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September 16, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
Underground water pipes in Los Angeles have suffered significantly more "major blowouts" in the last three months, officials confirmed Tuesday after analyzing dozens of ruptures, some of which flooded streets, damaged vehicles and buildings and created a sinkhole so big that it almost swallowed a firetruck. And the city's engineers don't know why. It could be fluctuating temperatures. It could be a statistical anomaly. It could be something else. "It's strange," said William Robertson, general manager of the Bureau of Street Services, which repaves the ruined roads after the water recedes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2009 | Jessica Garrison and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles City Council members said Wednesday that they intend to more closely monitor upgrades to the city's aging, leaky water system after burst pipes in the San Fernando Valley inundated one neighborhood and caused a sinkhole in another that nearly swallowed a firetruck. "Most folks recognize this as a wake-up call," said City Councilman Paul Koretz, who represents the Studio City and Valley Village neighborhoods where the burst lines created havoc, chewing up pavement and flooding homes and businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Los Angeles voters showed a profound disinterest in the civic election in March when just 18% turned out, but there was a virtual stampede of candidates this week to run for the San Fernando Valley seat of former City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who won the race for city controller. The slate of 14 candidates for the Sept.
OPINION
April 10, 2009
Re "Judged by her face, longing to break free," April 5, and "Step by step, a life is changed," April 6 I began reading the story about Ana Rodarte, who suffers disfigurement from neurofibromatosis, out of curiosity; I plunged into its conclusion the next day because I thought it was one of the best-written articles I've seen in years. The Times' lengthy involvement in this young woman's life; the writer's use of the English language and dispassionate, yet caring, observations -- all amounted to an award-worthy piece, at least in my humble opinion.
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March 9, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
A 22-year-old woman whose body was found inside the trunk of her car after a tip was sent to a local TV station, had been missing for more than a week, police said Sunday. Denise Figueroa's mother reported her missing Feb. 28 after the woman left her mother's North Hills home and did not return, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Dave Cueto. On Saturday, someone sent a fax to KTLA-TV Channel 5 pointing investigators to Figueroa's car in Valley Village. Police found her body in the trunk of the car, which was parked on the 11700 block of Hortense Street, Cueto said.
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