August 28, 2011 |
Home energy efficiency and sustainability have been major policy priorities for the Obama administration, but lurking in the background are two consistent questions: Beyond the documentable savings on utility bills, do such steps add to the resale value of a home? And do they make it easier or faster to sell your property? Housing groups and housing officials say that definitive statistical data covering multiple regions of the country are scarce. But some localized research projects in Oregon, Washington and California offer promising hints.
November 20, 2010
The recent apology by SNCF, the French national railway, for transporting 76,000 Jews to Germany, where they were sent on to the Nazi death camps, doesn't save any lives or compensate any survivors. What's more, it comes about 65 years late, at a time when most of those with firsthand memories of the Holocaust have died. Particularly distressing is the fact that the apology was apparently not prompted by regret. Rather, it seems to have been spurred by the company's desire to win multibillion-dollar high-speed rail contracts in California and Florida, contracts that were in jeopardy because of stiff resistance from survivors of the deportations and the families of those who died.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2009 |
Across the desert flatlands of southeastern California, dozens of companies have flooded federal offices with applications to place solar mirrors on more than a million acres of public land. But just as some of those projects appear headed toward fruition, environmental hurdles threaten to jeopardize efforts to further tap the region's renewable energy potential. The development of solar-power facilities in the desert has been a top priority of the Obama administration as it seeks to ease the nation's dependence on fossil fuels and curb global warming.
May 10, 2009 |
Everything changed for Maria Shriver in the summer of 2003. Her husband announced he was running for governor and later won. She lost her job as an NBC News anchor as a result. Her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, had a stroke. Finally, her father, Sargent Shriver, the founding director of the Peace Corps, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. "It was one of those periods where I was like, 'Whoa, what's going on?' " Shriver said, shifting on the plush sofa of a Beverly Hills hotel suite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2009 |
If swimmers in Santa Monica Bay bump into trash or bacteria this summer, one culprit will be California's budget impasse. Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of voter-approved projects have been halted because of the state's financial problems. That includes $12 million that the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission was counting on to prevent dirty storm water and filthy runoff from draining into the bay. "People expect to be able to enjoy the beach and not come home sick," said state Sen.