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Emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas, higher than expected in LA Basin

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A sensor atop Mount Wilson has found that methane emissions in the greater L.A. area are up to 61 percent higher than what the government says.
In a study published this week in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, researchers say the largest concentrations of methane were found at ground sites in Pasadena and across eastern portions of L.A. County.
The research, however, did not find out …

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The bullet train is finally coming. Who are the winners and losers?

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Spend anytime at all in Fresno and you’ll likely see and hear trains. That’s because the tracks of one of California’s busiest freight train lines cuts right through the center of Fresno.
But the railroad everyone is talking about doesn’t exist yet. However, construction of the $68 billion dollar system to run California’s high speed passenger rail, has finally started after years of discussion and planning.
Many in Fresno …

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More Mexican trucks rolling onto California roads

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The United States, Mexico and Canada negotiated the groundbreaking hemispheric trade agreement known as NAFTA 20 years ago. Now, a controversial and long-delayed part of that pact looks like it’s finally ready to be enacted – and it will have an impact on California drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation – will soon make a …

Commentary, economy, Zocalo Public Square »

What is the ‘California Dream’?

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Venice Beach Sunset photo by Graham/Flickr/CC

Today’s California dream is not your grandfather’s California dream.
So why do we keep telling ourselves that we’re still seeking the same California dream? “California dream” has become a verbal tic in speeches, a graffiti we scrawl on signs and headlines without thinking about its meaning. Democrats and Republicans alike, as they assumed new offices this month, pledged to defend the supposedly enduring California dream. …

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Undocumented, and riding shotgun

Posted January 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/CC/Jared eberhardt

Up until my early 20s, I rode shotgun. With my high school and college sweetheart, I flipped through the soft sleeves of our shared CD binder in search of the right music. I double-checked our drive-through orders for extra ketchup. I pointed out the sights only I caught in time.
In 1991, my family left the Philippines for California, where my aunt had been living …

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One year after his exit, Baca appears to be FBI target

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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So far, seven sheriff’s officials have been convicted of obstructing an FBI investigation into inmate beatings and corruption inside the huge L.A. jail system. None of those officials held high-ranking positions, however. And critics of the investigation say low-ranking officers and deputies are taking the blame for problems that stemmed from larger management failures.
But the probe isn’t over. The L.A. Times reports that at …

Environment, News »

Love birds: Secret tryst yields bouncing baby buzzard

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Endangered California condors are some of the most closely monitored creatures in the history of the animal kingdom.
Tens of millions of dollars and monumental human effort has gone into bringing the giant vultures back from the brink of extinction.
So it came as a huge surprise when biologists discovered that a pair of condors in the Big Sur flock sneaked off and mated – producing …

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Sen. Barbara Boxer will not seek re-election in 2016

Posted January 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Sen. Barbara Boxer announced today that she will not run for another Senate term in 2016. However, she said she is “never going to retire,” and will leave the Senate to work on the issues that she cares about, help her PAC, and help the “Democratic candidate for president make history.”
From the Los Angeles Times:
The senator’s spirited remarks in committee rooms and on the Senate floor are …

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Photos: Breaking ground for California’s bullet train in Fresno

Posted January 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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After decades of talking about it and years of planning and preparation, California officials gathered in Fresno this week for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the state’s $68 billion bullet train project.
When finished in 2029 (or so it’s hoped) the train will connect San Francisco and Los Angeles, whisking passengers from one city to another in 2 hours and 40 minutes. The first 29 mile-long …

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Discovering the sublime at Griffith Park

Posted January 6, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Griffith Park by Doug Kerr/CC/Flickr

If there’s anything in Los Angeles that remains inexpensive and underrated, it’s Griffith Park.
I’ve experienced a few area codes around here. After growing up in the 818, high schooling from 310, working in 213, shackin’ up at 323, and eventually getting my own place in 626, the majesty of L.A. living had left me nonplussed. But then in April 2001, far too late in …

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Gov. Brown: ‘Keep California ever golden and creative’

