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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Like most of their neighbors in the sprawling, ramshackle Oasis Mobile Home Park, the Aguilars have no heat, no hot water. On cold nights, the family of eight stays warm by bundling up in layers of sweaters and sleeps packed together in two tiny rooms. Bathing is a luxury that requires using valuable propane to boil gallons of water. So the farmworker clan spends a lot of time dirty. Jose Aguilar, a wiry 9-year-old, has found a way around the bath problem. He just waits until dinner.
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NATIONAL
March 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A security guard was shot to death at a trailer park set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, New Orleans police said. The shooting was in Gentilly, a section of the city that flooded during Hurricane Katrina. A few hours earlier, another man was shot and killed near the Guste public housing complex. The deaths brought the city's homicide total to 34 this year, compared to last year's 161.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Brushing aside the pleas of dozens of tenants, Ventura County supervisors Tuesday refused to temporarily halt conversions of mobile home parks to private ownership. Chris Stephens, the county's planning director, had requested a 45-day moratorium to give staff time to update standards and requirements for subdividing the parks. One mobile home park owner has indicated that he plans to submit an application to subdivide his 150-space property in Ojai, Stephens said.
NATIONAL
January 11, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
It felt to some residents of Briny Breezes like the whole town won the lottery. Most of the 488 shareholders in the oceanfront trailer park will become millionaires as a result of Wednesday's vote to sell the community of aging aluminum single-wides to a Palm Beach developer for $510 million. But the owners' decision -- seen as capitulation to the condominium encroachment that has consumed most of the rest of the sun-splashed South Florida coast -- was met with as many tears and jeers as cheers.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A drug raid at a trailer park in New Mexico turned up what appeared to be classified documents taken from the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab, the FBI said Tuesday. Police found the documents while arresting a man suspected of domestic violence and dealing methamphetamine from his mobile home, said Sgt. Chuck Ney of the Los Alamos, N.M., Municipal Police Department. The documents were discovered during a search of the man's records for evidence of his drug business, Ney said.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2006 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
Freddy and Balmori Amaya stepped uneasily out of the armory room of the Tifton Police Department. Wrapped around their waists were bulky duty belts that forced them to hold their arms out from their torsos and walk, for the first time, like cops. As the brothers shuffled along a corridor lined with sepia photos of the city's white police chiefs, Balmori's "I {heart} El Salvador" key chain swayed from his back pocket. Tifton's newest Latino recruits were finally on the payroll.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2006 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has scrapped plans to evict 3,000 Mississippi households suspected of being ineligible for post-Hurricane Katrina emergency trailers after some recipients said that the government's mistaken determination had left them facing homelessness. Last month, the Los Angeles Times interviewed a number of Mississippians who said they had received eviction notices in error. Others cited what they described as gray areas in FEMA's eligibility requirements.
NATIONAL
April 27, 2006 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
A temporary ban on constructing clusters of trailers in New Orleans neighborhoods was lifted by Mayor C. Ray Nagin on Wednesday, after he decided the benefits outweighed his reservations and homeowners' resistance to having a group of trailers nearby. Nagin's change of heart will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to continue to install group housing at 113 sites throughout the city.
NATIONAL
March 22, 2006 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
The houses on Doerr Drive looked like the kind that could stand up to anything. But their heavy stone facades offered little resistance when the floodwater spilled through the town of Arabi in St. Bernard Parish, bursting windows and filling the postwar frame houses to ceiling level. For six months after Hurricane Katrina, this middle-income block east of New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward was deserted. Then, early this month, its first returning homeowner moved in.
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