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

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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 alternat...

By Julie Cart CALmatters|

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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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  • Wildlife

    Are scars seen on rare Bryde’s whale off Huntington Beach from a shark bite?

    Boat captain Ryan Lawler looked at the rarely seen Bryde’s whale through his lens and noticed something unusual. Pink flesh dotted the whale’s dark skin, fresh wounds. One wound, in a circle, was visible on the top of the whale as it emerged from the ocean’s surface in Huntington Beach near the oil platforms on Tuesday, Aug. 29. “It had all these bite marks on the side of it. They were very interesting. They almost looked like it was sprayed down the...

    Laylan Connelly
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  • Wildlife

    Is there a Maury for mountain lions? Asking for two adorable LA kittens

    Two blue-eyed mountain lion kittens born to a young mother and a father that gets around were found earlier this month in the Santa Monica Mountains, marking the 13th litter discovered by researchers in the area, officials announced Tuesday. The female and male siblings have been dubbed P-59 and P-60, and were discovered by National Park Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. The kittens will now be part of a long-term study by the National Park Service on...

    Susan Abram
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  • Port operation

    How should Los Angeles and Long Beach ports clean the air?

    The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach have promised to get to near zero emissions at the nation’s busiest port complex – but just how to achieve that ambitious goal is still being debated. Now the public will get a chance to weigh in. On Wednesday, port officials will hold one of the few public meetings before a rare joint meeting of the two commissions that run the Long Beach and Los Angeles...

    Rachel Uranga
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  • Renewable power generation

    Can California get 100 percent of its electricity from renewables?

    LOS ANGELES >> The City Council threw its weight Monday behind legislation that would require California to deliver 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources by 2045. The ambitious goal is the focus of Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon’s bill introduced in May. The bill passed the state Senate, but needs approval from the Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown. Supporters at a rally on the steps of City Hall say now is the time to build more solar, wind...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Wildlife

    Rare sea otter spotted off Dana Point

    DANA POINT — At first it was just a quick glimpse from the corner of Capt. Chris Pica’s eye. Pica, captain of the Reel Fun, a boat operated by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, had just rounded the Headlands on his way up the coast toward Newport Beach with 29 Boy scouts on Saturday, Aug. 26, when movement in the water made him take a second look. At first he thought it must have been a sea lion and he watched for a second one to come up. But when he saw...

    Erika Ritchie
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  • State governments

    Key senator vows to block California climate deal that would aid polluters

    An irritated chairman of a state Senate Budget subcommittee says he intends to thwart a recent move by the state Air Resources Board that could give California’s biggest polluters a cushion of more than $300 million. In a sharp rebuke of the board, Sen. Bob Wieckowski Thursday hearing that he’ll insert language into next year’s budget bill instructing regulators to reduce the free compensation they’re giving oil refineries and other industries covered under...

    By Julie Cart CALmatters|

  • Metal manufacturing

    Metal-treating companies push back against air regulators’ methods

    The businesses — often housed in no-frills, boxy buildings scattered through industrial districts — dot Southern California, from San Bernardino to Los Angeles. The mom-and-pop-size companies that supply aerospace giants with specialized metal parts are now locked in a battle with air regulators who are stepping up their scrutiny of the processes that take place in those structures. Officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District believe dozens of...

    Rachel Uranga
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  • Electric vehicles

    The buzz on new electric cars is more than just about Tesla and Chevy

    My new neighbor Tony was talking electric cars. “How did you get that plug?” he asked me. I was juicing up my electric Chevy Volt into the 120-volt regular electric outlet on a concrete pillar next to my parking space in our condo complex’s common garage when I heard him ask the question. “Oh, we had to ask the HOA board and get permission. We paid for the installation and now they are charging us per month for usage,” I...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • National parks

    Senior passes to national parks will soon cost $80. Here’s how to get one for $10

    If you’re a senior citizen who likes to visit national parks, there’s a deal you should know about before it’s gone. The National Park Service is boosting the price of a lifetime pass for seniors — known as the America the Beautiful, National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass — from $10 to $80 on Monday, Aug. 28. In some local spots, Friday may be your last chance to get one before the price hike. The pass is good for entry at...

    Ryan Carter
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