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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1985
Kudos to Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner for his proposed new sanctions for air polluters. Once again, Reiner practices his policy of protecting the public. It is unconscionable the way many oil companies have violated pollution laws because a small fine is much cheaper than paying for proper equipment. Corporate irresponsibility and greed go hand in hand. PHYLLIS RABINS Monterey Park
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NEWS
July 7, 1994
Many thanks to Richard Winton for his outstanding article on the Operating Industries dump (April 28). I was outraged to learn that the EPA has known for years that the controls were not working properly, and the flares were not burning hot enough. This condition allows cancer-causing contaminants to be released into the air. By the end of the summer, the EPA promises some protection, and by 1997 new controls will be put in. That is not only reprehensible, it is unacceptable.
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OPINION
May 27, 1990
During the May 20 debate, Feinstein stated that massive aerial spraying is "very bothersome to people." Bothersome, Dianne, where have you been? People have become very ill from malathion exposure. Kangaroo rats are protected more than children. Pets have died, the spraying has killed most of the beneficial insects, and we are left with aphids and whiteflies. Over a month ago on television, Feinstein said she supported the malathion spraying. Now she is attempting to woo the malathion opponents.
NEWS
March 22, 1992
Many thanks for the excellent articles on Monterey Park council candidates and how they seek funding (Times, March 12). These articles reflect a sad commentary on the politics of today. When a potential exists that over $70,000 (including all candidates) can be raised for a council seat, it raises many concerns as to the independence of a candidate. This constitutes the largest amount of money raised in the history of any Monterey Park council race, all for a job that pays $200 a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1991
Fifty-two million dollars down the drain, tons of pesticide were sprayed in the atmosphere and the Department of Agriculture's Medfly program is a proven flop. To saturate and spray dangerous pesticides in residential areas is insane and stupid. But the department tries to brainwash people into believing this fly is a threat to the agriculture community. The real threat is to people and pets, as we have learned that 90% of all cancers are environmentally caused. If farmers yell "spray," we'll yell boycott!
NEWS
August 25, 1988
California residents owe their deepest gratitude to Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) for his bill requiring companies that draw gas from landfills to test it for vinyl chloride before delivery to consumers (Times, Aug. 21). It is too late for Monterey Park and Montebello residents who were exposed to the malicious and avaricious conduct of Southern California Gas Co. and Getty Synthetic Fuels. These companies knew that the gas extracted from Operating Industries dump in Monterey Park was contaminated with vinyl chloride, benzene and other known cancer-causing chemicals.
NEWS
March 22, 1992
Many thanks for the excellent articles on Monterey Park council candidates and how they seek funding (Times, March 12). These articles reflect a sad commentary on the politics of today. When a potential exists that over $70,000 (including all candidates) can be raised for a council seat, it raises many concerns as to the independence of a candidate. This constitutes the largest amount of money raised in the history of any Monterey Park council race, all for a job that pays $200 a month.
NEWS
July 30, 1987
Bravo to all environmental activists who succeeded in forcing the county Sanitation Districts to cancel the Spadra waste-to-energy plant. Years ago, the regulatory agencies decided to make the San Gabriel Valley the Valley of the Dumps. Now they've decided the valley would be a super location for trash burners. But people are sick and tired of having pollution-generating plants, with just a "little bit" of health risk, foisted on them. So down went the Lancer, Irwindale, Azusa and Spadra projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1988
It is time for the EPA to change its name. It obviously is not in the business of protecting people, or is it only Hispanics and low-income areas EPA chooses not to protect? To OK a hazardous waste incinerator without requiring an environmental impact report is an unconscionable decision and tantamount to stupidity. EPA would never do that if the plant were located in Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades or Westwood. But then again who is naive enough to believe a toxic plant would ever go in any one of those elite locations?
NEWS
July 29, 1990
Monterey Park has a problem. The city can't count above three. Last year Monterey Park OKd Garfield Medical Center building a three-story parking structure; all city documents record three stories. As the construction proceeded above three stories, residents across the street complained that it was going higher than code. Past and present council members listened and to their discredit did nothing, absolutely nothing. Instead, our city attorney, council and staff used the stupid, inane, dumb excuse that "it is a level," "it is a spiral," "it is a floor."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1991
Fifty-two million dollars down the drain, tons of pesticide were sprayed in the atmosphere and the Department of Agriculture's Medfly program is a proven flop. To saturate and spray dangerous pesticides in residential areas is insane and stupid. But the department tries to brainwash people into believing this fly is a threat to the agriculture community. The real threat is to people and pets, as we have learned that 90% of all cancers are environmentally caused. If farmers yell "spray," we'll yell boycott!
