December 14, 1994 |
In one of the most raucous and extraordinary city Fire Commission meetings in memory, Chief Donald O. Manning apologized Tuesday for inaccurately characterizing a controversial video of female recruits as a blooper-type film instead of as a hedge against potential sexual harassment claims or lawsuits. "I would like to apologize to the board if there is a feeling that I did not provide all the information," the chief said. "The information you received from me was to the best of my knowledge."
December 13, 1994 |
Despite Los Angeles City Fire Chief Donald O. Manning's recent public statements that a video of female recruits making mistakes was an innocent compilation of bloopers, his own internal investigation concluded last month that the tape's purpose ultimately became protecting the department from sexual harassment complaints and lawsuits by trainees who allegedly were performing poorly. In interviews and testimony before the Fire Commission, Manning also insisted that Capt.
April 18, 1995 |
With its finely restored interior and turn-of-the-century architecture, old Fire Station 23 in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the choicest filming locations in town. The "Ghostbusters" movies were shot there. So were "Police Academy II," "The Mask," "V.I. Warshawski" and dozens of other films, commercials and music videos. But the city of Los Angeles, which owns the historic station, has not received any of the rent or film fees paid during the past decade, or any of the interest it has earned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1990 |
The head of the Los Angeles Fire Department, citing a $25-million series of fires that roared through a Westwood neighborhood last month, complained Thursday that the city has been slow to reduce fire hazards in about 120 older high-rise residential buildings. In a letter to the City Council, Fire Chief Donald Manning said plans to require the installation of sprinklers in high-rises have been discussed for 18 months, with no resolution.
May 6, 1988 |
Owners of the fire-scarred First Interstate Bank building said Thursday that it appeared the downtown Los Angeles skyscraper escaped serious structural damage but announced that it could take up to two months before bank employees and other tenants on the lower 21 floors are allowed to return. "An awful lot of the infrastructure has to be put back in place," said Harold J. Meyerman, president of First Interstate Bank Ltd., half-owners of the structure, after inspecting the 62-story high-rise.
January 11, 1988
A Los Angeles Fire Department board of rights today issued a severe reprimand and recommended five months suspension without pay for a veteran firefighter found guilty of attempting to touch the breasts of a woman firefighter and slapping her on the buttocks. The board admonished Anthony E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1994
Looking to be better prepared for the next brush fire emergency, a committee of the Los Angeles City Council has endorsed a plan to increase city Fire Department funding and require that new swimming pools include hookups for fire hoses. The five-point plan was submitted to the Public Safety Committee by Fire Chief Donald O. Manning in response to a request by Councilman Marvin Braude. The plan, which would cost $11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1990
The Los Angeles City Fire Department held its 47th annual Memorial Day service Thursday on the South Lawn of City Hall in honor of firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The ceremony was at the Cenotaph, a permanent memorial built in 1944, and was attended by friends and families of the victims as well as representatives from other fire departments and city agencies, including City Fire Chief Donald O. Manning and County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman.
February 9, 1986
Construction has started on Fire Station No. 6 at 326 N. Virgil Ave., the first of 15 new stations designed to replace older facilities of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The same design will be used at six other sites in Los Angeles, according to Howard R. Lane, head of the Lane Architectural Group, Woodland Hills, the architect. The $1.1-million facility will replace a station constructed in 1928. The contractor for the 7,000-square-foot, one-story structure is Montgomery Ross Fisher Inc.
March 27, 1990
Calling members of the Los Angeles City Fire Department "the toughest doormen in town," Fire Chief Donald O. Manning said Monday that the city is in no danger of a fire disaster like the one in New York over the weekend in which 87 people died because of stiff regulations and constant inspections of all public places. "It could happen here, but the likelihood is very, very slim," Manning said. "We have some very effective tools in dealing with these problems."