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April 24, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Richard Winton and James Rainey
After learning this week of a nine-day aerial surveillance program conducted in 2012, Compton Mayor Aja Brown proposed a policy that would require authorities to notify the public before installing monitoring equipment. “There is nothing worse than believing you are being observed by a third party unnecessarily,” Compton Mayor Aja Brown said Wednesday. “We want to assure the peace of mind of our citizens.” The proposal for the so-called “citizen privacy protection policy” came amid public outrage among Compton residents who were never notified of the pilot surveillance program and said it amounted to an invasion of privacy.  For nine days in early 2012, a small Cessna plane recorded low-resolution images of every corner of the 10.1-square-mile city and beamed them to the local Sheriff's Department station, where deputies observed incidents including fender benders, a string of necklace snatchings and a shooting.
August 13, 1999
Echoing the objections of environmentalists, state coastal commissioners have refused to grant a construction permit to developers of a proposed 119-unit housing tract that borders a prehistoric sand dune known locally as West Bluffs. Citing the potential loss of habitat and alteration of natural landscape, the commission voted unanimously to deny the permit sought by Catellus Residential Group.
November 16, 1986
Your attention to the possibility of reopening Beverly Hills' water wells is greatly appreciated (Westside, Nov. 6). The present policy of the city of Beverly Hills stands in stark contrast to the policy of the city of Santa Monica in this regard. Beverly Hills employed one prominent consultant whose conclusions for Beverly Hills are diametrically opposite those of another prominent consultant engaged by the city of Santa Monica. The basis for Santa Monica's increasing its reliance on local ground water is largely because the city's consultants and staff believe that it will be economically beneficial to the citizens there.
November 5, 1988
If Proposition O should become law, as Ellen Stern Harris advocates (Op-Ed Page, Oct. 21), the voters of Los Angeles will have repudiated the master plan of the city and the efforts of those having administered it for 40 years. The Comprehensive Zoning Plan for Los Angeles was adopted in 1948. Part of the plan is a provision for the establishment of special districts to accommodate special land uses. One of these is oil well drilling and production. One hundred seventy-three urbanized oil drilling districts have been established in the city since 1948.
April 7, 1997
Re "Outbreaks Called Rare but 'Inevitable,' " April 3: I was very interested in some of the quotes from officials concerning the recent unfortunate outbreak of hepatitis associated with strawberries. As the director of food safety for a major corporation, my staff has traveled worldwide in search of safe food sources for our customers. We have seen very primitive personal hygiene standards in many countries in Asia, South America, Central America and Mexico. In fact, last July I decided not to inspect the processor in San Diego associated with this outbreak because I could not approve Mexican strawberries as a cheaper alternative to our approved-U.
February 16, 2003
Living in La Crescenta, in the San Gabriel Mountains foothills, we lose power an average of four times on any given windy day. So "Down to the Wires" by Leslee Komaiko (Feb. 9) really interested us. Not only would putting electrical and cable wires underground help alleviate the problem, but it sure would clean up the view. We've wished for years that the city of Glendale would consider moving the lines underground. $10,000 billed on my property tax and paid off over 15 years? That would be money well spent.
November 27, 1986
The City Council has turned down a proposal to set up a committee to study whether the city's water wells should be reopened. The proposal, which had been recommended by a citizens advisory group appointed by Mayor Charlotte Spadaro, was rejected 3 to 2. Beverly Hills, which has a large underground water supply, closed its wells in 1976, choosing instead to buy its water fro the Metropolitan Water District, a regional agency.
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