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October 27, 1990 | AL MEYERHOFF, Al Meyerhoff is a senior attorney with the San Francisco office of the Natural Resources Defense Council and a co-author of Proposition 128. and
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.
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 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
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 | Marla Dickerson
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.
June 25, 2009 | Todd Darling, Todd Darling produced and directed "A Snow Mobile for George," a documentary that examines the effect of environmental deregulation on individuals. He can be reached at
George W. Bush fought global warming policy all the way to the Supreme Court. And he lost. Despite this judicial rebuke, he opposed climate-change legislation to the end. Now, with President Obama, White House views on global warming finally are in line with scientific data. But this doesn't mean that politics can't still trump science. Congressional response to the climate crisis has taken shape in the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. The bill has a lot to like.
November 5, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
The clean-tech industry got a bit of a spark ? and a jolt ? from the elections this week. While most in the industry cheered California's election results, with the defeat of Proposition 23 and Jerry Brown's gubernatorial victory, many said they were worried about the shifting makeup of Congress, where many advocates for climate-change legislation lost their seats Tuesday. FOR THE RECORD: Green tech: In an article in the Nov. 6 Business section about the results of state and national elections on the clean-tech sector, a company name was inadvertently changed during production.
January 13, 2010 | By Mike Rustigan
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.
November 9, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
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.
May 15, 2009 | Bill McKibben, Bill McKibben is scholar in residence at Middlebury College and founder of
All around the world, national governments are trying to hammer out their global warming policies, preparing for the United Nations' climate-change conclave in Copenhagen at the end of the year. And in too many places, the effort seems to be going nowhere. Here in Australia, for instance, the government last week decided to postpone any real action for another year, citing the recession.
November 25, 2009 | By Margot Roosevelt
California officials on Tuesday issued the nation's first blueprint for a broad-based cap-and-trade plan, an innovative and controversial effort to use market forces to control global warming. FOR THE RECORD: Cap-and-trade program: An article in Wednesday's Section A on California's cap-and-trade program quoted Greg Karras, senior scientist for Communities for a Better Environment, as saying that the program was "institutionalized environmental justice." Karras called it "institutionalized environmental injustice."
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