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October 29, 1991
You may call me an alarmist with a strong sense of deja vu, but the recent Medfly headlines look strangely familiar. The same phrases, the same arguments and the same plans are appearing a year or so after the supposed eradication of this pest. Leon Spaugy, Los Angeles County agricultural commissioner, has reassured us that since "helicopters are noisy and an intrusion" they will try to avoid spraying. Noisy? I don't mind the noise nearly as much as having toxic chemicals dumped on me, my car, my pet and my home.
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August 16, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thirty-six years ago, a young lawyer with deep roots in the old Los Angeles signed up for a stint in the legal department of Los Angeles County. De Witt W. Clinton bore the same name as a locomotive used to settle the American West, and he came to Los Angeles County government at a time when the region was churning with growth, hurtling forward like a steam engine whistling through the desert. In those days, developers, politicians and the lawyers who represented them were bound together in a tight circle of power, which was generally wielded out of sight.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1989 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA, Times Staff Writer
It took more than 10 months of spraying, a billion-plus sterile fruit flies and $2 million, but authorities announced Monday that they have finally defeated the Medfly invasion of West Los Angeles. "We have not detected any additional fruit flies," said Leon Spaugy, the agricultural commissioner for Los Angeles County. Almost a year after the discovery of 48 Mediterranean fruit flies prompted federal, state and local officials to launch an eradication campaign, the quarantine was lifted on a 76-square-mile area that includes Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Culver City and Beverly Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1991
You may call me an alarmist with a strong sense of deja vu, but the recent Medfly headlines look strangely familiar. The same phrases, the same arguments and the same plans are appearing a year or so after the supposed eradication of this pest. Leon Spaugy, Los Angeles County agricultural commissioner, has reassured us that since "helicopters are noisy and an intrusion" they will try to avoid spraying. Noisy? I don't mind the noise nearly as much as having toxic chemicals dumped on me, my car, my pet and my home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1989 | RICHARD SIMON and STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A fertile Mediterranean fruit fly was reported Tuesday to have been detected in Downey, expanding an already large swath of residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County targeted for at least one dose of aerial pesticide spray. The fly, found late Monday and flown to Sacramento where its fertility was confirmed, significantly stretches to the south the county's worst Medfly infestation. So far, the outbreaks have been largely contained in the San Gabriel Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1989 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mediterranean fruit flies have been found in five additional Los Angeles County neighborhoods, officials reported Wednesday, prompting serious doubts about current eradication efforts and raising the prospect among top scientists of widespread aerial pesticide spraying in the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thirty-six years ago, a young lawyer with deep roots in the old Los Angeles signed up for a stint in the legal department of Los Angeles County. De Witt W. Clinton bore the same name as a locomotive used to settle the American West, and he came to Los Angeles County government at a time when the region was churning with growth, hurtling forward like a steam engine whistling through the desert. In those days, developers, politicians and the lawyers who represented them were bound together in a tight circle of power, which was generally wielded out of sight.
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February 15, 1990 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the prodding of Gov. George Deukmejian, agricultural officials initiated a new effort Wednesday to counter growing public opposition to the application of pesticides over Southern California neighborhoods infested with the Mediterranean fruit fly. Medfly project officials held the first of what they said would be a series of weekly press conferences to tell their side of the eradication effort.
NEWS
February 15, 1990 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the prodding of Gov. George Deukmejian, agricultural officials initiated a new effort Wednesday to counter growing public opposition to the application of pesticides over Southern California neighborhoods infested with the Mediterranean fruit fly. Medfly project officials held the first of what they said would be a series of weekly press conferences to tell their side of the eradication effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1989 | RICHARD SIMON and STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A fertile Mediterranean fruit fly was reported Tuesday to have been detected in Downey, expanding an already large swath of residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County targeted for at least one dose of aerial pesticide spray. The fly, found late Monday and flown to Sacramento where its fertility was confirmed, significantly stretches to the south the county's worst Medfly infestation. So far, the outbreaks have been largely contained in the San Gabriel Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1989 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mediterranean fruit flies have been found in five additional Los Angeles County neighborhoods, officials reported Wednesday, prompting serious doubts about current eradication efforts and raising the prospect among top scientists of widespread aerial pesticide spraying in the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1989 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA, Times Staff Writer
It took more than 10 months of spraying, a billion-plus sterile fruit flies and $2 million, but authorities announced Monday that they have finally defeated the Medfly invasion of West Los Angeles. "We have not detected any additional fruit flies," said Leon Spaugy, the agricultural commissioner for Los Angeles County. Almost a year after the discovery of 48 Mediterranean fruit flies prompted federal, state and local officials to launch an eradication campaign, the quarantine was lifted on a 76-square-mile area that includes Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Culver City and Beverly Hills.
NEWS
July 25, 1988 | United Press International
An insect tentatively identified as a Mediterranean fruit fly was discovered today in the area where aerial pesticide spraying was ordered following the discovery of two of the crop-destroying pests, officials said. A county entomologist found the suspected fruit fly in a trap just north of Sherman Way in Northridge and identified it as a Medfly, said county Agricultural Commissioner Leon Spaugy.
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