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November 26, 1995
The name Sylmar is a fusion of the Latin words for "forest" and "sea." In the early 1890s, the Los Angeles Olive Growers Assn. purchased 1,000 acres of Maclay Rancho, part of which encompassed Sylmar, and cultivated acres of olive trees. From the San Gabriel Mountains above, Sylmar once looked like a "sea of trees." Today, less than 10% of this foothill area is zoned for industrial use, and the community remains close to its historic roots.
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November 19, 2008 | Alexandra Zavis, Zavis is a Times staff writer.
When Michele Fauquier's apartment manager banged on her door early Saturday to warn her about the approaching Sylmar fire, all the hospice nurse could think about were her patients across the way in the Oakridge Mobile Home Park. Without stopping to save her own belongings, Fauquier jumped into her car and drove to the home of a 57-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis.
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January 18, 1994 | CRAIG TURNER and RICHARD E. MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Beate Heuss had nearly conquered her fear when she felt it again. That's why it was so terrifying. It was happening again. She and her husband, David, were in bed, like the last time. In a mobile home, just like the last time. It was, in fact, the same mobile home, at the same trailer park. "This one felt much worse," she said afterward, calm but able to remember every tremor, then the shaking, then the violence. "It was much harder, a hard jolt. The '71 one swayed a little."
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November 16, 2008 | Alexandra Zavis, Zavis is a Times staff writer.
More than 115,000 residences and businesses in widely scattered parts of Los Angeles lost power Saturday when the Sylmar fire damaged the main transmission network bringing electricity into the city, water and power officials said. Entire neighborhoods were plunged into darkness for about half an hour Saturday morning, including parts of Mid-City, Crenshaw, Harbor Gateway and Sherman Oaks, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said.
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September 30, 1989 | JOHN JOHNSON and MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writers
The 12800 block of Bradley Street in Sylmar is a nondescript industrial park--a Coca-Cola bottling plant on one side of the street, a firm that makes pacemakers on the other side and several small warehouse businesses mixed in between. It remained that way until Friday morning, when teams of law enforcement officials swarmed into the building at 12898 Bradley St.
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December 18, 2001 | CLAIRE LUNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Swastikas and phallic symbols were among the graffiti found over the weekend at a Sylmar church, in an incident police are calling a hate crime. Vandals on Saturday night used a black marker on two signs, a wall and doors at Light and Life Christian Church in the 14000 block of Sayre Street near Glenoaks Boulevard, police said. There have been no similar incidents recently in the northeast Valley, Los Angeles Police Det. Charles Uribe said.
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January 17, 1996 | KAY HWANGBO
A number of city permits and zoning variances will be considered at upcoming hearings on Jan. 26. The hearings will focus on issues including a proposed cellular telephone antenna in Sylmar, proposed office buildings in a North Hills neighborhood and a liquor permit for a Van Nuys restaurant. All of the hearings will take place at the Sherman Oaks Woman's Club, 4808 Kester Ave., in Sherman Oaks.
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February 23, 1994 | GEOFFREY MOHAN
Sylmar homeowners attempting to put the earthquake behind them are finding their efforts reach only so far--the curb. Some streets in the northeastern Valley community, famous for its brush with seismic disaster in 1971, have been lined with piles of debris for up to two weeks, said Frank Jacobs, executive director of the Sylmar Chamber of Commerce. Much of the waste consists of household items destroyed by the Jan. 17 temblor, he said.
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July 3, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As smoke hung over much of the Los Angeles area Wednesday from an out-of-control grass fire in Azusa, a smaller fire behind Olive View-UCLA Medical Center was finally controlled after charring 80 acres. There were no reports of injuries or damage, said Bob Collis, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Only an abandoned outbuilding burned. The fire began just after 6 p.m. Tuesday in hilly terrain near the 13900 block of Fenton Avenue and Olive View Drive, authorities said.
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June 2, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A 7-year-old boy was shot in the head Tuesday evening as he played with friends in a backyard, police said. The apparently random shooting occurred at 6:45 in the 15100 block of Nurmi Street. The boy was taken by helicopter to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in critical condition, police said. A bullet remained lodged in his head, police said.
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May 25, 2007 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission has approved the Union Rescue Mission's plan to open a 71-acre facility for homeless women, children and seniors outside Sylmar. With a 4-0 vote Wednesday to grant the conditional-use permit, the commission ended a long-running dispute over the facility, known as Hope Gardens, intended as a way to move at-risk people away from skid row.
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November 9, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
A 17-year-old boy was killed and as many as five people were injured Wednesday when a car ran a red light and collided with a van in the Sylmar area, authorities said. The teenager was identified as Xavier Rene Espinoza of San Fernando. Espinoza, an occupant in the van, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:30 a.m. crash at Hubbard Street and Jackman Avenue.
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March 15, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Authorities were searching Tuesday for two people who fled the scene of an accident on the 5 Freeway in Sylmar that left three people dead. Sunny S. Nguyen, 49, of Canoga Park, a woman believed to be his wife and their daughter, Rachel, 26, of Los Angeles, were killed in the crash that occurred about 10:55 p.m. Monday north of the 210 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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March 16, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Six people were injured, three of them critically, when a car carrying a couple and their four children crashed into a truck parked on the shoulder of the Foothill Freeway in Sylmar on Tuesday evening, officials said. The critically injured included a 60-year-old man who was working on the truck and two girls, one 14 and the other 16 months, who were in the car, officials said. Neither girl appeared to have been wearing a seat belt, they said.
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March 12, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a 72-year-old woman Thursday night, according to Los Angeles police. The incident occurred about 10:40 p.m. in the 13700 block of Marchant Avenue, police said. Police know of no witnesses and have no description of the vehicle. Anyone with more information is asked to call the Valley Traffic Division at (818) 756-8381.
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June 2, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A 7-year-old boy was shot in the head Tuesday evening as he played with friends in a backyard, police said. The apparently random shooting occurred at 6:45 in the 15100 block of Nurmi Street. The boy was taken by helicopter to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in critical condition, police said. A bullet remained lodged in his head, police said.
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November 27, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Witnesses told investigators that they saw sparks falling from power lines on a Sylmar-area hillside before a fire erupted Monday that burned 750 acres of brush and damaged several ranch buildings. But utility companies disputed that view Tuesday, saying their equipment did not malfunction until after the fire started.
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March 13, 1990
Malathion spraying will probably end in Sylmar after one more dose tentatively scheduled for Friday, and other San Fernando Valley communities also could be phased out of the state's pesticide blitz by early May, an official overseeing the anti-Medfly program said Monday.
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May 29, 2003 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
About 90 patients will be moved from a troubled psychiatric facility in Sylmar, according to the top mental health official in Los Angeles County. Marvin Southard, the county's director of public health, wrote in a letter to the Board of Supervisors that the Foothill Health and Rehabilitation Center is no longer fit to treat the county's mental patients. Foothill is one of two adjacent facilities in Sylmar that are run by Golden State Health Centers.
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May 2, 2003 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
Citing numerous escapes and lapses in patient care, Los Angeles County officials on Thursday said they would not renew their contract with two private psychiatric facilities in Sylmar and must now find new quarters for 170 seriously ill patients by June. The decision follows a months-long investigation into Foothill and Sylmar health and rehabilitation centers that county officials say showed a failure to correct problems or even to consistently report them.
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