CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1994 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1988 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1989 |
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.
December 20, 1996 |
The Ralphs Grocery Co. chain, in a sharp departure from the supermarket industry's history of tensions with the United Farm Workers, will throw its support today behind the union's drive to improve the lot of the 20,000 fieldworkers who harvest California's strawberry crop.
February 26, 1991 |
As much as 25% of Kuwait's civilian population may be dead, injured or suffering from such diseases as cholera and dysentery by the time the country is free of Iraqi troops, U.S. Army analysts predict. The analysis, contained in a detailed report prepared by Army civil affairs units to guide allied forces that will occupy Kuwait, paints a picture of a ravaged country whose capital city could be virtually razed if Iraqi defenders put up a fight against allied troops.
April 15, 1992 |
Once you get past the apparent silliness of it, there may be something very elemental about David Wimp's devotion to fundamental arithmetic. Wimp rises each morning in Riverton, Wyo., and is at his desk in the living room of his mobile home by 7 a.m. In front of him is a calculator with a roll of paper in it. For the next hour or so, David Wimp counts, one number at a time. He began counting in 1982 with the number 1. "Now I'm at 3,672,428," he says.