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Imagine my surprise at finding a telephone pole in my backyard--although I am partly to blame for its sudden appearance. When our new neighbors mentioned that they couldn't grow anything in their backyard, I pointed at a huge old avocado back by the fence. The tree covered most of their tiny backyard and part of mine as well. Nothing could grow in its dense shade--except for some clivias on my side of the fence. To add insult to injury, it produced only a handful of avocados each year.
October 4, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jason Kidd will have to wait a little beyond the start of the regular season to experience his first real games as an NBA head coach. The Brooklyn Nets have suspended their former player and new coach for the first two games of the season after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge in July, the league announced Friday. According to Nets General Manager Billy King, the suspension β€œis consistent with what the league has done in the past and we look forward to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year.” Kidd played for the then-New Jersey Nets for six-plus of his 19 NBA seasons, leading them to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
March 23, 1990
A 40-year-old Littlerock man was killed Thursday morning when his car left the roadway of the Antelope Valley Freeway and struck a utility pole, the California Highway Patrol reported. William Sumner was killed at 12:35 a.m. when he crashed in the southbound lanes of the freeway near the Sierra Highway overpass south of Palmdale, Officer Miguel Siordia said. Sumner was driving at 70 m.p.h. when his car drifted into the median, Siordia said.
May 21, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Southern California Edison Co. agreed Monday to pay $37 million to resolve concerns about three overloaded utility poles that sparked the 2007 Malibu Canyon fire, a settlement that would bring the total for the destructive fire to more than $60 million. Under the agreement, the utility giant would admit that it violated the law by not taking prompt action to prevent a telecommunications company from attaching fiber-optic cable to jointly owned poles in Malibu Canyon. Edison also would acknowledge that a letter it sent to the Public Utilities Commission after the fire did not identify pole overloading and termite damage as possible contributing factors in the pole failures.
December 5, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Ventura man died after he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a utility pole, authorities said Thursday. Michael Balton, 36, was traveling east on Foothill Road at a high rate of speed about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Balton rounded a curve at Crestwood Avenue and veered off the road, striking the utility pole, which was sheared off by the force of the impact, said Lt. Quinn Fenwick. Balton was taken to Community Memorial Hospital, where he died, police said.
October 7, 1990
A man died early Saturday morning when the vehicle he was driving drifted off a street and struck a utility pole. Authorities said Ross Reid, 46, of Stanton was found about 1:30 a.m. inside his 1984 GMC pickup truck in the 100 block of South Beach Blvd. The victim, who police said was the sole occupant of the four-wheel-drive vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Anaheim Police Lt. John L. Haradon said the vehicle had been going north on Beach.
July 18, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Traffic was bottled up in Little Saigon on Saturday after a driver struck a utility pole, which fell across Magnolia Street, police said. Ramil Hook, 34, was driving a 1999 Chevy Tahoe along Magnolia about 2:15 a.m. when he hit the pole, police said. Hook, whose hometown was not disclosed, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Several power transformers were knocked down, interrupting power for a short while, police said.
November 1, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS
A woman was killed and a man was injured Thursday after the car they were riding in crashed into a utility pole, Los Angeles police said. Details about the accident, including the identity of the victims, were not available late Thursday, said Sgt. Fred Meck of the LAPD Valley Traffic Division. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the 9000 block of Tobias Avenue near Nordhoff Street, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Rescuers pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
October 24, 1991
A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Wednesday after his car jumped a curb and uprooted a utility pole, causing a temporary power failure, police said. Jack Dionisio Montoya of Anaheim was listed in serious condition at UCI Medical Center in Orange. He was later arrested at the hospital in connection with the 7:30 p.m. crash, Anaheim Police Officer Joe Karns said.
January 15, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
A state probe into the widespread power outages caused by a furious 2011 windstorm was unable to determine whether toppled utility poles met safety standards because Southern California Edison destroyed most of them before they could be inspected. The winds that roared through the San Gabriel Valley knocked down hundreds of utility poles, snapped cables and uprooted scores of trees, leaving nearly a quarter of a million Edison customers without power, some for a full week. In a report released Monday, the California Public Utilities Commission found that at least 21 poles were unstable because of termite destruction, dry rot or other damage before tumbling over in wind gusts of up to 120 mph on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2011.
October 14, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Louis Sahagun and Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
The shuttle Endeavour dodged plenty of space junk zipping around Earth. The question Saturday, though, was would its wing avoid an apartment building on narrow Crenshaw Drive? Could it gingerly pivot around tall pines planted in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.? Would the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles buckle under the weight of the 170,000-pound orbiter and its massive transport vehicle? After months of meticulous planning, those were among the myriad challenges confronting hundreds of workers who escorted Endeavour on the last leg of its 12-mile journey to the California Science Center, where it will be displayed.
July 13, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The pursuit began somewhere in Fountain Valley. Authorities said she had been spotted siphoning gas. They chased her as she zigged and zagged on the northbound 405 all the way to Culver City where they finally nabbed her. The photo of her arrest was splashed across several columns of this newspaper. Her blond hair was mussed. Her face clinched like a fist. Her legs dangled off the ground as law enforcement carried her away. And I'm pretty sure I know exactly how she felt. Her path that day earlier this month was nearly the same as the one I've been making daily for months: Washington Boulevard to Harbor Boulevard.
November 27, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A towering steel utility pole, as tall as a giant sequoia, spirals upward just behind Cris Garcia's backyard in Chino Hills, close enough to cast a shadow on his kids' swing set and, he fears, to hear the hum of the 500-kilovolt power lines that may soon go up. The towers popped up along the gentle rolling hills of this upscale San Bernardino County community earlier this year, sending the simmering local opposition into a full boil and drawing more...
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...
May 30, 2011 | By Ann Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Lawyers for an Acton property owner accused of building code violations will seek to defend his elaborate home expansion project as a work of art in a trial in Lancaster slated to wrap up this week. Alan Kimble Fahey, 59, spent almost three decades constructing the 20,000-square-foot labyrinth of interconnected buildings β€” including a 70-foot tower β€” he calls Phonehenge West. In 2008, Los Angeles County code enforcement officials ordered him to stop. They have demanded that he tear the structure down.
March 15, 2011
Mitchell Page Oakland Athletics outfielder, hitting coach with Cardinals Mitchell Page, 59, an Oakland Athletics outfielder who had his best season as a rookie in 1977 then went on to become a hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals, died Saturday, the Cardinals announced. The cause was not given. Page broke into the big leagues in 1977 and was an immediate hit with the A's, batting .307 with 21 homers and 75 RBIs. He also stole 42 bases and finished runner-up to Hall of Famer Eddie Murray in American League Rookie of the Year voting.
May 6, 2009 | Martha Groves and Tony Perry
In the gusty predawn hours of Oct. 21, 2007, portions of three wooden utility poles in Malibu Canyon snapped and fell to the ground. Sparks from live electrical wires ignited dry brush, creating an inferno that raced down the canyon into the Civic Center area, destroying 14 structures and 36 vehicles.
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