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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2001
Owen Billy Smith, a school grounds maintenance worker, died Saturday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura following a lengthy illness. He was 61. He was born on March 24, 1939, in Heavener, Okla., and moved to Ventura County when he was about 15 years old. For the past 18 years, Smith worked for the Ventura Unified School District in the grounds maintenance department. Smith loved camping, fishing, playing horseshoes and gardening.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2000
Isaac Salazar, a retired school district maintenance worker, died Tuesday in Ventura after a lengthy illness. He was 63. He was born May 27, 1937, in Saticoy and was a lifelong county resident. For more than 33 years, he worked as a maintenance man for the Ventura Unified School District where he was known as "Ike" to his friends and co-workers. He was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura. He also enjoyed playing golf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2000 | KIMI YOSHINO and JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Bystanders who rushed to the aid of 4-year-old Brandon Zucker scrambled over a ride gate, ignoring the instructions of Disneyland employees in order to help the trapped boy, two witnesses said. The Canyon Country boy remained in critical condition Thursday at UCI Medical Center in Orange, after he toppled Friday evening from his vehicle in the Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin attraction and was caught under the following car.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2000 | James F. Peltz
America West Airlines, hobbled by maintenance lapses in recent years, said the Federal Aviation Administration still has "concerns about certain of the airline's maintenance records and reliability programs." But the Phoenix-based carrier said it reached a pact with the FAA on certain actions "to address those concerns," including a "comprehensive plan to review and update its maintenance programs" that must be filed within a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first time Roy Parrino held his breath and was lowered into a dark, dank sewer line, he emerged with a two-carat topaz ring, which his wife wears to this day. But as a sewage maintenance worker who helps care for the labyrinth of waste-laden pipes beneath Orange County, discoveries of unexpected jewelry are the only glamorous perks in Parrino's career. Otherwise, it's a thankless job.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2000 | From Times Staff
A former Disneyland maintenance supervisor contends that park officials fired him last year on a pretext when he raised concerns that budget-cutting was jeopardizing the safety of riders. In a lawsuit filed this week in Orange County Superior Court, Buena Park resident Robert Klostreich, 56, also accuses the Anaheim park of bias against him because of his age and his inability to work graveyard shifts because of a 1994 knee injury.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disneyland maintenance workers this week approved a new contract proposal, averting a potential labor strife as Walt Disney Co. gets ready to open its California Adventure theme park in Anaheim. The proposal, which establishes working conditions at the new park slated to open in February, affects more than 800 painters, electricians, carpenters, machinists and others who perform routine maintenance and building jobs at Disneyland.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disneyland maintenance workers have soundly rejected a contract proposal to establish working conditions at its new California Adventure theme park in Anaheim. The vote, which was tallied Thursday, is a setback to Disney's efforts to set up some separate work arrangements for the new park and ensure a smooth opening next year without labor strife.
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