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May 31, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of Los Angeles homeowners with septic tanks could be forced to connect to the city's sewer line or repair or replace their systems under a newly proposed ordinance. Some San Fernando Valley residents think the idea stinks. The proposal by the Department of Public Works would require that owners of the city's 11,643 septic tanks buy annual permits, replace malfunctioning tanks or connect to the sewers. The cost of complying with the ordinance could run into the thousands of dollars, depending on where the septic system is located.
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December 29, 2012 | Chris Erskine
The season started the moment the college girl dumped a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle on the den table and announced she would have it conquered by Christmas. Nobody much disagreed, or even cared, though there was a certain joy in knowing she would be around the house enough to assemble a puzzle of that magnitude. She is a social animal, and I don't mean that as an affront to other animals. I just mean she knows a lot of people, and now that she's of age, they gather in watering holes around Los Angeles, after which they call the parents to drive them home.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2009 | Martha Groves
The great sewer wars of Malibu have finally drawn to a close. Sewers won. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board agreed late Thursday to ban septic systems in central and eastern Malibu, a move that would end years of fierce debate over the wastewater devices still commonly used in one of Southern California's most picturesque and exclusive coastal communities. New septic systems will not be permitted in Malibu and owners of existing systems will have to halt wastewater discharges within a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2012 | Bob Pool
Calabasas officials say they plan to flush a controversial septic tank inspection program this week after a two-year battle with residents living in the affluent city's rural outskirts. Citing widespread financial and emotional grief, City Council members say they will vote Wednesday to rescind rules that targeted owners of hillside houses with backyard septic systems. The city will instead abide by new and simpler state rules that are due to be adopted this summer. "My own personal preference is to be rid of this and take this onerous thing and throw it in the trash where it should have been in the first place," Mayor James Bozajian said about the city's septic policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Septic tanks are being blamed for fouling local waters. From the Santa Ynez Valley to Hope Ranch and Rincon, hundreds of homes using septic tanks are probably contributing to the pollution in local creeks and the ocean, county officials said. Some septic tanks are half a century old.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Regional water regulators voted to ban septic tanks in the heart of Malibu after a prolonged battle over bacterial pollution leaching into the ocean at some of the state's most popular and famous beaches. Residents and city leaders have long opposed switching from septic tanks to sewer pipes out of concern it would invite massive development to the rustic community. Members of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on Thursday voted to yank the city's ability to manage commercial septic systems and directed staff to draft a plan banning septic tanks in the city center and to come up with a proposal for a wastewater treatment plant that would break ground in the next few years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Fire your lawyer. Hire a plumber. That's the advice Calabasas officials are giving residents who are fighting a crackdown on alleged septic system problems and other building code violations in rural sections of the city west of the San Fernando Valley. Property owners charge that building inspectors' raids of supposedly substandard homes are illegal because municipal leaders failed to follow state regulations when they beefed up the city's health and safety codes between 2007 and 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1990 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could curb housing construction in the Santa Rosa Valley and other rural areas of Ventura County, state water-quality officials adopted new restrictions on septic tanks Monday. Under the policy adopted by the California Regional Water Quality Board, developers who install septic tanks will, in most cases, have to conduct an extensive study showing that they will not contaminate ground water. Septic tanks catch waste materials from household drains and toilets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1990
Few, if any, new septic tanks would be allowed in Ventura County under a proposed rule by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, county officials said Tuesday. If enacted, the rule would prohibit new development in many rural areas, said Robert Gallagher, manager of the resources section of the Environmental Health Department. The areas most affected by the proposal would be unincorporated areas such as El Rio and the Santa Rosa, Las Posas and Santa Clara River valleys, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1992
