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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2000
With the possibility of a long-term drought--and concern over the annual summer brush-fire season--the city of Los Angeles will consider buying or leasing a SuperScooper water-dropping plane and a huge water-dropping helicopter. Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski introduced a motion Tuesday asking the city to explore plans to buy or lease one or more SuperScoopers and an Erickson Air-Crane Helitanker.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2000
With the possibility of a long-term drought--and concern over the annual summer brush-fire season--the city of Los Angeles will consider buying or leasing a SuperScooper water-dropping plane and a huge water-dropping helicopter. Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski introduced a motion Tuesday asking the city to explore plans to buy or lease one or more SuperScoopers and an Erickson Air-Crane Helitanker.
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NEWS
June 6, 1990 | PATT MORRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Name your crisis. This one is drought. Common wisdom holds that crisis brings out the best in us, and the worst. What is most astounding is that it brings us out at all. In Los Angeles, city of elusive eye contact, where an injudicious lane change may get you murdered, the unspeakable is being spoken, the undoable is being done. Angelenos are saving water. They are also telling other people to do the same. From the second-floor window of a West L.A. home. From a car phone on the freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1991 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After weeks of verbal sparring from a distance over whose city was doing the better job of conserving the Southland's dwindling water supply, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor met face-to-face Wednesday. Even as a new rainstorm raised hopes that the drought might be easing, the leaders of the state's two largest cities squared off over how to fight the water problem and--after a half-hour summit--they agreed to disagree and continue pursuing divergent courses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1990 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials say chances are good that if the city of Los Angeles imposes water rationing on the public next February, most consumers will hardly notice it. The possibility of rationing water delivered to individual customers was raised Tuesday when the regional Metropolitan Water District ordered mandatory rationing of the water it supplies to local agencies, such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
NEWS
July 14, 1990 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Impressed by the success of voluntary conservation efforts, the City Council on Friday defeated Mayor Tom Bradley's proposal to impose mandatory water rationing in Los Angeles this summer. By a 10-2 vote, council members approved a rationing ordinance, but with an amendment that blocks its implementation as long as the city's residents and businesses cut their normal water use by 10%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1990 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Tom Bradley's water rationing proposal is threatened by last-minute opposition from City Council members who have been swayed by new statistics showing Los Angeles residents are voluntarily conserving enough water. At least three council members who supported the rationing plan in a tentative vote last week say they now plan to oppose the ordinance when it is presented on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1990
Residents of Los Angeles conserved water at a slightly higher rate for the week ending Oct. 21, but the amount saved so far this month is still below the level set by the city to hold off mandatory rationing, the Department of Water and Power reported Monday. The amount of water saved rose from 6.1% to 7.4% for the month, with 10 days left to reach the adjusted target of 10% that would avoid possible City Council action on a rationing program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1990 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles residents cut water use by 13% in the critical month of August, forestalling any possibility of water rationing until at least October, a Department of Water and Power official said Tuesday. "As long as we can keep a high level of compliance during the traditionally warm month of September and then into the fall, mandatory conservation will be avoided," said James F. Wickser, DWP assistant general manager who announced the latest conservation figures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1990 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Tom Bradley on Monday unveiled a series of actions--including a proposal to close the city's outdoor pools for three weeks this summer--to cut water consumption at the Department of Recreation and Parks, the single largest water user in Los Angeles. The mayor also said he plans to write to each of the 20 largest water users in the city, and follow up with personal phone calls if necessary, to urge them to reduce their consumption immediately.
NEWS
March 2, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three days of raining like cats and dogs in Los Angeles and across the state will save about a week's worth of watering lawns and parks, but will not avert mandatory water rationing that began in California's two most populous regions Friday, water officials said. Although Los Angeles has received a welcome 3.75 inches of rain since Wednesday, the city obtains much of its water supply from watersheds in the northern half of the state, which still suffers from record low levels of runoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
People in the lunchtime crowd at Arco Plaza couldn't resist reaching out and touching what looked like tiny chunks of sparkling ice spilled on Lawrence Troisi's display table. Invariably they jerked back, startled, as soon as their skin made contact. "Yech," one woman blurted as she realized the "ice" was really hunks of a chilly, jellylike substance called Broadleaf P4. "Where do you buy this stuff?" an intrigued Gary Lissow of Glendale asked Troisi. The marketer was happy to tell him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1991 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It had been years since Len Price changed the water in his swimming pool, a 35,000-gallon rectangle that was gradually becoming encrusted with calcium. But with mandatory rationing set to begin Friday for Los Angeles residents, the 52-year-old meat salesman suddenly found the motivation he needed. "I figured it was now or never," said Price, who began refilling the pool earlier this week. "Who knows when you'll be able to do it again."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1991 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After five years of gambling that the problem would go away, Los Angeles officials have abruptly decided to confront the worst drought in the city's history and are mobilizing to force dramatic citywide cuts in water use. Nature could still intervene with a sudden downpour, but officials see an arid year ahead and predict that a range of measures--some quite novel--will dramatically alter life in Los Angeles.
NEWS
February 2, 1991 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling Sierra Nevada snowpack figures "astonishing" and "frightening," Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley on Friday called for the toughest water-rationing measures in the city's history. Bradley and Department of Water and Power officials said they want the measures enacted quickly so that on March 1, the 3.5 million residents of Los Angeles would be required to cut their water use by 10% from 1986 levels, and on May 1 by 15%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1991 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite high-powered lawyers and protracted lawsuits, it may be the sex life of the California gull that restores the city of Los Angeles' access to water in the environmentally sensitive Mono Lake Basin in the Eastern Sierra. The city is using evidence that gull colonies are suddenly flourishing in the ancient basin to support a request that it be allowed once again to divert water from mountain streams that feed the lake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1990 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A skeptical Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday gave conditional approval to Mayor Tom Bradley's plan to impose mandatory 10% water rationing this summer, while calling for a report on the effectiveness of ongoing voluntary conservation. The Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee agreed that if a study finds Los Angeles residents are collectively cutting water use voluntarily by 7% or more, the rationing plan would not be implemented.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1991 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After five years of gambling that the problem would go away, Los Angeles officials have abruptly decided to confront the worst drought in the city's history and are mobilizing to force dramatic citywide cuts in water use. Nature could still intervene with a sudden downpour, but officials see an arid year ahead and predict that a range of measures--some quite novel--will dramatically alter life in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1991 | BILL BOYARSKY
The first hint of rain was in the air when I walked over to City Hall on Wednesday. My native Californian instincts told me that the moist air and dark clouds wouldn't bring enough rain to end the drought. Far from it. Still, the weather was appropriate for my mission, checking out a city water conservation plan to save some of the more than 60 million gallons of water that now pour into the ocean each day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Because Los Angeles water users again failed to meet conservation goals, the city Department of Water and Power announced Thursday that it will seek mandatory rationing on Feb. 1. If Phase II of the city's water conservation plan is adopted by the City Council and Mayor Tom Bradley, DWP customers will be required beginning March 1 to reduce water consumption by 10% or face stiff fines. It would be the first time since 1978 that Angelenos have been forced to conserve water.
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