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May 19, 1998 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tally takers participating in the first bat census in Topanga learned one thing for sure: why that catch phrase "bat out of hell" entered the language as synonymous with "sudden burst of activity." "You can hear all this chittering, like they're talking about where they are going to go and what they are going to eat, then there is a pause in the noise, then an explosion from under the bridge," said biologist Rosi Dagit, who led the survey by 22 volunteers Saturday.
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April 26, 1998 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The usually staid state and county bureaucracy is going absolutely batty. In May, a state agency is going to conduct a census of bats to find out just how many of Dracula's alter egos hang out in the part of Topanga Canyon where the count (the numerical kind) is to take place. And a project to replace an aged wooden bridge--under which hundreds of the bats sleep the day away--has been delayed a year so that temporary homes can be established for the creatures.
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April 20, 1998 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will conduct several construction and maintenance projects in the coming months to help improve the storm drain and sewer systems. The first will be an effort to clean sub-drain vaults and overflow pipes, inspect and service flap-gates and inspect manhole covers at various flood control facilities throughout the county. The $284,000 project, which will begin this month, should be completed in September.
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November 13, 1997
Students at West Hollywood Elementary School got a visit from a "time traveler" in a silver suit Wednesday as the county Department of Public Works launched an effort to teach children about recycling. Ginger Vadurro, the department's director of environmental programs, said the educational program features an actor portraying "Al Luminum," a character from the 22nd century who has returned to Earth to teach children about the benefits of recycling.
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June 26, 1997 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the Elsmere Canyon landfill was blocked by the U.S. Senate last year, the scenic Santa Clarita Valley area has been placed on a list of potential dump sites by Los Angeles County waste officials. In its long-awaited Countywide Integrated Waste Management Summary Plan, the county Department of Public Works lists Elsmere, along with Blind Canyon near the Ventura County line, as potential sites for new dumps.
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June 14, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Construction of a storm drain system along central roads in Hidden Hills is scheduled to begin Wednesday and continue through August. The project, administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, involves installing a 1,400-foot storm drain system along Round Meadow and Long Valley roads. "Construction of this drain work will help relieve the problem flooding we've experienced in this area," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in a news release.
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August 30, 1996 | DADE HAYES
Bowing to pressure from residents, CBS Studio Center President Michael Klausman has agreed to terminate a lease agreement with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works that allowed CBS employees to park on a patch of dusty land on Valleyheart Drive. Klausman met Wednesday night with public officials and about two dozen residents who were upset by traffic and dust caused by the makeshift lot, which borders the Los Angeles River across the street from studio property.
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May 22, 1996
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been saved from the threat of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in added subway construction costs, the potential bill if subway tunneling had been forced to halt at the Los Angeles River in North Hollywood for lack of the required county permit to dig under it. The county Department of Public Works said Tuesday that it had expedited the permit, but with many conditions to guard against damage to the vital flood control channel.
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May 22, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been saved from the threat of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in added subway construction costs, the potential bill if subway tunneling had been forced to halt at the Los Angeles River for lack of the required county permit to dig under it. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works said Tuesday it had expedited the permit, but with many conditions to guard against damage to the vital flood-control channel.
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April 5, 1996 | DANICA KIRKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anti-dump activists turned out for a public meeting Thursday night, criticizing county trash officials who recently concluded that a dump in Elsmere Canyon is one of the best options for trash disposal into the next century. Residents attending a meeting at Valencia High School attacked a preliminary report highlighting the proposed 190-million-ton facility that would abut and consume part of Angeles National Forest on the edge of Santa Clarita.
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