CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1990 |
As ballot initiatives play an increasingly important role in the governance of California, a concomitant but dangerous trend is also developing: use of the Big Scare. In recent years, for example, we've been told that certain ballot initiatives would cause a mass exodus of the insurance industry from the state (Proposition 103) and that "the death knell" would sound for California agriculture (Proposition 65). The November ballot is no exception.
May 10, 1998 |
Doni Green is making quite a debut as Moorpark College's head men's and women's cross-country and track and field coach. Green, a longtime Moorpark assistant before last fall, guided the men to their second consecutive state junior college cross-country title in November and both Raider teams finished fifth in the Southern California track championships at Cerritos College on Saturday.
May 19, 2010 |
A state law that requires power plants, factories and other businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions could cause energy prices to rise and prompt businesses to delay expansion or flee California, according to a study by the state Legislative Analyst's Office. The landmark global warming law, which is being enforced in phases, could put the state's businesses at a competitive disadvantage unless other states and the federal government come up with similar plans, the study by the nonpartisan agency said.
March 1, 2009 |
One man in the classroom earned more than $100,000 framing tract homes during the building heyday. Another installed pools and piloted a backhoe. Behind him sat a young father who made a good living swinging a hammer in southern Utah. But that was before construction jobs vanished like a fast-moving dust storm in this blustery high desert. Hard times have brought them to a classroom in rural Kern County to learn a different trade. Tonight's lesson: how to avoid death and dismemberment.
January 13, 2010 |
One repeated theme in President Obama's education agenda is that he wants the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. As he put it in an address to a joint session of Congress, "We expect all our children not only to graduate from high school but to graduate from college and get a good-paying job." Although I applaud the president's strong commitment to higher education, he is seriously neglecting the importance of vocational training in school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2012 |
Cities in Los Angeles County face spending billions of dollars to clean up the dirty urban runoff that washes pollution into drains and coastal waters under storm water regulations approved Thursday night by the regional water board. Despite more than two decades of regulation, runoff remains the leading cause of water pollution in Southern California, prompting beach closures and bans on eating fish caught in Santa Monica Bay. The runoff - whether from heavy winter rains or sprinkler water spilling down the gutter - is tainted by a host of contaminants from thousands of different places: bacteria from pet waste, copper from auto brake pads, toxics from industrial areas, pesticides and fertilizer from lawns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2009 |
Cecilia V. Estolano, head of the Community Redevelopment Agency, said Wednesday that she would step down at the end of the month to join an Oakland-based group focused on generating green jobs in underserved neighborhoods. News of Estolano's departure disappointed some advocates for the poor, who praised her for focusing heavily on affordable housing and requiring real estate developers to provide "community benefits," such as higher-wage jobs. CRA board Chairman Bruce D. Ackerman said Wednesday that Estolano had done a "fabulous job" and that he had received no warning of her departure.
January 21, 2010
The Go Green Expo is a behemoth of environmentally conscious events and presentations, the kind that would bring a smile to Al Gore's face. The highlights include the Blue Planet Film Fest, presentations on sustainable investing, "eco-logical" homes, green jobs and free yoga classes. The Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., South Hall J, Los Angeles. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. Weekend pass, $10. www.gogreenexpo .com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2011 |
A labor-backed advocacy group issued a study Wednesday that labeled much of Los Angeles' trash-disposal system polluting and wasteful, and called for the adoption of a franchise process that could bolster recycling rates, provide green jobs and increase city revenue. "What we have now is completely inefficient and chaotic, and we have to put some order to it," said City Councilman Jose Huizar. Private haulers operate on a permit basis that critics say falls short of recycling goals and lacks standards and accountability.
September 24, 2011 |
It was the better mousetrap. From Silicon Valley to the White House, Solyndra's unique solar panels left everyone gasping for a piece of the action. Analysts gushed over the cylindrical design, so much more exciting than the dull, flat panels coming out of China. Company executives promised huge revenue, supporting thousands of permanent jobs, while a stream of state and federal politicians toured the Fremont plant, basking in what felt like the glow of the future. Investors, convinced that Solyndra was the big one, the harbinger of a solar boom, poured more than $1 billion into the company, with the U.S. government guaranteeing 50% more in loans.