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December 6, 2013
Re "College isn't for everyone," Opinion, Dec. 3 Tamar Jacoby isn't the first to recognize the importance of skills acquired outside college. John Gardner, President Lyndon B. Johnson's secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said it best: "The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy; neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
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OPINION
December 6, 2013
Re "College isn't for everyone," Opinion, Dec. 3 Tamar Jacoby isn't the first to recognize the importance of skills acquired outside college. John Gardner, President Lyndon B. Johnson's secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said it best: "The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy; neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1990 | LYNDA NATALI
Plans for a controversial ordinance requiring plumbers working in the city to get special certification were delayed again by the City Council this week to allow more time for study. The council refused on Tuesday to take action after opponents charged that the proposed ordiance was a ploy by the plumbers' union to recruit members. Supporters of the measure countered that it was merely a way to protect consumers.
OPINION
August 2, 2013
Re "Plumbers turn pipe dream into reality," Column, July 30 What a pleasure to read David Lazarus' article on plumbers Dave and Jim Schuelke deciding, after a routine leak inspection, to do a complete bathroom remodel for a woman caring for her disabled son and husband. I watched the YouTube video created by the Schuelkes showing the transformation of the bathroom. It was a lovely thing for them to do. Of course, my husband chuckled and said, "I wanted to know where the leak was coming from.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1990 | LYNDA NATALI
The City Council tonight will take up an ordinance requiring all plumbers working in the city to obtain a special permit. The Cypress ordinance would be the first of its kind in an Orange County city. The ordinance, suggested by Councilman John Kanel, would force all plumbers to pass a certification test beyond that required by the State Contractors Licensing Board. "How do we protect homeowners if someone passes (himself) off as a plumber?" Kanel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1997 | SYLVIA OLIANDE and SCOTT GLOVER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Drinking water in the system serving two schools and as many as 1,600 homes in Calabasas hillside neighborhoods was contaminated with treated sewage water intended for irrigation after a plumber working on a landscaping job mistakenly crossed two pipes, officials said Thursday. The tainted water, which is not considered a health hazard when ingested in small amounts, traveled to faucets and drinking fountains before being discovered by officials of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1997 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Any other plumber would call it a pipe dream. Not Dennis Crabb. His campaign to design an inexpensive homeless shelter out of common plumbing pipe is an obsession that has left him homeless. The Topanga Canyon plumber has spent more than two years cutting and bending plastic pipes in the hopes of creating a lightweight dome that can be used by homeless people. The last six months of that has been spent in an isolated part of Topanga State Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jasmine, a 10 1/2-week-old bull terrier, fell down an 8-inch drainage pipe in Rancho Santa Margarita on Saturday evening, she sparked a 19-hour rescue effort that brought together a community. By Sunday morning, 70 neighbors, plumbers, firefighters, policemen--even the mayor--were gathered on the baseball diamond of Vista Verde Park, trying to lure the white-as-snow puppy from a network of pipes that drain into the ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
The city of Bell extracted tens of thousands of dollars from plumbers, carpet cleaners, even people scavenging for bottles and cans, by seizing vehicles for alleged code violations and then pressuring the owners to pay arbitrary fines. In hundreds of cases, city officials created documents that looked like official court papers declaring individuals were making a payment to the city as part of a "civil compromise. " Normally, such cases would be reviewed by a judge to ensure that they had been settled fairly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
The line cooks had matching stickers pasted to their chef's jackets one Saturday night in mid-October, brave words for a bleak reality: "We are the future of Konocti." Sad-eyed housekeepers clutched instructions on how to apply for unemployment benefits and compared notes in soft Spanish about job prospects here in hard-knock Lake County: "Muy dificil." But leave it to the country music singer to get to the painful heart of the matter during what he called the possible "last concert ever" at Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa -- tony Northern California's rare blue-collar playground, which is set to close Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A plumber working for a private company died Friday morning after being was found unconscious in a 20-foot-deep trench, officials said. The man was digging in the hole and reported unconscious at 2014 Malcolm Ave. in West Los Angeles around 9:30 a.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. The cause of death remains undetermined, but may have been caused by an electrical current, Scott said. The hole did not collapse. The L.A. fire and police departments and Cal OSHA were investigating.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Joe the Plumber has won again. You remember Joe. The Ohio man hurtled toward fame with that fateful 2008 encounter when, bald head shining and T-shirt slightly rumpled, he questioned Obama on small business taxes. Like Mitt Romney, “Joe” -- Samuel Wurzelbacher -- didn't set off any landslides Tuesday. He won the GOP nomination in Ohio's 9th Congressional District by a suck-in-your-gut slim margin: 51% to  48% for his opponent, auctioneer and real estate agent Steve Kraus.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: For more than five years, I have lived in a rental house. Throughout this time, I have been forced to go into my own pocket to pay for the most basic repairs, such as emergency plumber calls. I have paid for repairs myself because my landlord always takes too long to respond. I have been very careful to keep copies of all the repair bills I paid, and they total more than a month's rent. I have found a new place to live that is newer and in better condition. I would like to skip payment of the last month's rent on my current home as a way to make sure I am compensated for at least some of the bills I had to pay. Will I be able to do that?
