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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2000
The music of live performers at Santa Monica's popular Third Street Promenade shopping district has reached such noise levels that the City Council on Tuesday asked local business owners and musicians to keep it down. A city law passed about two years ago restricts Promenade noise levels to 75 decibels during the day and 85 decibels at night. The city even appointed a special "artist liaison" to monitor performers with decibel meters.
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NEWS
July 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
Golfers at the Florida Club will still have to endure the stench from a neighboring pig farm, but they won't have to listen to twangy tunes played for the porkers' enjoyment. Circuit Judge Ben Bryan on Thursday threw out his previous order requiring Thomas Rossano to remove the pigs by Aug. 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000 | JAIMEE ROSE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than 40 house calls from police and $2,200 in fines for disturbing the peace in Newport Beach, ex-Laker Dennis Rodman has been decreed safe, for now, from prosecution. After reviewing reports of 36 incidents over the last year, the Orange County district attorney's office announced Wednesday that there's not enough evidence to convict Rodman of disturbing the peace in his beachfront neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000 | JAIMEE ROSE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than 40 house calls from police and $2,200 in fines for disturbing the peace in Newport Beach, ex-Laker Dennis Rodman has been decreed safe for now from prosecution. After reviewing reports of 36 incidents over the last year, the Orange County district attorney's office said Wednesday that there was not enough evidence to convict Rodman of disturbing the peace in his beachfront Newport neighborhood.
NEWS
June 27, 2000 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New York on Monday became the first state in the nation to sue the firearms industry, claiming that its manufacturing and distribution practices routinely channel handguns to criminals. Unlike the 32 suits filed by cities and counties--most of which claimed negligence on the part of gun makers--the state's case focuses on a provision of New York law that defines illegally possessed handguns as a public nuisance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2000 | DEEPA BHARATH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The 25 jacaranda trees lining Rose Drive and Bastanchury Road in Yorba Linda will get a chance to bloom again next spring. The City Council spared the ax Tuesday in a 3-2 decision rescinding an earlier vote to have the trees removed. Residents clashed in a heated late-night debate, with those living near the trees demanding they be removed, and others pleading with council members to save them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2000 | JUDY SILBER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A modest three-bedroom house whose inhabitants for years disturbed the tranquillity of a neighborhood, has prompted Stanton City Council members to reflect on what the city can do to stop neighborhood nuisances. For 3 1/2 years, neighbors complained about the house on Eileen Street, saying its residents regularly drank alcohol on the front lawn, parked cars on the lawn, urinated in public and played loud music through the night.
NEWS
May 29, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA and BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They were born to the Southern California car culture, these kids, and its lessons were reinforced through regular exposure to freeways, luxury cars and SUVs: Having your own wheels is all. Commuting by bus is a pain. Carpooling is possible, but not attractive. And walking? That '80s pop anthem says it all: "Nobody walks in L.A."
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