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March 17, 1995
Los Angeles has put some teeth in an ordinance that made it illegal to steal bottles, cans and other items from the city's curbside recycling bins. The City Council voted Wednesday to spend $64,000 to step up enforcement of the city's anti-scavenging ordinance, earmarking $15,000 for a police crackdown in the West San Fernando Valley and setting aside $49,000 for a possible expansion of the police patrols citywide.
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July 30, 2008 | David Zahniser and Phil Willon, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's latest trash fee hike, which was used to balance the city's budget earlier this year. The proposal would increase the monthly trash fee for homeowners to $36.32 from $26 and for residents of apartments that have four or fewer units to $24.33 from $17.16. The council voted 11 to 1 in favor of the fee hike, with Councilman Dennis Zine opposed.
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NEWS
July 18, 1985
City officials say they have begun taking a more aggressive approach to collecting delinquent bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In the latest chapter in the city's war against bulky discards that sit for days along streets and alleys, the City Council approved in concept a new monthly fee for apartment buildings to expand pickup of curb junk. The fee would be $1.28 per month per unit, with the cost to be split between tenant and landlord. An ordinance must still be written and voted upon by the council and money found for the program in the city's budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1989
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to increase rubbish collection fees in unincorporated areas of the county by about 13% for most homeowners and 10% for commercial users. At present, rubbish collection rates range from $6.38 to $7.17 per month for residences in unincorporated Orange County. In the communities of Laguna Niguel, El Toro, Dana Point and Lake Forest, the fee will increase from $6.90 to $7.80 per month, effective Jan. 1.
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July 22, 1990 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is penal service hiding behind coy euphemisms. Work release. Celebrity diversion. Special programs. They are, in essence, chain gangs without shackles. "I sentence a lot of people to work with Caltrans," said a Los Angeles municipal court commissioner. "Because it is hard work that in the heat of summer becomes hard labor."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1985
Frank J. Matula Jr., secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 396 of Los Angeles and one of the highest paid Teamsters officers in the nation, is dead. His death last Tuesday was reported in an announcement received from the union's Washington headquarters Monday. Matula was 76 and died at his home in Palm Springs after a long battle with cancer. At one time he was one of three national trustees of the union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1996
Compton has filed a $10-million lawsuit against a rubbish collection company, claiming that Murcole Disposal's contract with the city was void because former Mayor Walter R. Tucker III had a "financial interest" in the firm. The suit filed in Superior Court draws upon testimony that Murcole officials delivered during Tucker's trial last year on federal charges of bribery and tax evasion. Tucker, a former congressman, was convicted in December and is serving a 27-month prison sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1988 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
The city should impose a garbage collection fee on residents, tax drivers who use commercial parking lots and spend $1.2 billion to fix decaying streets, a task force of Los Angeles business leaders urged Mayor Tom Bradley on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1990 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigators served search warrants on a small casino in Huntington Park this week, seizing records and forcing the closure of the club for four hours, officials said Thursday. The management of the Huntington Park Casino is the subject of a 10-month investigation, said Deputy George Ducoulombier. Search warrants were also served on three other locations, but records detailing which documents were confiscated were unavailable Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2006 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Business was picking up Thursday for Robert Parra. And why not? The West Los Angeles rubbish collector was halfway through the busiest week of the year as he scooped up barrel after barrel overflowing with wadded-up holiday gift wrap and empty toy boxes. Next to the blue recycling bins were black garbage containers filled with turkey bones and the other remnants of Christmas dinner. And next to them were the green lawn-clipping barrels that this day were crammed with chopped-up Christmas trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2006 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
About 300 truck drivers, mechanics and welders voted Thursday to end an 11-day strike that had disrupted trash pickups throughout northern Orange County. "We felt that it was in everybody's best interests to return to work," said Jay Phillips, a spokesman for Teamsters Local 396, which represents the workers. "I'm encouraged." Will Flower, a spokesman for Taormina Industries, said, "I think they decided that it didn't make sense to stand around watching trucks go by anymore."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2006 | Kelly-Anne Suarez, Times Staff Writer
Trash pickup for thousands of North County residents was partially resumed Wednesday after a waste management company hired temporary replacements for about 300 workers on strike since Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
As expected, the City Council voted 12 to 1 on Tuesday to raise residential trash fees to free up money for more police. The council had already approved the fee as part of the city's budget but had to vote one more time. Monthly fees, currently $11, will increase over four years until they reach $28. Dissenting was Councilman Greig Smith, who voted against the fee in the council's budget panel but later voted for the full budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
If you had spent a couple of weeks traveling in the Pacific Northwest recently, as I did, you might have encountered the following local stories: In Ashland, Ore., a City Council candidate who lives in a tent is mounting a campaign to recall the mayor. In Seattle, animal activists are trying to get the zoo to ship its elephant, Bamboo, to a sanctuary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proposed Wednesday steadily raising residential trash fees to what by 2009 would amount to a 155% increase over the $11 customers now pay each month. The mayor would devote all of the resulting revenue to hiring 1,053 more police officers by 2010 -- a bold goal that Villaraigosa said was critical to keeping a lid on the city's crime rate and attracting more tourists and businesses to Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1994
Residents who want to throw away large objects and other junk that cannot be picked up on regular trash days will be able to drop it off on Saturday in large bins at City Hall or five city parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1994
Refuse collection in Los Angeles will proceed as normally scheduled during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. City offices will be closed Monday and Jan. 2, but refuse, yard trimming and recyclables will be picked up on their usual days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2006 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, caught between a tight budget and a promise to expand the city's police force, will recommend hiking trash collection fees and using the money to pay for more officers. The mayor has kept the proposal under wraps, but is preparing to unveil it today. The city would, for the first time, charge to haul trash from residences -- tacking the charge on to existing equipment fees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2006 | Steve Hymon and Lynn Doan, Times Staff Writers
In a move that by business standards may sound peculiar, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to pay more money to send less trash to the long-controversial Sunshine Canyon Landfill above Granada Hills. Though the bulk of the city's trash still will be buried at Sunshine, about 600 tons of trash each day are expected to be trucked to other landfills in other cities. While agreements have yet to be reached, the trash is likely to go to Avenal, about 200 miles north of L.A.
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