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Santa Barbara has a famous history of taking the lead on environmentally progressive issues. So you might think that passing a sweeping, cutting-edge bike master plan would be easy, right?
There’s been friction within Santa Barbara City Council and among local residents about the Bicycle Master Plan, a collection of bike infrastructure improvement projects set to go into effect next year.
The last plan …
The push for recreational marijuana in California has taken what backers say is a big step forward.
Yes, the latest initiative to be introduced is one of a dozen dealing with the issue that have been submitted for next fall’s ballot.
But this one could be different.
A couple of wealthy entrepreneurs – including Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker – are reportedly backing this …
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It was a scary weekend for rave-goers, at least those seeking chemical enhancement to round out the experience.
After a spate of overdose deaths, authorities dropped the hammer at a pair of electronic dance events in Southern California.
At the Halloween-themed HARD Day of the Dead Festival at the Pomona Fairplex, nearly 500 people were arrested over two days. Most of the busts were for drug …
In a unanimous vote this week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that would require handguns be stored in locked containers or disabled with a trigger lock.
Councilman Paul Krekorian, who authored the measure, says the law is all about preventing children from unintentionally harming themselves or others.
“There are more preschoolers killed with guns in this country than police officers killed by guns,” …
The Lakers stumbled in their first game of the season, blowing a lead and losing by a single point to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not a great start, but after the two worst seasons in the history of the storied franchise, there does appear to be a reason for some optimism.
We’re not talking about a championship. In fact, most NBA watchers say it is highly unlikely …
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The cars of the past continue to take car design into the future.
Last weekend in Pasadena, both old and new designs were on display at the Art Center College of Design.
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A controversial decision was made in the town of Santa Paula last week. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors gave the green light to build 19 new oil wells and to continue operating 17 more.
In a 3-2 vote, the board voted to deny appeals by environmental groups and grant a 30-year permit modification for the project proposed by California Resources Corp. in an existing oil field along …
If you live in Los Angeles and you own a handgun, you could soon have to lock it up or disable it.
The L.A. City Council is scheduled to vote today on a law that aims to prevent firearms from falling into the hands of children, all too often with devastating consequences. The measure would require handgun owners to store their firearms under lock and key, …
Environmental scientists using new technology to measure the amount of water in tree canopies have found the California drought is having a devastating effect on the state’s forests.
Scientists are flying over forests and using a process called imaging spectroscopy to measure the mass of water in foliage.
“It does start in the southern forest, north of L.A., Los Angeles area, those forests are in really bad …
There was a highly unusual ending to a televised car chase in L.A. County yesterday…police let the driver get away.
The chase began in Altadena around 5 p.m. and ended almost three hours later in Pasadena. Before police called off the pursuit, the driver had circled through L.A. County freeways, at times going more than 100 miles an hour.
Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson says officers …
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On a recent afternoon, lots of very beautiful people gathered in a downtown Los Angeles hotel ballroom. They were all models, there to audition for clothing designers participating in L.A. Fashion Week. Many of the models were female, many were male, but some identified themselves as transgender. Those models were represented by Los Angeles-based Slay Model Management, the first modeling agency in L.A. specializing …
Your kid might have a better of chance of getting into the University of California next year under a plan being drawn up by University President Janet Napolitano.
This comes after a couple of years of U.C. officials taking heat for offering more spots to out-of-state and foreign students
Of the 62,000 new freshman and transfer students admitted to U.C. schools this fall, about 20 percent …
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An attempt by County Supervisors to get to the bottom of financial problems at the Music Center has run into a brick wall.
The county ordered an audit of spending at the downtown L.A. entertainment complex, but the L.A. Times reports that managers at the Music Center declined to turn over most of their records.
County Auditor-Controller John Naimo says he was able to view less …
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It’s out of the loft and into to the mansion for Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown.
California’s first couple have announced that they will leave the modern, downtown Sacramento digs they’ve occupied for the past five years to live in the California Governor’s Mansion. The Browns’ dogs, Sutter and Colusa, will also make the move.
It’ll be the first time in almost …
Gov. Jerry Brown has until this Sunday to decide whether to sign hundreds of bills into law or veto them. One of the bills he signed Monday deals with something called math misplacement. Math misplacement is a term that’s used when a 9th grader is held back from advancing to the next level of math, even when they’ve scored well on the tests.
The new bill puts …
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Should state voters should be able to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision?
That answer to that question lies in a thorny legal issue that the California Supreme Court is taking up today. That is whether state Legislatures have the power to put advisory measures before voters at all.
Proposition 49 would allow voters to say whether they believe Citizens United …
California will be doing its small part to protect endangered elephants by tightening restrictions on the sale of ivory here.
A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown closes a loophole that critics say had made the state’s previous regulations all-but-impossible to enforce.
The old law banned the sale or purchase of ivory that was imported after 1977. But it’s hard to determine how old ivory …
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The OJ Simpson trial has been billed as the most publicized criminal trial in American history – the first reality TV show for the courtroom voyeur (“if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”) and Saturday marks 20 years since that acquittal, when Simpson was found not guilty in the murders of his estranged wife and her alleged boyfriend.
Simpson was a Heisman Trophy winner, …
Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »
It’s time for a little drought shaming, but anonymous drought shaming.
Now it stands to reason that the wealthiest among us would use more water – they have bigger properties, swimming pools and lots of cars to wash.
But a new report by the Web site Reveal, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows that some of the most affluent residents of the state are …
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Lake Balboa – in the middle of San Fernando Valley – once featured more than 900 cherry trees, delighting park-goers with their annual pink and white blossoms.
But more than half of those trees have died in the past five years, according to the L.A. Daily News, falling victim to too little rain, warm winters and drainage issues in the Sepulveda Basin. Most of the …