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In "What’s helium-filled, foil — and harmless?" Terri Adishian says it's unnecessary to ban helium-filled foil balloons. Tell that to 2,000 residents of Menlo Park. On March 24, they came home to find no power. Why? Because a Mylar balloon...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersOrange County officials have ordered mandatory evacuations, beginning tonight at 7 p.m., of four canyon communities hit hard by the October fires -- a move they said is necessary in advance of expected heavy downpours. The evacuation orders for residents...
For so long it was just the two of them in the two-bedroom town house in Grover Beach, near San Luis Obispo. Father and son watching action movies together, sharing homemade hamburgers with plenty of finadenefinadene sauce, a Guamanian staple. Joe...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WritersThe storm system that has pounded California since last week was expected to weaken today into a series of sporadic but intense showers, with the possibility of more rain Tuesday night. Emergency preparedness officials, who had geared up for the worst in...
A Bay Area officer of the scandal-clouded Service Employees International Union has collected double salaries, one as a city transit worker and the other from a charity that receives much of its funding from the labor organization and corporate interests,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersPublic Utilities Commissioner Timothy A. Simon solicited donations from companies he regulates to help pay for a nonprofit conference on green energy hosted last month by one of his political patrons, documents and interviews show. Two weeks after the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterA massage for a lawmaker's wife. Circus tickets for his kids. Keys to a mountain cabin for the weekend. A donation to his favorite charity or one that flies him across the world on an "educational" trip. There are many ways to get a politician's...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterCadillac unveiled a concept car this week that runs partially on hydrogen, adding to the ranks of futuristic vehicles powered by the universe's most common element. Yet even if you could drive it -- there's only one now -- you couldn't get from L.A. to...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersA complaint filed with state ethics officials Tuesday accused Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez of using a charity to illegally funnel donations into political activities. The complaint cites more than $270,000 that Nuñez solicited in 2005 and 2006 from...
CONSUMER CONFIDENTIALCalifornia's three biggest utilities are charging customers nearly $4.6 billion to install millions of "smart meters" at homes and businesses. These newfangled meters, the utilities promise, will revolutionize energy usage by giving consumers far...
Times Staff WriterGo ahead. Leave a light on. The amount of money you'd save by turning off every 100-watt bulb the moment you left the room wouldn't even buy a cappuccino in these days of budding deregulation and rising energy prices. But if you're convinced you it's...
Times Staff WriterFor the second time in two days, the judge in the Scott Peterson murder trial today dismissed a juror, replacing the foreman who had taken copious notes during the 5½-month trial. The dropped juror, who is both a doctor and a lawyer, was replaced as...
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