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May 23, 2000 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS and ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Warm temperatures triggered a moderate statewide power emergency Monday, as electricity generators labored to keep up with demand. The California Independent System Operator, a nonprofit agency that is the state's electricity supply watchdog, declared a statewide Stage 2 power emergency because the state's power reserves fell below 5%. In Cal-ISO's three-step alert system, a Stage 1 emergency indicates that reserves have fallen below 7%, and electricity customers are urged to conserve.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Anthony York
SAN FRANCISCO -- Amid California's driest year on record, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially declared a drought emergency in the state. Speaking at a San Francisco news conference, Brown also called on "all citizens" to cut back "at least 20% of their water use. " He was flanked by charts and photos showing the state's anemic precipitation and snowpack. "We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use," Brown said, adding that conservation efforts would be "voluntary.
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BUSINESS
December 30, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Moving to provide financial relief to the state's ravaged citrus industry, Gov. Pete Wilson declared a state of emergency Tuesday in four Central California counties hit hardest by last week's freezing temperatures that destroyed a major portion of the lemon and orange crops. Wilson's declaration--affecting Fresno, Kern, Madera and Tulare counties--was welcome news for citrus farmers who recorded more than $500 million in losses from four straight days of bitter cold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2010 | By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
Even in a state that embraced Barack Obama's presidential candidacy with record-breaking passion just two years ago, the lingering economic doldrums have altered the views of voters as the next election nears. A detailed portrait of the state's likely November electorate, drawn last week by pollster Mark Baldassare at the Public Policy Institute of California, showed heightened economic concerns and increased ideological polarization in the last several years. Both factors, this year, would favor Republicans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Anthony York
SAN FRANCISCO -- Amid California's driest year on record, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially declared a drought emergency in the state. Speaking at a San Francisco news conference, Brown also called on "all citizens" to cut back "at least 20% of their water use. " He was flanked by charts and photos showing the state's anemic precipitation and snowpack. "We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use," Brown said, adding that conservation efforts would be "voluntary.
NEWS
July 1, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When brown waves of crude oil surged ashore in Huntington Beach last year, the state of California dispatched its entire oil-spill team: two people. Now, in the wake of lessons learned from that emergency, the state is assembling a full-time crew of biologists, game wardens, lawyers, technicians and financial analysts to protect California's 1,100-mile coastline from oil spills. By fall, this specialized team--the new state Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response--will have 111 members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2010 | By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
Even in a state that embraced Barack Obama's presidential candidacy with record-breaking passion just two years ago, the lingering economic doldrums have altered the views of voters as the next election nears. A detailed portrait of the state's likely November electorate, drawn last week by pollster Mark Baldassare at the Public Policy Institute of California, showed heightened economic concerns and increased ideological polarization in the last several years. Both factors, this year, would favor Republicans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1996 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Whittier Narrows earthquake hit in 1987, Rep. David Dreier found out from a colleague who had heard it on the news. Standing on the floor of the House at the time, Dreier said he felt helpless, out of touch, fearful of what was happening to his congressional district thousands of miles away. Next time the earth shakes back home, the San Dimas Republican intends to be better prepared.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1991 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four hotly contested U.S. Senate primaries in California next year will put many of the state's politicians on the spot. Will they wade into these internecine battles with endorsements and other assistance or remain on the sidelines until a nominee emerges? Five of the San Fernando Valley area's seven members of Congress have decided to take a stand in at least one of their respective parties' two primary races.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2007 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Everyone knows living in California isn't cheap. But a new report casts a light on how challenging it is to afford basic necessities -- and how inadequate a minimum-wage job is to meet those needs. A person working full-time for the state's minimum wage of $7.50 an hour earns $15,600 annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS and ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Warm temperatures triggered a moderate statewide power emergency Monday, as electricity generators labored to keep up with demand. The California Independent System Operator, a nonprofit agency that is the state's electricity supply watchdog, declared a statewide Stage 2 power emergency because the state's power reserves fell below 5%. In Cal-ISO's three-step alert system, a Stage 1 emergency indicates that reserves have fallen below 7%, and electricity customers are urged to conserve.
BUSINESS
December 30, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Moving to provide financial relief to the state's ravaged citrus industry, Gov. Pete Wilson declared a state of emergency Tuesday in four Central California counties hit hardest by last week's freezing temperatures that destroyed a major portion of the lemon and orange crops. Wilson's declaration--affecting Fresno, Kern, Madera and Tulare counties--was welcome news for citrus farmers who recorded more than $500 million in losses from four straight days of bitter cold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1996 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Whittier Narrows earthquake hit in 1987, Rep. David Dreier found out from a colleague who had heard it on the news. Standing on the floor of the House at the time, Dreier said he felt helpless, out of touch, fearful of what was happening to his congressional district thousands of miles away. Next time the earth shakes back home, the San Dimas Republican intends to be better prepared.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1991 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four hotly contested U.S. Senate primaries in California next year will put many of the state's politicians on the spot. Will they wade into these internecine battles with endorsements and other assistance or remain on the sidelines until a nominee emerges? Five of the San Fernando Valley area's seven members of Congress have decided to take a stand in at least one of their respective parties' two primary races.
NEWS
July 1, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When brown waves of crude oil surged ashore in Huntington Beach last year, the state of California dispatched its entire oil-spill team: two people. Now, in the wake of lessons learned from that emergency, the state is assembling a full-time crew of biologists, game wardens, lawyers, technicians and financial analysts to protect California's 1,100-mile coastline from oil spills. By fall, this specialized team--the new state Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response--will have 111 members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2001
"The Battle Over Hawthorne Airport" (Oct. 29), placed next to "3.7 Quake Produces Brief but Heavy Jolt" near the Newport-Inglewood fault, should remind everyone what critical and important roles our general aviation airports play in emergencies. Southern California is earthquake country, and if streets and freeways in the Hawthorne area and the South Bay were damaged, that airport would be invaluable in getting help into and out of the area and to LAX itself. Harriett Porch Laguna Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1985
Football, they say, is a game of inches. By the same standard, life can be a game of minutes or seconds. A gunshot victim can be here one minute and gone the next. So, too, in a sudden house fire, a heart attack, an accidental poisoning, a crime in progress or any number of emergencies. California has an amazing variety of agencies available to help people in distress, but they are helpless to act if the call for assistance never gets through.
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