affected by the storms....
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
Nineteen social-service agencies based in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys have applied for $2.6 million in federal grant money to continue the free counseling services they have been providing to earthquake victims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Illegal immigrants who suffered losses in the Northridge earthquake should not receive federal relief funds, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) said Saturday. An outspoken critic of illegal immigration into Southern California, Rohrabacher said he plans to introduce legislation that will require disaster victims to show proof of legal residency before receiving funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1991 | JACK SEARLES
Some members of Ventura County's Filipino community are rallying to collect clothing, food and money to help victims of this month's devastating volcanic eruptions in the Philippines. Efforts among the county's estimated 11,000 Filipino-Americans will be highlighted by a talent show on July 13 in Port Hueneme's Dorill B. Wright Cultural Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2001
Bernadine Healy's resignation is an act of courage and morality, two traits sorely lacking in the American Red Cross, the organization she so honorably served as president ("Red Cross Chief Quits Amid Policy Disputes," Oct. 27). After the Sept. 11 attacks, Healy created the Liberty Disaster Fund, specifically designed to provide terrorist-related relief. The American Red Cross aggressively solicited contributions, allegedly to help the 9/11 disaster victims and their families. Donations were made in excess of $500 million to date.
NEWS
June 25, 1991 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the day Japan's Mt. Unzen claimed his life, 33-year-old scientist Harry Glicken was chasing an obsession. It began when he was a teen-ager growing up in Los Angeles, sustained him through college and led him to the crests of some of the world's most enchanting and deadly mountains, including Washington state's Mt. St. Helens, where he narrowly escaped death. "Harry wanted to study volcanoes," his sister said. "If there was an epitaph, I guess that would be it."
NATIONAL
January 28, 2006 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
Eight gang members who moved here from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina have been arrested as suspects in 11 slayings, police said Friday. The arrests follow a recent surge in violence in the Houston area, which police attribute partly to Katrina evacuees. A gang unit formed two weeks ago to investigate the crime wave has linked the killings to rival New Orleans gang members trying to get a foothold in Houston.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five years ago tonight, 46 families fled their dream homes atop an Anaheim hill, rushing away as a landslide tore cracks through walls, split driveways and wrenched swimming pools apart. Since then, fissures and pipelines, sidewalks and sewers outside the homes along the slide have been repaired. Millions of gallons of water that had turned a 100-foot bluff into mud have been pumped out. The city has spent $8.
REAL ESTATE
November 2, 2003 | Jeff Bertolucci, Special to The Times
First comes the evacuation, a mad scramble for insurance documents, financial statements, family heirlooms. As you drive away, smoke shrouds the windows, flames lick the rooftop. Your home is reduced to ashes. After the firetrucks and reporters have gone, you're left with a charred concrete slab and lingering emotional trauma. You must deal with door-to-door solicitors and fend off shady contractors and other scam artists who prey on disaster victims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1995 | LESLIE EARNEST
Flood victims are being warned to be wary of contractors who claim that a governmental agency has endorsed them to repair damaged property. Officials say they have received reports that some contractors have been making the rounds in Orange County--sometimes targeting elderly residents--claiming the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the state's Office of Emergency Services has authorized them to make repairs.
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