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November 17, 2000
Re "Water Officials Link Malibu Septic Tanks to Beach Pollution," Nov. 13: When they can pay upward of $3 million for a home, they can pay the approximately $20,000 assessment for a sewer. After all, they are continuing to build in Malibu, and it can only get worse. MARSHALL KLINE Los Angeles
February 23, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Richard A. Serrano and Richard Fausset
The residence where Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman apparently had been hiding is a tidy, whitewashed house with spike-topped wrought iron fencing, a heavy metal door and blackened windows. It sits across from a high school and is surrounded by drainage canals that may have been part of a system officials said Guzman used as both a means of escape and to access a network of other homes. Guzman was nothing if not discreet. "I thought the house was empty," a neighbor told The Times on Sunday.
December 7, 1986
If I were to assess people of the canyon based on (Al Martinez) as an example, I would presume they were prejudiced, narrow-minded, selfish, jealous and make many tasteless and unsuccessful attempts to be clever at the expense of an entire community's reputation. Had you invested as much time researching and understanding the pros and cons surrounding the efficacy of installing sewers in Malibu as you did in striving for literary cuteness, you might have discovered that the end hardly justifies the means.
August 7, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen
Like an L.A. noir, this mystery begins with a mystery. I'm standing under the midday, midsummer sun. To the west, the skyscrapers of downtown rise like the steep palisades of a nearby island. The sky is cataract blue. I've parked next to a Buddhist temple and The One-Eye Gypsy bar and am walking east across the 1st Street bridge. Some people call it a viaduct, but it's a bridge to me, built in 1928 according to the commemorative plaque. Towers, like miniature Arc de Triomphes, rise from the bridge's abutments.
January 7, 2004 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
Sewer fee increases of $24 over the next four years have been proposed to pay for systemwide improvements needed, in part, to comply with stricter environmental regulations, officials said Monday. "The standards that we met are becoming more stringent," said David Bruns, who heads the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts' department of financial planning. "As they become more stringent, we have to construct facilities, and once they are constructed, we have to operate them."
September 25, 2002
To help reduce sewer backups that pollute the ocean, county supervisors Tuesday approved spending $90,000 to help pay for a study on attacking fats and oils that clog sewer pipes. Cost of the study is $500,000 and will be shared by the Orange County Sanitation District, the county and cities.
March 5, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
Four Orange city workers are about to become environmental gumshoes as they embark on a high-tech mission that will take them into the city's deepest and darkest sewers. The project was approved last week by the City Council and will take at least five years to complete. The workers' assignment: Inspect and videotape the city's vast sewer and storm drains network in search of illegal sewage dumping.
November 29, 1989 | MARY LOU FULTON
The city is paying a consultant $70,000 to develop a computer system to monitor the sewer network in central Anaheim. CH2M Hill California Inc., an engineering firm, will create a system in which sewer flow is monitored through some of the area's 2,700 manholes and other points of entry into the sewage system, according to city documents.
October 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities may add a shredder to a sewer line to deal with a decade-long annoyance: County Jail inmates flushing clothing down their toilets. Jail jumpsuits, bedding and rags have clogged pumps at a treatment plant and threatened sewage spills, according to the Goleta Sanitary District. So the county may add a shredder to the line, at a cost of $60,000. Why do inmates do it?
July 14, 1988 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, Times Staff Writer
The Local Agency Formation Commission on Wednesday rejected a request to allow Los Angeles County to retain jurisdiction over sewers and landslide assessment districts in Malibu, even if the coastal community votes to become a city.
May 30, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
In the case of a baby rescued from a sewage pipe in China, the mother likely will not face charges. Police reportedly have decided she made an error -- and wasn't trying to dispose of her infant. The newborn boy has been released from a hospital in the care of his maternal grandparents, according to the Associated Press.  At first, authorities were calling the incident -- in which the infant was rescued from a 3-inch-diameter pipe below a toilet -- a possible attempted homicide.  Now, criminal charges are unlikely to be filed, the AP reports, citing local sources.
