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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1997
With respect to the May 14 column by Robert Jones ("Air War"), Jones misses the real reason why half of the SCAQMD governing board voted not to renew the contract of Executive Officer James Lents. Simply stated, many of the cities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have felt ignored by the staff of the district for many years. Effective July 1, the Antelope Valley will be a new air pollution control district, having pursued legislation to break away from the SCAQMD and form its own air body with local officials on the governing board.
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January 12, 2014
Re "L.A. sues to keep oil field near USC closed," Jan. 8 The South Coast Air Quality Management District is not at odds with the city of Los Angeles or any other agency over the Allenco Energy Inc. oil facility. Rather, we are on the same path, working to ensure that Allenco does not reopen until it meets all applicable environmental regulations and no longer poses any potential hazard or nuisance to nearby residents. It was the SCAQMD staff that originally brought this matter to the attention of the L.A. city attorney's office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1993
I was fascinated by "AQMD Accused of Laxity in Smog Control" (July 27), which highlighted a report released by the California Air Resources Board. The report selectively analyzed the enforcement program of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) from 1989 to 1992 and concluded that the SCAQMD had dramatically reduced its efforts to enforce the region's strict clean air rules since 1989. The article cited as evidence of this reduction that notices of violations have decreased by 65% between 1989-92, while penalties have declined from a peak of $11.6 million in 1990 to $2.92 million in 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
The Home Depot USA has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a lawsuit alleging violations of anti-pollution rules and laws prohibiting false and misleading advertising in connection with sales of paints and other coatings containing illegal smog-forming ingredients, air quality officials said. Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement chain, signed the agreement earlier this week with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the district attorneys of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, SCAQMD Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1993
I read the editorial (April 4) against my bill, SB 123, and thought some facts might be appropriate. Your headline, for example: "Give Wedaa, AQMD and Business a Break." The Wedaa and AQMD part I understand, but business? Not being as enlightened as The Times, I frankly don't see how opposing SB 123 equals "giving business a break." As for the SCAQMD's argument, which you implicitly endorse, that the super-majority "helps maintain its commitment to clean air because members have a clear mandate to act on behalf of cities they represent"--it's just a smoke screen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1988
Re: Editorial, "Useless Criticism" (Oct. 30): Having been involved directly with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the Southern California Assn. of Governments (SCAG), it is my impression that those two agencies are not interested in receiving input from others or building consensus on what measures should be implemented to attain clean air. SCAQMD and SCAG do not appear to be willing to accept any criticism or suggestion as to how this goal could be reached.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1988
While I agree with the underlying theme of your editorial--that something must be done to clean up our region's air--I disagree that the South Coast Air Quality Management District must simply adopt its own plan immediately. I disagree because I find fault with the idea of placing a single-purpose agency such as the SCAQMD in charge of regional planning decisions that affect factors outside of the agency's direct purview. The SCAQMD is solely concerned with air quality, and can therefore be counted on to make decisions that positively effect their goal of eliminating the region's smog, even if those decisions have other, indirect negative effects.
OPINION
January 12, 2014
Re "L.A. sues to keep oil field near USC closed," Jan. 8 The South Coast Air Quality Management District is not at odds with the city of Los Angeles or any other agency over the Allenco Energy Inc. oil facility. Rather, we are on the same path, working to ensure that Allenco does not reopen until it meets all applicable environmental regulations and no longer poses any potential hazard or nuisance to nearby residents. It was the SCAQMD staff that originally brought this matter to the attention of the L.A. city attorney's office.
