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Ellen Harris

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.
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.
July 31, 1994
In Washington they say that cable rates have dropped 8.49% for the nation's 25 largest municipalities ("FCC Claims Big Drop in Cable Subscriber Rates," July 15). Here's what's happening in one small town: Within the past decade, Century Cable's rates for basic service have gone from $8 a month to the current $34.39, an increase of 325%. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says inflation during this period has risen just 50%. The company has redefined "basic" to exclude the most desirable satellite channels that had formerly been provided as part of "basic."
May 2, 1999
Regarding "Airlines' Treatment of Disabled Is Criticized" (News, Tips & Bargains, April 4): The National Council on Disability's recent report, on how the airlines fail to provide for the needs of disabled passengers, was greatly appreciated. Having had such experiences three times within six months at LAX, I decided to try the train. To my dismay, I learned that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) only requires Los Angeles' Union Station to have a barrier-free entrance. It's at least three blocks from the entrance, through the station, up the ramps to the trains.
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 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.
January 16, 1994
"Safe at Home: Local Crime Prevention Efforts are Neighborhood's Best Protection" (Dec. 19) was an excellent survey of steps each of us can take to minimize the risk of burglary. However getting someone to "pick up your mail, newspapers of other items that signal that no one is home" is easier said than done. Ever since postal rates began to climb so have the number of hand-delivered, unsolicited commercial flyers thrown on our front porches and driveways, hung from door knobs, tucked into door jambs and even affixed with tape to our front doors.
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