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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1995
A recent letter concerning the lack of quick and responsible action on the part of Councilwoman Laura Chick's office in modifying the city's coyote trapping ban refers to the near-attack of our son in 1994. Actually, the event took place in late 1993, which makes the inaction of Chick and her staff ever more egregious. The barrage of coyote sightings at Justice Street Elementary school was preceded not only by the stalking of our then-18-month-old child, but by two coyote attacks in the city of Los Angeles, including that of a young girl in Griffith Park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1995
A recent letter concerning the lack of quick and responsible action on the part of Councilwoman Laura Chick's office in modifying the city's coyote trapping ban refers to the near-attack of our son in 1994. Actually, the event took place in late 1993, which makes the inaction of Chick and her staff ever more egregious. The barrage of coyote sightings at Justice Street Elementary school was preceded not only by the stalking of our then-18-month-old child, but by two coyote attacks in the city of Los Angeles, including that of a young girl in Griffith Park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994
Your story "Officers Quit Taking Coyote Calls" (Jan. 12), painted a less-than-accurate picture of the coyote "gag order" placed on West Valley animal control officers. Even the headline is misleading because it implies that the officers are happily passing on coyote calls when precisely the opposite is true. Contrary to statements by Nancy Moriarity, the animal regulation spokeswoman, the order was just that: an order, not a suggestion, Two points must be made. First, the order has precluded animal control officers from responding to what they themselves consider emergency calls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1994
As expected, the Los Angeles Animal Regulation Commission turned the coyote hearing at Parkman Middle School into a travesty and exhibited its hallmark bad faith and impropriety. After being expressly asked by Mayor Richard Riordan to refrain from bringing in "expert" witnesses, and instead of listening to and addressing the concerns of the public, the commission thumbed their noses at the mayor and his desire that all sides play on a level playing field. Three "experts" handpicked by the commission for their views against trapping coyotes had an opportunity to speak even before the two opposing sides had a chance to speak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1994
As expected, the Los Angeles Animal Regulation Commission turned the coyote hearing at Parkman Middle School into a travesty and exhibited its hallmark bad faith and impropriety. After being expressly asked by Mayor Richard Riordan to refrain from bringing in "expert" witnesses, and instead of listening to and addressing the concerns of the public, the commission thumbed their noses at the mayor and his desire that all sides play on a level playing field. Three "experts" handpicked by the commission for their views against trapping coyotes had an opportunity to speak even before the two opposing sides had a chance to speak.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1990 | IRV LETOFSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Richardson is hanging around locations for "Heat Wave," a TV movie about those sweaty August nights nearly 25 years ago when the ghettos in South-Central L.A. exploded into a holocaust. It was called the Watts riots, although some people prefer "insurrection." Richardson, raised in the neighborhood, watched in horror as much of it was burned and pillaged. Then 24, he was working as a classified ad messenger for The Times.
SPORTS
July 29, 2006
So UCLA lands high school star Kevin Love, who is easily the most significant recruit UCLA basketball has landed in 20 years, and it gets hardly a mention in The Times, buried in "Newswire." It is, however, front-page news in Chapel Hill, N.C., where the Tar Heels lost the recruiting war for Love to UCLA. What's wrong with this picture? MICHAEL LAZAROU Westlake Village
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1995
Former chairman of the Public Safety Committee Marvin Braude is laboring yet again for an ordinance against leaf blowers, while current chairwoman Laura Chick is lobbying for a diversion of city funds to finance special police patrols to safeguard our trash from scavengers--this in the most under-policed city in America. With priorities like these, no wonder public safety has become oxymoronic. Can you say "term limits?" MICHAEL LAZAROU Encino
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1995
As a former constituent of City Councilwoman Laura Chick--"former" in no small measure to the non-responsiveness of both her and her staff--I am once again outraged at Chick's style-over-substance grandstanding, this time blasting her council colleagues for being sexist. No, sexism is not to be tolerated, but neither should incessant media grabs such as the one Laura Chick has become noted for. Get a (political) life, Ms. Chick! MICHAEL LAZAROU Encino
SPORTS
January 9, 1993
Jim Harrick seems concerned about his future since the "resignation" of USC football coach Larry Smith (Jan 6). He ought to be. Sub-par recruiting, his teams consistently underachieving and/or performing only to the level of their competition, mediocre game coaching, and the chances of a Final Four appearance continuing to wane. Coach Harrick should be worried. If he found himself in similar straits at Indiana, Kentucky, Duke or North Carolina, he would have been former coach Harrick two years ago. MICHAEL LAZAROU Studio City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994
Your story "Officers Quit Taking Coyote Calls" (Jan. 12), painted a less-than-accurate picture of the coyote "gag order" placed on West Valley animal control officers. Even the headline is misleading because it implies that the officers are happily passing on coyote calls when precisely the opposite is true. Contrary to statements by Nancy Moriarity, the animal regulation spokeswoman, the order was just that: an order, not a suggestion, Two points must be made. First, the order has precluded animal control officers from responding to what they themselves consider emergency calls.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1990 | IRV LETOFSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Richardson is hanging around locations for "Heat Wave," a TV movie about those sweaty August nights nearly 25 years ago when the ghettos in South-Central L.A. exploded into a holocaust. It was called the Watts riots, although some people prefer "insurrection." Richardson, raised in the neighborhood, watched in horror as much of it was burned and pillaged. Then 24, he was working as a classified ad messenger for The Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1990
Unlike New York, Chicago and other Eastern cities, we Angelenos had not, until August of 1965, experienced a major riot, and there had been no warning. No, then as now, we Sunny Southern Californians were more concerned with the beaches, Disneyland or vacations, and the status quo was truly in force. Judging by Letofsky's article, writer Michael Lazarou appears to have created an honest, authentic script. Let's hope the generation born in the last quarter-century will take heed and learn the lessons of this historic, tragic event, thereby preventing a sequel!
SPORTS
November 11, 2000
As a fan of UCLA's Earl Watson and an unabashed detractor of nearly every Bill Plaschke column ever written concerning UCLA basketball, I feel I must, in all fairness, pass along my highest praise to Plaschke for his outstanding piece on Watson [Nov. 8]. Plaschke's column nearly brought tears to the eyes of this jaded Bruin fan. Plaschke's insights into Watson's on- and off-court growth and development during his tenure in Westwood truly resonated, as did his fair and magnanimous account of Coach Steve Lavin's role in that process.
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