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A boat race along the Los Angeles River

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles River often evokes the image of a concrete channel, with perhaps a trickle of water running through it.
The river was paved with concrete in the 1930s to prevent flooding.
It’s been a popular Hollywood backdrop, from John Travolta’s drag-racing scene in “Grease” to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s motorcycle chase in “Terminator 2.”
So the news that outdoor enthusiasts are holding the first-ever boat race there …

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Foster children disproportionately identify as LGBTQ

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
The Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles is home to the nation’s largest population of foster youth.
A new study out today from UCLA’s Williams Institute and the Los Angeles LGBT Center that finds gay youth are – in big numbers – over-represented in the foster care system.
Lorri L. Jean is the CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and says the study finds 1 in 5 youth in foster …

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It’s not so easy to send a 5-year-old off to a California kindergarten

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo by Mrs.F /CC/Flickr

“Wait, Daddy,” you say.
You are 5, and you have your priorities. You are reassembling the wooden train tracks. You are building an airplane hangar out of MagnaTiles. You have a drawing you need to finish.
“Hurry up, Ben” I always say. Don’t you know that I have too many things to do? Don’t you know I need to put you to bed? Can’t you see …

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Half-built Target project could face the wrecking ball

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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A half-built Target store and shopping center going up in Hollywood will be staying in its current, unfinished state for the foreseeable future.
L.A. officials have reluctantly ordered Target to halt work on the project at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue.
The order follows a court ruling that found that city officials improperly approved the project. The issue is height: Community groups sued …

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Napa quake gives warning system an early test

Posted August 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The temblor that rocked California’s wine country this weekend gave researchers at U.C. Berkeley a chance to gauge the effectiveness of an experimental earthquake alert system. They say it worked.
Ten seconds before Napa and surrounding areas began to shake, an alarm started squawking inside a Berkeley lab.
The system is not yet available to the public. State officials say it should be ready in the …

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Mixer: Water levels, down; water shaming, way up

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the severe drought continues in California, the state’s water authority is now actively imposing fines of up to $500 on people who are wasteful.
The Los Angeles Times reports the city’s Department of Water and Power has increased its patrol of water wasting by quadrupling the number of its city-wide inspectors: from one to four.
Los Angeles has about four million people.
Water tables are at …

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Lobbyists trying to sack statewide plastic bag ban

Posted August 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Plastic bag manufacturers are making a last-ditch effort to block a proposed law that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide.
The bill passed an Assembly Committee last week and appeared to be headed for passage. But opponents have managed to delay a key vote, which could set up a renewed battle over the proposed ban.
The San Jose Mercury News reports the bag industry has spent …

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Stock’s in the tank, so SeaWorld promises bigger pools

Posted August 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Faced with declining attendance and a plunging stock price, SeaWorld announced today that it will build new, larger environments for killer whales at its theme parks. SeaWorld also says it will contribute &10 million to fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.
SeaWorld plans to build a 10-million-gallon tank at its park in San …

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Ire’s up in Manhattan Beach in debate over sharks

Posted August 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Manhattan Beach officials are getting ready to revisit some controversial restrictions on fishing off that city’s pier. They’re concerned that anglers are drawing great white sharks to the area.
A month ago a shark caught on a fisherman’s line bit a surfer. That prompted the City Council to temporarily ban fishing from the pier and sparked a heated debate between pro and anti-fishing camps.
California Fish …

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Mixer: Lane-splitting motorcyclists

Posted August 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I don’t have to tell you how much time we spend in our cars here in Southern California. You’re probably reading this in your car right now.
I hope not.
Because it’s hard (and illegal) enough to take your eyes off the road to avoid crunching the guy in front of you. You also have to look left or right to make sure you don’t cause …

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Shippers get paid to slow down for California whales

Posted August 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Wildlife advocates and air-quality regulators have come up with a plan they hope will help solve two environmental problems at once: They’re going to pay shipping companies to slow down cargo vessels through the Santa Barbara Channel to avoid collisions with blue whales and reduce smog.
The shippers will be paid $2,500 for each trip completed at 12 knots or fewer between Point Concepcion and …

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A push to reintroduce grizzlies in California

Posted August 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California has a grizzly bear on its flag, but it hasn’t had any grizzly bears in its forests, meadows or mountains for 90 years.
It’s possible that could change, however.
The L.A. Times reports federal wildlife officials are weighing an environmental group’s request to set aside 110,000 square miles of land for grizzlies in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. The Center for Biological Diversity …

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When LA’s infrastructure fails, who pays?

Posted August 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Tens of millions of gallons of water poured down Sunset Boulevard and onto the UCLA campus Tuesday, the result of a rupture in a massive, high-pressure water line more than nine decades old.
Hundreds of cars that were parked in underground decks were flooded and ruined, and at least a half dozen buildings on the college campus suffered various degrees of damage.
The court inside of …

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Blue mind: Why we love water

Posted July 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
"Life on The Beach" by Motorito via Flickr/CC

One of my favorite things to do after a stressful work day is drive up the Pacific Coast Highway – to Point Mugu – and plant my rear-end in the sand or on a rock, or walk a few feet into the Pacific. The smell of the salt water, the sound of crashing waves – it’s zen for me.
I certainly don’t think I’m alone. …

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James Cameron’s Malibu land will remain open space

Posted July 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Oscar-winning director James Cameron has sold a big chunk of his holdings in the coastal Santa Monica Mountains to a conservation group – a move that will create a contiguous stretch of public wild areas from Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu Creek State Park.
The price of the 703-acre Puerco Canyon parcel – the largest privately-owned open space in the Santa Monica Mountains – was …

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Am I wasting water?

Posted July 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California is in the grip of a three year-long drought, a drought that shows no sign of ending soon. In response, water districts across the state are urging their customers to take sensible measures to conserve water.
To convince people to conserve water, agencies like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are using both carrots and sticks. The carrots include public education campaigns …

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Photos: Remembering Pacific Ocean Park

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 10 Comments | ]
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From the late 1950s to the late ‘60s, Angelenos looking for music, dancing and rides, found the party at Pacific Ocean Park.
The beachside theme park – that jetted out into the Pacific – sat on 28 acres of land at the border of Santa Monica and Venice.
It featured rides created by Hollywood set designers, setting it apart from the standard, ordinary rides at Santa …

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Watering wars: Is brown the new green?

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California residents who are trying to save water during the drought can no longer be punished by homeowner associations concerned about the appearance of brown lawns.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law that removes the threat of fines for people who choose to let their grass and other greenery die.
The bill was spurred by the case of a Bay Area man who was …

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Is fracking waste tainting Central Valley aquifers?

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California regulators have ordered seven companies to stop injecting wastewater from fracking operations into underground aquifers in Kern County out of concern they could be contaminating drinking water.
The Bakersfield Californian reports the emergency cease and desist orders apply to 11 wells east and northeast of Bakersfield. State oil and gas regulators are also reviewing more than 100 other injection sites in the Central Valley.
Companies …

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L.A.’s plastic bag ban: 6 months after

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 10 Comments | ]
These pellets are made at Command Packaging's Salinas facility. The plastic pellets are shipped to Vernon to be made into reusable plastic bags.

Today, the second phase of Los Angeles’ plastic bag ban went into effect. That means smaller grocery stores can no longer hand out plastic bags, and have to charge 10 cents for paper bags. The law went into effect for large grocery stores in January, making LA the newest of over a hundred cities and counties in California outlawing single-use plastic. State lawmakers are …

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