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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1999
After a briefing from officials in the city attorney's office and Department of Public Works, a key City Council member said Monday that she is satisfied with the city's efforts to resolve a number of contract disputes arising from a massive expansion of the Hyperion sewage treatment plant.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1999
Responding to complaints from San Fernando Valley ratepayers, the Los Angeles City Council selected a firm Tuesday to audit the city's waste-water treatment system. Valley residents have long complained that they have been overcharged by the system, which, with 4 million customers, is the third-largest in the nation. The audit will compare Los Angeles with other public and private systems throughout the country. The project is expected to be completed within six months at a cost of $497,622.
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.
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.
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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.
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