Steve Scauzillo


Reporter

Steve Scauzillo

Phone: (626) 544-0843

Recent articles

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Labor policy

    Professional employees say LA County Sanitation Districts is unfairly withholding pay bump

    About 450 professional employees working without a contract for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts have filed a complaint with the Public Employment Relations Board as part of an ongoing dispute over salaries and pension contributions.Engineers, information technology workers and supervisors represented by the American...

  • Mass transit systems

    A tug-of-war between Metro, Metrolink intensifies as thousands switch to cheaper Gold Line

    When Southern California transportation gurus talk about creating more options, that’s a cue for commuters to leave their cars at home and try mass transit or bike share.But some existing train riders — particularly those living in eastern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County — have found a different kind of option. Thousands are switching from riding Metrolink, a commuter rail, to taking the Gold Line light rail. Both go to Los Angeles but the...

  • Floods

    Can deadly flash floods like in Arizona happen in Southern California?

    Flash floods filling forest canyons with high water — like the one that killed nine members of an extended family last weekend in Arizona — are more likely in desert habitats of New Mexico and Arizona. But the possibility of a similar incident occurring in Southern California is still very real, authorities said Monday.Though locally most rain falls during the winter, the occasional summer thunderstorm can drift over the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains and...