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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1999
At least $10 million from a settlement with tobacco companies would be used to repair city sidewalks and make them accessible to the disabled under an agreement reached Tuesday between Mayor Richard Riordan and City Atty. James Hahn. The remaining $2 million received annually would go to programs aimed at preventing the sale of tobacco products to minors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than six years after voters approved a bond measure to build two 911 dispatch centers for the Los Angeles Police Department, the city finally opened bids on the project Wednesday, setting the stage for construction to begin in June. That is, if city officials can agree on the site in the San Fernando Valley. Three companies bid, with Tutor-Saliba Corp. of Sylmar submitting the lowest combined bid of $37.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than six years after voters approved a bond measure to build two 911 dispatch centers for the Los Angeles Police Department, the city finally opened bids on the project Wednesday, setting the stage for construction to begin in June. That is, if city officials can agree on the site in the San Fernando Valley. Three companies bid, with Tutor-Saliba Corp. of Sylmar submitting the lowest combined bid of $37.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Admitting that too many buildings have been abandoned in the city, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has called for rehabilitating the worst 400 structures in the next two years or demolishing them. Riordan said the Abandoned Building Task Force he has proposed should begin by focusing on the backlog of more than 1,800 buildings that have been identified as abandoned nuisances. "They decrease the quality of life," Riordan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Council members recommended Monday that the city pay $497,000 to audit the city's waste water system, long a source of complaints from San Fernando Valley residents of overcharging. Joel Wachs and Cindy Miscikowski recommended that Black & Veatch, a management consulting firm, be selected from seven competing bidders to conduct the benchmark audit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS
If your garage or storage space has become a dump site for hazardous waste, the city of Los Angeles is offering a safe way to dispose of it. County residents can drive up to the Hazmobile at Cal State North ridge and drop off leftover paint products, motor oil, fertilizers, car and flashlight batteries, pool cleaners and other materials. It will be in the parking lot at Lindley Avenue and Lassen Street from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22-24.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major construction company has filed a $66-million lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, claiming that the government first bungled plans for expanding a huge sewage treatment plant and then negotiated in bad faith over a proposed settlement with the company. The suit, filed by Dillingham Construction Co.
NEWS
April 7, 1999 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most everyone agrees there's been a change on Fickett Street, a rough stretch of Boyle Heights notorious for drug trafficking, prostitution and gang shootings. Apartments are freshly painted. New lampposts illuminate the dim alleys. The dirt strips along the sidewalks have been filled in with bricks. Small, newly planted trees line the street. The police patrol nightly and the sound of gunfire echoes less frequently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1999 | SUE FOX
Spurred in part by "haphazard" trimming that shears the tops off trees, the City Council voted Tuesday to establish a work group to coordinate urban forestry programs throughout city agencies. Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, whose Environmental Quality and Waste Management Committee reviewed the city's tree maintenance, said she found numerous examples of city trees that had been topped or cut inappropriately, sometimes causing the death of the trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY
Los Angeles city officials said Monday they are months behind schedule in replacing fuel tanks at city facilities and will have to continue sending employees to private gas stations in the meantime. The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced a decade ago that it was requiring that all operators of fuel tanks replace older vessels with double-lined tanks by Dec. 22, 1998, but the city failed to complete the work.
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