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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1994 | GEOFFREY MOHAN
Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson yanked a controversial redevelopment plan out of the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday and began seeking other ways to finance earthquake recovery in his west San Fernando Valley district. Bernson said the plan would give too much power to the city's Community Redevelopment Agency. "We find it impossible to work with the CRA," Bernson told the council, which unanimously accepted his proposal to kill the plan.
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July 19, 2010
Six months after Haiti was ravaged by the fifth deadliest earthquake in history (according to the U.S. Geological Survey), it's hard to find anybody involved in the reconstruction effort who isn't deeply frustrated by the lack of progress. Relief organizations rail against the Haitian government for its failure to come up with a plan for removing debris or perform other vital logistical duties; government ministers fire back that the nonprofits are confusing matters by failing to coordinate their efforts.
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NEWS
May 20, 1990 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifteen seconds of earthquake can last a long time. Just ask Brenda Merrill or Pete Wilson or Julia Gonzales. When Whittier started shaking on Oct. 1, 1987, Merrill first thought a bomb blast was leveling her Spanish-style, three-bedroom home. "All I could imagine was the house falling down around me," she said, "and I couldn't get out." Although it wobbled, cracked, shifted and separated, the house did not fall down. Two and a half years after the 5.
NATIONAL
August 3, 2008 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Downtown looks as if a wrecking ball smashed through it. Bricks and glass shards are strewn along Front Street, the city's historical district. A fence barricades what's left of the Bulls Head Saloon. A neon cowboy presides over the "El Rancho Hote-" -- the L has toppled over -- and a breeze rustles yellow caution tape. A 6.0 temblor rocked this city in February, leveling four homes, severely damaging 35 buildings, and cracking and denting dozens more, city officials say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1995 | DOUG SMITH and JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Cal State Northridge President Blenda J. Wilson announced Monday the appointment of a new vice president for finance and administrative services to oversee the university's troubled earthquake recovery. The selection of Arthur J. Elbert, who managed $100 million in capital improvements at the University of Oklahoma, appeared to clear the way for the university to resume control over its $350-million reconstruction program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1997
In your May 10 article on the city of Los Angeles' Earthquake Emergency Loan program, you reported a discussion about the rationale for the city's emergency loan underwriting compared to private industry standards ("Agency's Handling of Quake Loans Assailed"). I argued that the necessarily more rigorous private sector credit standards for borrowers would have disqualified a majority of owners of damaged apartment buildings and that the city emergency loans deliberately adopted a lower credit standard in order to expedite loan making and jump-start earthquake recovery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Cal State Northridge has received a $3.9-million federal grant as reimbursement for costs related to the 1994 earthquake, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) announced Friday. The grant, one of the last from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to CSUN, will help reimburse the university for emergency protective measures it took after the earthquake, officials said. Earthquake recovery costs are expected to total $407.6 million, school officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000
A homeowners association will repay a $1.2-million loan to the city next week for damage done during the 1994 earthquake, officials said Tuesday. The Park Northridge Homeowners Assn. will present the check to Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson, most likely at the council's next meeting Tuesday. The interest-free loan was provided by the city's Housing Department as part of its earthquake recovery program. The money was used to rebuild 40 of the homes that were destroyed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1995 | PAUL ELIAS
This is how bad it has gotten in Fillmore when it comes to natural disasters: Residents and disaster workers do not have time to put down their brooms and shovels to attend today's planned earthquake celebration, prompting officials to postpone it. "You should see our streets," said Delores Day of the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce, a co-sponsor of Earthquake Recovery Celebration. "It just wouldn't work out. Our streets are a mess and everybody is busy cleaning up."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1994
Walter Prince, a member of the advisory committee that has backed the proposed--and exceedingly controversial--Community Redevelopment Agency's earthquake recovery plan for the Northwest Valley, wrote an eloquent response recently to the doubts voiced by Bobbi Fiedler, a CRA commissioner, as to the wisdom of the plan. Very eloquent--and very off base. What Mr. Prince failed to point out is that his advisory committee is just that--a group that advises. Regardless of agreements that the CRA might reach with the committee, the agency has the power to later overturn them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Cal State Northridge has received a $3.9-million federal grant as reimbursement for costs related to the 1994 earthquake, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) announced Friday. The grant, one of the last from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to CSUN, will help reimburse the university for emergency protective measures it took after the earthquake, officials said. Earthquake recovery costs are expected to total $407.6 million, school officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000
A homeowners association will repay a $1.2-million loan to the city next week for damage done during the 1994 earthquake, officials said Tuesday. The Park Northridge Homeowners Assn. will present the check to Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson, most likely at the council's next meeting Tuesday. The interest-free loan was provided by the city's Housing Department as part of its earthquake recovery program. The money was used to rebuild 40 of the homes that were destroyed.
