Steve Scauzillo


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Steve Scauzillo

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  • Local governments

    Why City of Industry got 2,500 acres for half its $100 million offer

    CITY OF INDUSTRY >> The City of Industry secured 2,500 acres of ranch land outside its borders eyed for a solar farm for less than half the appraised value after agreeing to forever protect the land from housing development.In a surprise move, the seven-member state oversight board tasked with selling off the land accepted the discounted bid Thursday in a narrow vote that granted Industry officials a major victory in their multimillion-dollar quest to build what could become one...

  • Natural resource management

    Interior Department won’t eliminate national monuments but some may shrink

    The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, as well as others ordered reviewed by President Donald Trump, will not be eliminated, but many should be reduced in size, according to documents released Thursday.U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will not recommend eliminating any national monuments but will suggest changes to “a handful” of sites. He left open the possibility of more drilling and mining on some sites, The Associated Press reported.Zinke said he would...

  • Environmental policy

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

    LOS ANGELES >> At a rally Tuesday, four local members of Congress blasted President Trump’s executive order that called for the review of dozens of national monuments, which they fear could mean scaling back or eliminating those protected natural areas entirely. Among the 21 monuments under review are the San Gabriel Mountains, which President Obama dedicated in 2014. During his time in the White House, Obama dedicated 34 national monuments under the 1906...

  • Mass transit systems

    Crackdowns begin on seat-hoggers, loud talkers and manspreading on buses and trains

    The woman seated next to them on the Metro Blue Line began speaking louder, and her words became more profane. She started cursing at her boyfriend who had his hand under her shirt. Then, when she announced in full voice she would take off her top and flash the train, that was the last straw.Michael Payan and Nelson Perez exited the light-rail train at the next stop, ran down the platform and hopped back on finding a seat in a different car seconds before the train pulled...

  • Smog

    The possible downfall of cleaning the air, according to JPL study

    Can smog be beneficial?A new study says yes, sort of. Tiny pieces of air pollution — also called fine particulates — contribute to human cases of asthma, lung disease, even premature death and therefore are a target for removal by state and federal air quality agencies looking to protect public health.But researchers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge and Caltech in Pasadena have discovered these same microscopic dirt balls fouling...

  • Local governments

    Diamond Bar, Chino Hills to City of Industry: We want details on solar farm

    The cities of Diamond Bar and Chino Hills are pushing back against plans the industrial-dominated City of Industry has to purchase a huge swath of open space within the two cities’ boundaries.Industry officials have indicated they want to build a solar farm on Tres Hermanos Ranch, 2,450 acres where Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange counties meet — and outside of Industry’s own city limits.Separately, city managers from Diamond Bar and Chino Hills have...

  • Environment

    San Bernardino rep asks Trump to shrink San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, citing ski resort and mining

    A San Bernardino County congressman is calling on the Trump administration to shrink the boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, causing anxiety among some of the monument’s ardent supporters.Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, wants to lop off a finger of the 346,177-acre monument located mostly in the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County. Cook wants to remove 4,873-acre...

  • Transportation

    Foothill Transit strike ends; normal bus service expected to resume Tuesday morning

    A strike that stranded 24,000 Foothill Transit bus riders Monday was quickly settled the same day, with managers predicting a return to full service Tuesday.“We expect normal operations (Tuesday),” Leslie Aun, vice president of communications for Keolis Transit America said in an emailed response Monday afternoon.The work stoppage began just after...

  • 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...

  • 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...