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June 4, 1986 | ANDREW C. REVKIN, Times Staff Writer
A Sun Valley metal plating company was raided Tuesday morning by the city attorney's environmental strike force and was searched for evidence that cyanide and other dangerous wastes were being illegally dumped into the city sewer system, city officials said. A team led by a deputy city attorney and composed of representatives of the Bureau of Sanitation, the County Health Department and the Los Angeles Police Department's Scientific Investigation Unit raided All Valley Plating, Inc.
November 12, 2002 | Michael Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Councilwoman Ruth Galanter is tired of being dumped on. Appalled by the amount of illegal trash left in her northeast San Fernando Valley district, Galanter's office has teamed up with the city's Bureau of Sanitation on a crusade to clean up the mess. "Dumping is a citywide problem, but nothing like what happens out here," she said of her district, which includes Panorama City, Arleta and parts of Sun Valley, Pacoima, Van Nuys and North Hollywood.
February 22, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
The City Council postponed a decision last week on whether to raise sanitation and sewer fees because two council members were absent. Mayor Gene Beyer requested that the council delay the item, which would tack on $1.87 to the $12 monthly fee the average single-family residence now pays for the sanitation services. The proposed increase would fund the city's material recovery, tree trimming and weed abatement programs.
January 21, 1988 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles officials have revived a controversial plan backed by a well-connected and persistent City Hall lobbyist to dump garbage and sewage sludge together and let the noxious mixture slowly decompose into compost material suitable for public use. The co-compost idea, the pet project of lobbyist Joaquin Acosta Jr.
June 8, 1997
As experts in automated chemical treatment for more than 20 years, we are concerned that James Dulley's May 25 article "Safe Way to Clear Pool Water" may mislead readers into thinking that metal ion systems can be used as substitutes for recognized sanitizers, such as chlorine or bromine. Dulley's statement that "many systems are now approved by the National Science Foundation" should read "when used with a minimum chlorine residual of 0.5 ppm [parts per million]." However, it should be noted that this level of chlorine is sufficient by itself to maintain proper sanitation in residential pools, without the need for expensive, stain-producing metal ion systems.
April 29, 1987 | Associated Press
The Labor Department on Tuesday gave 54,000 growers a month to begin providing nearby drinking water and three months to erect field toilets and hand-washing facilities for nearly half a million farm workers. Issuing court-ordered federal sanitation standards for field workers, Labor Secretary William E. Brock III said growers must begin supplying them with "suitably cool" and "readily accessible" drinking water by May 30.
June 18, 1987 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley abruptly killed the city's plan to burn trash Wednesday, leaving surprised city officials with no place to dispose of trash after 1993 and making mandatory separation of household garbage by Los Angeles residents a virtual certainty. Bradley cited personal questions about the safety of large-scale burning in announcing his decision at a City Hall press conference.
June 16, 1995 | From Associated Press
The nation's first self-cleaning public toilet made its debut Thursday, and Mayor Frank Jordan said the high-tech device won't cost taxpayers a penny. Jordan cut the ribbon on the dark green cubicle that housed what backers envision will be the first of 20 public commodes throughout the city. After dispensing with the expected puns about being "flushed with success" and feeling great "relief," Jordan let the assembled reporters know the event was a serious one.
May 20, 1989 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writer
As it has every year since 1983, the City Council on Friday extended a series of "temporary" taxes on items ranging from utilities to hotel beds. But this time, at the urging of Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores to "stop fooling ourselves," the council struck the one-year-in-effect clauses, effectively making the levies permanent. The council spent only a few minutes discussing the measure, expected to bring more than $200 million a year to city coffers, before approving it 13 to 0. The speed at which the action swept through the council surprised even some veteran City Hall staff members, who remember the long and acrimonious debates these taxes have spawned in past years.
July 21, 1998
An engineer with a PhD in fluid dynamics, Shahram Kharaghani, once had the misfortune to be assigned a project that was supposed to last one year. Nearly nine years later, Kharaghani is still toiling over the city's sewer rate structure, seemingly unable to extricate himself from an issue so complex and controversial that even last year's overhaul of sewer rates in the city has not put the matter to rest. Sewer rates have come to symbolize general discontent with city government.
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