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February 28, 1993 | IRIS YOKOI
The owner of a South-Central smog check station and her nephew were ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges they produced fake smog certificates for dirty or untested cars by hooking up other "clean" cars to the exhaust measuring equipment. Blanca Adelia Perez, owner of Perez Smog Check at 4250 Avalon Blvd., and her nephew, Gustavo Rodolfo Villeda, a mechanic at the station, are two of dozens of defendants in a major crackdown on sales of fraudulent smog certificates.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
Cars do it. Trucks do it. And now the state of California may require motorcycles to do it, too. Biennial smog checks would be required for motorcycles manufactured in the 2000 model year and later under a bill making its way through the California Legislature. Introduced in the Senate in late February, SB 435 targets bikes with illegally modified exhaust systems and would go into effect in 2012 if passed and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an avid motorcyclist.
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August 25, 1998 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California motorists have been paying extra fees for an enhanced smog check program that exists mostly on paper and has yet to do anything to scrub the brown haze from the air. Smog Check II was designed to clean up oxides of nitrogen, the chemical from car emissions that turns smog brown, burns the lungs and obscures the peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains even on some sunny days.
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July 19, 2001 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Smog Check, a critical program for cutting tailpipe exhaust coast to coast, needs an overhaul because it fails to cut emissions sufficiently and doesn't concentrate on the dirtiest cars, according to a new study released Wednesday by the National Research Council. The program, mandatory in many states, requires motorists to have their cars tested for excessive emissions and make necessary repairs.
NEWS
March 18, 1994 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a compromise with federal officials who had threatened sanctions if the state failed to act, the Legislature overwhelmingly approved a beefed-up Smog Check program Thursday aimed at the dirtiest cars in the smoggiest regions of California. Gov. Pete Wilson, whose representatives joined legislators in negotiating the clean air agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency over the last three months, is expected to sign the bill soon.
NEWS
December 18, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A leading critic of California's vehicle Smog Check program filed a federal lawsuit Friday to force the state to clean up its air under the threat of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sanctions by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), who opposes California's decade-old system of allowing smog inspections at service stations and repair shops, filed the suit against EPA and state officials.
NEWS
February 11, 1989 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
The chief of the California Bureau of Automotive Repair, whose leadership of the state smog check program won him kudos from environmental and auto repair interests, has been demoted to another post in the agency. Without fanfare, bureau chief Martin B. Dyer was replaced by John Waraas, former deputy secretary of state and consumer services, two weeks ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1995 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moving on three fronts to catch the worst-polluting cars, officials are driving hard to turn Ventura County's smog-check program into the toughest in the state. For starters, infrared sensors will be installed along county roadways next year to record exhaust emissions and license plates of cars as they zoom past. Owners of vehicles with the dirtiest exhaust will get a notice requiring an immediate smog check.
NEWS
April 28, 2000 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
California's automobile Smog Check program needs a major overhaul because it is achieving only 40% of the smog reductions required under California's air-quality plan, state air-quality officials reported Thursday. The primary reason for the deficiencies is that the Legislature has substantially weakened the controversial program, according to a report by the California Air Resources Board. The car inspection program is one of the state's most important measures for cleaning up smog.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1986 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
The state's smog check vehicle inspection program appears to be producing better emission results in San Diego and San Francisco than in the greater Los Angeles area, but mechanics throughout the state are failing to find most tampered pollution control systems, according to a study done for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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July 17, 2000 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Shot" is how the caller from Burbank described the fuel system in her 20-year-old car. "I was curious about this program because the car's pretty much dying." The program is two weeks old and works like this: Abandon your pollution-spewing car or truck, and get a check from the state for $1,000. "That would be wonderful," said the woman, whose car failed a smog check, something that happens roughly 1 million times a year in California, or once per 10 vehicles checked.
NEWS
April 28, 2000 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
California's automobile Smog Check program needs a major overhaul because it is achieving only 40% of the smog reductions required under California's air-quality plan, state air-quality officials reported Thursday. The primary reason for the deficiencies is that the Legislature has substantially weakened the controversial program, according to a report by the California Air Resources Board. The car inspection program is one of the state's most important measures for cleaning up smog.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2000 | ROBIN FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consumer groups and auto makers are headed for a showdown in Sacramento over the lucrative business of repairing auto emissions-control systems. As it stands, manufacturers and their authorized dealers have a virtual lock on such repairs on vehicles made since 1996, which have complex diagnostic systems. But a bill that cleared the California Senate last summer and is now in the Assembly would force the auto industry to unlock the systems' mysteries, opening the door for competitors.
NEWS
November 11, 1999 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis said Wednesday that he will push to refund the $300 smog fee imposed on perhaps a million people who registered out-of-state cars and trucks in California in the 1990s. A state Court of Appeal recently ruled illegal the smog impact charge assessed on a total of about 1.5 million vehicles. Those who paid it should be able to get back the fee plus interest, Davis said.
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December 21, 1998 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many Californians who are forced to have their cars checked for smog emissions aren't getting the full inspection they pay for, an undercover audit has found. Posing as motorists who needed smog checks, state auditors monitored 350 mostly Southern California stations for three months to determine if they were correctly performing the state's complicated new emissions tests. In 50% of the inspections conducted at test and repair stations, key parts of the smog check were omitted.
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September 2, 1998 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of delays, a tough new Smog Check program expected to significantly increase the number of cars that fail pollution tests will begin next Wednesday, state officials said Tuesday. The program, which had become so controversial that only a last-minute political maneuver saved it from legislative annihilation, will be phased in gradually, officials said. Failure rates in the initial months will increase only modestly, to about 11%, from 9%, they said.
NEWS
November 25, 1993 | From Associated Press
The Clinton Administration backed off again Wednesday from threats to cut California's federal highway funding because of what it sees as the state's failure to adequately improve its auto Smog Check program. "Based on recent progress in talks between U.S. EPA officials and California legislative leaders, U.S.
NEWS
April 15, 1993 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned Gov. Pete Wilson on Wednesday that the Smog Check program now being considered by the state Legislature must be toughened significantly or the state will face federal sanctions. In a letter also signed by Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena, EPA Administrator Carol M.
NEWS
August 25, 1998 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California motorists have been paying extra fees for an enhanced smog check program that exists mostly on paper and has yet to do anything to scrub the brown haze from the air. Smog Check II was designed to clean up oxides of nitrogen, the chemical from car emissions that turns smog brown, burns the lungs and obscures the peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains even on some sunny days.
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