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November 29, 2009 | By Susan Carpenter
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.
February 27, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Regional air quality officials told the Irwindale City Council on Wednesday that the solution to complaints of spicy odors emanating from a Sriracha factory  could be "very straightforward. " The comments came as the City Council considered declaring the hot sauce maker,  Huy Fung Foods, a public nuisance, which would give city officials the necessary leverage to demand changes at the factory amid ongoing complaints from residents of spicy smells. City Council members ended up voting to postpone a decision to declare the  Sriracha  hot sauce factory a public nuisance, saying they wanted to  give the company time to work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to identify a solution.
February 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
February 26, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Irwindale city officials are scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday night to decide whether to declare a Sriracha hot-sauce plant a public nuisance in the wake of complaints of a spicy odor  coming from the factory. The public hearing is the latest move  in the city's effort to force sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to address the smell. In November, the city sued the company in Los Angeles Superior Court, winning a temporary, partial shutdown. A judge still must determine whether to issue a permanent injunction.  Sriracha officials are questioning whether the plant emits a harmful smell and have opened their doors for public tours of the plant as a way to counter the odor allegations.  PHOTOS: Sriracha factory About 50 people are expected to protest outside Irwindale City Hall during the hearing, Huy Fong officials say. Huy Fong officials say that holding the hearing is premature and punitive, but they will fix problems if they are found  “It seems like they just don't have the patience and they're not inclined to wait,” said John Tate, an attorney for Huy Fong.
March 12, 1987 | WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM, Times Staff Writer
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 | WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM, Times Staff Writer
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 | Paul Dean, Dean is a Times staff writer who always picks the shopping cart with the bad wheel.
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.
September 11, 2011 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
A 59-year-old Burbank business owner pleaded not guilty Friday to creating a nuisance and potential danger for aircraft at Bob Hope Airport by feeding hundreds of pigeons near the runway. Charles Douglas appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Burbank with attorneys Bruce Kaufman and Donald Ingalls to answer to the misdemeanor charges of disobeying a court order and creating a public nuisance. They declined to comment about the case, which was continued to Oct. 21 for a pretrial hearing.
June 8, 1989
City officials have decided to sic the Department of Recreation and Parks on the owners of nuisance dogs. The city will be advising all residents by mail that it is illegal to let dogs run free or to defecate on other people's property, including public property. Dog owners are also required to clean up after their pets. The word will also go out on the city's cable TV station, on posters in public buildings, and through pet stores, veterinarians' offices, homeowner groups, schools and the Chamber of Commerce.
June 15, 1989 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
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.
July 24, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Brittany Levine
He has been feared. And loved. And worried over. And touted as a new-style ursine celebrity in the Twitter age. Now Meatball the bear - or at least his happy-go-lucky, mechanical likeness - will be the centerpiece of a Rose Parade float sponsored by Glendale, the mountain-rimmed city he just couldn't keep his paws from throughout much of last year. "It's going to be a head turner," said Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver, speaking of a 35-foot-long float featuring Meatball rising from a trash can, a concept approved by the Glendale City Council this week.
July 13, 2013
Re "Illegal fireworks spark fear," July 10 Thanks to Steve Lopez for addressing what has become a serious issue in Los Angeles, particularly in the area northwest of downtown where I have lived for 18 years. Being in Glassell Park, a neighborhood of bone-dry hills and grass-filled valleys, we are subjected to this barrage of dangerous illegal fireworks from June to September. This is not a July 4 problem; it is an ongoing quality-of-life problem for tens of thousands of people across the city.
July 10, 2013
The tunes coming from Long Beach's ice cream trucks may soon melt away, as the city moves closer to enforcing noise restrictions on vendors. The City Council unanimously voted on a measure that would require ice cream truck vendors to comply with the noise ordinance and prohibit them from playing music while serving customers, The Times' Ruben Vives reported . Is a noise restriction the right move or is it a sign of the end of the ice...
May 10, 2013 | Kate Mather and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Rinconia Drive is one of those narrow, tree-shaded roads that snakes up the Hollywood Hills, lined with a mix of older bungalows and towering modern mansions. But when you get to Chris Brown's concrete-and-steel-and-glass Jay Vanos-designed home, the mood changes dramatically. A flashy Lamborghini is parked in front, blocking the sidewalk and part of the street. A creature in a silver spacesuit is perched on a ledge. And on the walls are massive paintings of monsters, standing 8 feet tall in bright neon colors.
May 4, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to draft a law prohibiting the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, sparking lawsuit threats from two gun rights organizations. On an 11-0 vote, the council called for an ordinance labeling the magazines a public nuisance and "an immediate threat to the public health. " Although the state already has a ban on the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines, residents can still legally own them. Before the vote, council members described the measure as a response to a series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 26 people - many of them children - at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December.
April 7, 2013 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Joey Bebolla spread his wares on the sidewalk of Beach Street in Watts: some plastic aquarium plants, a few used tape players, an ancient BlackBerry. A woman walking by picked up an old toy cash register, which Bebolla had cleaned up after finding it in the trash. "Give me $2," he said. "Fine, give me $1. " The woman passed on the quick discount, and put the item down. "Selling used to be embarrassing, at first," Bebolla said. "But I had to do it to survive, and now I'm used it. " Hawking fruit at freeway offramps or old clothing on driveways and lawns is a Los Angeles tradition.
Sid Soffer, a local resident well known for his numerous battles with City Hall, lost another legal battle Wednesday when the state Court of Appeal ruled that five vehicles stored on Soffer's property were a public nuisance. Among the issues raised in Soffer's appeal of a lower court ruling was whether the city had the legal power to declare the storage of the vehicles a nuisance. Soffer began storing vehicles at his Costa Mesa home in 1975.
June 11, 1998
At a cost of $23 million, the defeat of Prop. 226 has been a pyrrhic victory for the unions. The antilabor forces of right-wing zealotry and corporate greed and domination plan to drive unions to near-bankruptcy by forcing them to spend their funds for defense against endless attacks by nuisance propositions and attempted legislation hostile to labor. ROBERT E. MORSBERGER Claremont
October 2, 2012
Re "L.A., restart your engines," Oct. 1 Living a block away from the 405 Freeway, I was looking forward to a nice, quiet weekend, when we wouldn't hear any of the normal 405 traffic or construction. And guess what? The freeway was indeed very quiet. But the helicopters that flew overhead every few minutes interrupted the peace I thought we'd get. Over a 35-minute time period Saturday morning, I counted 15 flyovers. Frank Ponder Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: What would Lincoln think of the GOP?
September 18, 2012 | By Jeff Spurrier
You're probably already growing purslane. That could be good or bad. Originally from India and the Middle East, this green succulent has long been a reliable food source for foraging humans. The ground cover is not only edible, it grows fast and requires no maintenance. Gandhi listed it among plants that should be grown to help people be self-sustaining. But to many gardeners, purslane is a weed. The wild varieties, known as common purslane, grow between the cracks in city sidewalks, in gravel driveways and in gardens, intentionally planted or not. It is especially happy in Southern California.
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