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October 8, 1991
The Times' editorial ("The Inevitability of Sprinklers," Sept. 19) stated that the tragedy in a Century City condominium "has rekindled the debate over the need for mandatory sprinklers in older high-rise residential buildings." Unfortunately this sad event did not rekindle honest debate, but rather an emotional backdrop for irresponsible demagoguery. Sprinklers have been suggested as the magic cure for the loss of life in fire. Fire officials have claimed for years that most fire-related deaths are from smoke inhalation, not flames, as was apparently the case in Century City.
April 19, 2014 | By Carol Crotta
A little education can go a long way toward maintaining and preserving an existing lawn, or establishing a new one, while minimizing water use. Southern California turfgrass experts provide some advice for saving water on your lawn. Choose the right turfgrass. Warm-season grasses need 20% less water than cool-season grasses - and rebound well with even less water. Some good choices are Bermudagrass, Buffalo grass, Kikuyu, St. Augustine, Seashore Paspalum and Zoysia. Water efficiently.
October 8, 2000
I am a nine-year resident of Glendale. I purchased a very small home in the La Crescenta area with the hope of adding onto the house when I could afford to do so. Now that I can, I am told that I must install fire sprinklers, of all things, in my entire house. Aside from the cost burden--about $4,000, or 7% of the entire budget--I am vehemently opposed to sprinklers in single-family residences as they are a property damage hazard. If an earthquake causes them to discharge, everything I own would be destroyed, and there is no insurance coverage for it (I am an insurance broker and I know this as a fact)
February 12, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Lindsay Bustillos didn't realize her high-rise apartment building in West Los Angeles lacked sprinklers until a fire last fall made her unit uninhabitable. The Oct. 18 fire at the Barrington Towers complex caused water and smoke damage that forced hundreds of residents to leave their apartments. “You would think that when you move into a place like this that they kind of have it nailed down,” said Bustillos, 32, of the sprinker situation. Although laws mandate that residential high-rises built before 1943 and after 1974 have fire sprinklers installed, that leaves a 30-year gap in which high-rises were built in Los Angeles without having to install sprinklers.
September 28, 2008 | Diane Wedner
The International Code Council, the nation's leading building-code body, has adopted a residential fire sprinkler requirement for all new one- and two-bedroom houses and town houses, beginning in 2009. The council included a grace period of two years to implement the rule. -- Diane Wedner
June 7, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
A proposed city ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in single-family homes and duplexes will again go before the City Council today. The council delayed approving the ordinance after builders opposed it at a May 17 hearing, saying the law would make homes more expensive for new buyers. On May 3, the council introduced the ordinance as an amendment to the 1991 Uniform Fire Code.
April 19, 1989 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
A sharply divided Anaheim City Council voted Tuesday night to adopt one of the most sweeping fire ordinances in the nation, requiring sprinkler systems in all new homes, apartments and commercial buildings. The only other city with such a stringent ordinance is Scottsdale, Ariz., Anaheim Fire Chief Jeff Bowman said. Bowman added that San Clemente and a handful of other California cities have sprinkler laws, but they are not as strict. "I'm very pleased and I couldn't be happier," Bowman said.
December 2, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS
An early morning fire Monday at Northridge Fashion Center was extinguished by the mall's sprinkler system before it could spread, according to authorities. The fire occurred just after 6 a.m. in the Natural Wonders store, said Brian Humphrey, a L.A. Fire Department spokesman. The flames were out when firefighters arrived; the cause of the fire remained under investigation. Investigators estimated Natural Wonders had lost $1,500 in property.
April 23, 1989 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
When Anaheim last week became one of the few cities in the country to require sprinklers in all new homes, it took sides in a growing nationwide debate over whether sprinklers save thousands of lives or simply add thousands of dollars to the price of every new house. The emerging battle over mandatory fire sprinklers pits two familiar foes against each other: firefighters who argue that the devices can prevent deaths and millions of dollars in losses, and building industry officials who say those claims are exaggerated and that the price of sprinklers--about $2,000 per home--will further discourage home buyers in an already expensive market.
Faced with strong opposition from home builders, the City Council has backed off from a proposed ordinance that would require fire sprinklers in new single-family homes and duplexes. Voting 4 to 1 against the proposal Monday, members of the council said this is not the right time to impose additional regulations that would make homes more expensive.
