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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1992
In "Florida's Apologies to Nature" (Feb. 15), I found some solace in the fact that people were recognizing, albeit too late, that nature relies on a delicate balance. I grew up in central Florida and was involved in the debate over channelizing the Kissimmee River. We lost that argument and the state lost a valuable resource, which it is now trying to reclaim. I now live in the Ojai Valley, and find myself involved in the debate surrounding the Weldon Canyon landfill. I have been amazed at the lack of coverage by the media, both print and broadcast, of the dangers facing the Ojai Valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1996 | KENNETH R. WEISS and CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A flurry of last-minute political mail blanketed Ventura County on Saturday, drawing objections and outrage from opponents who say the fliers make dubious and sometimes erroneous assertions. Of all the mailers delivered to voters as the election neared, the claims of those from three campaigns were particularly effective in raising the ire of political foes. County Hospital At least two new mailers from Community Memorial Hospital arrived Saturday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1992 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An environmental study of the proposed Weldon Canyon landfill is adequate, a group of county planners declared Wednesday, paving the way for a Board of Supervisors vote this summer. The Environmental Report Review Committee's decision came over the objections of environmentalists, who contend that the 2,000-page study failed to address sufficiently the threat of Valley Fever posed by the landfill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1996 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of a landfill at Weldon Canyon have raised $42,387 in cash and nonmonetary contributions to challenge the dump initiative on the March ballot, according to campaign finance reports. Meanwhile, backers of the countywide landfill initiative said they missed the Feb. 15 deadline for filing their latest finance statement. The report covers Jan. 1 to Feb. 10.
NEWS
September 21, 1989
Waste Management of California will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss the landfill it has proposed for Weldon Canyon at the mouth of the Ojai Valley. The firm is planning a series of meetings to explain the Weldon Canyon proposal and discuss its expertise in the field of solid waste management technology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1994
Ethel Sulkis' complaint (Letter to the Editor, Aug. 16) that various forces have lined up to deny her the opportunity to vote for the Weldon Canyon Landfill ballot initiative is not only ludicrous, it completely ignores the truth behind the entire landfill initiative charade. This initiative would actually direct the county to nullify the constitutional protection of many laws and agencies. In simplest terms, if the courts ultimately do eliminate this initiative from the November ballot, thus preventing Ms. Sulkis from voting on it, numerous safeguards that attempt to preserve a good measure of our quality of life will have been preserved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1994
I can remember the "good old days" when Hoot Bennett, John Conlan, Tom Laubacher, Frank Jewett and a few others--who didn't depend upon a county paycheck for their livelihood--used to make decisions based on what was good for the majority of people living in the county. In the last few years, it seems as if the majority of our Board of Supervisors has caved in to the Ojai squeaky wheels on more issues than I care to remember, starting with Petrochem (ensuring the demise of the local oil industry)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1992 | LARRY SPEER
Officials Wednesday ended the review period for an environmental report on the proposed Weldon Canyon landfill but decided to allow county staff five more weeks to review testimony before deciding whether to approve it. Nearly all of the 25 speakers at the Environmental Report Review Committee's final public hearing demanded that the document be recirculated for additional public comments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1991 | KIP ALLEN
The city of Ojai, a primary opponent of the proposed Weldon Canyon landfill, has maintained in a letter to the county that an environmental study of the proposed dump is inadequate because it is based on outdated information. The landfill would be located north of Ventura near Casitas Springs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1995
Once again, the Weldon Canyon Landfill proponents are attempting to stuff it down the throats of the local inhabitants. Signatures have been collected on a petition that would seek to bypass the Board of Supervisors. Even more disturbing is the manner in which these signatures are being obtained. Recently at K mart in Ventura, a solicitor asked me to sign a petition aiming to restrict donations to political candidates. Almost all people would endorse this measure. After I'd signed that petition, the clipboard was flipped over and I was asked to "sign this one too."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Backers of a proposed landfill at Weldon Canyon cannot guarantee the dump will never accept out-of-county trash if voters approve its construction next March, a county report has concluded. Representatives of Taconic Resources, the San Diego investment firm behind the dump proposal, have repeatedly said they are willing to sign an agreement prohibiting the importation of trash as a condition of approval or support for the dump.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1995
