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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1995 | SCOTT HARRIS
Six days a week Gustavo A. Vitale wears the uniform of his trade, a short-sleeved white shirt with an oval name tag--"Gus"--stitched over his heart. He runs an auto body shop and, if you visit his home in Chatsworth, you can only conclude that he runs it well. It's a comfortable place, with room out back for a small swimming pool, a powerboat and three collectible automobiles. Gus, 52, comes across as a no-nonsense kind of guy. He's got a gruff voice and a head shaved as smooth as a bullet.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1995 | GLORIA GRECO, Gloria Greco is a free-lance writer who lives in Van Nuys
When Mayor Richard Riordan took office, he declared that one of his goals was to run the City of Los Angeles as efficiently as a business. When it comes to sewage treatment, his goal has not been reached. In a cost-cutting move, Riordan has proposed doing away with the court-mandated secondary treatment of the wastes being dumped into the ocean from the Hyperion treatment plant. But a larger issue--who bears the burden of the cost of sewage treatment in Los Angeles--has been largely ignored.
NEWS
September 4, 1992 | FREDERICK M. MUIR and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County began the painful process of patching a $586-million hole in its $13-billion budget Thursday by adopting a series of new fees for services ranging from air ambulance rescues to admission to county nature trails. The three measures approved will raise only about $1.2 million annually and affect just a fraction of the county's residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1992 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steered by a warning from a federal judge, the San Diego City Council gave conceptual approval Tuesday to $1.3 billion in improvements to the city's sewer system that would extend a previously approved 6% annual rate increase through 1997. The council's vote falls short of the requirements outlined in a consent decree that acts as the key component in a massive lawsuit facing the city in federal court. Therefore, Tuesday's actions cannot be implemented unless U.S. District Judge Rudi M.
OPINION
April 1, 2011
State budget in crisis Re "State budget talks dead," March 30 Remember the scene in the film "Blazing Saddles" where Cleavon Little's character holds a gun to his head and threatens to shoot himself unless the townspeople agree to his demands? That's what Gov. Jerry Brown's budget negotiations with the five Republicans in the Legislature who were willing to talk to him remind me of — only instead of falling for the trick, the Republicans have been daring him to pull the trigger and turn his back on the voters who elected him by enacting an all-cuts budget that will essentially wipe out the social safety net. The former chair of the national Republican Party once proposed that the Democrats change their name to the Democrat Socialist Party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2005 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The record rainfall boosted Los Angeles' water supply so much that the city plans to reduce customers' water bills by 9%, but many other parts of Southern California aren't likely to see similar rate cuts. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said it is able to reduce bills by an average of $2.60 per month because a prime source of local drinking water, the Eastern Sierra Nevada, has seen above-normal snow levels for the first time in six years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With unusual speed and little disagreement, the Los Angeles City Council on Monday approved a $4.1-billion budget that expands library hours and adds funds for parks, fire suppression and neighborhood improvements exceeding even those proposed by Mayor Richard Riordan. But in a last-minute surprise, lawmakers voted to boost their own office budgets by $1.5 million--about 10%--with nary a word about why the money is needed, where it would come from or how it might be spent.
NEWS
May 4, 1988 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
In another major concession to the problem of too many people and too much sewage, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to growth controls requested by Mayor Tom Bradley that will slow the construction boom in the city by up to 30% for at least the next three years.
NEWS
May 4, 1995 | SCOTT COLLINS, Special to The Times
John Crosse steered his city-owned car along a narrow, twisting ridge in Playa del Rey. To the east the land leveled off, affording a view of a neat, wood-fenced El Segundo neighborhood. But in the opposite direction, just inches away from the wheels of Crosse's car, the bluff dropped several hundred feet to a sprawling and not-so-bucolic construction site: the Hyperion Treatment Plant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1996 | JEAN MERL and NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Riding a growing recognition that Southern California's economy is finally turning around, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on Wednesday delivered a wide-ranging economic policy speech, vowing to bring Hollywood back to glory and boost the airport's cargo capacity.
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