October 5, 2010 |
Federal officials Tuesday approved construction of the first two California solar energy projects to be built on public land in the sun-drenched Mojave Desert and Imperial Valley. The go-ahead from U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar could bolster the chances for seven other major solar projects in the state awaiting approval from him and the U.S. Energy Department. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is banking on the building boom to infuse the state with more than $30 billion in new investments in green energy and create more than 12,000 high-paying construction and manufacturing jobs from about two dozen planned wind and solar facilities.
September 26, 2010
How to Bixi 1. Find the nearest station on the pocket-sized fold-out Bixi map, available around town, or download the unofficial iPhone app. 2. Following the touch-screen guidance (in French or English), insert your credit card into the kiosk, select a plan, OK the terms and conditions and receive a five-digit code. 3. Choose a bike and enter the code to remove it from its slot. 4. When you're done, return the bike to any Bixi station by inserting the front wheel into a slot.
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August 30, 2010 |
After two public hearings and long discussions over the course of a month, the Burbank City Council has approved a $120-million transit center for Bob Hope Airport. The original proposal had been postponed to allow city officials to clarify the city's role in approving landscaping and so-called green street features for the project. The transportation hub will consolidate rental car facilities and bus transit on current airport property, a covered moving walkway to the airport terminal and the second compressed natural gas fueling station in Burbank.
August 8, 2010 |
Getting ready to set out on the gravelly trail, Diego and his girlfriend, Cash, are rubbing noses. It's a warm spring-feverish day in April in the Santa Ynez Valley, and the two can't seem to get close enough. And I can't avoid watching. Diego, my horse for the next 90 minutes, has a thing for this mare, and because I'm just along for the ride, who am I to intercede? Besides, as a novice equestrian, I welcome Diego's distraction - anything to avoid being thrust into a full gallop as once happened to me in the rocky desert outside Palm Springs.
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July 30, 2010 |
Citing extensive safety improvements, state regulators Thursday cleared the way for completion of the first leg of the Expo light rail project by approving a controversial street-level crossing next to Dorsey High School. In its decision, the California Public Utilities Commission adopted recommendations made in June by one of the agency's hearing officers, who supported a revised plan that called for two station platforms, speed restrictions for trains, motor vehicle gates and other safety improvements for a proposed rail crossing at Farmdale Avenue and Exposition Boulevard.
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July 10, 2010 |
A Metro Blue Line train inexplicably ran a stop signal on Wednesday before it struck a Long Beach police car and injured an officer and 10 passengers, according to onboard videotapes reviewed by accident investigators. Two tapes indicate that the southbound train rolled through the red signal about 1 p.m. and collided with the patrol car in the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and 16th Street, Long Beach police said Friday. Officials for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Blue Line's operator, said they could not comment on the videotapes or other specifics of the accident because investigations were pending.
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January 20, 2010 |
As federal authorities prepare to close out a 16-month investigation of the deadly Chatsworth Metrolink disaster, a key issue remains in dispute: What color was the fateful final signal? The only eyewitnesses to come forward publicly have maintained that the light was green as Metrolink 111 barreled toward a head-on crash with a Union Pacific freight train. And the conductor of the train told investigators that he radioed the Metrolink engineer before leaving Chatsworth station that the signal was green and the train was clear to proceed, records show.
August 16, 2009 |
The controversial Kensington gold mine in southeast Alaska has won an important go-ahead from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which approved an amended permit that will allow the mine to dump millions of tons of waste into a nearby lake. The project has been the subject of a national environmental fight over whether navigable lakes and rivers can be used as repositories for toxic mine tailings. The Corps last week announced it was extending Coeur Alaska's permit until 2014 and reiterated that the company could construct a tailings storage facility in Lower Slate Lake, below the mine.
June 25, 2009 |
Just in time for the summer tourist throngs, mimes, musicians and balloon-animal shapers have been newly empowered to bring their entertainments and tip jars to public parks. In a ruling with potentially wide implications for street artists throughout the West, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down curbs imposed by Seattle on those performing at the popular Seattle Center, home of the landmark Space Needle.
June 3, 2009 |
What does a movie producer really do? Before you start with the jokes, the Producers Guild of America wants to have its say. This weekend, the PGA will present its first-ever Produced By Conference, an open-to-the-public (although sold out) gathering on the Sony Pictures lot with seminars on such topics as financing, digital rights, viral marketing and -- why not? -- private jets. Ahead of the three-day conference, four experienced producers discussed the challenges they face in these turbulent times when studios are cutting producer deals and taking fewer risks.