CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 |
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that she was disappointed by the slow progress state, federal and local governments have made in bringing potable drinking water to small towns in the San Joaquin Valley. "We've got rural communities that don't have clean water and there's no plan on how to get it to them," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a meeting with Los Angeles Times editors and reporters. McCarthy's comments follow the federal government's threat this spring to cut off clean drinking water funding because state officials have been sitting on more than $455 million in unspent federal money.
October 1, 2013 |
Michelle Obama wants you to drink more water, at least one more glass a day. Frankly, I think it's great. Sure, the science behind some of her claims is somewhere between iffy and debatable. If you're not dehydrated, drinking more water won't give you more energy or cure your headaches, as her office vaguely claims. But it might take up belly space that otherwise would have gone to grape soda, Red Bull or some other sugary concoction. Team Michelle won't admit this is the real agenda, insisting this is just a healthy, helpful reminder from the first lady.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 |
After threatening to cut off funding to California earlier this spring because the state had been so slow to improve its drinking water , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the state's revised spending plan. “I think as a result of this process, Californians can be more assured that their infrastructure needs are being met,” said EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld. In April, the EPA issued a noncompliance warning to the California Department of Public Health, amid complaints that funds were not being distributed promptly or efficiently.
April 4, 2013 |
As the waters receded Thursday, Argentina mourned scores of people killed in floods that raged through Buenos Aires province, knocking out power and forcing thousands to evacuate. Gov. Daniel Scioli told reporters in Argentina that the death toll in the area of La Plata had risen to 49, while 20 more people were missing. Six other lives were lost in earlier flooding in the city of Buenos Aires, according to the Associated Press, including a subway worker who was electrocuted and an elderly woman who drowned inside her home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2012 |
EAST OROSI, Calif. - This was to be the first year Jessica Sanchez was in charge of Thanksgiving dinner. She began preparations Wednesday, crossing through her family's small kitchen to a bottled water dispenser in the living room and filling a pan to wash the turkey. She couldn't use the tap water because East Orosi is one of many Central Valley farm communities where the supply is tainted - by nitrates, arsenic or bacteria traced to decades of agricultural runoff. Jessica's mother, Bertha Diaz, makes about $7.50 an hour picking grapefruit and lemons in the winter, grapes and blackberries in the summer. The cost of the tap water they use for bathing and gardening, plus the bottled water for drinking and cooking, is about 30% of her income.
November 13, 2012 |
In the hours after David Petraeus' cheating scandal broke on Friday afternoon, a Jan. 25th appearance made by his biographer and alleged mistress Paula Broadwell on “The Daily Show” quickly began making the rounds online. Viewed with the benefit of hindsight, Broadwell's gushing interview is full of inneuendo: She praises the retired general's energy, talks about his speedy recovery after a pelvis injury and even suggests that he can “turn water into bottled water.” But no, in case you were wondering, Jon Stewart had no idea anything was up. In fact, he was mostly just distracted by Broadwell's toned physique.
September 15, 2012 |
Every couple of years a food or beverage is crowned with what nutrition experts call a "health halo. " Some of the foods -- wild salmon, blueberries, flax seeds -- deserve it. But others gain status for no apparent reason. Acai berry, anyone? It's not that the trendy food is unhealthful. It's just that if you're already eating a well-balanced diet it's unnecessary. And possibly expensive. The latest entrant in this category: coconut water. Coconut water -- the mildly sweet liquid from the center of young, green coconuts -- has been popular in tropical areas since, well, as long as people have lived among coconut palm trees.
September 13, 2012
Woe to the thirsty of Concord, Mass. Under a bylaw born of convoluted reasoning, a person who heads into a store in that town for some hydration will be able to buy a plastic bottle of soda, but not a similar bottle of what dietitians say should be the drink of choice: water. That's because Concord has become the first city in the United States to ban the sale of serving-size bottled water. It's enough to make New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose proposed ban on the sale of large servings of soda is up for a key vote this week, weep.
August 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Bottled water or tap? Call it the capital's latest political debate. The head of the District of Columbia's water agency is calling on planners of next year's presidential inauguration to serve local tap water, saying it is a way to show support for the nation's drinking water systems. The effort comes after Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, selected home-state Saratoga Spring bottled water to be served, saying it would enable guests to "enjoy this special taste of New York.
August 4, 2012 |
This weather practically demands a picnic. But having the time to make the entire spread is often more dream than reality. That's where some of L.A.'s top restaurants step in with takeout picnics to order. OK, you didn't make everything yourself. Get over it. What's important is being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. Just don't forget the napkins - and real silverware. And especially don't forget the corkscrew. Tavern Suzanne Goin makes it easy at Tavern.