Environmental protection

Gasoline Consumption Biggest Increase in 12 Years

Gasoline consumption in California rose 2.4 percent during the 2014-15 fiscal year, the largest annual increase since the 2003-04 fiscal year and a likely byproduct of the Golden State’s improving economy, according to the state Board of Equalization. Cheaper fuel costs likely contributed as well, according to energy analysts. In fiscal year 2014-15, the board

By | 2016-02-05T16:12:44+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Energy, Environmental protection|

Big Valley A Big Factor in 2018 Governor’s Race, Newsom Finds

Three years before the next gubernatorial election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his rivals are making inroads into inland California, touring farms, holding receptions and speaking to small crowds. In addition to Newsom, two other Democrats who are expected to run, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former state Controller Steve Westly, have both

By | 2015-12-14T10:22:19+00:00 December 14th, 2015|Agriculture, Environmental protection, Water Quality & Conservation|

State Supreme Court “Severe Blow” to Huge LA Development on EIR Issues

For two decades, the Newhall Land & Farming Co. has envisioned a new city rising in the foothills north of Los Angeles. Situated on nearly 12,000 acres along the Santa Clara River, the planned community would house 58,000 people and offer stores, golf courses, schools and recreational centers. Los Angeles County’s elected supervisors approved the

By | 2015-12-14T10:05:52+00:00 December 14th, 2015|Climate Change, Environmental protection|

MWD Votes to Buy 4 Delta Islands

The board of the Southland's water importer voted to pursue the purchase of four farm islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the ecologically troubled center of California's sprawling water system. The islands would put the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in control of about 20,000 acres of land in the delta, a source

By | 2015-11-19T21:51:47+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Environmental protection, Water Quality & Conservation|

CA Regulatory Expansion: Coastal Commission Mission Creeps Inland

Sacramento Bee Commentary When Proposition 20, California’s landmark coastal protection law, went before voters in 1972, the campaign for it focused on public access to beaches. The law itself, as later interpreted and implemented by the Legislature, took a somewhat broader view. The Coastal Commission, appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, would have development

By | 2015-12-14T10:29:15+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Environmental protection|

UC Researchers Study Crops Adapting to Drought

Two research sites in Central Valley have earned a $12.3-million dollar grant to study how the drought is triggering genetic changes in plants. The goal is to see how plants respond genetically to drought conditions and if more hardy plants can reveal the secrets of how they survive. The scientists will work at the UC

Trees Falling in Forests; Many People Hear – And See Problems

Biologist Greg Asner first heard the numbers in April, but they did little to prepare him for what he saw. The Forest Service had estimated that nearly 12.5 million trees in the state's southern and central forests were dead. But as Asner peered down upon the same forests from his airplane at 6,000 feet, he

By | 2015-10-27T22:09:49+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Environmental protection, Water Quality & Conservation|

Feinstein’s Desert Lands National Monument Hearing Draws Raucous Crowd

Sen. Dianne Feinstein moderated a raucous public hearing in the California desert over her proposal to set aside three swaths of Southern California as national monuments. The sometimes wild meeting illustrated that when it comes to public land management decisions, reaching consensus is no easier in California than it is in Washington, D.C. At issue

By | 2015-10-20T10:58:01+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Energy, Environmental protection, People and Politics|

Drought Distills Public v. Private Water War

Gazing out of a turboprop high above his company’s main asset — 34,000 acres in the Mojave Desert with billions of gallons of fresh water locked deep below the sagebrush-dotted land — Scott Slater paints a lush picture that has enticed a hardy band of investors for a quarter-century. Yes, Mr. Slater admits, his company,