OPINION
January 26, 1992
Re "Employer Incentives Create a Shift Toward Car Pools," by Mark Stein, Jan. 14: Let's drop the euphemistic "incentives," "inducements," "bigger carrots" and "heavier sticks." What we have here is an unelected government agency forcibly seizing the lawfully earned property of a select group of citizens to finance its program of instilling more and more controls over our lives. This issue is not about "air control," it is simply about control. Cleaner air will be brought about by technological advances, not by political controls, especially political controls that totally annihilate property rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991
I noticed that Hugh Hewitt (on behalf of the Building Industry Assn. of Orange County) was talking about the South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) rules to help retard pollution as though this were a crime ("Builders' Lawyer Assails AQMD Policies," Oct. 26). Implicit in his point of view is the backward assumption that growth is good and anything that impedes it is evil. He has it exactly wrong. Growth is what is ruining Southern California, both on the ground and in the air. There is plenty of undeveloped ground between Denver and Las Vegas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2000
Your Jan. 3 editorial, "Blast of Fresh Air," misses the mark. There's no question that the settlement of the lawsuit between the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the environmental plaintiffs was a good result for those of us who live in the South Coast Air Basin. However, it was merely a sideshow. Even though everyone is patting themselves on the back because stationary sources will be forced to reduce emissions further, the fact of the matter is that more than 80% of the nitrogen oxide (a precursor to ozone)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997
City Councilman Richard Alarcon has been added to the board of directors of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, filling the seat held by for 26 years by the recently retired Marvin Braude. "While there have been improvements in our air quality during the past six years, Los Angeles still has the dirtiest air in the nation," Alarcon said in a statement. "We need to do better so L.A. can be removed from the 'endangered lung' list."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1997
With respect to the May 14 column by Robert Jones ("Air War"), Jones misses the real reason why half of the SCAQMD governing board voted not to renew the contract of Executive Officer James Lents. Simply stated, many of the cities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have felt ignored by the staff of the district for many years. Effective July 1, the Antelope Valley will be a new air pollution control district, having pursued legislation to break away from the SCAQMD and form its own air body with local officials on the governing board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1997
I was appalled to read about the effort to oust officials of the South Coast Air Quality Management District: Jim Lents and Barry Wallerstein, Pat Leyden and apparently some others not identified in the article (May 10). I have argued against, and worked with, these fine people during their careers with the SCAQMD while I was part of Big Bad Oil (director, environmental sciences department, Unocal, retired). They have been real leaders in the progress that has been made in making the air cleaner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1993
I was fascinated by "AQMD Accused of Laxity in Smog Control" (July 27), which highlighted a report released by the California Air Resources Board. The report selectively analyzed the enforcement program of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) from 1989 to 1992 and concluded that the SCAQMD had dramatically reduced its efforts to enforce the region's strict clean air rules since 1989. The article cited as evidence of this reduction that notices of violations have decreased by 65% between 1989-92, while penalties have declined from a peak of $11.6 million in 1990 to $2.92 million in 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1993
I read the editorial (April 4) against my bill, SB 123, and thought some facts might be appropriate. Your headline, for example: "Give Wedaa, AQMD and Business a Break." The Wedaa and AQMD part I understand, but business? Not being as enlightened as The Times, I frankly don't see how opposing SB 123 equals "giving business a break." As for the SCAQMD's argument, which you implicitly endorse, that the super-majority "helps maintain its commitment to clean air because members have a clear mandate to act on behalf of cities they represent"--it's just a smoke screen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1989
Thank you for the Sept. 23 editorial "For Regional Government." It places many important facts clearly in view. It is, unfortunately, unrealistic to expect adequate support for directly electing people to a local government adequately sized to deal with major regional problems such as air pollution and traffic congestion. Most local government officials will be opposed for fear it would lessen their power and most state officials will be opposed because those regionally elected officials successful in addressing major problems would be too-strong lead candidates to replace current legislators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
The Home Depot USA has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a lawsuit alleging violations of anti-pollution rules and laws prohibiting false and misleading advertising in connection with sales of paints and other coatings containing illegal smog-forming ingredients, air quality officials said. Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement chain, signed the agreement earlier this week with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the district attorneys of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, SCAQMD Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein said.
OPINION
January 26, 1992
Re "Employer Incentives Create a Shift Toward Car Pools," by Mark Stein, Jan. 14: Let's drop the euphemistic "incentives," "inducements," "bigger carrots" and "heavier sticks." What we have here is an unelected government agency forcibly seizing the lawfully earned property of a select group of citizens to finance its program of instilling more and more controls over our lives. This issue is not about "air control," it is simply about control. Cleaner air will be brought about by technological advances, not by political controls, especially political controls that totally annihilate property rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991
I noticed that Hugh Hewitt (on behalf of the Building Industry Assn. of Orange County) was talking about the South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) rules to help retard pollution as though this were a crime ("Builders' Lawyer Assails AQMD Policies," Oct. 26). Implicit in his point of view is the backward assumption that growth is good and anything that impedes it is evil. He has it exactly wrong. Growth is what is ruining Southern California, both on the ground and in the air. There is plenty of undeveloped ground between Denver and Las Vegas.
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