Mass transit systems
LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted Thursday to fund an 11.5-mile extension of the foothill Gold Line, while remaining hundreds of millions of dollars short of full funding.Escalating costs have driven up the price tag of the nine-year project to $1.4 billion, leaving LA Metro searching for the last $249 million to pay for the light-rail extension from Azusa to the San Bernardino County line.The transit...
There’s a practical approach to global warming: If you can’t stop it, adapt to it.That is the philosophy of a collaborative of academics, environmental groups and government agencies working together so that Los Angeles County can push back against the current heat wave, and the ones to come, by using an available toolbox consisting of cooler roofing materials, reflective pavement and shade trees.The Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative this week received a...
After 11 years of leading the city of Diamond Bar, City Manager James DeStefano is leaving his post. His last day will be July 7, the city announced.“I am devastated,” said City Councilwoman Carol Herrera. “For me it is traumatic.” Herrera has worked with DeStefano during his entire tenure and also when he served the city in other positions during a 26-year career with the San Gabriel Valley’s youngest city.Earlier this month, the City Council...
Tens of thousands of mature street trees in Southern California are susceptible to a new, deadly fungal strain that kills at alarming speeds and threatens to destroy the urban forest in older cities known for their tree-lined streets, scientists say.Branch die back disease caused by botryosphaeria fungus has already infected more than 25 percent of the region’s ficus trees, also know as Indian laurel-leaf fig, said Donald Hodel, researcher and horticultural advisor for the...
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he would use his legal power and that of like-minded attorneys general to block President Trump from making any changes to the status or boundaries of national monuments — including six in California.The statement came last week, a few days before Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke recommended downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, eliciting praise from the state’s top Republicans but threats of lawsuits from...
Many environmental groups that emailed me were upset over President Trump’s decision not to honor the Paris climate accord.They say it sends the wrong message to the other countries.And they may have a point.While it’s right for nations to try to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, the agreement was voluntary. In other words, it’s a goal for the people of each nation.You see what I’m getting at?People are...
The end of a five-year drought won’t necessarily be good news for firefighters.While the plentiful rains of this past winter have colored the mountains and foothills a verdant green, left standing are those red alerts predicting high fire danger this summer and fall, according to local fire departments.“Whatever brush didn’t burn in last year’s fire season is still there but it is dead because of the five-year drought,” said Inspector Gustavo...
Here’s all the local cities that voted to support San Gabriel Mountains National Monument ahead of Trump review
As a member of an environmental group put it, support for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument is so strong that the overwhelming response from volunteers has created a logistics problem.“More and more people are saying ‘Hey, I want to help out,’ said Daniel Rossman, a senior regional representative for The Wilderness Society and a member of the San Gabriel Mountains Forever. “I have so many I can’t handle them all.”Pushback...
Environmental conservation and preservation
WALNUT >> The sound of helicopters reverberated violently inside the Mt. SAC wildlife sanctuary.Professor Craig Petersen thought that’s what it was until a student raised in the Midwest told him that’s not a helicopter, it’s a tornado.Hail, then sheets of rain fell from darkened skies, overflowing the creek and lake. Cars on nearby Grand Avenue slid sideways off the roadway. Runoff levels rose, plunging 80 percent of the sanctuary trails in knee-deep...
Why does City of Industry want thousands of acres of ranchland in Chino Hills and Diamond Bar? Here’s their plan.
Despite claiming that no such plans existed, the City of Industry has been working quietly and out of public view on a multimillion-dollar proposal to build a massive solar farm amid more than 2,000 acres of undeveloped rolling hills along the shared borders of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.Over the past year, the politically