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January 16, 1988 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
The state Senate on Friday approved legislation to help pay the Orange County Flood Control District's share of the planned $1-billion Santa Ana River Flood Control Project. The measure, introduced by Sen. Edward R. Royce (R-Anaheim), would commit the state to paying 70% of any project costs that are not paid by the federal government. The Senate approved the bill on a 29-0 vote and sent it to the Assembly.
May 6, 1993
Virtually unnoticed, Los Angeles County supervisors last week took a step that could add $11 to the average home property tax bill. Supervisors unanimously approved scheduling a public hearing on a plan to increase the flood control service fee from $26 to $37 for a typical household. A property owner's flood control fee is based on the land's estimated storm water runoff.
November 18, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
Five months after city voters rejected a proposed flood control tax on existing dwellings, the Lancaster City Council has voted for a major increase in the drainage fee developers of new projects must pay for flood control efforts. The fee for every new single-family house built will climb from $893.05 to $2,185, a 145% increase. The fee for new apartments and mobile homes will climb from $476.07 to $1,093, a 130% increase, the council decided by a 4-1 vote Monday.
March 26, 1995
Dry but for a trickle most of the year, Southern California's concrete spider web of flood control channels turns into a churning torrent of chocolate colored water during heavy rains. The channels--begun in response to disastrous flooding in 1914--are designed to move vast quantities of water out to sea as quickly and efficiently as possible. Decidedly ugly, their function is more important than their form.
November 16, 1991
With a new rainy season on the horizon, city officials in Palmdale have approved plans to build a $900,000 flood-control basin in the Quartz Hill area aimed at preventing the type of flooding that damaged dozens of houses in heavy storms this spring. The City Council voted 5 to 0 Thursday night to authorize a construction contract for the 76-million-gallon basin, which will be built at 40th Street West and Avenue N-8 on the site of a golf course planned for the Rancho Vista community.
March 18, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
Lancaster residents in June will be asked to approve an annual tax of $25 per house to pay for flood control projects that city officials promise will prevent severe flooding such as occurred last month. The City Council voted 5 to 0 Monday night to place the measure on the June 2 ballot after watching a videotape of residents paddling down flooded streets in inflatable rafts during last month's heavy rains. The measure will require a majority vote to pass.
February 22, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
A citywide flood control plan passed its first test this week, one year after record rainstorms caught residents by surprise and flooded Leisure World and downtown. The torrential rains of January 1995 caused about $3 million in damage to Leisure World, where 300 residents were evacuated after a flood control catch basin overflowed. In downtown, some residents complained that calls for help went unanswered as the rain overwhelmed street drains and flooded homes.
May 15, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
The City Council moved forward on a $10-million flood-control bond issue to be placed on the November ballot, but it tabled discussion of the city's two-term limit for council members. At its Monday night meeting, the council directed city staff to begin drafting the wording of the bond issue aimed at improving drainage and flood control in the city. The council voted in March to place the issue on the city's Nov. 5 ballot.
Enforcing an obscure law locally for the first time, a state wildlife agency has prohibited county maintenance workers from removing trash and weeds from hundreds of county flood control channels since June, increasing the danger of fires and floods, county officials said Friday. "It's serious business. Our maintenance people can't do their work because they're afraid they're going to be arrested," county Public Works Director Arthur E. Goulet said. "This is bureaucracy run amok."
Markham E. "Ham" Salsbury, who took a county job he was told "couldn't last more than two years" but stayed on for 38 supervising creation of the Los Angeles Basin's $1-billion flood control and water conservation system, has died. He was 98. Salsbury, who retired in 1965 as chief engineer of the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, died March 20 in a Rancho Palos Verdes retirement community of complications associated with aging.
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