The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on January 25, 1994 · Page 268
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · Page 268

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Tuesday, January 25, 1994
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J2 JS6 TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1994 VCEast LOS ANGELES , Tj&gS i i UlSII MIW IM Camarillo Gets a Little Good News: Metrolink Is Coming! 1 t Transit: The earthquake does what city officials couldn't ido speed the arrival of commuter train service. "By J. E MITCHELL SPECIAL TO THE TIMES T lans to extend regular Metro-si I-' link train service to Camaril-JA lo a move aimed at easing post-earthquake commuter problems in the county were greeted iby city leaders Monday as an unexpected "silver lining" to last week's disaster. Metrolink officials said they will be given between $500,000 and $900,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funds to establish a passenger stop on Lewis Road on the city's east side. Service to Camarillo could begin by the end of February, and a small station will be built at the site later, officials said. "Of course, nobody wants to see disasters happen, but in this case some good will come of it," said Camarillo Mayor Ken Gose. "I've chatted about this very possibility with other people and they all said they would be inclined to ride the train if it made stops in Camarillo." Echoing Gose was Camarillo City Manager Bill Little, who said the city has long sought the extension of Metrolink service to the central county city. Special Metrolink service was provided briefly during the Ventura County Fair last summer from Camarillo to Ventura and was very popular. Before the earthquake, however, Metrolink officials viewed a regular stop in Camarillo as too costly. "We've inquired about service here for some time and have always been told that money was tight and that we had to wait our turn," Little said. "I guess you could look at this and say this is one of the silver linings to come from the earthquake." Mary Travis, manager of transit programs for the Ventura County Transportation Commission, said that Metrolink service to Camarillo will help relieve pressure on heavily congested, quake-hobbled Los Angeles-area freeways. "We still have to work out schedules and logistics, but we are very excited about establishing a Metrolink stop in Camarillo," Travis said. "We believe that it will have a noticeable impact on reducing traffic into L.A. We see this as a crisis opportunity to benefit Ventura County." Travis said thatv on Monday, Metrolink ridership was up 15 out of the two existing stations in the county, Moorpark and Simi Valley. At the Lewis Road site, a small strip of asphalt running adjacent to the tracks is the only improvement to distinguish the location as a train stop. A dirt lot next to the tracks will eventually be paved for use as a parking lot Other improvements at the site will include a wheelchair ramp and a station canopy. "What we would like to see is the station up and operating as soon as possible in order to relieve as much traffic as we can," Travis said. Joining Camarillo city leaders in hailing the announcement was r Ventura County Supervisor John K.Flynn. 1 Flynn said that while establish? ing a Metrolink stop in Camarillo ifc a start, he will continue to push ft additional stops in Oxnard am Ventura. J "Our first priority should be t do anything that we can to help relieve the quake-related trans-portation problems," Flynn said, "But I still firmly believe that we need at the very least a Metrolink stop in Oxnard." J According to Peter Hidalgo, ft Metrolink spokesman, transporta tion officials on Monday werl studying whether federal emeri gency funds will be extended W pay for a Metrolink stop in Oxnardj EThe city's two emergency shel- Irain ii n Continued from Bl warmer temperatures Wednesday. No further rain is expected later r this week, meteorologists said. The city of Fillmore placed huge rolls of clear plastic sheeting at St J Francis Catholic Church, where Presidents were snipping off sec-Jtions early Monday to prepare for jthe rain. The city also provided nails and wooden strips for residents to secure the plastic sheet-Sing. fe f A ters were full with about 300 r people on Saturday night, when train was forecast but did not mate- frialize, said Bob Buckles, Fillmore evacuation center supervisor. He tsaid up to 1,000 people were ex- Epected in the shelters Monday I night But he said the city and the Red Cross were planning to bring in extra tents or drape tarps around an outdoor area at Fillmore Middle School to accommodate any over-tflow. J "We're about out of indoor facili- ties," Buckles said. "We'll have to H start putting them outdoors. We ! definitely do not want to turn people away." In Simi Valley, the emergency shelter at Royal High School has ! been providing beds for about 100 jj people, and more were expected E Monday night However, shelter J operators said the building's capacity is 350 people. !j Hugh Darby, manager of the i Federal Emergency Management ' Agency center in Simi Valley, said ij the chilly and wet weather provid-ed an extra incentive to move people quickly through the aid r - 7.'