III-"'This is the filthiest of all industries'" - Merle Linda Wolin - Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

Byline: Merle Linda Wolin; 1981-01-16; Los Angeles Herald-Examiner; pages A1, A10

Report: "Sweatshop" - Merle Linda Wolin - Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

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The Los Angeles Country Health Department found Felix Mendoza's shop a full month before I knocked on the door looking for work there.  Since October 1979, when a county ordinance mandated the Health Department to locate and license the estimated 3,000 sewing shops in Los Angeles County, health officials have been trying to clean up what Richard Dinnerline, L.A. county chief of occupational health, called "the filthiest of all industries."  According the the Health Department's Dec. 30 1980 figures, 2,746 garment factories have been found and licenced in the past year.  Health officials believe there are hundreds more, especially in outlying areas of the county where immigrant workers often live.    

Description:Wolin looks into the Health Department's investigations into the state of California's garment industry.

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Photo of reporter Merle Linda Wolin in a garment manufacturing shop.

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Los Angeles Herald-Examiner article titled, "This is the Filthiest of All Industries." Written by Merle Linda Wolin as part of her series on the LA garment Industry.