CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 |
In the absence of statewide regulations for hydraulic fracturing, Southern California air-quality officials have enacted their own reporting rules for the controversial extraction process driving the country's oil and gas boom. On Friday, the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District adopted a rule that requires oil companies to notify the air agency 10 days to 24 hours before beginning drilling operations, including "fracking," which involves injecting large volumes of chemical-laced water and sand deep into the ground to break apart rock and release oil. That notice, including the location of the well, will then be posted on the agency's website . Under the new rule, companies are also required to disclose all the chemicals they use, a provision that sparked opposition from oil industry trade groups and Halliburton, one of the world's largest oil field service companies and a pioneer of hydraulic fracturing.
June 27, 2012 |
Just in time for your summer vacation, the Los Angeles Times unveils two new digital projects, each designed to help locals and visitors alike get the best of Southern California. “SoCal Close-ups: Your Vacation Guide,” an e-book for Kindle, Nook and iPad (via the iBookstore) by Christopher Reynolds, is available for $4.99 starting Wednesday (today). You can find details at www.latimes.com/bookstore . It includes about 40,000 words of expert advice on exploring, eating and sleeping in Los Angeles and Orange counties, all from Los Angeles Times writer Christopher Reynolds, who has sampled more than 300 hotels, museums, parks, piers, trails, restaurants, bars and shops.
July 19, 2013 |
Two tiny crustaceans whose burrows in the sand were once familiar sights to beachgoers are on their way to being extirpated from Southern California, according to a new study. Scientists at UC Santa Barbara found that two species closely related to the roly poly have vanished from more than 60% of beaches from Point Conception to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they were recorded a century ago. “We were really surprised at how strong the pattern of loss is,” said Jenny Dugan, a biologist at the university's Marine Science Institute.
July 13, 2013 |
If you are looking for a spiritual experience at a spa, think about what spirituality means to you. "Spirituality means different things to different people," says Susie Ellis, president of the marketing company SpaFinder Wellness. "Today a spa treatment or a getaway with a spiritual component is often centered on helping people cope with record levels of stress and achieve inner peace or balance. " Here are some spots in Southern California that offer spirituality-related treatments.
October 13, 2013 |
Southern California's office market has moved ever so slightly in favor of landlords. In the just-finished third quarter of 2013, the overall vacancy rate fell a tiny bit, and average monthly rents ticked up a few cents. The slight upward shift was typical of the last several quarters. The region's office rental market stabilized after the recession, but has not picked up steam the way it did during previous economic recoveries. "This is uncharted territory," said research analyst Petra Durnin of property brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
July 11, 2013 |
In California, artichokes are seasonal during spring but they also pop up again in early fall. Grapefruits, although considered a winter fruit, are available during the spring and summer too. Apricots are better in early summer but pears are better in late summer, or is it the other way around? And what about asparagus? Thankfully, you don't have to memorize any of this. Save yourself the headache with the Southern California Local Foods Wheel . The Local Foods Wheel , created by Jessica Prentice , Sarah Klein and Maggie Gosselin, is a nifty little resource, perfect for anyone interested in local food.
June 14, 2013 |
Climate change is likely to wipe a lot of the white from those postcard winter scenes of Los Angeles ringed by snow-capped mountains, according to new research. A UCLA study released Friday projects a significant decline in snowfall on the ranges that provide a dramatic backdrop to urban Southern California. By mid-century, the amount of snow draping the mountains could decrease 30% to 40%, researchers say. If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, the ranges could lose two-thirds of their snow by century's end. That means fewer and fewer days in coming decades will reflect the classic images of sun and snow that have idealized life in Southern California since 1920s citrus-crate labels beckoned to Easterners.
May 15, 2012 |
Thomas V. McKernan, chief executive of the Automobile Club of Southern California, has retired after serving 46 years with the organization, including 21 in the top post. He was succeeded by Robert Bouttier, who previously was the club's president and chief operating officer. McKernan started out as a customer service representative in the Pasadena branch in 1966 and worked his way up the corporate ladder, serving as a computer programmer and chief financial officer before his appointment as CEO in 1991.
June 11, 2013 |
Anyone who has searched in vain for a backpack during August or agonized with college-bound freshmen over dorm-room furnishings knows that now is the best time to shop for back-to-school supplies. Parents and students charting their course to various stores and malls may want to add one more stop on their itinerary: PBteen has opened its first brick and mortar store in Southern California at the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks. The new store kicked off with the early release of the PBteen gear collection, a graphic assortment of backpacks, messenger bags and lunch totes, as well as the PBdorm collection of sheets, storage solutions and accessories.
February 10, 2012 |
On Wall Street, it's 2008 again. But what year is it on your street? Even with Friday's sell-off, major stock market indexes are up from 5% to 11% this year, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average back to where it was in the spring of 2008. If only we could say the same for the housing market. In 2008, the median home price in Southern California was $340,000. Home prices are still nowhere close to that level and, in fact, continue to fall. The median annual price in 2011 was $280,000.