NEWS
August 8, 1991
Once again, the city of Monterey Park is in the limelight, but this time, for all the wrong reasons. The news reports concerning former City Manager Mark Lewis are devastating. His management style was responsible for demoralizing city employees, and one by one valued employees left, but not for greener pastures as he would have us believe. Some accepted positions with lower salaries, reduced status, longer commuting distances, etc., because they couldn't accept conditions at City Hall any longer.
NEWS
March 7, 1991
The city of Monterey Park has serious problems with City Manager Mark Lewis. A city that has lost 80% of its employees is in deep trouble, and the buck stops at the city manager's desk. Lewis overpays some department heads, and some are given outrageous benefits. We are told county salaries don't come near matching Monterey Park's bloated salaries, and the state is in the process of letting employees go. Lewis broke City Code by purchasing a $10,470 computer, and by itemizing the costs, Lewis insists he didn't have to go to the council for permission to buy this item.
NEWS
July 29, 1990
Monterey Park has a problem. The city can't count above three. Last year Monterey Park OKd Garfield Medical Center building a three-story parking structure; all city documents record three stories. As the construction proceeded above three stories, residents across the street complained that it was going higher than code. Past and present council members listened and to their discredit did nothing, absolutely nothing. Instead, our city attorney, council and staff used the stupid, inane, dumb excuse that "it is a level," "it is a spiral," "it is a floor."
OPINION
May 27, 1990
During the May 20 debate, Feinstein stated that massive aerial spraying is "very bothersome to people." Bothersome, Dianne, where have you been? People have become very ill from malathion exposure. Kangaroo rats are protected more than children. Pets have died, the spraying has killed most of the beneficial insects, and we are left with aphids and whiteflies. Over a month ago on television, Feinstein said she supported the malathion spraying. Now she is attempting to woo the malathion opponents.
NEWS
August 17, 1989
I am outraged at the insensitivity of the Metropolitan Water District and its plans to build a maintenance facility in a residential area. Metropolitan believes it has special privileges and doesn't need an environmental impact report or a conditional-use permit from Monterey Park. I vehemently disagree and was extremely upset to learn that many residents were not informed of Metropolitan's meeting on July 27, nor did all residents receive packets describing the expansion plans. Metropolitan evaded telling residents at the meeting that there would be a chlorine room, a sandblasting room and a painting room.
NEWS
August 17, 1989
I am outraged at the insensitivity of the Metropolitan Water District and its plans to build a maintenance facility in a residential area. Metropolitan believes it has special privileges and doesn't need an environmental impact report or a conditional-use permit from Monterey Park. I vehemently disagree and was extremely upset to learn that many residents were not informed of Metropolitan's meeting on July 27, nor did all residents receive packets describing the expansion plans. Metropolitan evaded telling residents at the meeting that there would be a chlorine room, a sandblasting room and a painting room.
NEWS
November 27, 1986
I have serious reservations about the results of the health study that state and county officials conducted among residents living near the Operating Industries Inc. hazardous-waste site in Monterey Park. I take issue with the fact that every house in the control area (Hacienda Heights) was contacted, while only every third house in the OII area was contacted. A community group, Homeowners to Eliminate Landfill Problems, had requested that every house in the OII area be included in the area, but in the end, officials stuck us with every third house because of so-called "money problems."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1988
It is time for the EPA to change its name. It obviously is not in the business of protecting people, or is it only Hispanics and low-income areas EPA chooses not to protect? To OK a hazardous waste incinerator without requiring an environmental impact report is an unconscionable decision and tantamount to stupidity. EPA would never do that if the plant were located in Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades or Westwood. But then again who is naive enough to believe a toxic plant would ever go in any one of those elite locations?
NEWS
August 25, 1988
California residents owe their deepest gratitude to Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) for his bill requiring companies that draw gas from landfills to test it for vinyl chloride before delivery to consumers (Times, Aug. 21). It is too late for Monterey Park and Montebello residents who were exposed to the malicious and avaricious conduct of Southern California Gas Co. and Getty Synthetic Fuels. These companies knew that the gas extracted from Operating Industries dump in Monterey Park was contaminated with vinyl chloride, benzene and other known cancer-causing chemicals.
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