A long-awaited Malibu study disputes claims by Los Angeles County officials that leaking septic tanks pose a health threat and concludes that the community does not need the comprehensive sewer system long promoted by the county. In a 268-page report based on six months of research, a consultant hired by Malibu calls instead for a "cutting edge" approach to the city's waste-water needs that relies overwhelmingly on continued use of septic tanks, something the county has asserted is unacceptable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Wasting no time, newly elected Calabasas City Council members have helped scrap a controversial plan to extend a sewer line into Old Topanga Canyon. The sewer construction plan had prompted a city crackdown on 40 homes with septic tanks, including raids at several houses. While checking septic systems, inspectors cited homeowners for other alleged building code violations. "I think the very dark cloud that is hanging over this city will be lifted," Councilwoman Mary Sue Maurer said Wednesday night as the panel voted unanimously to halt the sewer planning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Fire your lawyer. Hire a plumber. That's the advice Calabasas officials are giving residents who are fighting a crackdown on alleged septic system problems and other building code violations in rural sections of the city west of the San Fernando Valley. Property owners charge that building inspectors' raids of supposedly substandard homes are illegal because municipal leaders failed to follow state regulations when they beefed up the city's health and safety codes between 2007 and 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of Los Angeles homeowners with septic tanks could be forced to connect to the city's sewer line or repair or replace their systems under a newly proposed ordinance. Some San Fernando Valley residents think the idea stinks. The proposal by the Department of Public Works would require that owners of the city's 11,643 septic tanks buy annual permits, replace malfunctioning tanks or connect to the sewers. The cost of complying with the ordinance could run into the thousands of dollars, depending on where the septic system is located.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
If Matthew, Mark, Luke or John were alive and still writing, Malibu would definitely get a mention in an updated version of the Bible. There'd be a parable about a blessed place of heavenly natural beauty attracting people who foul their nest, introducing pollution to paradise. In the absence of those four sages, there is Zuma Jay, a surf shop owner and city councilman who is about to become mayor of Malibu. Zuma Jay believes it's time to quit fighting the state, enter the current century and install sewers to replace septic tanks that are threatening to turn the Malibu coast into a giant commode.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2009 | Martha Groves
One after another, surfers young and older trooped to the microphone to recount their encounters with the polluted waves off Malibu's Surfrider Beach. They told of bouts of diarrhea, conjunctivitis that wouldn't heal and heart-damaging Coxsackie B4 virus. Some talked of inhaling the pervasive Malibu stench and watching raw sewage pour through the city's streets and parking lots. In the end, the testimony of the surfers helped carry the day Thursday for supporters of a ban on new septic systems in the vibrant commercial heart of one of Southern California's most exclusive enclaves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2009 | Martha Groves
The great sewer wars of Malibu have finally drawn to a close. Sewers won. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board agreed late Thursday to ban septic systems in central and eastern Malibu, a move that would end years of fierce debate over the wastewater devices still commonly used in one of Southern California's most picturesque and exclusive coastal communities. New septic systems will not be permitted in Malibu and owners of existing systems will have to halt wastewater discharges within a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1995 | MAKI BECKER
Homeowners and renters whose septic tanks were damaged in the recent floods may qualify for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, officials announced Monday. Private wells that were damaged may also be repaired using disaster assistance for those who depend on them to supply water. To apply for assistance, call (800) 462-9029 or for TDD, (800) 660-8005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2001 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Low-income residents who want to switch from the septic tank to the sewer may soon apply for deferred, zero-interest loans to pay for the hookup, which can cost up to $5,000, Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla announced. "This is an issue I hear from constituents about on a very regular basis," Padilla said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2009 | Martha Groves
The Malibu Country Mart, Malibu Colony Plaza, Cross Creek Plaza and Serra Retreat Center were among more than three dozen businesses and public facilities cited Friday by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board for a variety of alleged violations related to water quality. The board said notices of violation and orders to comply were sent after its staff began finding trouble spots while researching whether to prohibit septic tanks in the Civic Center area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Regional water regulators voted to ban septic tanks in the heart of Malibu after a prolonged battle over bacterial pollution leaching into the ocean at some of the state's most popular and famous beaches. Residents and city leaders have long opposed switching from septic tanks to sewer pipes out of concern it would invite massive development to the rustic community. Members of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on Thursday voted to yank the city's ability to manage commercial septic systems and directed staff to draft a plan banning septic tanks in the city center and to come up with a proposal for a wastewater treatment plant that would break ground in the next few years.
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