CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2012 |
The Chumash tribe has expressed interest in buying a 450-acre slice of a contaminated nuclear research facility in the hills between the Simi and San Fernando valleys, hoping to preserve a cave that its members consider sacred. The tribe's inquiries about acquiring part of the 2,849-acre Santa Susana Field Laboratory have stirred concern among some residents who fear the purchase might be a back door to building a casino. "I very much respect their desire to protect sacred sites but I want to make sure any such action precludes the establishment of a casino," Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks said.
March 23, 2012
Expansion Where: Hummingbird Nest Ranch, 2940 Kuehner Drive, Santa Susana When: Saturday Price: $15 presale, $22 at the door Info: http://www.hummingbirdranchmusic.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2010 |
In a major victory for community activists worried about health risks linked to a contaminated former nuclear research facility overlooking the west San Fernando Valley, state and federal authorities on Friday proposed a settlement agreement to clean up the site by 2017. Under the proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control will oversee what is expected to be among the most intensive cleanup programs in the country. The effort would involve hauling significant amounts of soil contaminated with carcinogenic dioxins, heavy metals and radioactive materials from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory to licensed waste dumps as far away as Utah, according to Rick Brausch, project director at the California agency.
May 27, 2010
EVENTS Things are looking fairly dire on the Louisiana coast right now, but the Cajun Creole Music Festival should be a reminder of the region's vitality. Two stages of Cajun and blues music complement a wide array of native dishes and a Mardi Gras-style parade. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 10:30 a.m. Sat.-Sun. $18. Simicajun.org.
October 20, 2009
Re "Switzerland's health lessons," Opinion, Oct. 18 Doyle McManus made the most salient point of all: Switzerland's insurance companies are not for profit. Until the U.S. Congress mandates that all health insurance companies become not-for-profit, we as a people will continue to suffer from an industry that cares only about the almighty dollar. But with the Republican Party owned lock, stock and barrel by insurance corporations, and significant elements of the Democratic Party beholden to the Cignas and Aetnas of the world, congressional action is unlikely.
September 10, 2009
Re "Is Obama 'all in' on Afghanistan?" Opinion, Sept. 7, "Afghanistan isn't Vietnam -- yet," Opinion, Sept. 6, and "Shedding armor to win the battle," Sept. 6 The wise doubts that Andrew J. Bacevich raises regarding the impending U.S. escalation in that tragic country of Afghanistan are right on target. As with all historical empires, our policymakers blend a toxic mixture of arrogance and ignorance in the formulation of foreign affairs. The result: the disasters of Vietnam and Iraq.