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October 4, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
After weeks of humming and rattling and complaints from residents, the Mesa Consolidated Water District said that it has successfully reduced noise and vibrations caused by pumps at its east side reservoir. Agency officials said that use over the weekend of a new pump engine muffler has brought calm and quiet back to the neighborhood near the district's Reservoir No. 2. "Based on what we have seen so far, we are confident the new muffler will do the job," district general manager Karl Kemp said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1985 | G. M. BUSH, Times Staff Writer
After hearing advice, warnings and pleas from dozens of residents and community leaders, the Santa Ana City Council--sitting as the Redevelopment Agency--voted unanimously Tuesday night not to condemn Ace Muffler. The decision surprised both supporters and opponents of the beleaguered business, coming after the agency had voted last month to begin condemnation proceedings to wrest the muffler shop site from owner Miguel Armando Pulido and his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1987 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration accused a Los Angeles muffler manufacturer Tuesday of committing 276 safety violations and proposed penalties of $91,300. The firm, Pace Setter Inc., failed to properly install safety guards on numerous punch press machines at its South-Central Los Angles plant "although the company had a history of five crushing amputation injuries to employees dating back to 1983," OSHA said.
MAGAZINE
April 28, 2002 | ABEL SALAS
The El Pedorrero muffler shop pulses like a beacon amid the meat markets, liquor stores and tire shops on Whittier Boulevard in East L.A. Its exterior painted in eye-popping yellow and blue faux tile patterns, this folk art landmark offers more than catalytic converters and balm for the noisy exhausts alluded to in its name, a Spanish reference to, ahem, flatulence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1993 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Talk about finding a niche and then filling it. Inventor Nelson Comus of Hacienda Heights has built a battery that runs off urine. Designer Anwar Haq of Mission Viejo has invented a portable potty that collects urine and stores it. Somebody should have introduced the two men Wednesday at the meeting in Hollywood where dozens of inventors' new products were being showcased.
OPINION
March 18, 2001 | CRISPIN SARTWELL, Crispin Sartwell teaches philosophy at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. E-mail: mindstorm@pipeline.com
There are many ways to assess a new presidency. We might consult approval ratings or list legislative successes. We could tote up gaffes and missteps. Or we could take the current, wildly popular approach of assembling typical Americans and seeing what they think.
NEWS
January 19, 2000 | CATHY CURTIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Carson Muffler's nondescript cinder-block building is just a blip on a bustling street in downtown Carson, a few doors down from Midas. A potential customer looking for the 41-year-old shop is likely to zoom right by. That's because something is missing: the 9-foot-tall, silver-painted "robot" made of old muffler parts that has been a local landmark for decades. Inside, the two bays are empty. No cars, nobody working.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1985 | G. M. Bush, Times Staff Writer
A compromise between the City of Santa Ana and a shopping center developer that would have allowed Ace Muffler to remain as part of the planned center has expired, sending all sides back to square one. City Manager Robert C. Bobb met separately Friday with representatives of Ace Muffler and Urbatec, a Santa Monica-based developer contracted to build the shopping center, to review the status of the delicate agreement pieced together just before Christmas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1985 | RAY PEREZ, Times Staff Writer
His own faith and the support of so many friends enabled him to win against long odds last week, Miguel Armando Pulido said, and that's what he wanted to talk about Saturday. "My heart is happy and I owe it to God first, and then to my friends," said the Mexican immigrant owner of Ace Muffler in Santa Ana, as about 200 well-wishers gathered around him at a celebration of his surprising victory over the City Council last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1990 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has thrown a wrench into Jake Egan's efforts to keep his muffler shop in front of Torrance's biggest redevelopment project. In a notice to attorneys, Judge Loren Miller Jr. last week said that Torrance may begin condemnation proceedings against Egan's Aable Muffler Shop, despite a 1983 agreement by the city's Redevelopment Agency not to try to take the land.
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