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January 30, 2011 | By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
As Gov. Jerry Brown lays out his first-term agenda Monday, he confronts a thorny array of environmental and energy issues, many with a potential to drive billions of dollars in state and private spending and have a major effect on public health. Will Brown push forward with the nation's toughest curbs on toxic chemicals in consumer products ? proposed by the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, then abruptly withdrawn in December? Will he sign into law a bill vetoed by Schwarzenegger that would require California to draw a third of its electricity from solar and other renewable sources?
September 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council on Wednesday approved Wally Knox as a Department of Water and Power commissioner. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Knox to the job to replace Mary Nichols, who left to become head of the California Air Resources Board. Knox, an attorney, is a former Democratic assemblyman who served with the mayor in the Assembly.
June 1, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
Silvery light flickers through the redwood canopy of the Van Eck forest down to a fragrant carpet of needles and thimbleberry brush. A brook splashes along polished stones, through thickets of ferns. How lush. How lovely. How lucrative. This 2,200-acre spread in Humboldt County does well by doing good. For the last four years, Van Eck's foresters restricted logging, allowing trees to do what trees do: absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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.
December 17, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
California regulators Thursday voted to cap the greenhouse gas emissions of the state's major industries and establish the nation's first broad-based carbon trading program. The move marks another bellwether moment for a state that has led in environmental policy, coming as national climate legislation to regulate greenhouse gases and curb climate change has stalled in Congress. "This is an historic venture," said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, as the panel voted 9 to 1 to approve some 3,000 pages of regulations and supporting documents, crafted over three years of intense negotiations with businesses and public interest groups.
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.
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.
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