LANCASTER – A suspect was identified Monday in a fatal shooting the day before outside a Lancaster nightclub, but he remained at large Monday, a sheriff’s official said. Michael King, 22, of Lancaster is wanted in the killing of 25-year-old Jermaine Tyron, also of Lancaster, at 1:20 a.m. near Schooner’s restaurant on 15th Street West, Deputy Bill Brauberger, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman said. Tyron was shot several times and pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital. The victim and his accused killer were identified as friends, said Brauberger, noting investigators have no idea what the motive might have been. The shooting is the second to have occurred in the area surrounding Schooner’s, a nightclub with a violent history. Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. [email protected] (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Using a camera mounted on a robotic buggy to inspect the drain in August, city engineers found a small piece from the top of the corrugated metal pipe had fallen off. “We thought it would just be localized repair,” said Ron Dragoo, the city’s senior engineer. “We run into this often in storm drains in this city.” The repair was estimated at $30,000 to clean the pipe and insert a polyethylene liner. But when workers accessed the storm drain 25 feet underground, they found the problem was beyond a quick patch. The whole bottom of the pipe was corroded and the soil beneath had eroded, creating a subterranean cavern that in time could become a sinkhole. The new estimate was $200,000 to replace or repair 130 feet of the Mossbank storm drain, which catches water from 15,000acres surrounding the canyon east of Silver Spur Road and north of Hawthorne Boulevard. The worst part of the pipe was found about 70 feet from residential property. EROSION: Problems with major section of pipe may be symbolic of larger issue that will be addressed on the November ballot. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER A deteriorated storm drain that’s become a veritable money pit for the city of Rancho Palos Verdes could be the bellwether for debate over two measures on the city’s November ballot. Dragoo said he was not surprised to find the pipe in such a state of neglect, since it was probably installed sometime in the late 1950s or early ’60s and then forgotten about until its recent inspection. “This type of corrugated metal pipe is good for about a 30-year period,” Dragoo said. The city of Rancho Palos Verdes is riddled with storm drains exceeding their expected life span. Engineers estimate more than 300 of the city’s storm drains are at least 40 years old, and, of those, 80 percent have decayed to where they could collapse and cause damage to nearby properties, according to a report by a citizens committee for Water Quality and Flood Protection. “The storm drain infrastructure in this city has not been maintained for decades, so it’s not business as usual,” Councilman Doug Stern said. “We have significant catching up to do.” Heavy winter rains in 2004 and 2005 caused major damage to public and private property in the city – including the sinkholes on Western Avenue and the flooding of McCarrel Canyon – and illustrated the need for proactive storm drain maintenance. In September 2005, voters narrowly passed via mail-in ballot an annual storm drain user fee for 80 percent of the residents – the other 20 percent are exempt because their households use storm drains owned by the county or neighboring cities. Property owners pay about $86 annually for 30 years and the revenue is put in a fund used only for storm drain repairs. Since the measure passed, the city has spent $4.3 million on what it calls “high priority storm drain repair projects,” according to the citizens report. This year, the user fee is expected to produce $1.2 million for the storm drain fund. However, two measures on the Nov. 6 ballot would alter the tax. Measure C, designed by the City Council, would shorten the user fee’s sunset to 10 years and make the citizen oversight committee permanent. Measure D, placed on the ballot by a citizen petition, would eliminate the user fee. “We really don’t need to have a user fee because the city of Rancho Palos Verdes has the money to fix our storm drains – that is, if (the city) decides to make infrastructure a priority,” said Don Reeves, a retired aerospace manager and candidate for City Council. Reeves said he put Measure D on the ballot because he believes the city has enough revenue in its reserves to fix the storm drains and, once the $450 million Terranea luxury resort development is completed, the city will have an even greater surplus in its coffers. “It would be fiscally irresponsible to discontinue the storm drain user fee,” Councilman Steve Wolowicz said. “If we wait for the revenue from a hotel that isn’t even built yet, we are likely to go under water.” Stern and Wolowicz said storm drains are a necessity and will likely be one of the most contentious issues in the upcoming election. “I know that it’s a lot more popular to build new things and have grand openings than to maintain the things that are already there,” Stern said. “Nobody is going to say, `Wow, I feel so good that I’m putting money into a storm drain system that I don’t ever see.’ But it would be reckless and irresponsible not to.” Council members contend the city’s reserves are for unforeseen circumstances or emergencies, not for repair work that will span decades and cost more than $30million. “We studied the storm drains and once we saw the enormity of the problem we knew there had to be extra funding for it. So it was voted on and passed by the people who were going to pay for it,” Wolowicz said. “If these funds are cut off, we will be left having to do this work with a relatively nominal amount of money and our reserves will go down.” Meanwhile, Dragoo says he and his crews are expecting to keep up a feverish pace of repairs until the first rains of the season. “You want to find these things in the summer so you have time to repair them,” the engineer said. “This city’s pipes are crotchety and disturbed, but like all older things, with a little bit of care we can bring them back to a working condition.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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