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August 17, 1997
On Aug. 6, my parents were cited by Oxnard code enforcement for replacing old roof shingles on their house without a permit. They where charged $100.25 that I consider legalized armed robbery with a license. The professional roofers were told not to continue roofing the house until a city inspector comes and checks things out. Since when is it illegal to maintain your house? What gives the city of Oxnard the right to harass my parents and suck them dry of their cash? How come the code enforcement officer drove by my parents' house four times before he decided to cite them three days later while the house was being re-roofed?
April 26, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Updated and edgy, this multi-story house sits behind gates in Hollywood Hills West. Described by the design firm as a "transitional take on a classic Mediterranean," the home retains such characteristic details as interior and exterior wrought-iron railings, arched windows and a tile roof. Location: 1427 Queens Road, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $3.698 million Year built: 1937 Remodel: Bravia Design House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,554 square feet Lot size: 5,882 square feet Features: Library, family room, breakfast area, kitchen island, hardwood floors, whole-house audio, terraces, outdoor living room with flat-screen TV, fountain-fed swimming pool About the area: Last year, 195 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.25 million, according to DataQuick.
December 19, 1999
Judging from recent letters to the editor about roofing felt, it seems we've forgotten that older homes, built throughout the '50s and '60s, were roofed with cedar shakes directly over wooden battens (or strips) without any paper used at all. During the dry summer months, you could even see sunlight through small pinholes that would swell shut with the first rain. Those roofs lasted 20 to 25 years. JOHN STEPHENS Costa Mesa
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Elks Lodge in San Pedro nearly burned to the ground early Tuesday morning after a fire started sometime in the middle of the night -- the second blaze on the property this week. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which Los Angeles Fire Department officials said started sometime before 3 a.m. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found the 33,700-square-foot, two-story building completely engulfed in flames, officials said, and it took more than 100 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish the blaze.
February 10, 1985 | From Agence France-Presse
A Tibetan peasant who was knocking down a dilapidated house in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa recently discovered that the wooden blocks that had been used as roofing materials were engraved texts of centuries-old Tibetan books. The 370 blocks included parts of an encyclopedia of Tibetan medicine, the history of Tibetan medical science and other books of the period of the fifth Dalai Lama more than 300 years ago, the New China News Agency reported here.
July 13, 1985 | Associated Press
Legislation to prohibit the use of wooden roof shingles that don't resist fire is being considered again after disastrous residential fires in California. Assemblyman Richard Robinson (D-Garden Grove), who failed to win passage of two similar bills after a disastrous 1982 Anaheim fire, said Friday he may try again. And state Sen. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles), who represents the Baldwin Hills area where three people died in home fires last week, said she would introduce a bill immediately.
August 18, 1987 | Associated Press
Morning rush-hour traffic backed up for three miles today when a spilled barrel of roofing nails punctured tires on 12 vehicles, including a Highway Patrol cruiser, officers said. The barrel bounced off a truck on the Beeline Expressway around 8 a.m.
February 13, 1988 | JOHN TIGHE, Times Staff Writer
Silvercrest Industries said Friday that it has agreed to sell the assets of its lumber subsidiary to Eadington Cos. in Fullerton for $3.1 million. Silvercrest, a Santa Ana-based manufacturer of mobile and modular homes, said it will receive $1 million in cash plus a $1-million, 5-year note. And Eadington, a private holding company whose operations include a fruit business, will assume the subsidiary's $1.1 million in debt.
March 29, 1998
You are providing a wonderful service in publishing the names of physicians who have been disciplined by the Medical Board of California (March 24). This knowledge is crucial in allowing patient choice. However, it is incomplete as it doesn't mention the doctors' business names (i.e. doing business as "John Doe Medical Institute") or their affiliations (their HMOs). Why don't you publish names of contractors (building, roofing, construction, etc.) who have been sanctioned by the state contractors board?
July 1, 1995
More than four years after torrential rains inundated their homes, 24 former residents of an Encino apartment complex were awarded nearly half a million dollars this week by a jury that found their landlord did not properly fix the mess. After a three-week trial in Van Nuys, the former tenants on Thursday were awarded a total of $492,220 for property damage and emotional distress that stemmed from heavy rains in February, 1991. Individual awards ranged from $7,500 to $45,000, said V.