May 29, 2013 | By Efrain Hernandez Jr
The 22-year-old mother of a Chinese newborn rescued from a sewer pipe over the weekend reportedly told police the child slipped into the pipe after being delivered in a toilet. The woman, whose name was not released, told police she could not afford an abortion and delivered the baby Saturday, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. She was unable to catch the child, and then could not pull him from the sewer line to safety, the Jinhua-based Zhezhong News reported, according to AP. The woman, a resident of the Pujiang area of Jinhua in Zhejiang province, reportedly alerted her landlord that she heard sounds from the sewer pipe.
September 7, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
An Ohio teenager is lucky to be alive after he was swept away by overflowing creek waters Tuesday and carried through a series of sewer pipes before he was rescued about 1,500 feet from the spot where he first fell in. "It's a miracle that the kid was even alive, let alone hardly hurt at all," Doug Turner, a spokesman for the Parma Fire Department, told the Associated Press. Jeffrey LaPorta, 14, suffered little more than scrapes and bruises -- although he told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he was praying for his life during the hourlong ordeal.
February 26, 2012 | By David Lee Preston
At a reception last month in New York, I introduced myself to the Polish film director Agnieszka Holland. "Ah," she said, extending her hand. "I am sorry that I did not include your mother in the movie. " She was referring to "In Darkness," a nominee for best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards. We'd had friendly correspondence over the last two years. So why did she feel the need to apologize before another word was spoken? Because her film is a fictionalized interpretation of the central episode in my mother's life.
February 3, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Swamps aren't very sexy. Dank places filled with slithering creatures don't scream tourism, unless you're from Louisiana. So how would one fare in New York City? "Swamps in Louisiana have tremendous adventure-travel opportunities," says Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. On Wednesday, he flew to un-gator-like Manhattan to oversee the installation of a 12,100-cubic-foot re-creation of a Louisiana swamp built inside the city's bustling Chelsea Market. The exhibit is free and might be a good way to sample the bayou before going to visit.
December 9, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"In Darkness" is a pitiless glimpse into the inferno, into hell not only on earth but below it. Based on a true story, it takes you into the sewers of the Polish city of Lvov during World War II, a place where a group of Jews lived for more than a year under circumstances that are almost unimaginable. But, as directed by the veteran Agnieszka Holland, "In Darkness" is not a typical Holocaust film. For one thing, even more than in her 1990 film "Europa, Europa," Holland's directing style is cool, almost dispassionate.
Facing a 10% sewer fee increase for all residents, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday instructed staff members to find a way to avoid the rate hike and investigate all spending from the city's sewer operations. Budget experts are predicting the city will need to increase the monthly average fee from $20.75 to $22.92 per household, or a total of about $26 more per year.
January 19, 2001 | Meg James, (714) 966-5631
Facing nearly $39 million in "immediate needs" for its aging sewer system, the Huntington Beach City Council has taken a step toward establishing a sewer fee to help finance costly repairs. The unanimous vote late Tuesday night authorizes city staffers to draft a sewer fee program by Feb. 20. The vote came less than two weeks after six current and former city staff members testified before the Orange County Grand Jury about leaking sewer lines.
November 4, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A coastal bluff in San Pedro is slowly buckling and sliding toward the ocean, splitting open a coastal highway with sinkholes, cracks and deep crevices that are widening day by day. Crews are hurrying to move sewer and water lines and utility poles and to reroute two major storm drains that join under Paseo Del Mar. Los Angeles city engineers have been monitoring the slide's movement on the 100-foot-high bluff next to White Point Nature Preserve since...
September 14, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon called Tuesday for the expansion of a proposal to hike sewer fees, saying the current plan to increase them nearly 40% over five years is too timid. Alarcon, who represents the northeast San Fernando Valley, said a package of larger increases would serve the city as a jobs initiative, putting more people to work and allowing more pipes to be repaired. "It's our opportunity to create a bit of a stimulus program," he said. Alarcon made his remarks as the council's Energy and Environment Committee delayed a decision on sewer fee increases for a fourth time.
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