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December 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Department of Water and Power on Thursday questioned a regulatory agency's decision to expand by 9.3 square miles the 29-square-mile area in the Owens Valley where the city is spending $415 million to reduce dust. DWP Board President Mary Nichols said it is premature for the air pollution district to expand the area for dust reduction before her agency has completed work in the existing target area.
December 20, 2003 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Former state Resources Secretary Mary Nichols will move into academia next year as the new head of the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Nichols said she hopes to more closely tie the research work of UCLA's faculty with the real-life problems facing state and local government. She previously headed the group Environment Now and worked as assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Clinton. More recently, she served as resources secretary under Gov.
March 12, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
As California officials see it, global warming is happening so there's no time to waste in figuring out what to do. California's interagency Climate Action Team on Wednesday issued the first of 40 reports on impacts and adaptation, outlining what the state's residents must do to deal with the floods, erosion and other effects expected from rising sea levels.
December 13, 2008 | David Zahniser, Zahniser is a Times staff writer.
The behind-the-scenes bureaucrat who has been carrying out Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's environmental agenda is poised to take her work nationwide as the presumptive chair of President-elect Barack Obama's White House Council on Environmental Quality.
April 3, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Green, Green, It's All Green: The fifth annual Eco Expo exhibition of environmental goods, billed as the world's largest "green" trade show, runs Friday through Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The more than 400 exhibits, open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ($7 adults), offer everything from environmental computer games to test drives of the latest alternative-fuel vehicles.
September 23, 1992
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday unanimously confirmed Mayor Tom Bradley's appointment of civil rights attorney Constance Rice to the powerful Department of Water and Power Commission. Rice, western regional director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is the only African-American on the five-member commission. She replaces environmentalist Mary Nichols on the board of the DWP, which provides water to about 3.
May 17, 1990
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has hired a team of consultants for a two-month study of the energy efficiency and conservation practices of the utility as well as its customers, Mayor Tom Bradley announced Wednesday. Working in conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, the DWP hired two firms for $88,000 to conduct the study to help determine what policies should be undertaken to improve energy efficiency, Bradley said.
February 25, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt
Nearly a third of older-model cars stopped for roadside smog tests in Southern California failed them, despite having received a passing grade at inspection stations within a year, a state audit has found. The results of those surprise inspections of 6,000 models manufactured before 1996 have led law enforcement officials to crack down on unscrupulous stations, step up fines and file more criminal charges. Legislation introduced in the California Assembly this week would allow the state to bar low-performing test stations from conducting smog checks.
Orange County received a $100,000 state grant for shoreline protection and restoration, part of $3.1 million in oil royalties distributed to coastal counties and cities, Gov. Gray Davis announced Wednesday. "These grants will allow local governments along the California coast to rebuild piers, protect agricultural lands, improve eroding beaches and coastal access, restore wetlands, protect marine life, and acquire open space in need of protection," he said in a press release.
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