In life, if you generally play by the rules, people will cut you some slack. Take credit, for example: Pay your bills on time, and banks will lend you money at a low interest rate. Skip payments and default on your loans, and you’ll face usurious charges. But somehow this simple rule of life has been lost on the folks at the Boeing Co. To extend the metaphor, Boeing has bad credit. Thanks to the way Rocketdyne operated the Santa Susana Field Laboratory for decades before Boeing took over, the company has a poor track record of dealing with contamination caused by nuclear and rocket fuel research. And even now the firm is still racking up violations, 50 of them for water-quality problems in the past year alone. Boeing hasn’t established the kind of relationship with the community that earns it much slack. Yet that didn’t stop Boeing officials from asking the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to weaken the pollution limits on storm water flowing off the hilltop lab. To which the board properly replied: Not a chance. Breaks come to those who have earned the public’s trust. Sixteen years after the Daily News disclosed there were serious contamination problems at the field lab ought to be enough time to win friends and clean up the mess. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!