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February 26, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
In his bid for Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti has promoted himself as the greenest of candidates. The city councilman from Silver Lake has pushed for an expansion of L.A.'s rooftop solar-panel program and the creation of thousands of clean-energy jobs, all to reduce the region's dependence on oil. Those positions helped Garcetti win the Sierra Club's endorsement. Missing from Garcetti's environmental platform, however, is any hint that he has long stood to profit from a lease interest in a headline-making oil drilling operation: the wells run by Venoco Inc. at Beverly Hills High School.
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April 22, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has amended two years of financial disclosure statements to belatedly report his ownership interest in a Beverly Hills property linked to an oil drilling operation. Garcetti, who has the Sierra Club's backing in his race against Wendy Greuel, signed a 20-year lease in the late 1990s that gave Venoco Inc. the right to drill under the retail property from the company's oil wells at nearby Beverly Hills High School. However, the city councilman from Silver Lake failed to report in his 2010 and 2011 disclosure filings that he co-owned the Wilshire Boulevard property, which houses a hair salon.
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February 21, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
Carpinteria is a lovely little city on the Pacific just south of Santa Barbara, boasting such features as a city-owned coastal preserve and one of the four remaining seal rookeries in Southern California. Just about the last place you'd expect to become the target of a hostile corporate takeover. The corporation is Venoco Inc., an independent oil company with revenue of more than half a billion dollars a year, which currently owns an oil storage facility in Carpinteria. One would get weary painting big oil companies as soulless monsters:PuckCartoon-TeddyRoosevelt-05-23-1906.
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March 6, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, who has the Sierra Club's backing in his race against City Controller Wendy Greuel, has cut his ties to an oil drilling operation at Beverly Hills High School. The Times reported last week that the city councilman had signed a lease in 1998 that granted Venoco Inc. drilling rights to a retail property he co-owns through a personal trust. In a document dated Tuesday, when Garcetti finished first in the mayoral primary, he assigned his interest in the lease to family friend John Stillman, a Newport Beach attorney.
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December 2, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SHAFTER - In this lush pocket of Kern County, where the agriculture and oil industries have long coexisted, Mike Hopkins' almond orchard has become a battlefield in a dispute that extends to the governor's office. Hopkins is standing up to the oil industry - and Gov. Jerry Brown - by filing a lawsuit against the state to bar energy company Venoco Inc. from drilling an exploratory well on his farm without a full environmental review. Venoco has the mineral rights to Hopkins' 38-acre farm.
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February 28, 2013 | By Maeve Reston and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel ramped up her attacks on chief rival Eric Garcetti on Thursday, alleging that his family's financial connections to a controversial oil drilling operation at Beverly Hills High School has endangered children and raised questions about the authenticity of his environmental credentials. Days before voters head to the polls, Greuel pounced on a Times article this week detailing Garcetti's interest in a 20-year lease with Venoco Inc. In 1998, Garcetti and family members signed a lease with the oil company granting them subsurface drilling rights to a Beverly Hills retail property co-owned by the councilman.
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May 25, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Idled fishermen, oil-slathered pelicans, tar balls washing up on beaches: The daily deluge of sad images from the Gulf of Mexico aren't exactly a choice backdrop for a pro-oil political campaign, especially in an environmentally sensitive California beach town. But on June 8, just seven weeks after the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, Carpinteria voters will decide on an oil company's bid to expand its operations in the Santa Barbara Channel. If it succeeds, an initiative by Denver-based Venoco Inc. will pave the way for an onshore drilling rig that would extend pipes into the ocean floor and suck out as many as 11,000 barrels of oil a day. Located at a facility Venoco has owned since 1999, the initial exploratory rig would be about 17 stories tall and stay in place for up to a year.
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March 6, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, who has the Sierra Club's backing in his race against City Controller Wendy Greuel, has cut his ties to an oil drilling operation at Beverly Hills High School. The Times reported last week that the city councilman had signed a lease in 1998 that granted Venoco Inc. drilling rights to a retail property he co-owns through a personal trust. In a document dated Tuesday, when Garcetti finished first in the mayoral primary, he assigned his interest in the lease to family friend John Stillman, a Newport Beach attorney.
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March 4, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel traded barbs with rivals Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry on Sunday as the leading candidates dashed around the city in a final burst of weekend campaigning, from Encino and Eagle Rock to Venice Beach and South Los Angeles. The top contenders to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sought to shore up support with morning visits to churches and afternoon stops at a taco stand, farmer's market and art gallery. With the election just two days away, acrimony erupted anew between Greuel, the city controller, and the two City Council members she sees as her most formidable opponents, Garcetti and Perry.
