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October 18, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
The lifeguards fired after making a spoof of the popular "Gangnam Style" video could get their jobs back soon, a reversal that comes after thousands - including the Korean rapper behind the viral song - came to their support. But at least two of the 13 fired lifeguards said they are now unsure whether they would return to the El Monte Aquatic Center. The City Council, on a split vote, directed the interim city manager to hire back the guards as well as their supervisor, terminated in September for filming at the municipal pool while wearing their uniforms - both violations of El Monte's employment policy.
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March 3, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
The popularity of the city's Junior Lifeguard program could drive fees up by nearly 20% this June for out-of-town participants. The City Council on Wednesday will consider a proposal to raise nonresident fees from $105 to $125. Fees for residents would remain at $95. The fee increase would raise about $1,500 annually. The two five-week programs, which teach youths to safely enjoy the ocean, reached maximum enrollment last year, with 700 10- to 17-year-olds.
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July 26, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
Rescue calls crackled over the radio as John Moore, eyes locked on the waves, drove his lifeguard truck over the warm Newport Beach sand: Two people were trapped on a jetty, another one was spun into a riptide and two more had wandered onto dangerous rocks. Though it wasn't yet noon, the 20-year veteran lifeguard officer was predicting that there would be nearly 500 rescues by day's end, a startling figure compared with the 20 to 30 rescues performed on an average summer day.
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September 4, 1994
The city's seasonal lifeguards, appropriately hooking into the Labor Day weekend theme, voted unanimously Saturday for union representation in their dealings with Huntington Beach. On one of the year's busiest beach weekends, 71 of the city's 103 summer lifeguards turned out at the Huntington Beach lifeguard headquarters to sign up with the newly formed Surf City Lifeguards Employee Assn.
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July 11, 1989
Two Long Beach lifeguards failed to use proper procedure when they taped the mouth of an apparently drunk, profanity-spouting transient and left him bound on the beach for several minutes, the chief lifeguard said Monday. City lifeguard officials were reviewing the apprehension Sunday of Don Peterson for possible disciplinary action against the two veteran lifeguards, said Lifeguard Chief Jim Rae. He refused to release the names of the lifeguards.
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January 28, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST
The City Council has tentatively agreed to allow full-time lifeguards to issue citations for a variety of offenses, from drinking alcohol on the beach to walking a dog without a leash. The council voted 3 to 2 at its last meeting to amend city law to give the city's three full-time marine-safety officers the additional powers. Mayor Robert F. Gentry and Councilwoman Lida Lenney voted against the measure.
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August 30, 1997
Los Angeles County lifeguards reported Friday that they have made a record 3,127 rescues this August, topping the 1984 record of 3,031. County officials said the El Nino condition has contributed to the high number. Lt. Mike Cunningham said the ocean temperature has been about 72 degrees this month, compared with average August temperatures of about 60. He said the warm weather has brought more people to the beach this summer.
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October 4, 1989
Los Angeles County lifeguards, who until now have relied on their "good guy" image to get through potentially violent confrontations, will soon gain an additional weapon: self-defense training. In the wake of a recent incident in which a panhandler stabbed a lifeguard, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday ordered self-defense training for lifeguards and called on police to beef up patrols at beaches that serve as havens for transients.
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March 15, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
Some lifeguards will soon have the power to issue tickets to boaters, jet skiers and other water-sports enthusiasts who violate safety regulations. The Seal Beach City Council voted to send nine lifeguards to an Orange County Sheriff's Department class on issuing citations next month. The decision was made at the recommendation of the city's Beach Commission.
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July 12, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
Lifeguards whose actions helped prevent injuries during a fire on the Seal Beach Pier have been honored by the City Council. The council presented certificates of appreciation to A.J. Summers, Jeff Aldinger, Jeff Bousche, Russ Campbell, Damon Hannaman, Brian Lawrence, Bryan Liff, Ross Madden, Diane Rosenkranz and Craig Stenberg. The May 21 fire flared up in the middle of the historic wood boardwalk and stranded more than 100 people at the far end of the pier.
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