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November 26, 1997 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spurred by a controversy over unsanitary conditions at local restaurants, the Los Angeles City Council urged the county Tuesday to adopt more stringent measures to ensure that public health standards are met. The council's encouragement came even as the county's top health official promised Tuesday to implement a number of reforms to improve food safety procedures.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1997 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spurred by a controversy over unsanitary conditions at local restaurants, the Los Angeles City Council urged the county Tuesday to adopt more stringent measures to ensure that public health standards are met. The council's encouragement came even as the county's top health official promised Tuesday to implement a number of reforms to improve food safety procedures.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $64.7-million computer system touted three years ago as the answer to Los Angeles County's outdated hospital billing procedures is now in such serious trouble that it is "in danger of collapse," according to the county's health department director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $64.7-million computer system touted three years ago as the answer to Los Angeles County's outdated hospital billing procedures is now in such serious trouble that it is "in danger of collapse," according to the county's health department director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The court-appointed manager of a bankrupt Reseda nursing home that abruptly evicted its 63 residents Friday night had failed in last-minute negotiations to sell the facility and contends that there was not enough cash to run it even one more day, authorities said Saturday. Two other nursing homes owned by the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Phoenix Health Group, in Alta Loma and Long Beach, could face closures this week, depending on the outcome of a Monday morning hearing in U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2000 | EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It all seemed too good to be true. A candle to bring me the love of my life? A prayer to bring me success? Tarot cards that would tell my future? The promises of the curandera struck me as absurd. But here, in a Latino neighborhood where immigrants bring with them old customs, you don't want to dismiss them too lightly. Curanderos, or healers, practice a mix of Spanish, Native American, Greek and Arabic traditions dating to the Mayan and Incan civilizations.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1988 | KEITH BRADSHER
Monthly preventive sprayings and dustings for cockroaches and ants are among the pest control industry's biggest businesses. Experts agree that ridding homes and restaurants of cockroaches would cut down the incidence of food poisoning. "If (cockroaches) were to walk over a sewer or over a dead animal, and they were to walk into your house, they would carry certain organisms" on their feet, said Frank Hall, a vermin expert with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
HEALTH
October 29, 2001
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services offers a toll-free hotline for parents, homeowners, preschool operators and others concerned about lead poisoning of children. For referrals and information, call (800) LA-4-LEAD.
REAL ESTATE
September 13, 1998 | ANDREA KITAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
QUESTION: We live in a condo complex very close to the ocean. Despite a wind-activated "singing string" and a plastic owl, the sea gulls are becoming more and more brazen and fearless as they come for a bath in the pool several times a day. They make a mess both in and out of the pool. Short of enclosing the whole area, do you have any suggestions? R.B., Redondo Beach. ANSWER: Keeping sea gulls out of pool areas is one of the easier tasks in the business of controlling pesky wildlife.
HEALTH
September 9, 2002 | JONATHAN FIELDING and VALERIE ULENE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you're afraid of toads because you've heard that touching them causes skin warts, you can relax around the little creatures. Warts are simply an overgrowth of skin cells caused by infection with the human papilloma virus. Toads have nothing to do with their spread--humans do. The virus is spread either through direct skin-to-skin contact, or indirectly, through contact with a surface that has been contaminated with the virus that has been shed from a wart.
NEWS
August 19, 1985
Los Angeles County residents are being warned to avoid contact with ground squirrels and coyotes because they have been found to have sylvatic plague, a disease that can result in deadly bubonic plague in humans. Ground squirrels collected at Chantry Flat and at the U.S. Forest Service information booth north of Azusa have confirmed cases of the disease, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Health Services, which issued the warning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1998
A 1 1/2-mile stretch of beach between Marina del Rey and Vista del Mar Park in the South Bay was reopened Monday after new tests near the Hyperion sewage treatment plant showed the bacterial count dropping to acceptable levels. Richard Kebabjian, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, said the closure lasted just one day.
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