HOME & GARDEN
February 11, 2012 | Chris Erskine
My dad says February is the cruelest month - no football, all the Christmas bills past due. "I've got post-Super Bowl depression," he moans, then pays me to pen his column for him again. "Just don't write about your family," he warns. So, yeah, I'm back. I guess my dad had an unusually fertile run of column ideas. That's why he hasn't asked me, his oldest daughter, to write his column for a while. Then, of course, there's the professional jealousy. Lots of people, including Mom, think I do a way better job. Plus, the dude just hates February.
OPINION
November 29, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
Earlier this month, the left-wing magazine the Nation highlighted Joe Therrien as a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A New York City public school drama teacher, Therrien was frustrated with the shortcomings of the school system. So he quit his job and "set off to the University of Connecticut to get an MFA in his passion — puppetry. " Three years and $35,000 in student loan debt later, Therrien returned home, only to find he couldn't land a full-time job. Apparently, a master's in puppetry doesn't provide the competitive edge in the marketplace he'd hoped for. Therrien joined Occupy Wall Street, constructing giant puppets and "figuring out how to make theater that's going to help open people up to this new cultural consciousness.
NEWS
October 26, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
“Joe the Plumber” made it official Tuesday. He's running for Congress. Samuel Wurzelbacher became famous in 2008 after challenging Barack Obama on his economic policies. Now the self-identified Regular Joe wants to represent economically distressed northern Ohio in the House - and he's bringing a class-based message. “Americans deserve all kinds of people representing them,” Wurzelbacher said, according to the Associated Press, at an event at Toledo's famous Tony Packo's restaurant, best known for its Hungarian-style hot dogs.
NEWS
April 21, 1989 | From Reuters
Two East German plumbers scaled heavily guarded border fortifications to reach West Germany early Thursday, police said. A border police spokesman said the men, ages 22 and 29, had fled to the West because they were dissatisified with political and economic conditions in East Germany.
REAL ESTATE
February 4, 1996
Wendy Madnick did a wonderful job reporting on the benefits of a home inspection ("The Inspector," Jan. 21). Ted Knowles is the type of qualified individual that the inspection trade sorely needs. I wish to point out two small errors in the article. First, a water heater may be securely strapped with plumbers tape if done to code and the State Architect's standards. Secondly, a picture on the first page shows a flexible gas connector in the crawl space extending through the floor. This is dangerous and illegal (Building Code section 1212.
NEWS
October 10, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Joe the Plumber has tried his hand at a variety of professions since his launch to fame during the 2008 presidential election. He's written a book, traveled to Israel as a war correspondent, delivered motivational speeches and appeared in commercials reminding consumers about the conversion from analog TV to digital.    Now, the former plumber, Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher, is running for Congress. Wurzelbacher filed paperwork last week with the Federal Election Commission, stating his intention to run as a Republican candidate in Ohio's 9th Congressional District.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In Tuesday's Season 6 premiere of A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," an ongoing argument between the Kiss rocker and his longtime partner, Shannon Tweed, resurfaced, ending with her walking out the door with packed bags. In your season premiere, you and Shannon have a tense discussion about your faithfulness, or rather lack thereof. Every relationship has one of those discussions, what can I say? I worship the ground she walks on. We have two kids who are by most estimates the most charming — certainly in Hollywood — most well behaved, well-liked young people.
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