NEWS
July 23, 1997 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal State Northridge President Blenda J. Wilson, a rising star in higher-education circles widely praised for guiding the campus back from the crippling Northridge earthquake, said Tuesday she is one of five finalists to become president of Wayne State University in Detroit. Wayne State officials are expected to release the list of names today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1997
In your May 10 article on the city of Los Angeles' Earthquake Emergency Loan program, you reported a discussion about the rationale for the city's emergency loan underwriting compared to private industry standards ("Agency's Handling of Quake Loans Assailed"). I argued that the necessarily more rigorous private sector credit standards for borrowers would have disqualified a majority of owners of damaged apartment buildings and that the city emergency loans deliberately adopted a lower credit standard in order to expedite loan making and jump-start earthquake recovery.
NEWS
April 10, 1996 | By Hugo Martin
The city's efforts to prevent future earthquake damage suffered a setback Tuesday when Los Angeles building officials recommended that new retrofitting standards for thousands of the city's most vulnerable buildings be imposed on a voluntary basis. A package of standards, based on the experience of the Northridge earthquake, would require strengthening the frames and foundations of about 80,000 buildings, including industrial and commercial structures, apartments and hillside and older wood-frame houses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1996 | KAY HWANGBO
People are starting to move back into the Willis Avenue ghost town. The spruced-up Radisson hotel on Ventura Boulevard is back in business. The contractors' school on Van Nuys Boulevard at the Ventura Freeway is getting a face lift. To celebrate these and other signs of Sherman Oaks' recovery from the devastating Northridge earthquake, the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn. next Sunday will sponsor a party and take a walk through the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1994 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County supervisors on Friday rejected a $6.6-billion package of earthquake and economic recovery proposals, saying they feared the state Legislature would oppose the scope of the plan and balk at approving any money for earthquake repairs. The plan was submitted to the board by Chief Administrative Officer Sally Reed at a hastily called meeting late Friday to address recovery costs. County officials hope to devise a plan that will be used by state and federal officials as a blueprint for earthquake recovery and relief efforts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1994 | ERIC SLATER
In the latest effort to quell nervousness over the City Redevelopment Agency joining earthquake recovery efforts, City Councilman Hal Bernson has convened a 20-member citizen committee to make recommendations on how and where the agency should be involved. City plans call for the CRA--operating under disaster provisions of the state redevelopment law--to use property taxes in certain districts to pay for quake-related improvements, a method known as tax-increment financing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1996 | DAVID E. BRADY
With portable classrooms still dotting the campus two years after an earthquake that caused an estimated $350 million in damages, Cal State Northridge will present a documentary Tuesday that examines the quake's lingering effects, the university has announced. Produced by Sue Ellen Hirschfeld, a professor of geology at Cal State Hayward, the 46-minute program, "Academic Aftershocks," will be beamed simultaneously to all but a few Cal State campuses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1995 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The administrator who oversaw the earthquake recovery program at Cal State Northridge for the past two years has been reassigned amid complaints work has lagged and other problems, such as alleged conflict of interest.
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