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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.
November 14, 2002 | Claudia Eller and James Bates, Times Staff Writers
The newest management firm in Hollywood has no name. But it has snagged some of the biggest names in entertainment. Continuing a long tradition of entrepreneurial spinoffs by representatives of actors, directors and writers, a collection of six talent managers announced Wednesday that they had come together to create their own business.
November 1, 2007 | Debra Prinzing, Special to The Times
Plant a rooftop; change your life. That's Pamela Berstler's mission. By converting traditional heat-generating roofs into energy-saving ecosystems where succulents and wildflowers flourish, the West Los Angeles landscape designer hopes to transform the local landscape, one green roof at a time. "It's easy to treat this as a fad, or a trend, but this is what our future looks like," Berstler says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 26, 2010
It is becoming an annual tradition: Every year we plead for a bill that would wean the state's utilities off dirty electricity generated from fossil fuels, a politically popular measure that nonetheless has hit a wall in Sacramento. Once again, a key renewable-power bill — a priority for environmental advocates and green businesses statewide — is making its way through legislative committees. Like the riots that follow Lakers championship victories or the ruinous wildfires that plague our hillsides every fall, the bill's yearly failure is a ritual we'd happily put to rest.
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