June 5, 2003 |
A three-year, $5.5-million study of America's ocean waters, conducted by a panel of politicians, scientists and fishermen, calls for the creation of a new federal agency to control overfishing, pollution and urban encroachment. The study by the Pew Oceans Commission details a developing crisis in U.S.
August 25, 2002 |
IRONWOOD FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz.--Darrell Tersey bumps the four-wheel drive along a desert wash, steers up the bank and comes to a dusty stop. The Bureau of Land Management agent steps out onto what appears to be a dry lake bed. No living thing can be spotted within a 20-acre circle. The ground sparkles under the harsh sun. Closer inspection reveals it is carpeted with shattered beer bottles and spent shell casings.
May 19, 2002 |
One of the first major metropolitan areas in the nation to throw up an imaginary fence around the suburbs to rein in sprawl is deciding whether to loosen the restrictions. An "urban growth boundary" that has preserved forests and farmland on the doorsteps of Oregon's largest city has made Portland a national model for controlling sprawl. Metro, an elected regional agency created in 1979, decides when and where the line can be extended, based on population growth within the imaginary fence.
May 9, 1999
William Fulton's analysis of intensifying urban growth pressures in Southern California (Opinion, May 2) sheds light on important challenges for our region. He correctly points to escalating citizen movements to preserve "quality of life" and resist massive and high-density urban encroachment. However, to speak of only "scraps" of land available for urbanization may be misleading on two scores. Acreages in Riverside and San Bernardino and northern L.A. counties are extensive and, over time, could grow into strong satellite metropolises if developed with dispersed airport and high-speed rail systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1998 |
Campaign fliers are arriving almost daily supporting or opposing Measure B, the county Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources initiative, and the various city SOARs. Numerous letters and articles have been printed about them. There has been considerably less public discussion, however, of Measure B's companion on Tuesday's ballot, Measure A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1998 |
Nearly 1,000 acres of prime farmland in Ventura County gives way to the bulldozer each year for tract homes and malls. Once the land is paved over, it's gone forever--there's no turning back. Next month, voters will let us know how they feel about keeping our greenbelts and open spaces intact and our prime farmland away from development.