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By Loa Blasucci | December 3, 2009
Yesterday I watched a magnificent hawk soar overhead and land in the top of a sky-scraping pine tree. He sat for a while surveying his new digs and I wondered how he felt about our burned out hillsides. His life has changed drastically since the recent wildfires, just as ours have. He knows he can no longer live in the charred remains of our Angeles Crest Forest. Just as he makes adjustments, we need to as well. The soot and fine dirt blowing down from the hillsides have brought us some nasty air quality that we need to be careful of. Fine particles of ash and dust can exacerbate asthma, sinus problems, and even acne.
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July 5, 2007
If you were on vacation on Aug. 25, 2005, you might have missed this column. I'm reprinting it today because many readers found it fascinating. When my daughters were small, I told them that girls were required to wear skirts to school in my day. They were flabbergasted. Not long ago, they both mentioned my dress code stories, claiming that they were struck with horror and awe, when they first heard them. They say they cannot imagine how women grew up to be strong and self-confident with no sports teams for girls, playing dodge ball in skirts at recess.
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August 25, 2005
Dining With Duvall by Lynn Duvall When my daughters were small, I told them that girls were required to wear skirts to school in my day. They were flabbergasted. Not long ago, they both mentioned my dress code stories, claiming that they were struck with horror and awe when they first heard them. They say they cannot imagine how women grew up to be strong and self-confident with no sports teams for girls, playing dodge ball in skirts at recess. They cannot get their minds around the concept, let alone the actual experience.
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January 21, 2010
Declare the foothills a disaster area We need federal help to mitigate the increasing catastrophe as a result of the Station fire. I live in La Cañada and my homeowners insurance company has calculated the smoke damage to my house and contents at approximately $10 per square foot. La Cañada has over 7,000 homes that have sustained over $250 million in damages as a result of smoke from this fire. Add to this the home and businesses in La Crescenta, Tujunga, Sunland, Glendale, Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre and other adjacent cities and the smoke damage is several trillion dollars.
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September 18, 2012
Nearly three dozen foothills homeowners have the right to join together to sue their insurer over alleged damage to their homes from the 2009 Station fire, but they have a ways to go to prove their case, according to a state appellate court. The California 2nd District Court of Appeal this week found that a trial judge had improperly forced 34 homeowners in Glendale, La Crescenta, Pasadena and elsewhere to file separate claims for damages against the California Fair Plan Assn., a coalition of firms that provides property insurance to those otherwise unable to obtain it. The lead plaintiff in the case, Melania Kazaryan, lives in Glendale.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Farmers Insurance Group of refusing to honor claims filed by policyholders whose homes were damaged by the Station fire. The plaintiffs, comprising more than 1,100 homeowners in the Station fire burn area, allege that the insurance company denied or minimized payouts on claims for damage stemming from fire, smoke, ash, soot and wind. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Farmers Insurance spokesman Jerry Davies said the company's legal team was reviewing the lawsuit, but declined to comment further.
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By Carol Cormaci | December 3, 2009
It seems nothing much can be done about the airborne soot that, depending on the day, drapes La Cañada like a widow’s veil, an unwanted accessory fashioned by the hand of the unknown arsonist. No sooner do we wipe things down than a breeze comes through and blows debris off the denuded San Gabriels into our air and onto every surface it encounters. Last weekend’s wind gusts were unnerving, and had the added element of a traffic threat: They pushed already teetering rocks, no longer held firmly in place by plant life, onto Angeles Crest Highway above town just as Caltrans was readying to reopen it for the first time since that late August afternoon when the Station fire was ignited.
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By Anita S. Brenner | December 14, 2011
'Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the town Dr. Joe was kvetching* about Scrooge, wearing a frown. Edison had re-strung its lines with care, In hopes that the power soon would be there. The school board was nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of lawsuits danced in their heads. And Miss Hepburn* in her kerchief, and I with her sock, Had just settled our brains for a long winter's walk*. When over by Gould, there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the curb to see what was the matter.
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By Loa Blasucci | December 3, 2009
Yesterday I watched a magnificent hawk soar overhead and land in the top of a sky-scraping pine tree. He sat for a while surveying his new digs and I wondered how he felt about our burned out hillsides. His life has changed drastically since the recent wildfires, just as ours have. He knows he can no longer live in the charred remains of our Angeles Crest Forest. Just as he makes adjustments, we need to as well. The soot and fine dirt blowing down from the hillsides have brought us some nasty air quality that we need to be careful of. Fine particles of ash and dust can exacerbate asthma, sinus problems, and even acne.
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July 5, 2007
If you were on vacation on Aug. 25, 2005, you might have missed this column. I'm reprinting it today because many readers found it fascinating. When my daughters were small, I told them that girls were required to wear skirts to school in my day. They were flabbergasted. Not long ago, they both mentioned my dress code stories, claiming that they were struck with horror and awe, when they first heard them. They say they cannot imagine how women grew up to be strong and self-confident with no sports teams for girls, playing dodge ball in skirts at recess.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2005
Dining With Duvall by Lynn Duvall When my daughters were small, I told them that girls were required to wear skirts to school in my day. They were flabbergasted. Not long ago, they both mentioned my dress code stories, claiming that they were struck with horror and awe when they first heard them. They say they cannot imagine how women grew up to be strong and self-confident with no sports teams for girls, playing dodge ball in skirts at recess. They cannot get their minds around the concept, let alone the actual experience.
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