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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1988
I see where our trash is no longer private after we put it curb side for pickup. According to the Supreme Court the refuse is subject to search and seizure at this point (Part I, May 17). I won't argue that at some point we may forfeit our claim to the rubbish but it should be judged either ours or not ours--not both. If it's not my private trash, I don't want to be held responsible for its contents. Who knows what may be put (read planted here) in it after I gave it up. It seem the authorities would have our trash and have us eat it too. DON FLEMING Redondo Beach
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in the 1980s, when futurists issued dire predictions that Southern California was quickly running out of space for its garbage, eyes turned to the sprawling desert. Way out there, near nobody's backyard, was enough empty land to bury all of the region's trash well beyond our lifetimes, delivered efficiently by train. Today, after years of planning, bureaucratic hurdles and lawsuits, a onetime gold-mining company in Imperial County is aggressively seeking garbage for its mega-landfill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1994 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN and ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Superior Court judge Thursday rejected the appeal of a Huntington Harbour woman whose neighbors had won a record $90,575 judgment, claiming the trash on her property created a vermin infestation. Judge C. Robert Jameson upheld the small-claims court decision and increased the judgment against Elena Zagustin, an engineering professor on leave from Cal State Long Beach, to $110,000 plus more than $6,000 in attorneys' fees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
The City Council on Friday is expected to approve a motion to extend by six months the length of time homeowners may keep storage bins and trash containers in front of their homes for earthquake repair. Under the motion, introduced by Councilman Hal Bernson, homeowners will have until July 17 to remove curbside containers used for rubbish or to store clothing, furniture and appliances. The deadline was Jan. 17, the second anniversary of the Northridge temblor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1995 | TIM MAY
San Fernando police officers are getting tough on scavengers caught stealing recyclable materials from curbside bins for profit. "We've seen a big increase in complaints about scavengers from the community in the last few months," Chief Dominick Rivetti said. "It appears there are some people getting into a fairly large business of scavenging through the rubbish and the bins to make money. And there are also homeless people pushing carts who are trying to eke out a living."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
For the second time in two years, the San Fernando Planning Commission has declared the home of Eulalia Bernal a public nuisance, giving her until Sept. 2 to clean up rubbish and discarded junk piled in her back yard. Bernal, a 63-year-old parts assembler who lives alone in the 1100 block of Coronel Street, called the commission's action unfair. "They tell me I have to have everything cleaned up. But how can I throw away the clothes of my son?" said Bernal on Wednesday. "It's not right."
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April 5, 1991 | DAVID FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the war, the garbage man came seven days a week here, sometimes twice a day. Put the trash out on the curb, and ma fi mushkileh-- no problem--it would be off to the dump within hours. Not so since the war. This postwar city, once among the most fastidious in the Third World, is awash in trash--piles of it, veritable foothills of the stuff in some areas. Only the hordes of mangy cats who prowl the heaps for stinking leftovers seem unperturbed by their presence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2008 | Louis Sagahun
When it rains, Lennie Arkinstall scrambles to stanch the outflow of urban debris churning along the Long Beach area's swollen rivers and channels. It's a routine task for Arkinstall, who last week was out in blustery weather resetting yellow trash-catching booms used to corral tons of lawn clippings, toys, plastic bottles, sofas and tens of thousands of cigarette butts. "There is usually a delayed effect: Urban runoff tends to hit local shores about four to five hours after a good rain," he said while patrolling the area's coastal wetlands in a white pickup truck with a twirling yellow light on top. It didn't take long for him to discover flaws in downtown rubbish control systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
It may have taken just five hours Monday for the Los Angeles City Council to approve a $5.95-billion budget for the coming fiscal year, but one brief discussion could reverberate for months to come: ending the entitlement of free trash pickup for single-family homes. The budget saw relatively few changes since Mayor James K. Hahn proposed it in late April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Caught in a tug of war over who should maintain Serrano Community Park, neighborhood residents are growing angry as untended trash cans overflow onto the once-scenic park. With both the city and county arguing over responsibility for the park, mounds of trash spill over their containers and are being scattered across the park. Long-abandoned beer bottles, dirty disposable diapers and other rubbish can be found in the leaves between fragrant eucalyptus trees.
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