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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The trouble, Sandi Sterling complains, is the contrary of the computer-problem adage: Garbage in, no garbage out. Thursday was the ninth consecutive day that garbage in Sterling's upscale Encino neighborhood was not picked up by city trucks. After an accident caused by faulty equipment on a garbage truck killed two children last week, the city has delayed picking up trash in some areas while inspecting its vehicles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2007 | Alan C. Miller and Myron Levin, Times Staff Writers
U-Haul International Inc., the nation's leading provider of rental trailers and trucks, is inspecting its vehicles more frequently since The Times raised questions about the company's maintenance practices earlier this year, according to employees, managers and dealers. Interviews, internal bulletins and a recent field survey of U-Haul equipment indicated that management is pushing employees and dealers to be more vigilant about inspections.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2007 | Alan C. Miller and Myron Levin, Times Staff Writers
U-Haul International Inc., the nation's leading provider of rental trailers and trucks, is inspecting its vehicles more frequently since The Times raised questions about the company's maintenance practices earlier this year, according to employees, managers and dealers. Interviews, internal bulletins and a recent field survey of U-Haul equipment indicated that management is pushing employees and dealers to be more vigilant about inspections.
WORLD
February 21, 2005 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Marines stepped up operations against insurgents in Ramadi on Sunday, part of an effort to clamp down on rebel strongholds as Iraqis tried to determine the shape of their new government. Marines set up checkpoints, began inspecting vehicles and imposed a curfew on the city, capital of Sunni-dominated Al Anbar province, where Iraq's insurgents have been most active.
NEWS
November 16, 1993 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Environmental Protection Agency began drafting documents Monday that would allow it to impose sanctions on California as early as March for failing to overhaul the state vehicle inspection program. The sanctions could amount to a loss of as much as $750 million in federal highway funds.
NEWS
September 3, 1993 | MELISSA HEALY and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol M. Browner on Thursday issued a potent threat to California lawmakers debating the overhaul of the state's vehicle-inspection program, saying the EPA will withhold up to $750 million in federal highway funds unless California adopts a program acceptable to her agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1998
Traffic is the single biggest aggravation in Southern California. And accidents are the leading cause of traffic congestion. Suggestion: three traffic accidents on the freeway and you're out! If the small percentage of poor drivers involved in repeated accidents were banned from access to the freeways, traffic congestion would be greatly reduced. Insurance rates might be mitigated. Other suggestions: Drivers with repeat stalls on the freeways might be banned for a period of time to encourage better maintenance of their vehicles.
NEWS
December 8, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN and JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One day after a malfunctioning city garbage truck killed two 8-year-old boys, Los Angeles city officials made several instant policy changes Thursday to improve safety--requiring mechanical problems to be posted directly on vehicle dashboards, expanding drivers' morning inspections and prohibiting operators from compacting trash while trucks are traveling.
NEWS
May 21, 1988 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
In an attempt to comply with federal clean air standards, the state Senate on Friday unanimously approved the first major shake-up of the 4-year-old California vehicle smog check program, including stiff increases in what mechanics can charge to make exhaust emission repairs. Without debate or a murmur of dissent, the upper chamber sent the wide-ranging legislation by Sen. Robert B. Presley (D-Riverside) to the Assembly on a 32-0 vote.
NEWS
July 14, 1992 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed tough new vehicle emission inspections and maintenance requirements in Los Angeles and scores of other cities plagued by dirty air, calling for a 28% reduction in the pollutants that create smog. The new standards implement a mandate of the 1990 Clean Air Act. They will require the most polluted metropolitan areas to use new high-tech testing equipment and confront owners of cars and light trucks with far higher repair bills.
AUTOS
March 17, 2004 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
When Henry Johnson leased his Mercedes-Benz, he recalled that the dealer assured him the used S340 sedan was in such mint condition it had earned the manufacturer's prestigious "Starmark certified pre-owned" label. But his beloved $62,000 leased Mercedes ended up as an expensive ornament in his Chino Hills driveway, he later alleged in a suit.
AUTOS
September 25, 2002 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Significant reforms of California's loosely regulated salvage automobile industry, which was scored in a series of state investigations and Senate hearings in recent years, were enacted last week in Sacramento. The reforms, touted by consumer advocates as trend-setting advances in auto safety, are contained in two bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Gray Davis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You have to look hard to find flaws in the fancy red big rig that has rumbled north across the international border loaded with concrete blocks. Inspector Paul Ingram is looking very hard. He thumps the tires, aims his flashlight at the brakes, jiggles hoses and rods, scoots beneath to scan the suspension and frame, and checks the paperwork on the truck and its Tijuana driver.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2001 | Associated Press
Mexican big rigs won't have to undergo a U.S. safety check for up to 18 months after they have full access to U.S. roads under proposed new federal rules. Critics pounced on that aspect of the plan, saying the trucks should be thoroughly inspected before being allowed to operate in the United States to ensure that U.S. motorists aren't sharing the road with unsafe vehicles.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2000 | JOHN O'DELL
Internet auctioneer EBay Inc. and General Motors Corp.'s Saturn division have teamed in an industry first to provide certified auto inspection services for car sellers offering their vehicles through the new EBayMotors.com site. The program, to be announced today, is designed to help ease potential bidders' concerns about purchasing used vehicles unseen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2000 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operation was barely minutes old when California Highway Patrol Officer Randy Pickens swung into action, pulling over a minivan speeding through Oxnard stuffed with strawberry pickers late for the day's harvest. The van was packed with nine people. Few wore seat belts. Two had no place to sit and squatted on the floorboard amid a tangle of blue jeans and work boots.
NEWS
February 4, 1996 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the U.S. Customs Service has relaxed controls of cargo and passengers, its cocaine seizures have declined sharply over the past year, prompting U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to call for firing the embattled agency's chief. Feinstein and U.S. Customs employees allege that drug interdiction is given relatively low priority under Commissioner George Weise as he presses a controversial program that allows millions of trucks to enter the country each year from Mexico without inspection.
NEWS
June 29, 1987 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
On a clear day--and most of them are--a vast Southwestern panorama can be seen from the 11th floor of City Hall. From the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the north to the Sandias in the east, the Rio Grande Valley stretches in earthen reds and browns to horizons 60 miles distant. Against such a background, Albuquerque seems an unlikely place for a crackdown by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But a cloud hangs over this city of 390,000.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2000 | ROBIN FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consumer groups and auto makers are headed for a showdown in Sacramento over the lucrative business of repairing auto emissions-control systems. As it stands, manufacturers and their authorized dealers have a virtual lock on such repairs on vehicles made since 1996, which have complex diagnostic systems. But a bill that cleared the California Senate last summer and is now in the Assembly would force the auto industry to unlock the systems' mysteries, opening the door for competitors.
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