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100 supporters, 4 local members of Congress blast Trump’s review of national monuments

By Steve Scauzillo|

Report: California needs to address housing crisis to meet long-term climate change goals

California’s economy grew robustly during the past decade even as state-imposed environmental standards to combat climate-change helped lower greenhouse gas emissions. But authors of a report released Tuesday cautioned that the future might not...

By Lauren Williams|

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  • Oil spills

    Kuwait battles oil spill in Persian Gulf waters

    KUWAIT CITY >> Kuwait battled Sunday to control an oil spill off its southern coast that stained its beaches, threatened to damage power plants and water stations, and left long black slicks in the Persian Gulf. It remained unclear where the spill originated, though Kuwait said it didn’t look like the spill came from its oil fields. Authorities offered no estimate for the number of barrels of oil spilled, though footage from Kuwait’s Environment Public...

    By HUSSAIN AL-QATARI Associated Press|

  • Local governments

    How Industry could lose a $9M bet on solar farm at Tres Hermanos Ranch

    The City of Industry has quietly put more than $9 million in public funds at risk as it pursues an ambitious and uncertain proposal to develop a sprawling solar farm in the open hills connecting Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. The spending, in the form of advances to a private energy firm formed last year, has steadily increased despite extended delays in securing key property for the project, warnings that needed zoning changes aren’t guaranteed and questions...

    Jason Henry
    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Local governments

    City of Industry’s contact on solar farm development owed $50M from past defaults

    A developer who has been a primary business contact for the City of Industry as its seeks to create a large, urban solar power farm owes millions of dollars to creditors because of troubled past developments, government records show. The proposed private-public energy project envisions a 444-megawatt solar...

    Jason Henry
    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Commercial fires

    Bloomington Fire prompts 650-gallon oil spill; hazmat team called in

    About 650 gallons of used motor oil and hydraulic fluid spilled from plastic containers at an industrial lot in Bloomington after a fire broke out there Friday morning, Aug. 4, a fire official said.The fire was reported shortly before 10 a.m. in the back lot in the 18000 block of Slover Avenue, said San Bernardino County Fire Department Capt. Steve Tracy.He said the lot was being used to work on vehicles and for manufacturing purposes.The fire was contained by about 10:13...

    Alex Groves
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  • Local governments

    Industry meets with Tres Hermanos neighboring cities to discuss solar plant proposal

    At a meeting with representatives from four surrounding cities, City of Industry City Manager Paul Philips broke the silence about the city’s plans for developing Tres Hermanos ranch, confirming publicly for the first time that the city is pursuing a massive solar farm on the property. Philips met with city managers or executive staff from Brea, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills and Walnut along with State Sen. Josh Newman, D-Brea, at a closed-door meeting July 27 at Red Restaurant at...

    Jason Henry
    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Biological pest control

    Citrus greening disease devastated Florida’s oranges. Ground zero for California’s battle is in Riverside

    Workers with the California Department of Food and Agriculture are methodically checking what are likely hundreds of citrus trees in a mostly residential area north of the 60/91/215 freeway interchange in Riverside for signs of a deadly disease. Huanglongbing, the bacteria responsible for citrus greening, a disease that wiped out much of Florida’s citrus industry in the past decade, was positively identified in a grapefruit tree near Chicago Avenue and Marlborough Street last...

    Mark Muckenfuss
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  • Wildlife

    Taking aim: gophers in cross hairs at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes

    It was a scene that would make Carl Spackler proud: a groundskeeper at Trump National Golf Club, eye to the scope of a rifle, taking aim at a hardened golf course menace — a gopher. That was the unorthodox scenario that appeared to play out last week on the picturesque, cliffside Rancho Palos Verdes course built by the New York real estate mogul who...

    Cynthia Washicko
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  • Local governments

    Fed up with ‘trash islands,’ LA County leaders consider ban on some food containers

    A study to examine a wide-ranging ban on the use of take-out containers, plastic cups and single-use straws was approved unanimously by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, but not before several people spoke out in opposition to the idea. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said that polystyrene, a synthetic material, is used in a variety of food service ware and “is so light that it often blows out of overflowing trash receptacles and ends up in our rivers, streams, and...

    Susan Abram
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  • Wildlife

    See the alligator that was loose in New York state

    WHITNEY POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in upstate New York have captured an alligator that got loose. According to Animal Adventure Park, New York state Department of Environmental Conservation crews captured the renegade reptile Saturday behind the fairgrounds in rural Whitney Point. Sightings of the alligator were first reported July 22. Officials say the alligator is 3 feet, 3 inches long. They believe it’s someone’s pet. The alligator will be...

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  • Alternative and sustainable energy

    Clean energy industry workshops to be held at 5 CSU campuses

    The Cal State University will offer workshops at five local campuses to encourage study of clean energy entrepreneurship, officials announced this week. The university system received a $250,000 grant from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s new Energize California initiative. The workshops will be held at Long Beach, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, Pomona and Northridge. “These workshops will encourage more students and entrepreneurs to pursue careers in the clean...

    From staff reports|

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