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.
March 5, 2009 |
A massive spending bill expected to be approved by Congress this week is filled with more than 8,500 earmarks -- those pet projects that lawmakers love -- costing $7.7 billion. Despite the tough economy, mounting federal budget deficit and pledges by President Obama and members of both parties to crack down on the practice, a number of lawmakers have defended their earmarks as important to the nation's economic recovery.
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 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.
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.
HOME & GARDEN
August 13, 2011 |
Empty soda bottle? Blue bin. Small wood box? Black bin. Magazine? Blue again. It's become part of life for millions of L.A. residents to sort their trash based on what can be recycled and what can't. How much gets diverted from the landfill gives L.A. some bragging rights: It's at the top of the charts among major cities. More than 450 natural gas-powered trucks make a coordinated effort to divert about 65% of the city's trash from landfills. But that's just for single-family homes.