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August 19, 1992
If the $1,000 fine for littering was collected for every cigarette tossed from a vehicle, the state's coffers would be overflowing. M. R. CARLIN Van Nuys
October 28, 2013 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Jose Fernandez looked out his apartment window near MacArthur Park and admitted, in defeat, that he's grown accustomed to the view: Torn couches, dingy mattresses, broken dressers, dusty headboards. The procession of rejected furniture piles high and wide on the sidewalk, compliments of neighbors and whoever else decides to dump and run. "I've seen junk stay out there a week … sometimes a month," the 24-year-old said. "Everyone walks by and stares. No one does anything about it. " Hoping to put a stop to the rubbish, the city recently launched a $1-million cleanup effort aimed at Councilman Gil Cedillo's 1st District, including areas such as Lincoln Heights and Mount Washington.
September 3, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned the littering conviction of an Arizona activist who left gallon-size bottles of water for illegal immigrants crossing into the United States through a desert wildlife preserve. Daniel Millis of had been convicted of violating a statute prohibiting the dumping of garbage in an area designated as a refuge for endangered species. In a 2-1 ruling, judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said water didn't meet the definition of waste.
October 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As cold, precise and soulless as the diamonds that figure briefly in its plot, "The Counselor" is an extremely unpleasant piece of business. You could call it "Three Beheadings and No Funeral," but even that doesn't give an accurate idea of what you're in for. The film is ably directed by the veteran Ridley Scott and features a high-powered cast headed by Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, none of whom...
March 21, 2011 | Steve Harvey, Only in L.A
California's coastline is full of colorfully named strands like Seal Beach, Pismo Beach and Muscle Beach. However, Tin Can Beach — a wacky monument to littering — is just a memory. The nickname for a 3½-mile stretch of sand just north of Huntington Beach, Tin Can Beach reached the heights of trashiness in the 1940s and '50s when it was the sometime domain of hobos, drinkers, free spirits and vacationers. They built cardboard shacks, erected tents and thought nothing of tossing used cans, bottles, paper plates and other debris to the ground.
June 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Monterey County proposal would fine litterers up to $10,000 for a first offense and $20,000 for a second offense. County agencies have been trying for two years to curb illegal dumping. Fines would be $1,500 to $10,000 for a first offense and $5,000 to $20,000 thereafter.
February 9, 2002
Is D.J. Waldie joking ("New Flood Control Rules Muddy the Local Waters," Commentary, Feb. 4)? He thinks that it is too expensive for the cities to stop trash from washing into the ocean? I walk several blocks every evening to my gym and carry a bag to pick up trash. It's pathetic that our citizens throw their trash in the streets. This problem does not require a high-tech, expensive solution. It's a matter of educating the public. I suggest we start by educating our children in the schools.
July 9, 1987 | Associated Press
Beginning Jan. 1, the idle toss of a candy wrapper could cost you five times as much. Gov. George Deukmejian signed a bill Wednesday that would increase the minimum fine for a first littering offense from $20 to $100. The bill, by Assemblyman Tom McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks), also increases the minimum fine for a second offense from $50 to $500. The minimum fine for a third offense remains $750 and the maximum fine for all offenses is $1,000.
August 2, 1991
A robber wearing a neatly pressed suit and a red tie held up a bank Thursday and then apparently threw part of the loot out of his car along the Costa Mesa Freeway, police said. Police spokeswoman Maureen Haacker said the man was in his mid-40s, with a salt-and-pepper beard. He walked into the Bank of America branch at 2127 E. 17th St. and demanded money, saying he had a gun, Haacker said.
September 22, 1990
Members of Orange Coast College's Environmental Restoration and Animal Protection Club will spend three hours this morning cleaning Aliso Beach in South Laguna as part of National Beach Cleanup Day. The club adopted Aliso Beach last year for the California Coastal Commission Adopt-a-Beach Program. "We went to the beach twice last spring to pick up trash and debris," said club president Michelle Humphries. "We're expecting our largest turnout yet on Saturday morning."