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October 21, 2003 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
The operator of the oil rig at Beverly Hills High School has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and install $60,000 worth of monitoring equipment to settle three air pollution violations issued earlier this year by Southland air quality officials. Venoco Inc. reached the agreement with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which in turn agreed to allow the Carpinteria-based company to resume full operation at the site.
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March 4, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel traded barbs with rivals Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry on Sunday as the leading candidates dashed around the city in a final burst of weekend campaigning, from Encino and Eagle Rock to Venice Beach and South Los Angeles. The top contenders to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sought to shore up support with morning visits to churches and afternoon stops at a taco stand, farmer's market and art gallery. With the election just two days away, acrimony erupted anew between Greuel, the city controller, and the two City Council members she sees as her most formidable opponents, Garcetti and Perry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2013 | By Maeve Reston and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel ramped up her attacks on chief rival Eric Garcetti on Thursday, alleging that his family's financial connections to a controversial oil drilling operation at Beverly Hills High School has endangered children and raised questions about the authenticity of his environmental credentials. Days before voters head to the polls, Greuel pounced on a Times article this week detailing Garcetti's interest in a 20-year lease with Venoco Inc. In 1998, Garcetti and family members signed a lease with the oil company granting them subsurface drilling rights to a Beverly Hills retail property co-owned by the councilman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
In his bid for Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti has promoted himself as the greenest of candidates. The city councilman from Silver Lake has pushed for an expansion of L.A.'s rooftop solar-panel program and the creation of thousands of clean-energy jobs, all to reduce the region's dependence on oil. Those positions helped Garcetti win the Sierra Club's endorsement. Missing from Garcetti's environmental platform, however, is any hint that he has long stood to profit from a lease interest in a headline-making oil drilling operation: the wells run by Venoco Inc. at Beverly Hills High School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SHAFTER - In this lush pocket of Kern County, where the agriculture and oil industries have long coexisted, Mike Hopkins' almond orchard has become a battlefield in a dispute that extends to the governor's office. Hopkins is standing up to the oil industry - and Gov. Jerry Brown - by filing a lawsuit against the state to bar energy company Venoco Inc. from drilling an exploratory well on his farm without a full environmental review. Venoco has the mineral rights to Hopkins' 38-acre farm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Idled fishermen, oil-slathered pelicans, tar balls washing up on beaches: The daily deluge of sad images from the Gulf of Mexico aren't exactly a choice backdrop for a pro-oil political campaign, especially in an environmentally sensitive California beach town. But on June 8, just seven weeks after the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, Carpinteria voters will decide on an oil company's bid to expand its operations in the Santa Barbara Channel. If it succeeds, an initiative by Denver-based Venoco Inc. will pave the way for an onshore drilling rig that would extend pipes into the ocean floor and suck out as many as 11,000 barrels of oil a day. Located at a facility Venoco has owned since 1999, the initial exploratory rig would be about 17 stories tall and stay in place for up to a year.
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February 21, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
Carpinteria is a lovely little city on the Pacific just south of Santa Barbara, boasting such features as a city-owned coastal preserve and one of the four remaining seal rookeries in Southern California. Just about the last place you'd expect to become the target of a hostile corporate takeover. The corporation is Venoco Inc., an independent oil company with revenue of more than half a billion dollars a year, which currently owns an oil storage facility in Carpinteria. One would get weary painting big oil companies as soulless monsters:PuckCartoon-TeddyRoosevelt-05-23-1906.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has amended two years of financial disclosure statements to belatedly report his ownership interest in a Beverly Hills property linked to an oil drilling operation. Garcetti, who has the Sierra Club's backing in his race against Wendy Greuel, signed a 20-year lease in the late 1990s that gave Venoco Inc. the right to drill under the retail property from the company's oil wells at nearby Beverly Hills High School. However, the city councilman from Silver Lake failed to report in his 2010 and 2011 disclosure filings that he co-owned the Wilshire Boulevard property, which houses a hair salon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Santa Barbara County petroleum company said Friday that it will still be able to barge oil to California refineries if a bill that cleared the Legislature this week is signed into law. A Venoco Inc. official had said Monday that such a law would force the Carpenteria-based company to haul oil pumped from the Santa Barbara coast all the way to Washington state.
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October 21, 2003 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
The operator of the oil rig at Beverly Hills High School has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and install $60,000 worth of monitoring equipment to settle three air pollution violations issued earlier this year by Southland air quality officials. Venoco Inc. reached the agreement with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which in turn agreed to allow the Carpinteria-based company to resume full operation at the site.
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