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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1993 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Margarita Water District, which adopted some of the state's toughest conflict-of-interest guidelines after a controversy that unseated its two top administrators, has been asked for copies of its new ethics code by several other agencies, one of which is incorporating elements of the code in its own new policy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
John H. Lauten, a lawyer who helped plan the invasion of Normandy as an Army captain during World War II and later became the first non-engineer to oversee the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, has died. He was 96. Lauten died of natural causes March 22 at an assisted-living facility in Simi Valley, his family said. As general manager of the MWD from 1974 to 1977, Lauten "provided aggressive leadership" as he diligently worked to develop critical energy sources and educate the public on the need for water conservation during a time of drought, Jeffrey Kightlinger, the district's current general manager, said in a statement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1998 | TERRY McDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Downstairs at the Hollywood Park Casino early on a Thursday morning, the night-shift workers moved in on the poker tables. The hard-core regulars, the guys with the creased jeans and pointed boots, greeted them and the morning the same way some of them looked to have greeted the night--with the blank gazes and silent mumbles of sure losers. Upstairs, the soft click of chips was replaced by real noise. A little jazz trio kicked out a bluesy wake-up call to go with the coffee.
HOME & GARDEN
September 14, 2006 | Lili Singer
A wise man once said: Everything is easy, once you know how. Tell that to the frustrated native-plant gardener and suggest she find a copy of this book. Unlike other new titles on California flora, this ring-bound reference provides the how, why, when and where for growing scores of different species and cultivars -- practical information that can lead to success.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1990
For months, Southern California has debated whether it must ration water to cope with the four driest years in the state's recorded history. At the Metropolitan Water District, the region's biggest water agency, the debate has ended. The MWD itself will not get enough water to go around next year, and rationing will start in February for the 27 local agencies it supplies. There is no cause for panic.
HOME & GARDEN
September 14, 2006 | Lili Singer
A wise man once said: Everything is easy, once you know how. Tell that to the frustrated native-plant gardener and suggest she find a copy of this book. Unlike other new titles on California flora, this ring-bound reference provides the how, why, when and where for growing scores of different species and cultivars -- practical information that can lead to success.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
John H. Lauten, a lawyer who helped plan the invasion of Normandy as an Army captain during World War II and later became the first non-engineer to oversee the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, has died. He was 96. Lauten died of natural causes March 22 at an assisted-living facility in Simi Valley, his family said. As general manager of the MWD from 1974 to 1977, Lauten "provided aggressive leadership" as he diligently worked to develop critical energy sources and educate the public on the need for water conservation during a time of drought, Jeffrey Kightlinger, the district's current general manager, said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1999 | Alex Katz, (949) 547-4206
The city recently finished replacing and upgrading its computers and software to avoid any Y2K computer glitches, city officials said. The project to make sure computers could recognize dates after Dec. 31 cost about $50,000, said City Clerk Jeri Stately. Financial records, building permits and other records are stored on city computer systems. Local water districts and Southern California Edison don't expect glitches to interrupt services, Stately said.
NEWS
January 9, 1997 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Soon after the Overturfs pulled the truck alongside the canal to end their 24-hour drive from Arkansas, the fish were flying. Beverly hooked an 8-inch hose up to a tank, Chuck hoisted the hose onto his shoulder like a bazooka, told Beverly "go" and suddenly it was raining carp. This wasn't shooting fish in a barrel; it was more like fish barreling through a chute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1992 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first months after the easing of penalties for excessive water use throughout much of Ventura County, consumption remains well below pre-drought levels, officials say. While there has been some increase in consumption, officials last week said they believe that most county residents will never return to the kind of unchecked water use that marked public consumption habits before the drought hit California in 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1998 | TERRY McDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Downstairs at the Hollywood Park Casino early on a Thursday morning, the night-shift workers moved in on the poker tables. The hard-core regulars, the guys with the creased jeans and pointed boots, greeted them and the morning the same way some of them looked to have greeted the night--with the blank gazes and silent mumbles of sure losers. Upstairs, the soft click of chips was replaced by real noise. A little jazz trio kicked out a bluesy wake-up call to go with the coffee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1993 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Margarita Water District, which adopted some of the state's toughest conflict-of-interest guidelines after a controversy that unseated its two top administrators, has been asked for copies of its new ethics code by several other agencies, one of which is incorporating elements of the code in its own new policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1990
For months, Southern California has debated whether it must ration water to cope with the four driest years in the state's recorded history. At the Metropolitan Water District, the region's biggest water agency, the debate has ended. The MWD itself will not get enough water to go around next year, and rationing will start in February for the 27 local agencies it supplies. There is no cause for panic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
In 1981, Johnny Johnson marched into the storefront headquarters of the tiny Sativa-Los Angeles County Water District in Willowbrook to complain about his water being shut off. He ended up deciding to run for a seat on the water board. Johnson has been a leader of the district ever since. Now 68, he oversees a staff of six full-time employees, including his wife and stepdaughter. For years, the district has operated without a budget, an auditor or a general manager. It can't afford to install water meters at the 1,500 homes it serves just north of Compton.
NEWS
June 17, 1990 | DEAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bid to conserve water supplies in much of Los Angeles County, officials are planning to divert billions of gallons of treated waste water to parks, golf courses, freeway greenbelts, cemeteries, oil refineries and factories for landscape irrigation and industrial uses. By substituting reclaimed waste water for drinking-quality water in sprinkler systems and industrial operations, water officials from El Segundo to Downey hope to stretch supplies of local ground water and imported water.
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