August 28, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
California communities spend close to half a billion dollars each year trying to prevent litter from mucking up the sensitive ecosystems of rivers, lakes and coastal waters, according to a report to be released  Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Yet, urban runoff remains a serious problem for fish, birds, turtles and marine mammals that ingest it: clogged intestines, restricted movement, suffocation, loss of vital nutrients, starvation. Then there is the derelict fishing gear -- monofilament line, nets, poles, toxic lead sinkers and plastic lures made to last thousands of years - that can become deadly snares for marine life.
April 13, 2013 | Steve Lopez
In the beginning, it was about losing a few pounds. Hans Svanoe, 64, would leave his house in Encino at 5:30 a.m. and walk for an hour before driving over the hill to Century City, where he works as a butler. A what? "A corporate executive butler," said Svanoe, who caters to the domestic needs of media mogul Haim Saban and his business partner, Adam Chesnoff, when they're at the office. Before that, the Norwegian-born Svanoe was a domestic for Milton Berle, who once responded to a Svanoe quip by saying: "I'll tell the jokes around here.
June 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- The Times' T.J. Simers argues that Kobe Bryant provides more problems than solutions for the Lakers' long-term future. Simers also talks to Jim Buss, who says he doesn't expect the Lakers to make any major moves . -- The Times' Bill Plaschke takes issue with some of Buss' comments to Simers. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who says the Lakers have to have a contingency plan in case Ramon Sessions isn't available as a free agent.
May 7, 2012 | T.J. Simers
The theme all season long has been "Rise," as in lob the ball high in the air and watch Blake Griffin slam it home. As in rise behind Chris Paul and lift a franchise. Only the team jumped the gun a little and passed out red T-shirts for Game 4 that read, "Risen. " It's Monday afternoon, a few hours before Game 4 for the Clippers and I'm on the telephone with C.J. Paul . Anyone who goes by their initials has to be a good guy. C.J. is Chris Paul's big brother by two years, his business manager and his best friend.
December 1, 2011 | By Sam Quinones and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Southland residents, tens of thousands of them without electricity, braced for a second onslaught of cold and freakishly powerful winds late Thursday, having barely had time to assess the fallen trees and shredded rooftops left by the previous night's barrage. "Nobody in our department has ever seen such widespread damage. Nobody," said Jon Kirk Mukri, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, talking of scores of city parks so littered with broken branches and teetering trees that they were considered a threat to public safety.
November 5, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Social psychologist Diederik Stapel made a name for himself by pushing his field into new territory. His research papers appeared to demonstrate that exposure to litter and graffiti makes people more likely to commit small crimes and that being in a messy environment encourages people to buy into racial stereotypes, among other things. But these and other unusual findings are likely to be invalidated. An interim report released last week from an investigative committee at his university in the Netherlands concluded that Stapel blatantly faked data for dozens of papers over several years.
December 29, 1995
The view from atop Signal Hill may be too appealing for its own good. The city's 360-foot-high plateau, with its scenic vista of Long Beach and much of southeast Los Angeles County, has long been a popular spot for sightseers. Unfortunately, litterbugs seem to have taken a liking to it too. "The hilltop is a beautiful place to park one's car and enjoy a lunch with a view. Unfortunately, many choose to leave their trash behind," a recent report by city staff said.
November 10, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER
As Glen and Sue Hanket walked across parts of United States this summer picking up roadside trash, their most common finds were fast-food bags, cigarette butts, soda and beer cans and underwear. That's right--undershorts, panties, bras, negligees, you name it, all strewn on the highway. "Every two or three days we'd find some G-string, boxer short or bra lying on the side of the road," Glen Hanket said. "We never could figure out where it came from.
September 11, 2011 | By Mary Umberger
Andrea Angott has a doctorate in psychology and is a postdoctoral associate in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She generally spends her days studying how consumers make decisions about their healthcare. But last year she detoured into the curious world of home staging. Staging, for those of you who have never flicked on the HGTV cable channel, is the process of decluttering, rearranging and otherwise dressing up your home to make it appeal to a broad array of potential buyers.
August 13, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Swooping low over the office courtyard's pond, the lone gull was watching like a hawk. In fact, the gull was watching for a hawk, not to mention the three falcons perched next to the man-made lake in the center of the Water Garden in Santa Monica. The gull let out a loud screech and kept on flying when it spotted the four birds of prey. "He's letting the other gulls know we're still here," said Fred Seaman, a falconer hired by the office complex to rid its 17-acre site of messy gulls and pigeons.
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