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Subsidence is giving Gov. Brown that sinking feeling

Posted August 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown says California plans to get tougher with farmers who have been pumping record amounts of groundwater during the drought.
Appearing yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brown responded to a new NASA report that shows vast areas of the Central Valley sinking rapidly in a process known as subsidence because huge amounts of groundwater are being siphoned from underground aquifers.
Brown recently signed …

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What’s to come in California if the drought persists?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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What would California look like if the drought lasts another two years? Three years?
A new study says the state’s economy would probably hold up pretty well, including agriculture. But it finds that continued dry winters could prove devastating for small, rural communities that depend on well water, for the state’s wetlands and for wildlife in general.
The study by the Public Policy Institute of California …

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How the Inland Empire became home to massive warehouses

Posted August 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
A constant flow of big rigs streams down Etiwanda Ave. in Jurupa Valley on the way from logistics facilities to any number of major freeways in the area.

Almost half of the country’s imports move through the Ports of LA and Long Beach. That massive volume of stuff has to go somewhere, and somewhere isn’t that far away – only about 40 miles east to the Inland Empire. The inland region is dotted with warehouses ranging from semi-automated fulfilment centers for Amazon to vast distribution centers for Restoration Hardware and Costco.

Sitting where …

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Critics of green energy measure: ‘Where are the jobs?’

Posted August 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When California voters passed Proposition 39 three years ago, they were told thousands of green jobs would be created and that more than half-a-billion dollars a year would go to a new Clean Air Energy Fund.
But so far the state has been unable to deliver on those promises.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act closed a corporate tax loophole, with the money earmarked for energy-efficient projects …

Arts & Culture, Environment, News, Politics »

Lollygaggers: a musical comedy about climate change

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There was a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Obama administration for not responding strongly enough to the threat of climate change.
The plaintiffs – all young people – say the government’s lack of action is a threat to their generation and to future generations as well.
The White House points to the EPA’s Climate Action Plan as an example of something that the government …

Environment, Interviews, News »

Mountain lion P-32 killed while crossing the 5 Freeway

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Some sad news now about a young mountain lion known as P-32 – the only male known to have successfully ventured to the north out of the Santa Monica Mountains.
He was struck and killed by a car Monday morning while trying to cross the 5 Freeway in Castaic.
P-32 had successfully crossed the 101 Freeway and three other highways in the Thousand Oaks and Simi …

Environment, Issues, News, Politics »

Drum beat gets louder for new restrictions on drones

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Forget the War on Drugs, California officials are launching a War on Drones.
Up in Fresno, authorities say a privately operated drone just missed colliding with a medical helicopter that was flying a snake bite victim to a hospital yesterday. The pilot encountered the drone while flying at about 1,000 feet. He maneuvered away from the device, reportedly missing it by just 20 feet or …

Environment, Issues, News, Power and Water, Water and the Drought »

Mixer: El Niño to the rescue?

Posted July 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scattered thunderstorms have been battering the mountain and high desert areas this week with flooding rain, fierce lightning and even hail.
Monsoonal moisture continues across Southern California, and where it’s not raining, there’s plenty of moisture in the air.
Forecasters say the added moisture is part of a warming of Pacific Ocean waters that could continue to have a big effect on California weather in the next …

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A hike through fracked wilderness

Posted July 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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This month, the first state-wide Environmental Impact Review on fracking was published. The report spans over 2,500 pages and will be used to guide future proposals to frack anywhere in California. It focuses on three specific proposals at oil and gas fields. One of which is in the Sespe Wilderness, just a short drive from Santa Barbara.

Goodenough Road gets you to from downtown Fillmore to …

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Justice for the oil spill

Posted July 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As visible signs of the oil spill along Refugio State Beach become harder to see, the work of politicians and legal counsels continue. Only days after the spill, Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney Joyce Dudley confirmed her office was investigating Plains All American Pipeline, the company responsible for the spill. Her department has teamed up with both state and federal officials to review potential criminal …

Environment, Interviews, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

“Smokejumper” finds satisfaction in heated job

Posted July 21, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s a big jump from fighting peer pressure among young friends in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, to fighting fires.
In Jason Ramos’s own words: “I had no plans after high school. College wasn’t an option; my grades sucked. Law enforcement was out since, in my world, ‘cop’ meant ‘narc’.”
Ramos jumped from looking for purpose and a cure for boredom and jumped into taking risks every …

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Brown goes to Rome to talk climate with Pope Francis

Posted July 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Rome to attend a symposium on climate change with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The two-day event, which begins tomorrow, is intended to increase of awareness and galvanize action on climate change and modern slavery, two pressing issues highlighted in the Pope’s recent encyclical.
Pope Francis has called for action by local political leaders to address climate change in response …

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Last closed beach reopens in SB oil spill zone

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When a corroded pipe operated by Plains All-American burst on May 19th, a river of crude flowed into a creek that empties into the ocean at Refugio State Beach, a popular camping spot north of Santa Barbara.
Today, Refugio reopens – marking a significant milestone in the long-running cleanup process, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is overseeing the effort.
Officials …

Environment, Issues, News »

A new chapter in battle over downtown L.A. oil wells

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The owners of a downtown L.A. oil field that shut down two years ago amid complaints that it was making neighbors sick want to start pumping again. It could be an uphill fight, though.
Neighbors had complained for years that noxious emissions from the facility were fouling the air – causing respiratory problems, headaches and nosebleeds. In spite of a long list of violations that …

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Equestrian corner of Atwater resists housing development

Posted July 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Tucked away from the traffic, shops and restaurants of Atwater Village, where the Griffith Park hills meet flat housing tracts, people in Los Angeles still keep horses.
Gaby Valner, 22, has been coming to The Children’s Ranch in North Atwater for five years. She has Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, and speaks through a computer.
“I have issues with balance and my body gets stuck a …

Environment, News, Water and the Drought »

Chance for an El Nino winter growing in California

Posted July 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s no longer any doubt, according to federal scientists – California is on El Nino watch.
A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Pacific Ocean surface temperatures continue to warm near the equator – setting up what could be one of the most powerful El Nino’s on record. There is now a 90 percent chance that El Nino conditions will last …

Environment, Issues, News, Politics, Summer »

Residents sue L.A. in Hollywood sign tourist tussle

Posted July 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On must summer days, cars filled with tourists make their way up and down Beachwood Drive – looking for that perfect place to stop and snap a picture of the Hollywood sign.
Needless to say, the locals don’t like it very much.
But are the tourists just a nuisance – or an actual safety hazard?
A new lawsuit could help answer that question.
Hollywood Hills homeowners have sued …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

Drought stricken trees are posing a huge fire risk

Posted June 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Millions of trees have died during California’s four-year drought and millions more are in distress because of a lack of water. And all those dead and dying trees are increasing the state’s fire risk.
Now the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has taken the unprecedented step of recommending that landowners be able to cut and remove dead and dying trees of any size …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

State isn’t sure who’s on board with new water rules

Posted June 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Californians continue to show a lack of urgency when it comes to new water restrictions.
Individually, we’ve repeatedly fallen short of the 25 percent reductions sought by Gov. Brown and state water officials.
And now, there’s word that more than two-thirds of the most senior water rights holders in the state haven’t even reported if they are complying with new restrictions on diverting water from river …

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Making LA: The built environment

Posted June 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Is Los Angeles a world-class city? If not, what will make it become one? Those questions are at the heart of a new series on Press Play called “Making LA.”
Over the last century, Los Angeles become a giant. But even with the rapid growth, it has a bit of an inferiority complex, constantly questioning its own identity.
Over the next few weeks, Madeleine Brand’s Press Play will …

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