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December 2011
With what has been the most severe wind storm in recorded California history, wind gusts reaching 100 miles per hour hit Southern California as well as Nevada, Arizon and Utah, causing extraordinary damage to personal and business property. In Los Angeles, the destruction was felt the hardest in the peaceful community of Pasadena where deeply-rooted trees were uprooted and flung like toys by the wind across streets, into homes and onto parked cars. Many Southland residents were stunned by the devastation by Mother Nature.
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November 2011
A fire at a townhouse in a posh area of Brentwood caused the evacuation of nearly 40 area residents, and has been deemed arson by fire investigators who announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the arsonist. Emergency responders rushed to the blaze at 3:37 a.m. to find multi-unit dwelling engulfed in flames. The location was under construction at the time of the fire. Adjacent homes and apartment complexes were evacuated. Two of these, a home and an apartment, were virtually destroyed by the fire, which forced the relocation of families. As a result, the evacuees were eventually house at a nearby recreational facility, or found shelter with friends and family.
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November 2011
The promotion is called ‘Build Smart, Breathe Easier’ Houses and its purpose is to shed light upon Asthma-Healthy home building and living features. Two of four of these Habitat for Humanity houses built as part of the Build Smart, Breathe Easier national asthma education program were dedicated this past week. In Philadelphia, the house built in partnership with the Johnson family was dedicated on Saturday, November 12; and in Los Angeles, the house built in partnership with the Partida family was dedicated on Tuesday, November 15. Merck, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse hosted ceremonies, at which each family received keys and toured their completed houses with asthma-healthy features for the first time.
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November 2011
The former owner of the country’s largest asbestos abatement training school was sentenced to prison last month after having fled the United States after her trial in 2008. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton sentenced Albania Deleon to 87 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. She was ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and several hundred thousand dollars to AIM Mutual Insurance Company. In 2008 Deleon was convicted of charges including selling training certificates to thousands of illegal aliens who had not taken the mandatory course. She allegedly placed these unqualified people in temporary positions as certified asbestos abatement workers in public buildings. “Today’s sentence marks the final chapter in bringing Albania Deleon to justice,” said EPA’s Cynthia Giles. “Committing environmental crimes to make a profit that put workers and our communities at risk carries serious consequences.”

October 2011
This month, an elderly woman lost control of her vehicle and subsequently crashed into three businesses of the Plaza International shopping mall in Woodland Hills, California. Two of those businesses were VIP Nails & Spa and Linda’s Hair Salon. The accident caused extensive damage to both businesses rendering them unable to operate. Unique Restoration was contracted to perform complete restoration of the enterprises which included carpet replacement, replacing the front glazed window, replacing the security scissor gates, drywall, painting, framing, baseboards, sealing tile and all electrical. Unique Restoration completed the project in one week’s time.

October 2011
U.S. contractors performing renovation, restoration or painting services in homes built prior to 1978 are now required to adhere to lead-safe work practice requirements as directed by the U.S. EPA. The new EPA rules remove provisions from previous legislation which permitted owner-occupants to “opt-out” of requiring their contractors to follow lead-safe work practices provided no children under six years of age resided in the home. However, almost a million children have elevated blood lead levels as a result of exposure to lead hazards, which can lead to diminished brain functions, learning disabilities and behavior issues. Consequently, the rules have enacted to protect vulnerable children across the country. And kids are not the only ones at risk. Adults exposed to lead hazards can suffer high blood pressure and headaches, among other ailments. The EPA has now eliminated the opt-out provision because improper renovations in older homes can create lead hazards resulting in the negative health effects mentioned, and many others not. Although the rules may be considered a small step toward rectifying a larger problem, they do help the situation. The EPA’s public awareness campaign currently utilizes print ads, radio spots, print pamphlets and fact sheets to educate consumers and contractors alike. In a continual effort towards safety of our customers and employees, Unique Restoration has been certified by the U.S. EPA as a lead-safe contractor.

August 2011
A small plane crashed in Santa Monica, California and has been investigated by Federal investigators. The accident caused severe damage to a home in one of the communities near the Santa Monica Airport. A student pilot was rescued from the Cessna 172 wreckage shortly after the crash. The incident caused a small fire and property damage to the home and Unique Restoration was called in to cleanup the situation. Thankfully, the pilot survived with nothing more than a broken leg.
May 2011
Unique Restoration has concluded the relocation of its Southern California corporate and service headquarters to a new facility in Canoga Park, California. Gil Caspi, President of Unique Restoration, commented on the company’s progress by saying, “We are proud to have accomplished the move into a new and innovative location. The new location boasts over 14,000 square feet and is equipped with the most up-to-date technologies. The expansion will allow us to service customers at an advanced and continually exceptional level. Our clients are our first priority and we made the move for them.”

January 2011
Unique Restoration has joined Crawford Contractor Connection as a new member. Crawford Contractor Connection is “the largest, fully independent network of managed contractor repair for insurance companies and consumers.” The organization states that its network “has the best construction and building repair and remodeling contractors in the U.S. and Canada.” As a result of this industry participation, UR will continue to grow its credibility and reliability to its commercial and insurance customers.
January 2011
Unique Restoration, Southern California’s premiere disaster recovery and cleanup company, continues its membership with DKI (Disaster Kleenup International), North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization. Unique Restoration has provided restoration services for commercial clients such as insurance companies since 1989, and has proudly been a member of DKI since 2009. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, DKI member companies provide full service restoration to their customers including emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.
October 2010
An early morning fire at the famous Mayfair Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California sent 62 firefighters and crew to the hospital. Fire crews said the fire was started in one of the rooms next to the ballroom on the 3rd floor. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within minutes, but then the damage followed. Broken pipes on the 8th floor and in the sprinkler syster were the cause of extensive water damage on several floors and in the ballroom. Guests at the hotel were evacuated. Unique Restoration provided emergency relief for the hotel and its staff by performing emergency water removal and dry-down, cleaning and restoration of the hotel 3rd floor ballroom. A photo gallery of Unique Restoration’s work on the Mayfair Hotel can be viewed through the UR Portfolio page, or by clicking this link.
July 2009
Unique Restoration continues its support of the admirable organization, Habitat For Humanity, with a restoration project for the organization’s Southern California office for one of its properties in Pacoima, California. The project was performed “pro bono” and involved construction of a property designated for the accomplishment of the organizational mission. Habitat For Humanity is “a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion.” Over the years, UR has performed mold remediation and other services for this charitable non-profit.

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