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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
REAL ESTATE
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.
NEWS
November 3, 1990 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1993 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At an environmental conference in Los Angeles four years ago, Marc Merson got a bright idea. During a long day of bad news about vanishing rain forests and other planetary ills, he heard a word of hope: Amory Lovins, an energy conservation expert, was explaining the virtues of compact fluorescent light bulbs, an energy-saving device that lets ordinary people help solve global problems.
OPINION
October 26, 2010 | By David Nahai
I've been shocked by many of the specious claims made by Proposition 23's proponents. Supporters say it would save jobs, when in fact it would kill the state's fledgling green tech industry. They say it would suspend California's signature climate change law only temporarily, when in fact it sets up criteria for restarting the law that the state is unlikely to hit anytime soon. But the claims I find most absurd are those that assert huge electricity rate hikes — of up to 60% — unless the initiative passes.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2009 | Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: Recently you mentioned building a green network. Is there an authority that certifies a company as "green"? Answer: There are certifications in the green building industry granted by the U.S. Green Business Council ( www.usgbc.org). Outside of construction, however, green business certifications are just getting going, said Andrea Green, president of Globally Green Consulting of Los Angeles.
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