. T 0F. i V Jliilliiir 'asm I -rim - T r mjfcjfcaa A FHANCINEORR or The Times Maria Martinez of Fillmore appears happy and relieved as she picks up a box of food and clothing at a distribution center set up by FEMA. application process. "We're moving people as fast as we can every day, but the impending storm is a factor," he said. "It gets cold at night" Hardware stores were selling hundreds of tarpaulins, sheets of plastic and other makeshift repair materials, employees said. At the Holiday Hardware store on Tapo Street, customer Steve Cherry said his Simi Valley condominium had suffered major damage, forcing him, his wife and infant daughter into a motel. After the quake, "the rain doesn't scare me," he said. "So things get a little wet So what? It's all got to be replaced anyway." Larry Kerr was among many Simi Valley residents whose homes sustained major damage. On Monday, he and his son were covering the house with sheets of orange plastic. "We're just trying to keep this thing as livable as possible," he said. "We're just trying to cope." The forecast of rain also caused concern for crews working to clean up an oil spill along 12 to 15 miles of the Santa Clara River east of Piru. They feared that the contamination from the remaining oil could spread if rain pushes it downstream. E To Our Neighbors 5 8,ks X mi And Is Helping Victims By Accepting Red Cross Vouchers Eagle Rock Plaza did not sustain any structural damage due to the recent earthquake. Eagle Rock Plaza is a regional shopping center that has 55 specialty stores plus Montgomery Ward and RobinsonsMay. All of the stores are open for business. In order to help the earthquake victims, Eagle Rock Plaza will be accepting Red Cross Vouchers or Disbursement Orders. To redeem the vouchers for purchases in any of the Eagle Rock Plaza's stores, vouchers should be exchanged for mall gift certificates at the Mall Management Office. Located on the second level between Montgomery Ward and Foot Locker. Office Hours Mon. - Fri. 8:30 am 5 :00 pm. Gift Certificates may be used at any store during mall hours. Accessory Puce Afterthoughts Anna's Linens Athletic X-Press Baskin Robbins Big Boy Diner B & W Leather Cau Casa Escobar Chess King China Rose Cindy's Cinnamon Rolls Command Performance Contempo Casuals Daniel's Jewelers Don Roberto Jewelers Eagle Rock 1 HR. Photo Everythings $ Eyes On LA Fashion City Fashion 5 Foot Locker Foxmoor General Nutrition Center Farr's Hallmark Jeans West Kay Bee Toys Kid's Mart Kinney Shoes Kirk Jewelers Kitty & Betty Leed's Shoes Litle Bit Of Everything Mario's Pizzeria Millers Outpost Montgomery Ward Mrs. Fields Cookies Organtown Oshman's Sporting Goods Pacific IV Theaters Payless Shoes Petries Plus Pretzel Time Radio Shack RobinsonsMay Size 5-7-9 Spencer Gifts Stride Rite . T-Shirts Plus Universal Savings Van's Shoes Waldenbooks Wherehouse Records Featuring Robinsons May and Montgomery Ward 2700 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles 90011 Mon.- Fri. 10 am-9 pm, Sat. 10 am-6 pm, Sun. 11 am-6 pm. 0MMM V mm Where the Glendale (2) and 134 freeways meet. For more information call: 213 256 2147 Plenty of Free Parking. More than 500 people were working on the spill Monday. More than 600 fish and at least 20 birds and other animals have died so far. Another 22 birds, as well as a pond turtle and a Western toad, were found alive but coated with oiL California Department of Fish and Game officials said the agency may increase the estimate of oil spilled above the original 168,000 gallons after its investigation is complete. At the same time, Arco, parent company of Four Corners Pipeline, reduced its estimate of oil recovered to 58,000 gallons after an analysis of material vacuumed up from the river. : "There is still a lot of oil in the river," said Reed Smith of the Fish and Game Department. "It will take weeks to clean this up." But he said that if rainfall in the area is limited to about half an inch as forecast, the ground should be able to absorb the water and prevent the oil from being pushed further downstream. The rain could also raise the water level at tiny McGrath Lake, where an oil spill discovered on Christmas Day coated the lake and surrounding wetlands with heavy crude. p-.- y . .t Richard Rojas, chief ranger for the California State Parks Channel Coast District, said the rain could damage more vegetation as the "bathtub ring" of oil that clings to the edges of the lake moves up. His department is working with Fish and Game officers to determine how to remove any County Rainfall Here are rainfall figures from the Ventura County Flood Control District for the 24-hour period ending 9 p.m. Monday. Oct. 1 is the beginning of the official rain year. Rakifal Ralnfal Normal raktfal location last 24 hour dnceQct. I to data Camarillo .39 2.40 6.53 CasltagDam .55 4.05 11.09 El Rio .00 2.62 7.06 Fillmore .55 3.04 9.09 Moorpark .35 2.45 7.00 OJal .59 3.36 9.84 Upper OJal .59 4.05 10.52 Oxnard NA HA 678 Plru ;24 263 8.08 Santa Paula .43 3.16 8.34 Slml Valley .31 2.74 7.18 Thousand 0ak . .39 294 6.58 Ventura Govt. Center .28 2.83 7.51 NA-Not Available remaining oil from the bottom of the lake. County engineers said the rainfall was not expected to be heavy enough to trigger mudslides in areas stripped of soil-holding vegetation after last October's wildfires. "I would expect the rainfall to be absorbed into the soil," said John Weikel, senior engineer for the Ventura County Flood Control Department But even a light rain is an unwelcome visitor for Ramona Lof-gan, whose Fillmore home was lefjl uninhabitable by the quake. She and her 6-year-old daughter have been sleeping in a borrowed motdj-home. "This rain just makes it a whole lot harder," she said. Time atari writer Caryl Kelley arM correspondents Mala Davis and Scott Hadly contributed to this article. t r. For Home Delivery, Call 1-800-LA TIMES. 0?TIH IF REPAIRS. FINANCING YOUR The events in recent days have been no less than traumatic. And the immediate future holds many challenges, especially for those who find it necessary to rebuild, or repair the damage of last Monday's earthquake. If you're waiting for an insurance settlement before you rebuild, you could be waiting weeks to receive your check, which means actual repairs could be several months away. That's where First Bank of Beverly Hills can help. We can provide the financial assistance you need to rebuild or make repairs immediately, and help restore security to your family. Also, we will defer your loan payments for 90 days. We can help qualified borrowers in several ways, including: Bridge Loans Reconstruction Loans Home Equity Loans Temporary Relocation Loans Loans to cover your insurance deductible For more information, contact First Bank of Beverly Hills, toll free at 1-800-621-5969. We're here to help in any way we can. Interest cm liurn will continue to accrue. Member FDIC itnvt h1 . n :ti . EQUAL 4, HOUSMO . LENOCfl'

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