CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2010 |
Every time it rains, workers in Long Beach rush to the mouth of the Los Angeles River to scoop up the floating islands of plastic bottles, grocery bags and other debris before it's all swept onto local beaches or pulled out to sea. Now, a deceptively simple solution is underway to fight the ongoing problem of river trash by intercepting it before it's washed into the river in the first place. Over the next year, 16 cities in southeastern Los Angeles County are installing screens beneath nearly every storm drain that flows into the lower Los Angeles River.
September 21, 2010 |
The dark dust thrown up by human activity in the deserts of the Southwest hastens the melting of Rocky Mountain snow and ultimately reduces the amount of water flowing into the upper Colorado River by about 5%, scientists reported Monday. The lost water amounts to more than 250 billion gallons — enough to supply the Los Angeles region for 18 months, said study leader Thomas H. Painter, a snow hydrologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. "That's a lot of water," said Painter, whose study was published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
June 23, 2011
ART Two- and three-dimensional art created by Laguna Beach and national artists abounds at Art-A-Fair 2011. View works in every medium, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood, and watch the artists as they create. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu. through Aug. 28. $7. (949) 494-4514. http://www.art-a-fair.com.
February 6, 2013 |
The U.S. division of La Marzocco , the Italian espresso machine manufacturer founded by the Bambi family, brings its "Pressure + Flow" tour to Los Angeles this month. On Feb. 13, La Marzocco will offer hands-on brewing lessons on its flagship Strada EP , which some called a game-changer and "the most advanced espresso machine on the planet" at the time of its unveiling. Most espresso machines extract coffee at a set pressure of 8 to 9 bars (or atmospheres), but the Strada EP is capable of continuously variable extraction between 1 and 12 bars with computers and microcontrollers that adjust the speed of the pump motors rather than the barista having to do so by hand -- and then having to replicate it for each extraction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2010 |
Caltrans could have to pay between $1 million and $4 million to a church whose San Bernardino Mountains retreat was buried by a catastrophic debris flow after jurors found the agency partly responsible for the 2003 disaster that killed 14 people. Jurors decided last week that Caltrans, which built and maintained a highway above St. Sophia Camp and Retreat Center, was 31% responsible for the massive Christmas Day slide. Rains sent mud, boulders and trees rushing down Waterman Canyon just two months after a major wildfire, leaving families gathered at the camp for a holiday party little opportunity to escape.
June 16, 2013 |
Despite the drought that plagued Southern California last winter, river rafters can still get their paddles wet: Parts of Northern California and other Western states got the rain and snow that missed SoCal. California's Kings, Kern, Kaweah, Merced and Tuolumne rivers have shortened or nonexistent rafting seasons this year, thanks to the drought, but many rivers in the West have plenty of water for rafting, kayaking and tubing. Here's a sampling of outfitters that are running rafting trips on rivers in Northern California and the West as well as on other rivers predicted to have good flows through August and maybe even September.