April 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A firefighter was injured in an early morning blaze Wednesday when the roof of a house partially collapsed on him. Los Angeles firefighters responded to a call around 5:15 a.m. on the 1500 block of West 37th Street in Exposition Park, city fire officials said. Firefighters conducted an immediate search of the one-story home, which they found was vacant. It took took 47 firefighters more than half an hour to knock down the blaze. After the fire was extinguished, a firefighter inspecting the damage was injured when part of the roof in the front part of the home collapsed on him. He was able to get out safely, and was treated immediately by paramedics outside and taken to a local hospital.
March 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 36-year-old Lakeside man was charged Monday with destruction of government property in connection with an incident Sunday in which he broke into FBI property, climbed atop a roof and refused to surrender for five hours. Richard William Durant III remains in a medical facility for treatment and evaluation, according to the FBI. Once he is released, he will be booked into the federal jail in downtown San Diego. Durant is accused of climbing the fence at the FBI headquarters in the Sorrento Valley neighborhood, breaking into a garage and then making his way to the roof of a one-story annex.
February 28, 2014 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The roof of a warehouse in Burbank collapsed Friday, rupturing a gas line Friday morning, and forcing an evacuation. The warehouse, at 3083 Lima St., is part of a block-long, one-story building that also houses three other businesses, Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson said. The roof collapse caused an estimated 40-by-40-foot hole and broke a gas line, and 10 to 20 people working in the adjacent offices had to evacuate the building, he told the Burbank Leader . “The roof is actually on the floor,” Hendrickson said, adding that rain was falling into the building.
February 26, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Japheth Peleti has no shortage of unpleasant stories from decades of living across a fence from a sprawling oil refinery. He and his family have contended with rumbling noises that rattle their windows, coped with skunk-like odors, plumes of vapor and smoke and seen their whole block lighted up at night from the orange glow of refinery flares. "We're so used to it that it's become a normal part of life," Peleti said. For nearly as long, the 48-year old has suspected air pollution from the Phillips 66 refinery is one reason most of his family suffers from asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
February 12, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
In the debate over how to confront climate change, carbon dioxide gets most of the attention. But at the city level, new research suggests, we ought to be looking just as critically at how urban growth  is raising temperatures. A group of researchers found that as urban areas in the United States expand, so too will the “ heat island effect ,” in which pavement, rooftops, parking lots and other hard surfaces absorb heat and slowly release it, boosting temperatures higher than rural surroundings.
January 30, 2014 | Lauren Beale
Crowned by the sale of a Malibu estate for $74.5 million, the number of houses sold last year at $1 million and above statewide jumped to a six-year high, according to real estate information service DataQuick. In the strongest showing, the number of homes sold at $2 million and up set state, Southern California and L.A. County records. "The luxury market did bounce back last year," said housing market analyst Paul Habibi , a real estate lecturer at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
More than four years after torrential rains inundated their homes, 24 former residents of an Encino apartment complex were awarded nearly half a million dollars this week by a jury that found their landlord did not properly fix the mess. After a three-week trial in Van Nuys, the former tenants were awarded on Thursday a total of $492,220 for property damage and emotional distress that stemmed from heavy rains in February, 1991. Individual awards ranged from $7,500 to $45,000, said V.
January 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A fire that broke out at a two-story vacant car dealership at the edge of Ladera Heights early Tuesday morning -- trapping two people on the roof -- is "suspicious in nature," authorities said. The fire began at about 2:25 a.m. in the 5200 block of West Centinela Avenue near the border of Westchester. Firefighters who arrived on the scene had to rescue two people who may have been homeless and stuck on the roof, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. After they were rescued, the two people disappeared, Main said.
December 25, 2013 | By Les Gapay
Recently, in my old hometown in Montana, a man died of exposure. According to news reports, he was a Wal-Mart employee in the town of Miles City, homeless and living in his car when the weather plunged to 27 degrees below zero. We tend to shrug off the homeless when we see them pushing their shopping carts or holding up signs asking for money. They're mentally ill, we assume, or drug addicts. But I know from experience that a lot of the homeless are like that man in Montana: struggling to make it but not quite able to. For the 6 1/2 years I was homeless, I never had a shopping cart, nor did I have a mental illness or a drug problem.
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