Once again, the Weldon Canyon Landfill proponents are attempting to stuff it down the throats of the local inhabitants. Signatures have been collected on a petition that would seek to bypass the Board of Supervisors. Even more disturbing is the manner in which these signatures are being obtained. Recently at K mart in Ventura, a solicitor asked me to sign a petition aiming to restrict donations to political candidates. Almost all people would endorse this measure. After I'd signed that petition, the clipboard was flipped over and I was asked to "sign this one too."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1994
Ethel Sulkis' complaint (Letter to the Editor, Aug. 16) that various forces have lined up to deny her the opportunity to vote for the Weldon Canyon Landfill ballot initiative is not only ludicrous, it completely ignores the truth behind the entire landfill initiative charade. This initiative would actually direct the county to nullify the constitutional protection of many laws and agencies. In simplest terms, if the courts ultimately do eliminate this initiative from the November ballot, thus preventing Ms. Sulkis from voting on it, numerous safeguards that attempt to preserve a good measure of our quality of life will have been preserved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1994
I can remember the "good old days" when Hoot Bennett, John Conlan, Tom Laubacher, Frank Jewett and a few others--who didn't depend upon a county paycheck for their livelihood--used to make decisions based on what was good for the majority of people living in the county. In the last few years, it seems as if the majority of our Board of Supervisors has caved in to the Ojai squeaky wheels on more issues than I care to remember, starting with Petrochem (ensuring the demise of the local oil industry)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1993 | SARA CATANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bringing the embattled Weldon Canyon landfill proposal a step closer to its fate, county planners on Monday recommended approval of the dump, provided it shrinks to a third of its originally proposed size. In keeping with suggestions made during an environmental review, the planning staff's report recommends reducing the landfill's capacity and its life span.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County Supervisor Maggie Kildee announced Wednesday that she is no longer convinced that building a new landfill is the solution to the county's solid-waste problems, a decision that could spell doom for the proposed Weldon Canyon dump. Kildee, who is considered the swing vote on the fate of the new landfill near Ojai, told a room of about 135 constituents at a breakfast meeting that the county should look at other options for waste disposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1993
On Dec. 17, 1992, the county staff made public the proposed contract between the county and Waste Management Inc. for the development and operation of the Weldon Canyon Landfill. The press followed the announcement with stories extolling the high level of profit (reported at $156 million or 35%) apparently being extracted by Waste Management for the privilege of disposing the county's garbage. To say the least, we at the Ventura Regional Sanitation District (VRSD) are appalled at the proposal that Waste Management Inc. be permitted a reported 35% profit--over $156 million over the life of the contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1991
Former Simi Valley Councilwoman Ann Rock said in a Letter to the Editor (June 25) that the Environmental Coalition was using scare tactics related to the proposed Weldon Canyon Landfill in Ventura. She asked if we had "any data to show that other county landfills . . . also pose a real and imminent threat of AIDS infection? If so, why did the coalition fail to speak out when the environmental impact report for extending the Simi Landfill was circulated a few years ago?" If Mrs. Rock had examined the 128 comments submitted by the Environmental Coalition on the Simi Valley Landfill Environmental Impact Report in 1988, she would have known that one of the 128 concerns we voiced was: "Patients being treated at home with diseases deposit their trash directly in their trash bins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1993
On Dec. 17, 1992, the county staff made public the proposed contract between the county and Waste Management Inc. for the development and operation of the Weldon Canyon Landfill. The press followed the announcement with stories extolling the high level of profit (reported at $156 million or 35%) apparently being extracted by Waste Management for the privilege of disposing the county's garbage. To say the least, we at the Ventura Regional Sanitation District (VRSD) are appalled at the proposal that Waste Management Inc. be permitted a reported 35% profit--over $156 million over the life of the contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1992 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forced by Ventura County to expand a study of the proposed landfill site at Weldon Canyon, Waste Management officials said they have stalled the project while they negotiate to save money by hiring county planners instead of a private firm. Officials at Waste Management of California said Thursday that they are reluctant to pay the rates that private planners will charge to expand the environmental impact report to meet county requirements.
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