Posted January 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Vintage Jerry Brown. (Via @shelbygrad)

Can we forget Jerry Brown — during his first cycle as governor — produced the best magazine cover ever? pic.twitter.com/doVB8hOgWO
— Shelby Grad (@shelbygrad) January 5, 2015

Beginning an unprecedented fourth term as Governor of California, Jerry Brown called on the past to inform the future in his inaugural address, which also served as his annual state of the state speech. “The challenge is to build for the future, not …

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President Obama reflects, looks ahead in NPR interview

Posted December 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Barak Obama in the Oval Office on Thursday, December 17, 2014. Photo: Kainaz Amaria/NPR

The president sat down with NPR’s Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep to talk about issues affecting Americans across the country, and to reflect on what he’s accomplished and what to expect in the final two years of his presidency on issues like immigration and the economy.
Responding to the ongoing tension between police departments and black communities across the country following the death of Eric Garner in New …

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What’s behind LA’s health tourism?

Posted December 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: LA Farmer's Market by k lachshand/Flickr/ Creative Commons

The historical record is full of such stories: He moved to Los Angeles “for health reasons.” She relocated to Southern California “for her health.” Booster rhymes of the late nineteenth and early 20th century tripped off the tongue: come to Los Angeles for health and for wealth.
And come they did, especially following the arrival of the railroads in the 1870s and 1880s, amidst the pathos of …

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Converts to Judaism Struggle to Give Up the Christmas Tree

Posted December 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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For me, Christmas was always something other people did. I grew up in a Jewish home, so I watched the holiday’s rituals unfold from afar, as people on TV and in the homes of friends hung ornaments on a tree, unwrapped presents, drank eggnog and wore ugly reindeer sweaters.
As a kid in the United States, it’s literally impossible to avoid Christmas, unless you live …

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Year ends with new lawsuit for Vernon recycling plant

Posted December 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Managers and directors of a controversial Vernon battery recycling plant are the target of a new lawsuit that says they they’re directly responsible for sickening children who live nearby.
The suit was filed by three law firms against Exide Technologies officials on behalf of more than 60 children. Another suit is expected to be filed on behalf of adults who live near the plant.
The suit …

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Planned Barham ramp closure not Universally popular

Posted December 22, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Will permanently shutting the southbound Barham Boulevard onramp to the 101 Freeway to make way for muggles actually improve traffic in the Cahuenga Pass?
That’s what NBC/Universal says – but Studio City and Hollywood residents aren’t buying it.
Opposition from neighbors is building to Caltrans’ plan to eliminate the Barham onramp to accommodate a $1.6 billion expansion of Universal Studios – The Wizarding World of Harry …

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Were postcards America’s first social media?

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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My great-grandmother, who was born in the 1880s, passed away when I was about 11 years old. Looking back, it is fairly obvious now that she was a hoarder on a colossal scale, but since this predated reality television, we tended just to say she was a packrat. As we cleaned out her house in rural Missouri, there was something special waiting: two boxes …

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After 36 years, an exonerated man is free

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Every single morning for 36 years, when I got up and I walked outside I was mad. I was mad and, you know, if anything happened I was ready. Since I’ve been out I have not had one cross thought. I mean if somebody cuts me off I just smile. — Michael Hanline
On November 24th, Michael Hanline was exonerated in a murder case after serving 36 years …

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350,000 students struggling with English in California

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The debate over how best to provide a quality education to students learning English shows no signs of cooling down in California.
In the first review of its kind, the state has identified about 350,000 students who have attended California schools for seven years or more and who still cannot speak English fluently.
Among those students, about 90,000 are classified as “long-term English learners,” because they’ve …

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Did the terrorists win? Sony cancels release of ‘The Interview’

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Google “the terrorists won” and you’ll get a sneak peek into the debate over whether Sony did the right thing by pulling its Christmas release of “The Interview.” The movie tells the story of a TV host (James Franco) who lands an interview with North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un only to have the CIA tell him that he has to “take him out.” Goofy (and some …

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