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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2012 | Ruben Vives
The environmental impact report on hydraulic fracturing at the Inglewood Oil Field was supposed to address key concerns raised by residents of the Baldwin Hills area. Instead, the report has deepened tensions between the oil field's owner, Plains Exploration & Production Co., and the community after the findings were released last week. The yearlong study -- conducted by an environmental consulting firm and paid for by the owner and operator of the oil field -- concluded that the controversial extraction method used at two wells did not affect the environment or health of those living nearby.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
The ceremonial signing of agreements Wednesday to take the next step in landing Los Angeles an NFL team went off without a hitch even though a light breeze kept knocking over a large rendering of the hoped-for Farmers Field stadium downtown. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the City Council's vote last week to approve the project means that Anschutz Entertainment Group negotiators can speedily move ahead with the final step - landing an NFL team for the proposed new stadium. It's also another step toward the continued revitalization of downtown, a "jewel" that still needs some polishing, the mayor said.
SPORTS
September 20, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels have not held negotiations about moving to a potential new ballpark in the City of Industry, Angels Chairman Dennis Kuhl said Thursday. The ballpark would replace a proposed NFL stadium there, according to a published report. However, the owners of the site insisted Thursday that they have not given up on the NFL. “Our commitment is on returning the NFL to Los Angeles and our focus is on building a football stadium,” Majestic Realty spokesman Ben Porritt said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
One of the West's most ambitious private water marketing proposals has taken a step forward with the environmental approval ofCadiz Inc.'s plans to sell massive amounts of Mojave Desert groundwater to Southern California. The board of the Santa Margarita Water District, which serves 155,000 customers in south Orange County, voted 5 to 0 Tuesday night to sign off on the project's environmental impact report under state law. The board also agreed to buy one-tenth of the project's proposed annual yield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2012 | By Mark Kellam, Los Angeles Times
The legal battle to stop a Wal-Mart from opening in Burbank is scheduled to go to trial on Aug. 17, when a judge will consider an injunction seeking to halt renovations on the building that will house the new store. Three Burbank residents who filed suit seeking to stop the renovation of the former Great Indoors site are demanding that more be done to study the economic and environmental impact of the world's largest retailer moving in next to the Empire Center. In the motion, the trio say that Wal-Mart gave notice in a letter to its attorney that it planned to start improvements last week.
NEWS
July 27, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
Who would have thought that something as .. well, bland ... as encouraging employees to consider going meatless for one day a week  would blow up into a scandal -- with calls for people to be fired and accusations of “treasonous” behavior? That's just what happened after some person (pity him or her!) within theU.S. Department of Agriculturecheerfully suggested Meatless Monday in an internal memo to staff. An excerpt from the memo: "One simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias is to participate in the 'Meatless Monday' initiative http://www.meatlessmonday.com/ .  … How will going meatless one day of the week help the environment?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of new homes could be built along the perimeter of a retired Marine base in Orange County that officials envision being turned into one of the nation's great urban parks, according to a proposal being considered by city officials in Irvine. The proposal from developer Fivepoint Communities Inc. would more than double the number of residences that would be built on the property surrounding the Great Park by changing the zoning of land that had been marked for commercial use and offices, city officials said.
HEALTH
July 7, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
With the cycles, the flat-screen TVs and, of course, the air conditioning, most people who exercise at gyms are working out the electrical grid along with their muscles. But the members of AC4 Fitness in Goleta will be generating power and feeding it back to the grid every time they step on a treadmill or elliptical. When they need a drink, they'll have to bring their own refillable bottle and get water from a hydration station that provides free water filtered with reverse osmosis. And when they stash their belongings, they'll do so in lockers made from recycled plastic.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Feelings of betrayal dividing friends, lovers, and political allies have provided grist for Shakespeare and Verdi, among other great scrutinizers of the human condition. It's intriguing to ponder what they would have made of the breakup between the Natural Resources Defense Council and Anschutz Entertainment Group, the would-be developer of a downtown Los Angeles football stadium. Last September, the NRDC's Los Angeles office did the stadium developers a big favor by throwing its weight behind a gift bill streamlining the environmental review process for the stadium project, and only for the stadium project.
OPINION
May 24, 2012
The Natural Resources Defense Council, which has supported the construction of a 72,000-seat football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, now has raised a series of criticisms about the project's potential impact on the environment. Many of its concerns are well founded; rather than fight them in court, the project's developer, Anschutz Entertainment Group, ought to take them into account and use them to improve the proposal. In a letter to the Los Angeles City Planning Department, the NRDC warned that although AEG's voluminous environmental impact report promises a number of measures to limit the negative effects of the stadium on the environment, it lacks details about how those measures will work and how they will be enforced.
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