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  • Environment

    Trump plan: Southern California monuments would be spared, six others would be reduced

    Six national monuments would be reduced in size, with millions of acres of protected lands opened to grazing, logging and oil and gas exploration, according to new recommendations released by the Trump administration. But Southern California’s monuments appeared to be spared in the cuts proposed by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. No changes were offered for two local monuments — the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, a 346,177-acre swath of the Angeles...

    From staff and wire reports|

  • Electric vehicles

    California tries to goose electric car sales with rebates — but is it enough?

    California electric car buyers are getting a mixed bag of news this week, some of which could have profound implications for the future of the state’s effort to get 1.5 million drivers out of emission-spewing vehicles and into electric alternatives. The Legislature is poised to send the governor a bill—outlining how to spend $1.5 billion in proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions—that includes $140 million replenish the state air board’s...

    By Julie Cart CALmatters|

  • Local governments

    Pasadena mayor walks, talks about possibly removing private equestrian clubs, camps from Arroyo Seco

    PASADENA >> Mayor Terry Tornek spoke frankly on Saturday about the problems of making even the slightest changes involving entrenched uses in the Arroyo Seco. He singled out three tenants doing business within the city’s Hahamongna Watershed Park in the upper Arroyo as examples: MACH 1, a group using horseback riding as therapy; Tom Sawyer Summer Camp, a day camp; and the Rose Bowl Riders (RBR), a private equestrian club on 7 acres. With about 40 people listening,...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Wildlife poaching and smuggling

    Video: Man shoots deer with arrow in Monrovia neighborhood

    Neighbors are outraged and authorities are investigating after a man was captured on video shooting a deer with a bow and arrow in a residential neighborhood in Monrovia earlier this week, but the archer says there’s more to the story that depicted in the video clip. The incident took place just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday at

    Brian Day
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  • Electric vehicles

    The column where we blow up the myth that electric cars are too expensive

    There’s this myth that grew up around electric cars that they are too expensive. It’s all Elon Musk’s fault for creating a sleek, lightning-fast and amazingly efficient electric vehicle recognized as the gold standard in the industry. His Tesla cars cost between $80,000 and $100,000. The world awaits his Model 3, as do 400,000 people on a waiting list, which can go between 220 miles and 310 miles on a single charge, depending on the battery pack size. They...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Alternative and sustainable energy

    California’s 100-percent clean energy bill is dead, protesters take to the streets

    PASADENA >> In a last-ditch effort to revive landmark clean-energy legislation, environmental groups on Thursday rallied outside the offices of Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, who chairs a committee that is holding up the bill and preventing a floor vote in the final hours of the legislative session. Senate Bill 100, which requires California to deliver 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources by 2045, had cleared several committees and seemed...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Wildlife population control

    The Hawk Pros bring in trained hawks, falcons to keep other pesky birds away

    Think of them as bird bouncers of the sky. When Danny, Riley or Esperanza take to the air, pigeons that are apt to create a mess quickly scatter. And that’s exactly what The Hawk Pros hopes will happen. The Camarillo-based business provides trained hawks and falcons whose job is to keep pigeons and other problem birds away, whether they’ve left their mess at an outside dining area or near the entrance to a public...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Waste management

    Trash wars over in Whittier, but city will lose out on $5 million signing fee

    WHITTIER >> The two-year trash war ended Tuesday when haulers Athens Services and Republic Services both clinched long-term contracts, but they don’t include a $5 million signing fee previously promised the city. A contract giving the entire city to Athens,

    Mike Sprague
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  • Municipal governments

    Fate of 227 Alhambra trees to be discussed Monday

    ALHAMBRA >> The City Council could decide Monday whether to allow a development that would see 227 trees axed. The owners of the Sunnyview Care Center — once part of the Scripps Kensington Retirement Community at 1428 S. Marengo Ave. — TAG-2 Medical Investments LLC, is proposing to raze 227 of the 268 mature trees on site to make way for a 126-unit condominium complex, a smaller skilled nursing facility, a medical office building and shops. Without ordinances...

    Christopher Yee
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  • Rivers and streams

    Public urged to stay out of LA River due to high bacteria levels

    LOS ANGELES >> Nonprofit environmental group Heal the Bay has urged the public to avoid the waters of the Los Angeles River this weekend due to “alarmingly” high levels of bacterial pollution. “I would recommend stay out of the water,” Heal the Bay watershed scientist Katherine Pease said on Saturday. “If you go in, take certain precautions to reduce the risk of getting sick. Avoid any hand to mouth contact. Avoid getting water in the mouth...

    By staff and wire reports|

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