SUN IN THE MORNIN’: This hot spell translates to more almost-free showers for the few Valley residents with solar water heating (above). Solar heating took off in the 1970s, boosted by tax credits. But its appeal expired with the credits, and most household water is still heated by gas.
NAFTA VOTES: The Valley’s delegation in Congress, like much of the nation, is of many minds on the North American Free Trade Agreement (A12). Anthony C. Beilenson of Woodland Hills has taken the only firm stand--in favor, and expects anti-NAFTA constituents to punish him for it. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon of Santa Clarita appears to be against it and Carlos J. Moorhead of Glendale is leaning that way. Undecided are Howard L. Berman and Henry A. Waxman. . . . Big worry: job drain to Mexico, the Ross Perot theme.
COUCH PIRATES: That cable TV salesperson at your door may also be checking for pirates. The industry loses $4.7 billion a year to unauthorized home-rigged hookups, so sales personnel are trained to look for clues, according to the manager of an Antelope Valley system. He told Street Beat, the Valley crime column (B2), that his company recently broadcast a free T-shirt offer that only pirates would receive. . . . More than 150 replied.
TAG TEAMS: Will the county supervisors’ new get-tough-on-graffiti program (B9) really work? The plan envisions combining all anti-graffiti forces, public and private. A skeptic is Norma Solis, who runs a Canoga Park group: “It would be great, but I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as it sounds. . . . Everybody has a different agenda.”
NEW START: Dwight Angelini, the former Harvard-Westlake soccer player put on probation for injuring a Notre Dame player by kicking his head during a game, says he’s enjoying a fresh start at Yale (C6). . . . Angelini, believed to be the first California athlete hit with criminal charges for on-field violence, is a starter for the Ivy League school.
Valley communities with the highest number of occupied housing units heated by solar energy. Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks: 93 North Hollywood: 70 Chatsworth-Porter Ranch: 45 Arleta-Pacoima: 44 Canoga Park-Winnetka-Woodland Hills: 42 Source: 1990 U.S. Census