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October 8, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A man who allegedly crashed a stolen tow truck into a crowded Vernon bus stop, killing three people and injuring eight, had been paroled from state prison only hours earlier, police said Friday. Raymond David Bermudez, 29, who had been serving almost continuous prison time since 1998 in cases involving assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession, was arrested on three counts of suspicion of murder after Thursday's crash.
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June 20, 2008 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Dangerous levels of toxic lead were emitted by a Southern California battery recycling facility for months, until regulators ordered the facility to cut production by almost half, officials said. An Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, one of just two such battery recycling facilities west of the Rockies, was emitting lead at levels nearly twice the allowable federal limits from December to April, according to South Coast Air Quality Management District staff.
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June 20, 2008 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Dangerous levels of toxic lead were emitted by a Southern California battery recycling facility for months, until regulators ordered the facility to cut production by almost half, officials said. An Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, one of just two such battery recycling facilities west of the Rockies, was emitting lead at levels nearly twice the allowable federal limits from December to April, according to South Coast Air Quality Management District staff.
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July 14, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The South Coast Air Quality Management District delayed a vote Friday on a set of rules for building new power plants. The proposed rules, which would allow plants to pay fees to make up for each pound of pollution they generate, would have given a boost to a planned 914-megawatt plant in Vernon. The agency rescheduled the vote after AQMD board member and Chino Mayor Dennis Yates said he needed more time to review the scores of letters about the proposal.
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April 16, 2005 | Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County district attorney investigators probing possible misuse of public funds in the industrial city of Vernon are focusing in part on longtime City Administrator Bruce V. Malkenhorst Sr., according to a court record obtained Friday. Malkenhorst, who has been among the highest-paid government officials in the country, is identified as a suspect in a hearing notice prepared by the district attorney's office and filed in Superior Court.
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October 12, 2002 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operators of two Vernon companies that collected and disposed of hazardous wastes from dry-cleaning establishments and auto repair shops have been indicted on charges of violating federal environmental laws, the U.S. attorney's office said Friday. Until it was shut down in January 2001, AAD Dry Cleaning Services was one of California's largest handlers of the dry-cleaning compound called perchloroethylene, commonly known as PERC. PERC, a cancer-causing chemical, is the No.
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December 5, 1987 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
Chanting had disrupted the public hearing for 10 minutes before Gloria Molina, a Los Angeles city councilwoman sitting in the audience, took the microphone to ask for calm. The crowd listened politely to Molina, then picked up the chant again. Finally, exasperated officials from Sacramento and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had had enough. "The meeting is canceled for this evening," announced David Willis, deputy director of the California Department of Health Services.
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July 13, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Environmental activist Angelo Logan once viewed former state Sen. Martha Escutia as a champion on health issues, someone who sought to reduce the amount of air pollution produced by the trains that roll past the low-income communities southeast of downtown Los Angeles. But these days, Logan and Escutia are on opposite sides of a clean-air fight, taking part in a furious last-minute lobbying blitz over a $450-million power plant proposed by the tiny industrial city of Vernon.
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December 1, 1988
Four Greenpeace volunteers were arrested in Sacramento during a sit-in at Gov. George Deukmejian's office as part of a demonstration against the building of a hazardous waste incinerator in Vernon. Thirty members of the environmental group protested the decision of the state Department of Health Services to issue a permit for construction of an incinerator in the industrial city near Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1988
Rep. Matthew Martinez called Tuesday for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to delay a proposed hazardous waste incinerator in Vernon until project officials complete an environmental impact study.
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July 13, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Environmental activist Angelo Logan once viewed former state Sen. Martha Escutia as a champion on health issues, someone who sought to reduce the amount of air pollution produced by the trains that roll past the low-income communities southeast of downtown Los Angeles. But these days, Logan and Escutia are on opposite sides of a clean-air fight, taking part in a furious last-minute lobbying blitz over a $450-million power plant proposed by the tiny industrial city of Vernon.
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October 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ballots in the tiny industrial city's first contested election in 25 years could be counted later this week, a judge ruled Monday. The ballots had been sequestered at City Hall for more than six months as city officials fought in court to invalidate the election that was forced by three people who unexpectedly moved in January into the city of only 91 residents. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz ruled that the ballots -- all absentees -- could be counted.
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August 4, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The city of Vernon's attempt to stop candidates from forcing the town's first contested election in 25 years was shot down Thursday by a judge who described the city as one "run like a fiefdom." The decision marks a defeat for officials of the small city south of downtown Los Angeles, which has spent months trying to invalidate the April election. City officials have refused to count the ballots from the vote until this and several other lawsuits are settled.
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June 26, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
After a year of legal battles, Los Angeles County prosecutors have obtained volumes of documents from Vernon City Hall that are at the center of a public corruption probe of the small industrial city. Vernon city leaders fought to keep the records from the district attorney's office, taking the case to the California Supreme Court. But the high court refused to hear Vernon's final appeal last week, and prosecutors are now reviewing 1,700 pages of city records.
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April 15, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The woman drove out of her driveway in South Pasadena, and without knowing it, straight into Vernon's election-related surveillance of people. The two cars with tinted windows and no license plates followed her as she weaved along streets and zipped through yellow lights to shake them. At stops, men in the cars videotaped her, she said. Panicked, she called police as she drove. "They asked whether there was any reason why I would have private investigators following me.
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April 11, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
This morning, as Vernon holds its first City Council election in 25 years, a judge is expected to decide whether the election should be postponed or be run by county officials amid allegations of potential fraud. Challengers facing City Council members who have been in office for as long as 50 years are trying to keep that city's officials from counting the ballots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1988
The city of Vernon must prepare a full environmental impact study to assess the potential risks to area residents of a proposed controversial hazardous waste incinerator, the state Department of Health Services has ordered. "It's a tremendous victory," said Greenpeace spokesman Bradley Angel, noting that last year the state health department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had issued draft permits for the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1989
The dispute over whether the state's first full-scale commercial hazardous waste incinerator can be built in Vernon without an environmental impact study was put on hold Tuesday pending a hearing March 28. The South Coast Air Quality Management District, which had said it would not renew previously granted construction permits expiring today, agreed to extend those permits until the hearing date set by Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs.
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October 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The three people killed when a stolen tow truck crashed into a crowded bus stop have been identified as Rosa Carrera, 34, Juana Rios, 43, and Daniel Donrantes, 35, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said Saturday. They were hit Thursday when the truck swerved onto a sidewalk at Vernon and Santa Fe avenues. The driver, Raymond David Bermudez, 29, had been paroled from state prison hours earlier. The truck was stolen from a repair shop in Huntington Park, police said.
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October 8, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A man who allegedly crashed a stolen tow truck into a crowded Vernon bus stop, killing three people and injuring eight, had been paroled from state prison only hours earlier, police said Friday. Raymond David Bermudez, 29, who had been serving almost continuous prison time since 1998 in cases involving assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession, was arrested on three counts of suspicion of murder after Thursday's crash.
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