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April 2, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
Jeremy and Fernando Gutierrez descended a staircase to a cove in Laguna Beach for a nighttime lobster dive and almost fell into the ocean. Even in the darkness, the brothers could see what the problem was -- the sand at Treasure Island Beach had all but disappeared, leaving a rugged landscape of rock and a sudden drop-off where the staircase once led gently to the strand. "I couldn't believe it," said Fernando Gutierrez, 26, of Costa Mesa. "There was no beach and a 20-foot drop-off."
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February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A series of storm systems hitting Southern California has prompted a high-surf advisory in Los Angeles County, with forecasters warning of possible beach erosion and high tides that could cause property damage. The advisory is slated to be in effect until at 5 p.m. Sunday, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. In addition to potential property damage, the high surf could create strong and dangerous rip tides, Seto said, as well as waves that can suddenly wash people off of rocks and jetties, known as sneaker waves.
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June 28, 1988 | United Press International
The drought has caused the second-worst amount of wind erosion in the Great Plains since the government began keeping records of the phenomenon, the Agriculture Department said Monday. The erosion has damaged 13.2 million acres in the Great Plains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Major storms will be more destructive to coastal areas of Los Angeles as sea level rise accelerates over the century, according to a new study the city of Los Angeles commissioned to help it adjust to climate change. The study by USC took inventory of the city's coastal neighborhoods, roads, its port, energy and water infrastructure to evaluate the damage they would face from a storm under sea level rise scenarios anticipated for mid-century and 2100. Climate change, experts say, will worsen the flooding and erosion coastal areas already face during big storms as rising sea levels result in higher tides and bigger waves and storm surges.
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June 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
Wind erosion over the winter inflicted its worst damage in three decades on the Great Plains, ripping away topsoil on over 14.3 million acres, the Agriculture Department said. "The big reason for the increase is the drought," soil conservation service chief Wilson Scaling said Monday. "Not only was it dry but it meant we went into the wind erosion season with inadequate vegetative cover and little residue to protect the soil from blowing." He said the last time the May-November wind erosion season wrought so much damage on the Great Plains was when 15 million acres were damaged in 1954-55, when the department first began to keep such records.
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February 8, 1996 | DAVID REYES
Erosion of a steep bluff above a pristine state campground has forced the area's closure because of the threat of a landslide, officials said Wednesday. The 26-campsite Echo Arch campground, near the San Onofre nuclear power plant, is part of San Onofre State Beach west of Interstate 5 near the immigration checkpoint. It is regarded by campers and rangers as a jewel among state campsites.
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November 15, 1993
Federal officials said Sunday that strong winds generated by a weekend storm are contributing to erosion on the fire-ravaged hillsides around Laguna Beach by blowing the loose ash and dirt. In a statement issued Sunday, the U.S. Soil Conservation Service said it is "encouraging homeowners to lightly and gently water any bare areas around their homes to hold the soil and ash in place." The statement also warned that "too much water could result in soil movement, causing more harm than good."
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August 26, 1992 | BILL BILLITER
The City Council has unanimously approved a county plan to halt erosion around bridge abutments at the new Talbert Channel at Huntington State Beach. The erosion could threaten a parking lot next to the bridge. The new outlet to the sea was carved into the beach last year. It connects the newly restored Huntington Beach Wetlands at Brookhurst Street and Pacific Coast Highway with the Pacific Ocean, allowing ocean water to flush the wetlands.
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May 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Researchers are using a laser scanner to record three-dimensional images of coastal bluffs to measure erosion along portions of San Diego County beaches. The images will help researchers measure the rate of erosion along 10 miles of coast north of San Diego by determining the amount of sandstone and soil lost during landslides. Researchers obtain the images by fastening the scanner to the roof of a sport utility vehicle and recording images at increments of 250 feet.
NEWS
May 7, 1985
Soil erosion probably has become the top source of water pollution in America and, along with its harmful impact on navigation and wildlife, is costing $6 billion a year, according to a study.
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June 30, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Port Hueneme has asked the federal government for emergency help to replenish beaches with sand before the rapidly eroding shoreline undermines roads and floods property, including harbor facilities. City officials also fear that conditions could eventually damage the nearby Ormond Beach wetlands, the site of environmental restoration efforts supported by local and state agencies. Since January, high winds, abnormally high tides and large waves along the Ventura County coast have washed away most of the sand that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges and places on Port Hueneme's beach every two years.
