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January 26, 1986
Michael B.H. Zone (Letters, Jan. 6) was complaining about the lack of service station restrooms. The shopping malls keep their locations secret. They are not shown on the mall's directory and department stores also give no idea of their location. Sometimes a friendly clerk, at the risk of losing his job, will reveal the secret. Those of us who have ferreted out restrooms exchange information with our friends who plan to shop in unfamiliar stores. There may be a profit for someone who publishes a guide book.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Two boys were sexually assaulted in public bathrooms in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, police said. Both incident occurred last week, and authorities are trying to determine whether they are connected. According to KTLA-Channel 5, a teenage boy reported entering a restroom at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on Friday afternoon. A man forced him into a stall and fondled the boy's genitals, police said. On Wednesday at Hermosa Beach's Valley Park, a teen said a man physically overpowered and sexually assaulted him in the restroom there.
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NEWS
October 4, 1987
Your excellent article titled "Restroom Wars" (by Beth Ann Krier, Sept. 9) contained an error attributed to me. I would like the record corrected. The article cites me as the source for California service station population figures. The current figure of 12,800 was accurate, but the 22,800 figure should have been for 1971, not 1981 as reported. The article also contained a typo giving the current U.S. service station population as 120,00 (sic) . The number should be 120,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Santa Monica jury has awarded a female news producer $5.42 million after finding that a West Hollywood nightclub was negligent in the sexual assault on her in a club restroom. The 43-year-old woman sued the Here Lounge and club worker Victor Cruz, saying that she was assaulted and raped by him March 23, 2009. The Times is not identifying her because she is a victim of a sex crime. After a 15-day trial in Santa Monica Superior Court, jurors found that Cruz committed a sexual offense that harmed the woman and that Here Lounge's negligence was a substantial factor in causing that harm.
NEWS
September 27, 1987
Re "The Restroom Wars" (by Beth Ann Krier, Sept. 9): To build and maintain public bathrooms in any modern city should be the exclusive responsibility of the Health Department. Service station dealers are not civil servants and they should not have to take care of public service. The station dealers hire and pay their employees to repair cars, to pump gas, to work as cashiers. Their employees are not sanitary workers. To force them to continuously take care of the mess and smell after anybody who chooses to urinate, defecate, vomit, shave, shoot up or whatever is not only outrageous but very possibly unlawful as well.
WORLD
July 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Singapore's environment minister, Lim Swee Say, awarded the country's first five-star rating to a public restroom at the start of a nationwide "Happy Toilet" campaign to flush out dirty lavatories. Clean lavatories are crucial for the country "to maintain its reputation as a magnet for human talent and a top location for investment," the Restroom Assn. of Singapore said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Hoping to fill a void in the West Valley for affordable health services, Columbus Middle School is gearing up to be a place for low-income and uninsured families to get immunizations, medical treatment and counseling. Organizers got a little closer to their goal this week as the construction services team from Kaiser Permanente Health Center in Woodland Hills volunteered its time to build a restroom in the facility.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., opened a new exhibit this month in an unusual place: inside its eight restrooms. " A Head of Its Time " explores the history of toilets on ships. According to the museum, the idea for the exhibition started about eight years ago and began as a joke. But museum collections and programs chief Anna Holloway submitted a proposal that began: "There is a certain experience that cuts across time, space, age and ethnicity, though not necessarily across genders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
After years of asking the county for the money, Mayor Duane Schuster was notified this week that the city is getting $50,000 to help build new restrooms in Central Park. Public Works Director Ismile Noorbaksh said the addition will be on the northwest side of the park, where there are no facilities now. "There is a restroom now on the south side of the park, adjacent to the recreation building," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY
The City Council has delayed indefinitely a decision on regulating what Councilwoman Pam Julien called "Superman changes." The council recently considered updating the city ordinance regulating dressing and undressing in public to prohibit people from changing swimsuits in private restrooms with public access. Representatives of Ruby's Surf City Diner and the proposed Duke's Surf City Restaurant at the pier asked the city to address the matter.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | Chris Erskine
I'm at "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" the other day, cradling a drink the size of Marlon Brando, 40 corpulent ounces of sugar water priced higher than Texas crude. If this thing capsizes, I may well drown. This 40-ounce Coke is considered a "medium. " Presumably, the next size up is Lake Powell. Why so much soft drink? It's part of my test of a quirky movie app that tells you the best time to take a bathroom break. In this age of ever-longer movies (and ever-smaller bladders)
SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Winston-Salem State quarterback Rudy Johnson was beaten and charges were filed against Virginia State's Lamont Daniel Britt after players from the two teams fought in a restroom during a luncheon for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assn. championship-game contenders at Winston-Salem, N.C. The conference announced that the title game set for Saturday at Winston-Salem has been canceled. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assn. released a statement Friday on the WSSU website announcing the decision to cancel the football game as well as the volleyball championships, which in part read: "Based on the incident that occurred today, and after consulting with the leadership of each institution and the Football and Volleyball championship committees, the CIAA is saddened to announce that this weekend's Football and Volleyball conference championships that were scheduled to take place in Winston-Salem have been canceled.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., opened a new exhibit this month in an unusual place: inside its eight restrooms. " A Head of Its Time " explores the history of toilets on ships. According to the museum, the idea for the exhibition started about eight years ago and began as a joke. But museum collections and programs chief Anna Holloway submitted a proposal that began: "There is a certain experience that cuts across time, space, age and ethnicity, though not necessarily across genders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall, Anh Do and Joseph Serna
The belligerent crowd poured onto Huntington Beach's Main Street at the surfing competition's conclusion near sundown, seemingly looking for trouble. They tipped over portable restrooms, the waste flowing into the roadway. They rocked a city pickup truck - a Huntington Beach logo plastered on its door panel - and threw traffic cones and wooden planks pulled from barricades at its windows after they failed to flip it. By the time the crowd reached the Easyrider bike shop Sunday night, pulling a stop sign from the ground and smashing it through the front window, employees had armed themselves with wrenches and bike seat posts.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google CEO Larry Page is pretty confident most people will be comfortable with others walking around wearing Glass, the company's new smartglasses, and not worry about protecting their privacy. How comfortable? Comfortable enough to be in the restroom while others use the device. "You don't collapse in terror that someone might be using Glass in the bathroom just the same as you don't collapse in terror when someone comes in with a smartphone that might take a picture," Page said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.  WATCH: Google Glass through the eyes of an early adopter At the company's annual shareholders meeting held at Google's Silicon Valley headquarters, Page took questions, and some of them concerned privacy concerns with Glass, which lets users easily and effortlessly take pictures and record video by simply speaking a command and pointing their face in the direction of what they would like to record.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
In "From the Head," Shoes (writer/director/star George Griffith) is a bathroom attendant in the strangest restroom in Manhattan. It's not just that it's in a strip club - it's that every guy who enters strikes up a conversation, and most of them even tip. Shoes, so named for his classy wingtips, is a therapist, sage and comedian. What he isn't - or at least he won't admit it - is a New York fixture, but after three years of eight-hour shifts passing out mints, wiping lipstick off married men and assuring the spendthrifts that Ruby really does think they're "different," it's time to either start looking for a real job or stop clinging to his ironic detachment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1991 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Feminist attorney Gloria Allred turned out Tuesday night to give the Santa Monica City Council an uninvited lecture on one of the proudly progressive panel's pet topics--protecting civil rights. To no avail. Over her objections, the council unanimously passed a law making it a crime for a person to enter a restroom designated for the opposite sex at a public beach or city park unless there are three people in line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1990
An ordinance requiring new service stations in unincorporated territory in Los Angeles County to provide restrooms for their customers was adopted Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. The measure, introduced by Supervisor Mike Antonovich, was approved on a 3-1 vote with Supervisor Deane Dana dissenting. A state law that went into effect Jan. 1 requires new gas stations along major highways to provide restrooms to the public during business hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Chris Tellez sat in class, his stomach grinding. The 15-year-old felt fine in his first class two weeks ago at Animo Locke Charter High School 2 in Watts, but by second period he could wait no longer. "I had to use the restroom," he said. "But the toilets are there in the open. There are no stalls or anything. " He went to the office and asked if he could go home. His mother was called and gave the go-ahead. As he hurried to his home, which is behind the school, two older boys beat him up and stole his cellphone.
TRAVEL
April 28, 2013
I am a graduating senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I'm not your typical Alabama college student and Birmingham isn't your typical Alabama city. I wanted to say thanks for the story ["Moving Ever Forward," by Alice Short, April 14] on our very diverse urban home. We do have a controversial history, but our youth are breathing life into the heart of the city through lively art galleries, cycling groups, park events, film festivals, and much more. I encourage Short to return to the city and witness history as it happens.
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