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October 2, 1991
An investigation into alleged misdeeds in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has led to a call for tighter controls on county equipment and stronger disciplinary action for misuse of public funds. The probe by the county's chief administrative officer found, among other things, that a procurement supervisor falsified documents in December to read "art supplies" to buy $82.99 worth of Christmas decorations. It is against county policy to use county funds for Christmas decorations.
February 3, 1998 | JULIO V. CANO
Citing the need to spend more time with his family, the city's director of public works has announced that he will resign. Les M. Jones will step down March 8 to become director of the public works department in Garden Grove, a smaller city that he said will allow him more time out of the office. Jones, 44, who has been director for more than three years, developed and staffed the city's Public Works Commission.
May 18, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
Residents wanting to learn more about city streets, flood control, parks, sewers, trash pickup or water service are invited to the Public Works Department's open house today. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Donald W. Kiser Corp. Yard, 17371 Gothard St., will feature various aspects of public works and the services the department provides.
February 7, 1991
Prominent environmental activist Felicia Marcus was elected president of the Board of Public Works on Wednesday, replacing Steve Harrington, who died last month. Appointed to the Public Works board in 1989, Marcus, 35, founded Heal the Bay, the organization credited with pressuring the city to develop a plan for better managing the dumping of raw sewage into Santa Monica Bay.
January 4, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
A new Public Works Commission to review infrastructure and capital improvement projects won final approval from the City Council on Tuesday. Public Works Director Les M. Jones said the panel will advise the council and will work with the city staff to plan changes in roads, sewers and storm drains. The seven-member commission also will give the public a place to turn to learn about city projects, he said. "We spend a lot of money.
June 13, 1986
The county's director of public works has been named this year's recipient of the Government Civil Engineer of the Year award for the Western United States, it was announced Thursday. The award to Carl R. Nelson is presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Nelson, who joined the county's engineering team 26 years ago and has been director of public works since 1975, was named for his work in civil engineering in the public sector over the past 28 years, county officials said.
June 30, 1991
The City Council has adopted a $51.3-million budget, including a 60% increase in funds for public works projects and pay raises for city officials. The budget for fiscal year 1991-92, which begins Monday, was approved Thursday. Funds allotted for public works projects increased to $15.5 million from $9.3 million approved for 1990-91. Law enforcement and the county Fire Department received fund increases also. The council approved a 4.
Public Works Director Wayne Osborne, who helped make sure residents got their water and had places to exercise, will retire after 33 years with the city. During his tenure, Osborne oversaw development of the city's water system, implementing a master plan for the program in 1974 and revising it in 1979. "I think our water supply system is one of the best in Orange County," Osborne, 62, said. "We can obtain 100% of our water from wells if we want to."
August 18, 1994 | TOM RAGAN
He was instrumental in creating the Civic Center. The improvements made to the median along Beach Boulevard are also his doing--not to mention synchronizing the traffic signals on Katella Avenue and the development of a comprehensive capital improvements program. But the city will soon have to find a replacement for Fred Wickman, the public works director who announced he will retire Sept. 11 to take a job with an engineering consulting firm in Anaheim.
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