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July 12, 2006 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
A new bill of rights for California car buyers provides grace periods for used-car purchases, caps dealer compensation on loans and features other provisions that are some of the strongest consumer protections in the country, according to state legislators and consumer advocates. The law, which went into effect July 1, applies to motor vehicles bought in California from a dealer for personal, family or household use.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2013 | By David Colker
If anyone could make lizards, salamanders, snakes and all measure of creepy, crawling things objects of wonder and even beauty, it was Robert C. Stebbins. His well-regarded books, lectures and artwork made him a superstar among those who studied reptiles and amphibians, from world-famous scientists to weekend naturalists who hiked with his nature guides in hand. Although he did much of his work alone and tended toward shyness, Stebbins' scientific discoveries and willingness to stand up for his convictions have been celebrated by many, including bestselling author Richard Dawkins.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2000
Re "U.S. to Curb Snowmobiles in Parks," April 27: Off-road vehicles, including dirt bikes and ATVs (four-wheel motorcycles), are a menace to our environment and a nuisance to other public land users. Let's finish the job and restrict ORVs to special ORV parks where they can have fun and not bother the rest of us or the environment. DOUG PARHAM Palmdale
SCIENCE
June 17, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Environmental groups expressed concern Monday about the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plan to open up an additional 50,000 acres of Imperial County's Algodones Dunes - including habitats for several rare species - to unlimited off-road vehicle use. "This plan is outrageous and we will challenge it," said Ileene Anderson, a spokesperson for the Center for Biological Diversity. "I'm shocked that the BLM decided to adopt such a destructive, damaging plan - right when it should be carefully protecting these wild creatures and places to make up for vast energy projects that are being developed nearby.
NEWS
February 3, 2002
Re "Forest Plan: Let It Be," editorial, Jan. 5: How does The Times have the arrogance to infer that off-road vehicles should be excluded from the "people's" forest? Off-road vehicles are the people. These groups are family-oriented and consist of policemen, firemen, business owners and most other professions. They are also taxpayers. Part of this forest plan should include designated and maintained ORV trails for vehicular access to the forest. The forest should be for everyone.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Off-road vehicles will be banned from part of the Sonoran Desert National Monument early next year because reckless riders have done extensive environmental damage, federal officials say. Kevin Harper of the Bureau of Land Management and other officials said riders had ignored postings, taken their vehicles off designated roads, carved new trails and mangled vegetation. In doing so, they have created ruts and other problems for the desert ecology, the officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Oroville city officials have announced that three sites around Lake Oroville may soon be closed because of damage by off-road vehicles. The areas are Native American burial grounds and sacred sites that were previously covered by water. With lake levels recently dropping, the newly exposed areas are being damaged. "We're seeing people four-wheeling on burial grounds," said Art Angle, tribal legacy coordinator. "The reverence of our sacred sites has not been protected."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nearly 50,000 acres of the Algodones Dunes will remain closed to off-road motorized recreation while federal agencies comply with a judge's order to rewrite plans for protecting two endangered species -- the desert tortoise and Pierson's milk vetch, a plant. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston has ordered the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service to redo the plans, after her March ruling that earlier plans, which would have expanded off-road motoring, violated federal law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2012 | Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
President Obama on Friday designated Ft. Ord a national monument, completing its conversion from bustling military base to popular Monterey Peninsula recreation area. The designation will afford additional protection to the 7,200 acres, which is managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. The presidential action decreed that no mining or geothermal development can take place in the monument and called for the development of a management plan that preserves it in perpetuity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Online videos of previous races of the California 200 show spectators standing dangerously close to the speeding off-road vehicles, with no concrete barriers separating them from the cars. The California 200 race in the Mojave Desert was the scene of a tragedy Saturday when eight people died after an off-road vehicle slammed into a crowd about 7:48 p.m., just after dusk. Witnesses described a chaotic scene in which the victims had no chance to flee. A video taken in August 2009 shows off-road vehicles speeding through the desert and becoming airborne a few yards away from a crowd of cheering spectators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2010 | By David Kelly
Eric Hamburg bought a house in this valley of wrinkled mountains and sugar-soft sand to escape life in Los Angeles and drink in the empty solitude only the desert can provide. "I loved the peace and quiet. I loved the tremendous sky. I loved the heat in the summer," he enthused about his remote getaway outside Twentynine Palms. "It was like a safety valve for me." But he quickly became aware of another way of life, one far less conducive to quiet meditation. "You see them buzzing around all the time and they just come closer and closer," he said of the men, women and children who blast joyously through the desert on rattling dirt bikes and quad runners.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Yamaha Motor Corp. USA suspended sales of its Rhino off-road vehicles Tuesday and launched a repair program after the Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that they had been involved in more than 50 accidents resulting in 46 deaths and hundreds of injuries. About 145,000 Rhinos have been sold since the two-seat "side-by-side" vehicle, which looks like a small dune buggy, was introduced in 2003.
OPINION
February 20, 2009
The Republican lawmakers who held up the state budget for months showed a profound disregard for democracy, the government's fiscal health and the environment -- but for those who have followed the state party's antics over the years, that's hardly surprising. What really boggles the mind is that one of their key backroom deals came at the expense of their own constituents and big-business allies.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to study whether a lizard population in a stretch of Mojave Desert in eastern Nevada and western California should be listed as threatened or endangered. A notice published Thursday in the Federal Register begins a 12-month review of whether the Amargosa River population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard merits federal protection.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Off-road vehicles will be banned from part of the Sonoran Desert National Monument early next year because reckless riders have done extensive environmental damage, federal officials say. Kevin Harper of the Bureau of Land Management and other officials said riders had ignored postings, taken their vehicles off designated roads, carved new trails and mangled vegetation. In doing so, they have created ruts and other problems for the desert ecology, the officials said.
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