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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1988
The committee studying alternative sewer plans for Malibu has recommended a $34-million disposal system that would allow a majority of residents to continue using septic tanks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Malibu, home to many big-name environmentalists, has been accused of fouling its own beaches because of its fierce dedication to septic tanks. Nine years after the city incorporated to stop construction of a sewer line, water officials say they have linked the fetid water at Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach to the septic tanks of the rich and famous, among other residents and business owners.
NEWS
December 31, 1987 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County officials are determined to remove all septic systems from hillside homes in the landslide areas of Malibu, even though they have yet to come up with an alternative waste-water system for the sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1990 | STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the urging of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, state water-quality officials agreed Monday to delay action on a sweeping proposal to restrict use of septic tanks in fast-growing, rural areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
State water-quality officials, concerned that septic tanks are polluting well water in Agua Dulce, will consider a ban on the tanks this month that would effectively freeze development in the unincorporated community. The ban is one of several possible actions that the California Regional Water Quality Control Board will discuss at a public hearing May 22. The board will also hear staff reports and public testimony on proposals for a sewer system or water treatment plant. Agua Dulce, a rural community of about 1,500 residents 40 miles north of Los Angeles in the eastern Santa Clarita Valley, has no sewer system and obtains all of its water from wells.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Septic tank cleaning firms protested Wednesday against proposed new Los Angeles city rules and fees, saying the changes would force them to double what they charge their customers, most of whom live in the San Fernando Valley. The proposals would seriously harm the firms' productivity, forcing them "to double or triple our bills," said Paul Walker of Walker & Sons, a Tujunga-based septic tank cleaning firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to delay for one year approval of a nearly completed dumping site for septic tank waste in the Sepulveda Basin so that city officials can complete an environmental study of the project. The environmental review had been requested by environmentalists and neighbors who fear that the septic tank dumping site at the Donald C. Tillman Water Treatment Plant may create excessive truck traffic and contaminate adjacent parkland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1993 | SANDY WOHLGEMUTH, Sandy Wohlgemuth of Reseda is conservation chair of the Los Angeles Audubon Society
Fiorello LaGuardia, the charismatic mayor of New York City in the '30s, was a lovable, sharp-tongued, honest politician. Once, when he screwed up badly, he laughed and said, "When I make a mistake it's a beaut!" Well, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation has made a beaut. Here's the story. * Septic tanks are common in outlying parts of Greater Los Angeles where there is no sewer system. Periodically, vehicles that resemble gasoline trucks have to pump out the wastes and dispose of them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1990 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds, and possibly thousands, of mostly low-income Los Angeles residents whose homes are connected to septic tanks have been paying more than $100 annually in sewer fees for as long as 12 years because they are unaware that they must ask the city to stop billing them.
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