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September 20, 2001
After last week's attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Los Angeles officials ordered the police and fire departments to reassess how the city prepares for and responds to emergencies. But city, county and state leaders need to look beyond the security and response plans in place to the infrastructure that supports them--or fails to. Even absent a disaster, just about anything to do with emergency care in the city and county can be coupled with the word "crisis."
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March 31, 1985
Marlene Ramirez, 4, burned to death in a dog house at her family's home in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles City Fire Department reported. "We believe she was playing with matches and accidentally set the dog house on fire," a department spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2000 | SUE FOX and MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three men were killed and two injured when their subcompact car slammed head-on into a pickup truck Thursday in the Sepulveda Pass, authorities said. Firefighters said the pregnant wife of one of the men killed was traveling near him in another car. After witnessing the accident, the woman was so shaken that she was taken to a local hospital, a Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1997
A container of flammable liquid was hurled through a window of a North Hollywood abortion clinic Friday, setting off a small fire. The Family Planning Associates Medical Group clinic in the 12900 block of Victory Boulevard was the target of the 3:48 a.m. attack, authorities said. The fire caused $500 damage to the building and $500 to its contents, the Los Angeles City Fire Department said. No injuries were reported. No arrests were made, and clinic operators declined to discuss the incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1991
Afire started by children playing with matches caused $65,000 worth of damage to a Sun Valley house Wednesday and displaced 12 residents, Los Angeles City fire officials said. The blaze started about 3:30 p.m. in a house in the 11000 block of Cantara Street and was put out 20 minutes later, said Jim Wells, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. There were no injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1989
Six people complained of lightheadedness, nausea and other symptoms in a Century City theater Wednesday night after viewing a graphic scene in the movie "Born on the Fourth of July," officials said. According to Los Angeles County Health Department spokeswoman Sharon Wanglin, four Los Angeles City Fire Department rescue units were called to the Century Plaza Cinemas at the ABC Entertainment Center about 7:30 p.m. Only one person was taken to a hospital, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1999
Saying that homeowners are significantly alarmed, City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski summoned top city Fire Department officials to the council Wednesday to discuss their controversial brush fire "pre-attack" maps. The maps, which were completed in April, have come under fire from some inside the department who say the maps show the hillside homes with wooden shingles that would be written off in the event of major, fast-moving blaze.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1999 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Fire Department is embroiled in an unlikely controversy over its new brush fire "pre-attack maps"--which detail hillside homes that could fare the worst in a major wind-driven blaze--and just how those maps are to be used. The maps clearly show the houses with wood shingle roofs in Bel-Air, Westwood, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, among other areas, that are considered at the highest risk of burning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1999 | HAL BERNSON, Hal Bernson is a Los Angeles city councilman whose 12th District is in the San Fernando Valley
On June 8, San Fernando Valley voters are being asked to vote on a proposed City Charter. If voters haven't read this new charter from cover to cover, they should not vote for it. If they have read it from cover to cover, I am certain they won't want to vote for it. The proposed Charter Measure 1 is not charter reform but charter abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heavy brush resulting from El Nino rains last year, followed by cool dryness this year, have created ideal conditions for big fires in the 1999 season, authorities said Friday. Usually the hills that ring the San Fernando Valley are as green as Ireland this time of year--moist and lush from winter rains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Monroe High School girls tried not to giggle or snap their gum, and the boys tried not to bug the girls, slouch or botch a marching order. "Above all else," teacher Jeff Marciano told the students marching in the auditorium, "you have to always remember to take pride in the little things."
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March 4, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In response to a $6.9-million budget shortfall, the Los Angeles City Fire Department has severely reduced the number of inspectors assigned to monitor safety in public institutions including hospitals, schools, film sets and factories. In addition, the ranks of battalion chiefs were cut from 16 to 14, which the department estimated will increase the length of time it takes for supervisors to arrive on the scene of an emergency by five to 10 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1997
Joseph R. Hoffmann, 92, chaplain of the Los Angeles City Fire Department for two decades. Born in Eagle, Alaska, Hoffmann was brought up in Washington state. He drifted to Los Angeles at the age of 18 and kept a promise to his mother that he would complete the two-year course at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA). After working part time as a conductor on the city's historic Pacific Electric Red Cars, he became a city firefighter in 1929.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1997 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN
Los Angeles City Fire Department Capt. Bruce Galien was talking to his wife on the phone from Fire Station No. 9 near skid row recently when she heard what she thought was a man in pain. It turned out to be firefighter Brian Hampton, singing along to a heavy metal song blasting from the radio. "She asked: 'Is that guy all right?' Galien recalled Wednesday with a laugh. But behind his laughter now is a deep concern for Hampton, 33, who has been found to have testicular cancer.
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