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October 4, 2012 | By Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck stepped into the national immigration debate Thursday, announcing that hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested by his officers each year in low-level crimes would no longer be turned over to federal authorities for deportation. The new rules, which are expected to affect about 400 people arrested each year, mark a dramatic attempt by the nation's second-largest police department to distance itself from federal immigration policies that Beck says unfairly treat undocumented immigrants suspected of committing petty offenses.
SPORTS
July 12, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
It is just about time to put on our Games face. It is time to get new batteries for the TV remote, make sure the pillows on the couch are fluffy enough. In two weeks, they will be here. Paul Revere will be riding through the streets, shouting, "The Olympics are coming! The Olympics are coming!" (He does that with all things British.) Expect lots of the familiar from the London Olympics. Also, some differences. Dick Ebersol is no longer running things and NBC's storytelling may suffer.
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June 19, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A major landslide along a seaside cliff in San Pedro that could cost up to $70 million to repair was triggered last year by soil saturated with groundwater, a new study shows. A build-up of water was largely blamed for the November collapse of a stretch of Paseo del Mar after a heavy weekend rainstorm, according to an 800-page report from Shannon & Wilson Inc., a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm. The failure took out 600 feet of the scenic road and carved a gaping chasm into the 120-foot-high coastal bluff, where the ground had been creeping seaward for several months.
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May 9, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Seventy percent of beaches on Maui, Kauai and Oahu are going through long-term erosion , the U.S. Geological Survey says in a study released this week  . . . . The average hotel room rate in central London for the Olympic period this summer: $341 a night . . . . Happy 100th birthday to the Beverly Hills Hotel , which celebrates the milestone Saturday . . . . . Newport's Balboa Bay Club & Resort is hosting its ninth annual celebration...
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January 15, 2012 | STEVE LOPEZ
It was a traffic jam; we know them all too well. But the doozy in Sherman Oaks last Monday, on the first day of school after a three-week holiday break, was particularly annoying to Alexandra Pettus. She was trying to get her son to Millikan Middle School, but every alternate route she tried was totally jammed. "I kept saying to my son, 'You're going to have to get out and walk, 'cause you'll get there quicker.' " Eventually her son did just that, and when Pettus got home, she called the school to ask what was up. Some kind of street project, she was told, but the details were sketchy.
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April 4, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
After years of erosion, Coyote Creek finally will be repaired. The City Council this week approved a plan to temporarily stop the erosion on four sections of the creek using sandbags until a permanent solution is designed. City officials decided to spend an estimated $1.65 million on the permanent plan--surrounding the channel with concrete. Several homeowners whose houses back up to the creek complained that the waterway is taking over their backyards and causing foundation instability.
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January 15, 1992
An emergency seeding program to contain soil erosion in the western Antelope Valley was approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In an unanimous vote, the supervisors agreed to contribute nearly $72,000 toward the project, for which the federal government has already agreed to provide more than $550,000.
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January 2, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
For years, San Francisco's Ocean Beach has been under assault by such powerful surf that a fierce winter storm can scour away 25 feet of bluff in just days. The startling pace of the erosion near the San Francisco Zoo has compelled the city to spend $5 million to shore up the crumbling bluffs. The strategy has been simple: drop huge rocks and mounds of sand to protect the nearby Great Highway and the sewer pipes underneath from being destroyed by the crashing waves. But as the enormous rocks have piled up, adding to a jumble of concrete — chunks of curb and bits and pieces of gutters — from parking lots that have tumbled onto the shore, so too have the demands that the city get rid of it all and let the coastline retreat naturally.
WORLD
December 23, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
  In an effort to mend badly frayed relations with Pakistan, the CIA has suspended drone missile strikes on gatherings of low-ranking militants believed to be involved in cross-border attacks on U.S. troops or facilities in Afghanistan, current and former U.S. officials say. The undeclared halt in CIA attacks, now in its sixth week, is aimed at reversing a sharp erosion of trust after a series of deadly incidents, including the mistaken attack...
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