Friday, May 29, 2015
California
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
Environement, Bark Beetle, California, Megadrought, Trees, Water, Top News, Forests, Conservation

Millions Of Trees Are Dying Because Of California Drought

An early survey of the Southern Californian forests has a grim diagnosis: The megadrought is killing millions of trees.

May 5, 2015
drought

House Passes Water Bill, But Drought Solutions Still Under Debate

The House on Friday passed a big energy and water spending bill that showcases the continuing federal discord over how to handle California’s drought.

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

Drought Making California’s Air Quality Worse, American Lung Association Says

The ongoing drought and heavy reliance on automobiles makes California’s atmosphere the dirtiest in the country.

April 30, 2015
Wall-Street-AFP-Resized

Cities And States Paying Massive Secret Fees To Wall Street

Wall Street fees paid by public workers’ pension systems have kicked off an intensifying debate over whether such expenses are necessary. Now, a report from an industry-friendly source says those huge levies represent only a fraction of the true amounts being raked in by Wall Street firms from state and local governments.

April 24, 2015
California, North Carolina, High-Speed Railway, Congress, Infrastructure, Trains

Amid Capitol Hill Opposition, High-Speed Rail Gets Second Wind

A high-speed railway could be coming to a state near you if Congressional Republicans don’t stop the plan dead in its tracks first.

April 23, 2015
Photo: Grook Da Oger via Wikimedia Commons

Mandatory Vaccine Bill Advances After Key Vote Of California Senate Panel

Legislation aimed at reversing California’s liberal vaccine exemption law took a major step forward Wednesday in the state Senate, only a week after support for the bill seemed to be on shaky ground.

April 23, 2015
California flag

Can The GOP Learn From California?

Republicans lost the state by trying to court non-white voters while saying, “Come support us, we like you, but we want to deport your children.”

April 20, 2015
Photo: Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, California (AFP/Justin Sullivan)

California’s Measles Outbreak Is Over, But Vaccine Fight Continues

Legislation in Sacramento intended to induce more parents to get their children the measles vaccine and other shots stalled this week amid an outcry from anti-immunization forces who said the government should not tell parents what to do.

April 18, 2015
California Drought

Drought-Stricken California’s Wealthy Pay Up To Keep Lawns Lush

“How would we feel if you could pay extra to smoke on airplanes? When we decide something is a bad idea in general for society, we don’t want the rich to be able to buy their way out of it.”

April 16, 2015
Farm New England

Farming Moves North With the Temperatures

This is no endorsement of climate change — let’s make that clear — but rising temperatures are breathing new life into northern agriculture.

April 14, 2015
marijuana

Pot Legalization Across U.S. May Hinge On 2016 California Vote

A fight next year over whether to allow recreational marijuana use in California may serve as a tipping point as legalization proponents press their campaign in other U.S. states.

April 13, 2015
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