Band gets council approval to hold carwash
by Lois Steinhauer

News Chronicle

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THOUSAND OAKS - The winner Tuesday in a battle between permanent and mobile carwash owners was the Newbury Park High School Band and Tall Flags Booster Club.

The club won unanimous City Council approval for its Saturday fund-raiser at the Newbury Park Mobil gas station.  The event was nearly washed away when questions arose over the sponsor's compliance with city laws.

Meanwhile, owners for five of the city's eight permanent carwashes donated $10,000 despite the council deciding that a mobile carwash firm, the Car Wash Guys, can sponsor the event.

The dispute between owners of the two types of carwashes centers around fees the city charges only to permanent carwashes, how much contaminated water the different operations generate, how it is treated, and the method of disposal.

The Car Wash Guys in January was ordered not to operate public carwashes.

However, the council made an exemption to allow Saturday's booster club carwash using Car Wash Guys equipment and employees at no charge after the city received a notice Tuesday from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board stating that the company doesn't require a board permit.

City staff, council members and owners of both the carwash service and the permanent carwash businesses will form a committee to come up with standards.  The fund-raiser begins at 9 a.m.

Reprinted from New Chronicle, September  1991.

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