Tuesday, July 7, 2015
California drought.. Uvas Reservoir, Santa Clara County

To Encourage Californians To Conserve, A Tweak In Wording Can Help

Fighting California’s drought is a bit like running a political campaign, complete with carefully calibrated messages crafted with polling data.
Even details like colors are used for maximum effect.

July 5, 2015
Disneyland Castle lights water magic

California Governor Signs Tough New Vaccination Law

California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states to ban vaccination waivers based on religion.

July 1, 2015
Salinas Valley California, green space fracking sky

Just How Green Are State Governments?

States have employed a host of energy-saving programs, green-purchase requirements, building efficiency standards and financial incentive arrangements to meet those goals. So how are they doing in meeting targets they have set for themselves?

July 1, 2015

This Week In Health: Put Down The O.J.

Vaccines, melanoma, and nicotine, oh my. “This Week In Health” offers some highlights from the world of health news and wellness tips that you may have missed this week.

July 1, 2015
California, American Lung Association, Air Quality, Smog, Pollution, Environment, Health, Drought, Automobiles, Asthma

California Climate Plan Has Inland Condemning Coastal Elitism

“Families losing their jobs cannot afford solar panels on their homes when they can no longer afford their homes because they have no job.”

June 23, 2015
Hillary Clinton rally Iowa sign

For Hillary Clinton, The Race For Campaign Cash Is On

She’s working to raise $100 for the primaries.

June 18, 2015
ca state capitol

California Budget Deal Grants Health Coverage To Children In U.S. Illegally

Immigrant children who are in the country illegally would receive public health care coverage in California under a budget deal announced Tuesday.

June 17, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘California Dry’

What happens when a Californian is finally able to enjoy all that freely available New York water?

June 11, 2015
Syringe medicine needle

California Senate Passes Assisted-Suicide Bill

California could join five other states in legalizing assisted suicide for dying patients.

June 5, 2015
California water suppliers have implemented restrictions on pools in an effort to help the state cut urban water use, but the industry argues that pools can actually help save water. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Drought Intensifies Debate On Backyard Pools

Pool restrictions have cropped up in cities that are cracking down hardest on water waste.

June 3, 2015
Trees and receding water rings are left behind from the receding waters of Pine Flat Reservoir in Sanger, Calif., last fall. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Turning Sewage Into Drinking Water Gains Appeal As Drought Lingers

As a fourth year of drought continues to drain aquifers and reservoirs, California water managers and environmentalists are urging adoption of a polarizing water recycling policy known as direct potable reuse.

May 29, 2015
Santa Barbara County oil spill

Senators Call Santa Barbara Oil Spill Response ‘Insufficient’

“We need answers about why this happened, why the response was insufficient and what can be done to prevent another tragic spill like this from happening in the future.”

May 29, 2015
Too many of these are to blame for the drought, says one California group.

Group Says California Immigration Policies Contributed To Drought

Californians for Population Stabilization started a media campaign blaming California’s historic drought on the state’s large number of immigrants.

May 27, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/vjDLK

Which States Have The Most Job Growth Since The Recession?

Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.

May 27, 2015
Privacy often trumps transparency with police shooting videos

Privacy Often Trumps Transparency With Police Shooting Videos

Across the country, law enforcement agencies are equipping police and patrol cars with cameras to capture interactions between officers and the public. But many of those police forces, like Gardena’s, do not release the recordings to the public.

May 25, 2015
santa barbara oil spill

Santa Barbara County Oil Cleanup Continues; Pipeline May Be Dug Up Soon

More than 650 workers and 17 boats worked Saturday to clean up the black sheen, so far collecting 9,492 gallons of oily water mixture and 1,250 cubic yards of oily soil.

May 24, 2015
Southern California saying goodbye to lawns

Southern California Saying Goodbye To Lawns

The Southland is expected to tear out the equivalent of more than 2,100 football fields of grass — or more than twice the turf removal goal Brown set for the entire state in his emergency drought order.

May 23, 2015
Two activists in Kansas City rally for a minimum wage increase in the city.

Los Angeles Approves 67 Percent Minimum Wage Increase

The Los Angeles City Council’s 14-1 approval is a victory for wage activist groups composed of labor unions, immigrant groups, community activists.

May 20, 2015
Picturesque Goleta, California, had its beachfront beauty ruined when approximately 21,000 gallons of crude oil spilled out of a ruptured underground pipeline.

Officials Assess Damage From Oil Spill On California Coast

Dozens of workers in white jumpsuits were on the beach removing oil from fouled beaches after a 21,000-gallon oil spill on the Santa Barbara County coast.

May 20, 2015
Southwest Airlines, Drug, Drug Ring, Criminals, Marijuana, California, National News, Top News

3 Southwest Airlines Baggage Handlers, 11 Others Accused Of Smuggling Drugs

A marijuana drug ring was busted after Southwest Airlines cargo handlers were caught transporting dope in bulk on select flights.

May 19, 2015
Acela train

California’s Bullet Train Might Rank Among Cheapest In The World

By Ralph Vartabedian and Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Riding California’s bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco would cost “about $50 a person,” supporters wrote in ballot arguments seven years ago when voters approved billions in funding for the project. In the years since, the state high-speed rail agency […]

May 18, 2015
Leftover snow has been proposed as one way to help California citizens weather the drought. Photo: Washington State Department of Transportation via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/bH2KP6

Drought Inspires Creative Suggestions To Address Water Shortage

With the drought threatening every aspect of Californians’ lives — including how long they stay in the shower and what food they eat — a raft of creative ideas has been floated.

May 18, 2015
Mount Shasta activist Raven Stevens lowers a sensor into a neighborhood well on April 16, 2015 in Mount Shasta, Calif. The data from this and scores of private wells will help her determine how much Crystal Geyser Water Company's future pumping lowers the level of surrounding water table.

North California Water-Bottling Plant’s Critics Consider the Source

A northern California water bottling plant, slated to open later this year, hits roadblocks from activists and locals who feel the business is unnecessarily drawing away water needed in the region.

May 18, 2015
Crops, Frutis, Vegetables, Groceries, California, Winter, Global Warming, Mega Drought, Farmers, Agriculture, Harvests

Those Rising Vegetable Prices? Blame California’s Warm Winters

Droughts and unseasonably warm winters are disrupting the prices of many California-grown crops.

May 14, 2015
Fria Junipero Serra, California, Religon, Sainthood, Canonization, Pope Francis, California, Native American, Genocide, Lifestyle

Controversial Friar Who Evangelized California To Be Made A Saint

The controversial 18th Century Californian Friar, Junipero Serra, who is accused of genocide by Native American groups, is set to be canonized by Pope Francis.

May 6, 2015
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