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August 21, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first time Roy Parrino held his breath and was lowered into a dark, dank sewer line, he emerged with a two-carat topaz ring, which his wife wears to this day. But as a sewage maintenance worker who helps care for the labyrinth of waste-laden pipes beneath Orange County, discoveries of unexpected jewelry are the only glamorous perks in Parrino's career. Otherwise, it's a thankless job.
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October 22, 2005 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
So much for bringing a little spiritual awareness to Orange County's sewage workers. The head of the Orange County Sanitation District resigned Friday after coming under fire for spending about $400,000 on a spiritual-based consulting firm to improve working relations at the agency. Dharma Consulting uses Eastern-inspired teachings and specializes in "awakening the corporate soul," according to its literature.
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November 9, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As farming counties start shutting the doors to Orange County's exported sewage sludge, local planners are counting on making the solid gunk from the county's waste water cleaner--a process expected to carry an eight-figure price tag. But just in case, they're keeping open the option of just shipping the stuff to Arizona.
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June 30, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Sanitation District has agreed to settle a lawsuit against a longtime board member accused of inappropriately touching an employee, officials said Tuesday. In a written statement, the agency said both sides "elected to resolve their differences" after mediation and the district offered a $150,000 settlement to Frankie Woodside, a 12-year employee. The settlement also calls for Woodside to pay her own attorney fees and resign from her job.
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August 30, 1985
Griffith Is Sanitation Chairman: Buena Park Mayor Pro Tem Don Griffin recently was selected as joint chairman of the Orange County Sanitation Districts for 1985-86. Griffin replaces Tustin Councilman Richard Edgar as joint chairman of the eight sanitation districts, which provide wastewater collection, treatment and disposal services for about 1.8 million people in all or part of 23 cities. Orange City Councilman Don Smith was selected as the new vice joint chairman.
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May 28, 1995
Regarding "Beach Water Pollution Tests May Resume," May 15: The announcement that the Orange County Environmental Management Agency, in conjunction with the Orange County Health Care Agency will resume a weekly ocean water-quality monitoring program that was discontinued because of the bankruptcy is good news for all of us that use our beautiful beaches. However, the Surfrider Foundation's comments describing their members' "frustration and disgust" (about the water testing program being discontinued)
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April 16, 1992 | LEN HALL
Traffic will be slowed in sections of Anaheim and Tustin starting today because of sewer projects by the Orange County Sanitation Districts. The intersection of Orangewood Avenue and State College Boulevard in Anaheim will be reduced to one traffic lane in each direction today through April 26 due to the installation of a 48-inch sewer trunk line.
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July 14, 1994
A government whistle-blower sued the Orange County Sanitation Districts and several top executives Wednesday, accusing them of engaging in retaliatory discipline and defamation. Louis Sangermano, the sanitation agency's laboratory manager, charged that officials have repeatedly refused to allow him to return from a medical leave, even though his personal doctor has cleared him of any medical problems.
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April 5, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A longtime Placentia councilman who also serves as an Orange County Sanitation District board member apparently broke state law when he accepted a $1,000 campaign donation from an engineering company just days after voting to approve a new contract and a contract increase for the company. Campaign finance documents further show that Councilman Norman Z.
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January 30, 2004 | Tom Gorman, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Sanitation District is studying how much water runoff from lawns and streets can be treated before it ends up in the Santa Ana River and ocean. The challenge, sanitation district officials say, is processing additional runoff without jeopardizing its primary mission of treating raw sewage. The district processes about 2 million gallons of runoff daily during the dry season but can treat about 10 million gallons a day, General Manager Blake Anderson said.
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September 1, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Orange County effluent needs a new home. But homeowners in a Fountain Valley neighborhood aren't happy with plans by the Orange County Sanitation District to replace a critical sewage pump station, even after being promised that it would be camouflaged to look like just another house. About 200 residents mobbed a meeting held last week to discuss the $33.8-million project, which hasn't yet undergone a required environmental review.
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July 3, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Operators of Orange County's largest sewer system adopted a compromise Wednesday that will hike rates 15% next year and require any further increases to be evaluated and approved by the agency's leadership on a year-to-year basis. The deal was reached by the Orange County Sanitation District board of directors after a proposal to double sewer fees over the next five years fell short of the necessary two-thirds majority by a single vote.
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June 23, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
When Orange County's largest sewer agency improves waste treatment and expands capacity to meet future population growth, somebody will have to pay -- perhaps twice what they do today. Planning a $2.36-billion capital improvement program, the Orange County Sanitation District's board of directors will decide Wednesday whether to double sewer fees for hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses, and institutions over the next five years.
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October 1, 2002
Gov. Gray Davis has signed a bill that exempts the Orange County Sanitation District from fines as long as it acts in good faith to upgrade sewage treatment by 2013. The district holds a federal waiver from the Clean Water Act that allows it to discharge dirtier sewage than nearly all other sewage plants in the nation. Earlier this year, the district's board of directors voted not to seek renewal of the waiver, which expires next year, and to instead upgrade to full secondary treatment.
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July 25, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN
The chief administrative officer of the Orange County Sanitation Districts is leaving to head Los Angeles' Bureau of Sanitation. Judith Wilson, who helped draft state legislation to streamline Orange County's nine sanitation districts into one, has been in her current post since 1995. The agency has 624 employees and an annual budget of more than $147 million.
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June 20, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
City Councilwoman Patricia A. McGuigan will stay on the Orange County Sanitation Districts Board despite an effort by two colleagues to remove her because she supported sewer fee hikes. The City Council this week voted 5 to 2 against unseating McGuigan as the city's representative on the board. Councilmen Ted R. Moreno and Tony Espinosa initiated the vote to replace McGuigan on the board, saying she should have opposed the recently approved fee increases.
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September 27, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO and SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Orange County Sanitation District is considering a controversial legal strategy aimed at protecting the agency against lawsuits as it moves to fully treat sewage dumped into the ocean. Under the plan, discussed by the district board Wednesday night, the Environmental Protection Agency would preemptively file suit against the district, alleging violation of federal clean water laws.
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