CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2012 |
SUTTER ISLAND, Calif. - As a child, Brett Baker learned farming fundamentals from his grandfather, who taught him to drive a tractor and gave him some advice about water. "There may come a time," his grandfather said, "when you have to grab a shotgun and sit on the pump. " The vast delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers east of San Francisco, where Baker's family has lived and farmed since the 1850s, has long been the center of the state's chronic water conflicts. It is the switchyard of California water, the place where the north's liquid riches are shipped to the irrigation ditches of the San Joaquin Valley and the sinks of Southland suburbs.
September 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Investors plowed $900 billion into the stock market in the third quarter, sending major indexes more than 4% higher after bold moves by central banks to shore up the European and U.S. economies. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the third quarter up 4.3% to 13,437.13, the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 5.8% to 1,440.67, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite soared 6.2% to 3,116.23. The rally has now seen blue chip stocks rise 11 times during the past 12 months.
September 23, 2012 |
With average gas prices approaching $4 nationally and already above that in California, American consumers are watching their hard-earned dollars go down the gas tank. For President Obama, that's not great news because voters hate high gasoline prices. According to a Reuters/Ipsos survey conducted in March, when prices were about where they are now, 68% of Americans disapproved of Obama's handling of gas prices. Republicans have since pounced, arguing that gasoline prices have more than doubled under his leadership.
September 19, 2012 |
So, here I am back at the Rose Bowl, when the sweaty mutant fan-blob in the seat next to me leans over and starts talking into my hair as if we're on a fifth date - something about Jerry Rice Jr. - and I'm thinking, 'Where did such a promising life go so wrong?' (Mine, not his). I went to the right schools, dated the wrong girls, basically did everything my old man recommended, and yet here I am. It's not a low point in my life, more like a troubling baseline. Philosophically, I guess you have to look at the big picture, which reveals that we're in the early innings of another wonderful college football season, where each week is like a playoff situation.
September 1, 2012 |
Take your weight routine to the next level with this high-intensity cardio drill. The Russian dance is a favorite of personal trainer and group fitness instructor Amy Dixon, who uses it on her latest high-intensity interval training video, "Breathless Body Volume 2: The Edge. " Sandwich this drill between weight-bearing exercises to create a circuit that packs in a cardio and strength workout at the same time. -- What it does This move gets your heart rate up quickly, allowing you to burn a lot of calories while challenging your leg muscles.
August 29, 2012 |
With Hurricane Isaac's arrival, New Orleans will get its first glimpse of the effectiveness of $14.5 billion in improved levees, pumps, flood walls and other protections built after Hurricane Katrina. Although the area will probably see heavy rain and flooding, experts say the improved hurricane protection - including what's billed as the largest drainage pump in the world, capable of emptying an Olympic-size pool in four seconds - will prevent the loss of life and widespread damage caused by the storm surge that followed Katrina in 2005.
August 20, 2012 |
Los Angeles International Airport helped pump $39.7 billion into the Southern California economy last year, and that number is expected to grow in the next few years as the airport expands, according to a new report. The report by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. found that LAX's operations in 2011 supported more than 294,000 jobs and pumped billions of dollars from new construction and airport payrolls, nearby LAX-related businesses and tourist spending into Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
August 18, 2012 |
I call Stan Schwartz a "stair-ologist. " But he prefers a warmer, cuddlier term. "I'm a nerd," says the 52-year-old system analyst for the earthquake computer at Caltech. "I studied the staircase in this building like a bug under a microscope. I took the train over here from Pasadena twice a week at lunch for three months to train. I counted steps. I did the math. And I figured out how to save 15 seconds. " Now, he had my attention. On this cold morning in late March, Schwartz would be one of almost 800 people - me included - racing up the stairwell of the second-tallest building on the West Coast, the 63-story Aon Center in downtown L.A in the American Lung Assn.'s Fight for Air Climb.
August 13, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Major bio-tech companies and manufacturers of household food products, including Campbell Soup, General Mills and Coca-Cola, have pumped almost $10 million into the campaign to defeat Proposition 37, the November statewide ballot initiative to require labels for genetically engineered crops and processed food products. The California Secretary of State's office reported that a members of the Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme, sponsored by farmers and food producers, had contributed $9.98 million since the close of the Jan. 1-June 30 reporting period.
August 10, 2012 |
In what was seen as a reaction to a fire at a major oil refinery in Northern California, pump prices for regular gasoline statewide rose more than a nickel a gallon from Wednesday to Thursday, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. Price jumps of more than 2 cents in a 24-hour period are uncommon. Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring said the fire at Chevron Corp.'s sprawling Richmond refinery "had an immediate effect on the wholesale gasoline market. Although the refinery is on the shore of San Rafael Bay, north of San Francisco and Oakland, it's an important fuel provider for Southern California.