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April 24, 2008 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
The giant CalPERS pension fund is losing its investment chief to the green movement. In a surprise, Russell Read -- who has been principal investment officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System for just two years -- told the pension system's board this week that he's leaving June 30. Read, 44, said in a letter to the board that he was quitting "to pursue my long-standing interest in environmental and clean-technology investing."
February 15, 2008 | Stephen Braun and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
The nation's economic anxieties took center stage in the increasingly rancorous Democratic presidential race Thursday as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama tilted their campaigns toward blue-collar voters in the upcoming Wisconsin and Ohio primaries. Both candidates tweaked their advertising and campaign messages to deliver stinging television ads and stress populist economic themes.
October 7, 1989 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
Robert Cornell flinches when he hears the term "water-conserving garden." "People think it means dry and dreary," or a lot of extra work for the homeowner, "but I want to dispel that," he says. "It's not so. "The entire landscape doesn't have to be (drought tolerant)," he continues, "just use water sensibly. That's why I like to call it water wise (instead of water conserving); you use it appropriately in a limited area."
April 15, 2009 | Phil Willon and David Zahniser
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday laid out a second-term agenda weighted heavily toward the creation of environmentally friendly jobs to rescue Los Angeles from its economic malaise but warned of serious pain ahead as the city digs out of a half-billion-dollar budget shortfall.
September 15, 2007 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Stuart J. Sperber, a pioneer of the practice of growing trees in wooden boxes, which enabled year-round planting and helped his Calabasas-based landscaping company develop into a nursery industry giant, has died. He was 70. Sperber, who co-founded ValleyCrest Tree Co. with his brother, died from throat cancer Sept. 7 at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, said his brother, Burton Sperber.
April 15, 1991
Long ago, when drought loomed, California did something about it. At least it would plan to do something. A decade ago, for example, Southern California went about preparing for dramatic water shortages with a marvel of hydrologic engineering called the Peripheral Canal. It would not have made up for all the water that Arizona was preparing to siphon from the Metropolitan Water District's historic allocation, but it would have helped.
December 13, 1998 | From Associated Press
Last week's Bay Area power blunder was traced to human error, but some experts say it was exacerbated by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. system breakdowns. What started as a minor incident Tuesday ballooned into a full-blown emergency within milliseconds, leaving about a million people powerless in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
July 2, 2000 | BRIAN BRENNAN, Ventura City Councilman Brian Brennan is a member of the Ventura County Regional Sanitation District
Rolling out the barrel is working for Ventura County. Most of its cities have either achieved the state's decade-old mandate to recycle more trash or they are very close. But to be truly effective, recycling programs must create reusable products--and consumers must put them to work. Assembly Bill 939 was enacted in 1990 to cut in half the amount of trash going into California landfills by this year.
February 27, 1994 | KAREN DARDICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Dardick is a Los Angeles free-lance writer. and
Vernell Tyler proudly showed a visitor her 10-foot-by-20-foot garden plot, filled with turnips, (varieties of both roots and greens), cabbage, lettuce, mustard greens, collards and beets. "I love getting my hands into the dirt and eating good," she said with a broad smile on her face. Hers is one of 30 such raised beds in the community garden at Nickerson Gardens in South-Central Los Angeles. Enclosed by a sturdy chain-link fence, the beds are surrounded by carefully tended grass pathways.
Trying to beat back a stiff alcohol tax increase on Tuesday's state ballot, alcoholic beverage interests have poured $28 million into initiative campaigns, the largest amount by a single industry since the insurance measure wars of the last election. Business and agricultural interests have contributed a total of $57 million in the battle over a variety of propositions for increasing their taxes and regulating the environment.
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