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BRIEFLY TMC MINE HEARING RESET FOR JAN. 23.

At the request of Santa Clarita officials, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has delayed until Jan. 23 a public hearing on a controversial sand and gravel mine proposed for Soledad Canyon.

The hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday, but city officials told the board that the environmental documents submitted by Transit Mixed Concrete of Azusa leave out important information about air and water quality.

Opponents of the mine are worried that the project will pollute the air, harm the Santa Clara River, deplete the Santa Clarita Valley's water supply and choke the freeways with traffic.

TMC officials said the mine will not harm the local environment and will provide crucial raw materials for construction and public works projects.

- Daily News

3 men suspected in insurance fraud

Federal authorities announced Tuesday the arrests of three people suspected of defrauding Allstate Insurance Cos. in the wake of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.

FBI agents arrested Richard Chambrone, 47, of Irvine, Don Ames, 55, of Orange, and Harry Miller, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on suspicion of wire and mail fraud, said Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

These and two others are suspected of conspiring to defraud Allstate in claims made on behalf of homeowners insured by the company, Mrozek said.

- City News Service

Simi Valley renews animal contract

SIMI VALLEY - With improved service that came in under budget last fiscal year, the City Council unanimously opted to retain the Ventura County Animal Regulation Department for pet control services.

Council members voted late Monday to sign another $240,000 contract with the county, which billed the city for $233,200 during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Councilman Glen Becerra said relations with the department have warmed in the past two years, when the board threatened to dump the agency and sign on with Los Angeles County.

``Everybody is happy with the services provided and the prices we're paying,'' he said.

The department provides a variety of animal control services, such as vaccines, adoptions, nuisance enforcement, emergency veterinarian services and door-to-door licensing.

- Daily News

Man in tax case to be sentenced

A Jan. 29 sentencing date was set for a former Granada Hills man convicted of helping defraud the U.S. government out of about $1 million by filing for income tax refunds under other people's names.

Julius Alli, 40, was convicted Monday of five counts of conspiracy to file false income tax returns and four counts of filing bogus returns, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Elena J. Duarte.

The Phoenix resident, free on $25,000 bail, faces up to 25 years in federal prison and a possible fine of $1.25 million when he appears before U.S. District Court Judge George H. King.

According to the testimony, while Alli lived in Granada Hills in 1994, he was using names and Social Security numbers of adults and children that he got from his ex-wife, who worked for the county's Department of Children and Family Services.

His former wife was never charged in the case and no longer works for the agency, Duarte said.

- City News Service

Open house today for high school

CHATSWORTH - The Chatsworth High School Machine Shop is holding an open house and barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. today at 10027 Lurline St.

The open house is to promote the high school's industrial arts program. Kenn Phillips, director of education and work force development for the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, will speak.

- Daily News
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