November 29, 2009 |
We've all been there. Trapped in an elevator with an overly perfumed passenger who has you holding your breath until the doors open. Held hostage at a restaurant next to a fellow diner whose Poison is tainting your filet mignon. Ambushed at a movie theater where the only recourse is to bury your nose in the popcorn. Perfume may be a pleasure to those who wear it, but its over-application is often a nuisance to others. Though fragrance is often worn to attract, it stands an equal chance of repelling because scent is so subjective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2008 |
Orange County's smallest city may be forced to demolish a filthy home deemed unfit for habitation. The Villa Park City Council voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing on whether to declare the house across from an elementary school a public nuisance. It's been red-tagged. Code enforcement officers found severe buildup of household debris, cat feces and food, dirt, dust and cobwebs in the home. Homeowner Mary Maloney was hospitalized earlier this month, and her son Kevin said his elderly mother was unable to maintain the home.
March 12, 1987 |
Two City Council members signaled this week that they don't intend to alter their decision in the public nuisance case against Francesca Houpe, even if it costs Councilman Floyd A. James his office. Council members Maxcy D. Filer and Jane D. Robbins said as much Tuesday, as they blocked their colleagues from calling a secret meeting to discuss the case. "As far as I'm concerned," Filer said, "the matter has been decided and it shouldn't go any further."
January 8, 1987 |
After two months of courtroom-style hearings, a City Council majority has voted to declare Francesca Houpe's home a public nuisance because police reported finding three marijuana plants rooted in the backyard. Houpe, a 34-year-old divorced mother who denied knowing anything about the plants, was instructed to abate the nuisance--presumably by keeping her property free of illegal drugs--or face a city lawsuit that could lead to confiscation of her modest, single-story house at 1613 Killen Place.
February 10, 1985 |
Dammitall. This wonderful old diarist, curmudgeon, journalist, scholar, prodder and mischief maker A.J.P. Taylor clearly sees what is next in life. His death. He's 78 with Parkinson's disease. There's sleeplessness and sleepiness but neither when appropriate. Not much walking of his beloved British countryside now, he sighs, nothing really important left unsaid and diminished interest in events beyond his North London backyard and the orange marmalade cat squatting there.
June 15, 1989 |
It's not neighborly to sue the folks who live across the street, but that's what one reader would like to do. The problem is a house so run down that it has lowered property values, complains a homeowner in Riverside County. Besides exterior stucco that has never been replaced, "the unpainted trim, lawn-less yard, broken garage door, incomplete masonry walls and vehicles parked everywhere constitute an eyesore the likes of which no neighborhood should have to tolerate." "A home appraiser freely admitted that my valuation is sharply degraded because of the condition of the house across the street," the reader continues.