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Support for mandatory water cutbacks is growing

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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More than a third of Californians now believe the state should put into place mandatory water restrictions – instead of the voluntary cutbacks that are currently being urged.
The last time California had a major drought – back in the 1970s – just 51 percent of state voters described the situation as “extremely serious.” A new Field Poll says that nearly 70 percent of California …

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Web site puts L.A.’s cultural bounty at your fingertips

Posted February 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Getty Conservation Institute and city officials have collaborated on a new web site that aims to be a one-stop-surfing destination for the culturally curious in Los Angeles.
HistoricPlacesLA.org has borrowed from sources like the National Register of Historic Places and city historic preservation zones to create a database of L.A.’s cultural heritage sites, everything from office towers and museums to delis and individual homes.
Users …

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Eeek Ticket! Disneyland flirting with $100 entry

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’re going to have to dig a little deeper if you want to hang out with Mickey and Minnie.
The Walt Disney Co. has raised ticket prices to Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its theme parks. The new prices went into effect yesterday.
Single-day tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim are now $99 for anyone 10 or older. The price for …

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Yet another NFL stadium proposal…still no team

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Is it real, or merely a last-ditch attempt to extract concessions from the citizens of San Diego and Oakland?
The Chargers and the Raiders football teams say they’re making plans to build a shared stadium in Carson. The clubs are bitter rivals on the gridiron. Their business partnership stems from each team’s inability to get a stadium built in their home cities. The teams say …

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A plea for measles vaccinations before spring travel

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Leaving the country for spring break?
If so, California health officials are urging you to get vaccinated for measles, if you haven’t already.
More than 150 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with measles in the past couple of months, including at least 113 in California. Most of those cases are linked to an outbreak that started at Disneyland in December
The California Department of Public …

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Universal Studios greenlights a sequel for tram tour

Posted February 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Okay, parts of the Universal Studios tram tour are pretty hokey. The old shark from “Jaws” is showing its age and the falling bridge hardly counts as a thrill ride by modern standards. But the tour – which first started shuttling guests around the back lot in 1964 – remains as popular as ever. Universal officials say more than 90 percent of visitors take …

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State’s fracking wells have alarming levels of benzene

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Waste liquid from fracking operations contains levels of benzene that can be far higher than state and federal agencies consider safe, according to a new analysis.
That liquid – known as flowback fluid – is often reinjected into groundwater. Benzene is a known carcinogen.
The state passed a fracking law two years ago that requires oil companies to test wells for a variety of toxins. The …

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State ordered to make a plan for resuming executions

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The last execution in California took place nearly a decade ago, and family members of some murder victims say that’s unacceptable. Now a judge is aiding their fight to resume executions – saying those family members have a right to try to force the state to fix its system for delivering lethal injections to condemned inmates.
Three years ago, Gov, Jerry Brown ordered state officials …

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Big winter blaze could be a glimpse of what’s to come

Posted February 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A wind-whipped wildfire that tore through the eastern Sierra Nevada this week didn’t get the same attention that many other devastating fires in the state receive – perhaps because it’s not fire season, and few were expecting it.
But this one was bad, and it’s exactly the kind of fire that climate experts warn will become more common in California as increased heat and more …

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Another big solar plant goes online in California desert

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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One of the biggest solar energy projects in the country will get an official dedication ceremony today in the Riverside County desert.
The 3,800-acre Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is expected to generate electricty for more than 150,000 homes. Pasadena-based First Solar is building and operating the plant.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is expected to join state and local officials for the dedication today.
The biggest solar …

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DMV voter registration? It should be automatic

Posted February 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Motor Voter Law was passed by Congress way back at the beginning of President Bill Clinton’s first term to make it easier for people to sign up to vote. It requires motor vehicle departments around the country to use driver’s license and ID card applications as voter registration forms.
But a report released yesterday by the public policy group Demos found that the Motor …

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California’s plastic bag ban facing two-pronged attack

Posted February 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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An Orange County lawmaker is pushing to dump California’s plastic bag ban – even while the law is on hold because of a pending voter referendum.
Costa Mesa Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper introduced two bills yesterday. One would reverse the plastic bag ban. The other would get rid of the 10 cent fee for paper bags that is part of the law.
Harper says the charge …

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Tributes for Rick Orlov, ‘the dean of City Hall reporters’

Posted February 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles is a huge, complex city with a government whose machinations are often opaque and always perplexing. Nobody was better at cutting through the bureaucratic haze and back-room dealing at City Hall than Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov.
Orlov’s death yesterday at age 66 leaves a huge hole in L.A. government journalism. He was mentor to many young reporters and gave his …

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Boy Scouts dodges release of secret ‘perversion’ files

Posted January 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Paying a big legal settlement is sometimes a better alternative than going to trial – especially when trial means the release of lots of potentially damning details.
That appears to be what the Boy Scouts of America was thinking when it settled a lawsuit filed by a man who was abused by a Scout volunteer eight years ago, when he was 13-years-old.
The settlement came three …

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Elusive red fox makes a rare appearance in Yosemite

Posted January 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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An endangered Sierra Nevada red fox has been spotted in Yosemite for the first time in nearly 100 years.

The rare and elusive animal was captured twice on motion-sensitive cameras that were placed in the national park’s remote high-country by the Yosemite Conservancy– once this month and once last month.
Park officials say that only about 50 Sierra Nevada red foxes survive in the wild. The …

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When superheroes behave badly on Hollywood Boulevard

Posted January 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Batgirl took a beating, and now Mr. Incredible is going to jail.
A Hollywood Boulevard superhero smackdown that was captured on video and became a YouTube hit has resulted in a battery conviction for 35-year-old man. It’s also led to fresh concerns that a proliferation of costumed, tip-seeking characters is getting out of hand in the epicenter of L.A. tourism.

Muhammet Bilik – who was dressed …

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Vast majority of newly insured qualifying for subsidies

Posted January 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Uncle Sam paid out more than $3 billion to Californians to subsidize their health insurance under Obamacare last year.
That money went to about 80,000 households – with an average annual subsidy of about $5,200, according to Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange.
Folks getting subsidies paid about $1.1 billion in healthcare premiums themselves. That means that for every dollar they spent, the government spent …

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California gets high marks for animal welfare laws

Posted January 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Citing a “cascade of reform,” the Humane Society has once again named California the most animal-friendly state in the country.
It’s the sixth straight year California has held that title. Oregon placed second and Illinois was third.
The Humane Society says California has passed more laws to combat animal cruelty than any other state. Those include a law that took effect this month requiring that egg-laying …

Environment, Issues, News, Politics »

Goodbye Tom Steyer: We hardly knew ye

Posted January 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Investor, philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington

Hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer says he won’t run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat in 2016. That could make things a little easier for state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the one Democrat so far to commit to the race.
Steyer – a Bay Area businessman and climate change activist – says he seriously considered making a run for the Senate. But Steyer …

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How does ‘Quality of Life’ rate in your community?

Posted January 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Newport Beach residents enjoy the highest quality of life in California – and people who live in Watts are on the other end of the scale, with the worst quality of life.
That’s among the findings of a new report that looks at income, life expectancy and educational attainment and scores neighborhoods throughout the Golden State.
The study by the nonprofit Social Sciences Research Council says …

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