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December 19, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
Homeowners in Buena Park will now have a chance to make improvements to single-family homes with the assistance of low-interest loans available through the city. Just over 100 of the one-time-only loans for up to $20,000 each are available to qualified homeowners in the city on a first-come, first-served basis. And up to $30,000 is available to those residents hoping to build room additions to relieve overcrowding in their homes.
April 25, 2013 | Jessica Garrison and Kim Christensen
State regulators took the highly unusual step Wednesday of suspending operations at a Vernon battery recycler that has discharged harmful quantities of lead for years and more recently has been deemed to pose a danger to as many as 110,000 people because of arsenic emissions. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control said its order came after officials learned this spring that Exide Technologies, one of the largest car battery recyclers in the world, had been continuously releasing hazardous waste into the soil beneath its plant because of a degraded pipeline.
April 9, 1987 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
In a case that highlights a "gray area" of city regulations, a Los Angeles landlord was ordered Wednesday to restore utilities and stop eviction proceedings against tenants in a building that he is renovating pending a further court hearing. Superior Court Judge Ricardo A. Torres issued a temporary restraining order against Daniel Lerner of DL Investments, owner of an apartment building at 706 S. Normandie Ave.
September 19, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
The state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday levied a $30-million fine -- its largest ever -- against Southern California Edison and ordered the utility to refund more than $81 million to customers, concluding that a seven-year fraud caused substantial harm to consumers and could have diminished worker safety. Although the fine is a record for the PUC, it is $10 million less than what was ordered in late 2007 by a commission judge.
The Red Onion restaurant chain, which two years ago paid the steepest civil fines ever levied in Orange County for health and safety code violations, agreed Friday to a new record payment of $380,654 for repetition of most of the old violations at its four restaurants in the county.
June 9, 1989
Fresno County health officials shut down an illegal farm labor camp south of Fresno after finding numerous health and safety violations, including bare electrical wires, unvented gas appliances and an open sewer. Officials said at least 32 people were displaced by the closure, but all were informed of alternate housing that was available.
May 18, 1990
The Community Redevelopment Agency approved a $1.1-million loan Thursday to help a nonprofit agency buy a dilapidated Skid Row hotel and develop a low-income housing complex at the site. The loan, which must be approved by the City Council, would permit the Skid Row Housing Trust to purchase the Olympia Hotel, demolish the blighted three-story building and design a 48-unit housing complex.
March 22, 1991
The Long Beach Naval Shipyard, found three years ago to have the most hazardous working conditions of any of the nation's eight government yards, was cited by federal officials Thursday for 66 health and safety violations, 42 of them serious.
June 26, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER
A Costa Mesa resident who owns a hotel in Los Angeles' Wilmington area has been finedmore than $10,000 after pleading no contest to 10 health and safety violations at the building, authorities said. Roy Molina Aquino, 50, was sentenced after being cited in October by the Los Angeles Slum Housing Task Force for the violations at the Don Hotel, a four-story, 128-room building at 105 E. I St., according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
October 22, 1999
The Ambassador Care board-and-care home, which was abruptly shut down by state officials Wednesday, had a history of health and safety violations, and was run by an operator who was ordered to close three other facilities this year, according to records and interviews Thursday. One of those facilities was the Acacia Inn in Pasadena, which the state Department of Social Services shut down in January on grounds that it was inadequately staffed and residents weren't given enough food.
February 23, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Irvine is investigating allegations by a former pilot that the Orange County Great Park balloon ride has flouted safety regulations by flying in clouds, low visibility and high wind conditions and deliberately soaring higher than its permit allows. In a letter last week to the Federal Aviation Administration, Jonathan Bradford alleged that a "cavalier disregard" for FAA rules at the tethered balloon ride contributed to a "culture of unsafe behavior."
December 18, 2007 | Tony Perry
San Diego County health officials Monday ordered the Sun Island Resort to boil its water after tests found coliform bacteria. The nudist camp, one of the oldest in Southern California, gets its water from wells, which must be tested monthly. Jay Goldby, Sun Island's general manager, said he is convinced that the finding was due to a testing error, possibly when a finger came in contact with the water. He said he is confident that new tests will show the water to be clean. -- Tony Perry
August 14, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
THERMAL, Calif. -- A team of state and federal inspectors moved through the hot, narrow alleys of two large trailer parks housing thousands of migrant farmworkers Monday after receiving reports of health and safety violations inside. The parks are on the Torres Martinez reservation, which also houses Desert Mobile Home Park, known as Duroville, which is now being targeted for possible closure. The parks inspected Monday are not yet in the bad shape of Duroville, federal officials said.
August 7, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Time may have officially run out for Harvey Duro, owner of a sprawling, run-down trailer park that houses over 4,000 farmworkers on the Torres Martinez Reservation in southern Riverside County. The Bureau of Indian Affairs said Monday that because of health and safety threats posed by the 40-acre park, the agency would not give Duro another chance to make repairs and would instead take him to federal court in Riverside next month.
May 26, 2007 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
The trucking company whose gasoline tanker exploded last month, crippling a busy Bay Area freeway interchange, saw its hazardous-materials transportation license suspended Friday, just hours after the last damaged portion of the MacArthur Maze reopened. The California Highway Patrol suspended Sabek Transportation's license because of safety and hazardous-materials violations discovered during a recent inspection of the company's Salinas Valley terminal, said CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader.
February 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
County officials said Tuesday they are seeking misdemeanor charges against the managers of a downtown wholesale produce market that was the focus of a KNBC-TV investigation aired last week. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health, said he asked the city attorney to file charges against Alameda Produce Inc. for alleged violations of state health and safety rules at its 7th Street Produce Market. The firm is owned by developer Richard Meruelo.
In an unprecedented move, the California Youth Authority on Wednesday decertified one of Los Angeles County's three juvenile hall facilities because it was in violation of health and safety regulations. The move against 33-year-old Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey could render the county "highly vulnerable to liability lawsuits," regional CYA Administrator Rito Rosa said.
December 23, 2006
The Orange County Health Care Agency can shut down food facilities for as long as the owners fail to correct conditions that pose a danger to public health. Here are the restaurants closed in November: *--* Name/Address Date closed- reopened Reason for closure *--* *--* El Pollo Loco 11/1-11/2 Cockroach infestation 21212 Bake Parkway, Lake Forest *--* *--* Fresh Donuts 11/1-11/6 Cockroach infestation 940 S. Harbor Blvd.
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