December 27, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Southern Californians have been having a lot of fun on Facebook this past week posting weather reports that show the local temperatures well up into the 70s and even the 80s. The wording with it usually goes something like this: You poor idiots living in colder climates, don't you wish you were smart like I am and lived here instead? We might have reason to be less thrilled about all this balminess a few months from now. With no rain on the horizon, it's pretty safe to call 2013 the driest year on record in Los Angeles.
October 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A 25-story West Los Angeles high-rise where an 11th-floor fire erupted Friday is not equipped with a sprinkler system, fire officials said. The blaze broke out about 11:45 a.m. on the 11 th floor of the 52-year-old Barrington Plaza apartments in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Within minutes, huge plumes of black smoke were billowing out of several building windows and flames began to climb up the exterior. Three balconies above the blaze were scorched black from the fire.
July 5, 2013 | By Susan Spano
Tassajara, a Zen temple and retreat center in Big Sur that welcomes guests in the summer, will complete the installation of an ingenious roof sprinkler system designed to keep the center safe from wildfires. The center was in the path of a massive fire in 2008 that burned 162,818 acres of Los Padres National Forest in and around Big Sur. This new system taps water pumped from the creek that runs along the south side of the remote enclave. An early, jury-rigged version of the system, affectionately known as “Dharma Rain,” was tested by a contingent of monks and practitioners who stayed at Tassajara to prepare for the approaching Basin Complex Fire.
April 20, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A sprinkler that may have been accidentally activated by a film crew sent water pouring down stairs and elevator shafts in Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said one or more sprinkler heads turned on in a fourth-floor room on the northwest side of the building. The water spread to portions of the first, second and third floors and the mezzanine by way of stairs, a service elevator shaft and an elevator shaft. Firefighters, called to the scene at 2:27 p.m., checked a fire alarm panel to find the activated sprinkler and quickly turned it off. “I don't believe there was any damage to council members' offices or furniture,” Scott said, adding that the mini-flood was not on carpeted floors.
February 17, 2013 | By Judy Mandell
When my husband and I checked into the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, nearly 30 years ago, he assessed it this way: "What a dump. " He was right. There were no smoke detectors and no sprinklers. We weren't terribly concerned because we figured the odds of such a thing were low. We were wrong. Two weeks later, on Dec. 31, 1986, a fire at that hotel killed 97 people in 12 minutes. In the casino, gamblers burned to death, seated in their chairs. One hundred forty people were injured.
November 26, 2012
This week's Monday edition of our NFL Google+ hangout -- "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam," starring Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson of "Mark and Brian" radio fame -- will start at 11:30 a.m. and cover a host of topics. One sure topic is the poor showing in Week 12 of what were expected to be playoff teams. As Farmer wrote earlier , "On a Sunday when the sprinklers accidentally went off at Sun Life Stadium, dousing the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins, playoff-minded teams all over the NFL were treated to a cold, harsh splash of reality.
May 27, 1989 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Times Staff Writer
A city advisory board has recommended that the Burbank City Council require sprinkler systems in all new apartment buildings and single-family homes, and toughen requirements for sprinklers in new commercial developments. Thursday's 3-2 decision by the Burbank Building and Fire Code Appeals Board came as a pleasant surprise to city fire officials, who had asked only that sprinklers be required in new apartment buildings of more than five units and in single-family homes that are difficult for firefighters to reach.
May 8, 2008 | Emily Green, Special to The Times
MY KINGDOM for a Martha Stewart shed, for a Smith & Hawken potting table, a cream-colored pegboard with the perfectly hung tools, an enameled and labeled can with fluffy potting soil and an alphabetized seed file -- how I long to be as proper as the gardeners in magazines and on TV programs. If I had a shed like that, my actual garden would have no problem this year acing the garden contests. But in my last shed inventory, the contents included Christmas tree ornaments of a festive but forgetful lodger who moved out in 1998, a Food 4 Less shopping cart filled with kinked and leaky hoses and broken sprinklers, a toilet with a cracked lid, sacks of concrete that set without ever having been mixed, mismatched curtain rods, rusting tomato cages, and all manner of paper files that became somehow hard to throw away.
November 25, 2012 | Sam Farmer
On a Sunday when the sprinklers accidentally went off at Sun Life Stadium, dousing the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins, playoff-minded teams all over the NFL were treated to a cold, harsh splash of reality. The New Orleans Saints, who had clawed their way back to .500 after digging an 0-4 hole, lost at home to San Francisco, 31-21, in a rematch of a divisional playoff thriller. The similarly resurgent Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who had won four in a row, put together a solid performance at home but still lost to Atlanta, 24-23.
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