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.
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.
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.
October 17, 2011 |
One in every four solar energy jobs in America is held by a Californian, and growth in the clean-tech industry is burgeoning nationwide, a new study said. In August, California had an estimated 25,575 solar-related jobs out of 100,237 for all 50 states, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2011. The census is scheduled for release Monday by the Solar Foundation, a research and education organization in Washington. California's solar jobs tally was more than four times greater than runner-up Colorado.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2010 |
As the head of the California Endowment, the state's largest healthcare foundation, Robert Ross wields the kind of political power that comes with giving away $165 million a year. A pediatrician by training, Ross has delved into issues as varied as childhood obesity, prison reform and the future of the beleaguered Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. But what has made Ross, 56, into a powerful force in California philanthropy is not just the money he gives away: it's his approach to big-ticket giving that his organization has made a central part of its mission.