CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new pact Monday to formally align California's clean energy policies with those of Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia. The agreement commits all four governments to work toward ways to put a price on carbon pollution, require the use of lower-carbon gasoline and set goals for reducing greenhouse gases across the region. The nonbinding blueprint also sets new targets for electric vehicles - aiming for 10% of all new cars and trucks in the region to be emission-free by 2016 - and calls for the construction of a bullet-train system from Canada to California.
July 2, 2013 |
We are somewhere in Canada, but I'm not sure where. Photographer Al Seib and I left Vancouver, British Columbia, at 8 a.m. Monday and traveled 300 miles east on the Rocky Mountaineer. Think it's hot in L.A.? Come to southern British Columbia. These Canadians, truly the most wonderful people in the world, keep insisting it's only 40 degrees here in the heart of the province. Turns out that's Celsius. Forty degrees Celsius converts to -- let's see -- about 300 degrees Fahrenheit, roughly the boiling point of blood.
May 29, 2013 |
Barbie is totally over the 'bu -- at least she's acting that way. As part of a new marketing campaign, the peripatetic princess of pink is set to swing through 13 North American cities on a quest to, as the press materials state, find a new place to hang her teeny tiny hat. Fittingly, the first stop on the Barbie Mobile Tour will be at the Grove in Los Angeles on Saturday -- barely 31.5 miles from home. Among the activities on tap: creating Barbie fashions, face-painting (presumably yours and not Barbie's)
March 20, 2013 |
Many of the world's finest curlers will gather in Victoria, British Columbia, March 30 to April 7 for the Ford World Men's Curling Championships . Although the sport isn't one that's followed closely by Americans, the United States will be among the nations' fielding teams. The games will be held at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre , where athletes using brooms will move curling stones across the ice toward a circular target. A total of 12 countries - including Canada, Japan, Russia, Scotland and Switzerland - will participate.
February 18, 2013 |
Families can save some greenbacks on spring break with a ski vacation at Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, British Columbia. From March 1 to April 13, Big White is offering a deal in which kids 12 and under can ski and stay for free. Families will receive a complimentary child lift ticket with each adult pass purchased. Big White is British Columbia's second-largest resort after Whistler and has the most ski-in, ski-out accommodations in Canada. From March 10-25, youngsters and their parents (or grandparents)
January 23, 2013 |
A new indoor market in downtown Victoria, Canada , will open in the spring, making Vancouver Island's abundant produce available year-round. The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson will be home to goods produced by bakers, butchers, fishermen and florists, among others. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It's about 60 miles from Vancouver and about a three-hour (or less) ferry ride from Seattle. The new market will be in what was once the Hudson's Bay department store.