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June 28, 1996 | TIM MAY
The city will offer two weeks of free swimming lessons for beginning swimmers, infants, preschoolers and their parents starting Monday and continuing through July 12. Because registration is limited, those interested in participating should contact the Recreation and Community Services Department at (818) 898-1290 soon, said Gwen Indermill, the city's recreation supervisor. This is the first year that the city has offered free swim lessons, Indermill noted.
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June 29, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
At least two men were wounded Wednesday when a gunman opened fire from a car in the 600 block of West O'Melveny Street, police said. Two men in their 20s were taken to a hospital and were in surgery, San Fernando Police Sgt. Jeff Eley said.
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September 30, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move, Burbank developer Victor Georgino on Wednesday withdrew his bid to build a multiplex theater, retail outlets and restaurants here, saying it was simply a "business decision." The City Council was scheduled to vote Monday on whether to enter into an exclusive agreement with Georgino or San Fernando-based Pueblo Contracting Services. "I don't mean to sound presumptuous, but I'm confident I had a 3-2 vote on the council," Georgino said.
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March 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man whose speeding car hit another vehicle last year, killing the 78-year-old driver, pleaded no contest Tuesday to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Vahan Shahenian, 23, is scheduled to be sentenced March 30.
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December 6, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Residents who opposed plans for a mental health clinic in San Fernando were delighted Wednesday when the city's Planning Commission denied a permit request. The panel refused to grant permission for construction of the proposed Anne Sippi Clinic--planned for up to 76 patients--at 14138 Hubbard St., which is zoned for residential use. "I'm thrilled," said Peggy Bennett, who lives three blocks from the site, where a drug-rehabilitation facility once operated.
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March 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man whose speeding car hit another vehicle last year, killing the 78-year-old driver, pleaded no contest Tuesday to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Vahan Shahenian, 23, is scheduled to be sentenced March 30.
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May 6, 1996 | TIM MAY
The San Fernando City Council is encouraging residents and merchants to participate in a write-in campaign to get the state to speed up resolution of the dispute between insurers and Los Angeles County over earthquake repairs at the San Fernando Courthouse. The courthouse, which has been closed due to damage caused by the 1994 Northridge quake, was a major source of business for San Fernando merchants.
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March 22, 1995 | TIM MAY
The San Fernando City Council has referred to a committee a volatile proposal to change the name of Kalisher Street to Cesar Chavez Street. Two weeks ago, the council proposed the name change to honor the late champion of farm workers' rights, sparking a heated debate in the community. When the motion was introduced by Councilwoman Rosa Chacon on March 6, all five council members supported it, but only if the change was acceptable to residents.
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May 3, 1995 | TIM MAY
Sidestepping a divisive issue, a five-member citizens advisory committee appointed by the San Fernando City Council will not recommend changing the name of Kalisher Street to Cesar Chavez Street in honor of the late labor hero, officials said. Instead, the committee is seeking the public's reaction to a new proposal to establish a Chavez memorial plaza near the intersection of two streets in the southern part of town.
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August 17, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
The San Fernando City Council has postponed today's public hearing on the controversial merging of two local hospitals. The hearing has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Council Chambers, 117 Macneil St., San Fernando. The extra time was given to allow officials from Mission Community Hospitals to reply in writing to a City Council complaint about the way San Fernando and Panorama community hospitals were merged to form Mission Community Hospitals earlier this year.
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December 7, 2001 | CLAIRE LUNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando gang member was arrested on suspicion of killing a man he thought was flirting with his girlfriend, police said. The body of Stephen John Clawson was found Nov. 24 in Lake View Terrace. Richard Keith Molina, 19, whose gang nickname is "Trouble," was arrested about 6 p.m. Wednesday outside his girlfriend's Van Nuys apartment, Los Angeles homicide Det. Ray Broker said. Police said Molina and Clawson, 44, of Valley Village, were with friends at an Arleta home Nov.
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December 7, 2001
A San Fernando gang member was arrested on suspicion of killing a man he thought was flirting with his girlfriend, police said. The body of Stephen John Clawson, 44, of Valley Village was found Nov. 24, a day after police believe he was killed, in Lake View Terrace. Richard Keith Molina, 19, was arrested about 6 p.m. Wednesday outside his girlfriend's Van Nuys apartment, Los Angeles homicide Det. Ray Broker said. Molina is being held at Van Nuys jail in lieu of $2-million bail.
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December 6, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Residents who opposed plans for a mental health clinic in San Fernando were delighted Wednesday when the city's Planning Commission denied a permit request. The panel refused to grant permission for construction of the proposed Anne Sippi Clinic--planned for up to 76 patients--at 14138 Hubbard St., which is zoned for residential use. "I'm thrilled," said Peggy Bennett, who lives three blocks from the site, where a drug-rehabilitation facility once operated.
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October 18, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid worries about chromium 6 contamination in tap water, the Glendale and San Fernando city councils agreed separately Tuesday to hire consultants to test their water supplies. Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver said his city was being "proactive" because the state currently has no standard for chromium 6, a suspected carcinogen. "We are taking this action until we are comfortable with the quality of water we are receiving from the treatment plant," Weaver said in a statement.
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November 10, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City officials here are planning a menudo festival they hope will one day rival the famed Gilroy Garlic Festival. The festival, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 21, will feature the mayor's menudo cook-off in which Mayor Jose Hernandez and four other judges will pick a winner. The first-place contestant will get $250, second will get $100 and the third-place finisher will get a gift basket. "We want to make the menudo festival as well-known and popular as the garlic festival," Hernandez said.
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September 30, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move, Burbank developer Victor Georgino on Wednesday withdrew his bid to build a multiplex theater, retail outlets and restaurants here, saying it was simply a "business decision." The City Council was scheduled to vote Monday on whether to enter into an exclusive agreement with Georgino or San Fernando-based Pueblo Contracting Services. "I don't mean to sound presumptuous, but I'm confident I had a 3-2 vote on the council," Georgino said.
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December 8, 1994 | TIM MAY
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services began tearing down the San Fernando Health Center on Maclay Street earlier this week. The center had been vacant since the Jan. 17 earthquake damaged the facility beyond repair. When the wrecking ball stops swinging and the dust clears--in about 45 days--construction crews will build a 10,000-square-foot temporary replacement building at the site. A permanent structure will be built there in three to five years, county health officials said.
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November 17, 1994 | TIM MAY
Few residents of the city of San Fernando knew that a section of crude oil pipeline ran less than three feet beneath the classrooms of O'Melveny Elementary School--until the Northridge earthquake struck. The 6.8-magnitude shocker caused the 10-inch diameter steel pipe to rupture and explode near the school, igniting fires that seriously injured a man and torched homes and vehicles along Wolfskill Street.
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September 27, 1999
A Los Angeles Fire Department hazardous materials team was sent to the scene of a fire Sunday night to determine if several 55-gallon barrels of hydrochloric acid were damaged in the blaze. "There's concern, but no evidence, of any hazardous material leaks," said Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. "Firefighters were not sure if the barrels leaked or not." The fire, which was extinguished in 15 minutes, began shortly before 7 p.m.
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September 2, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
The autopsy of a man who was kidnapped and found dead over the weekend was inconclusive, officials said Wednesday. Scott Carrier, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office, said it will take at least six weeks to complete toxicology and microbiology tests on 47-year-old Juan Adolfo Herrera that could reveal more about his death. Herrera, of Santa Clarita, was kidnapped Saturday from his shop, El Rodeo Boots, in the 1000 block of Maclay Avenue.
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