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Smog Is Getting Worse In LA, Confounding Experts


By Socal Patch Staff
November 15, 2017
Brentwood Patch
 

LOS ANGELES, CA — Southern California smog worsened for a second straight year in the latest sign that progress in cleaning the nation's most polluted air is faltering, it was reported Wednesday.

Immigration uproar looms over trial in Kate Steinle’s death

By Bob Egelko
October 23, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle
 
Kate Steinle’s shooting death on a San Francisco pier in July 2015 by a man who had been deported multiple times escalated quickly from a crime to the subject of a nationwide furor over illegal immigration.

These 2,450 Acres Near L.A. Are California’s Next Big Development Fight

PHOTO BY JIM GALLAGHER

By Will Doig
October 2, 2017
Next City
 
An emerald island in a sea of gray and brown sprawl is at the heart of a raging debate over the road to sustainability.
 

Which California megaprojects get breaks from complying with environmental law? Sometimes, it depends on the project

Newhall Ranch, the site of a proposed 21,500-unit housing development. The project often has been stymied by environmental lawsuits.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Writing from the swamp, where questions are many

Joe Guzzardi
September 27, 2017
As seen in:
The Jackson Sun
Daly Press

Last November, Californians for Population Stabilization joined a federal lawsuit filed by the Washington, D.C.-based Immigration Reform Law Institute against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for their failures to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.

Hear about the tract house that went for $800,000 above asking? Welcome to California 2017

Online real estate ad for Sunnyvale home that went for nearly $800,000 over the asking price. (Keller Williams Realty)

By Steve Lopez
September 16, 2017
Los Angeles Times

The population of California was just above 10 million when I joined the party in 1953. Today we’ve got nearly four times as many residents, or just short of 40 million.

The Salton Sea is a California crisis. It’s time for the state to show some urgency

A man fishes for tilapia in 2015 along the receding banks of the Salton Sea near Bombay Beach, Calif. Toxic dust from the shrinking lake poses one of the largest environmental and public health crises in state history. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) 

Residential sprawl kills — literally

Joe Guzzardi
September 6, 2017
As seen in:
The Jackson Sun
Ironton Tribune
The Vindicator

Sunnyside Daily Sun News
Daily Sun

Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populated with more than 10 million residents, is in an emergency state, per Gov. Jerry Brown’s declaration. The largest inferno in Los Angeles’ history has forced hundreds from their homes.

Little more than two months ago in Northern California, wildfires destroyed houses and sent people fleeing for safety. Urban sprawl created housing developments in remote, difficult-to-access regions that stalled rescue crews’ arrivals.

Pop​-​up Wetlands Helping Migrating Shorebirds

Shorebirds flock at sunset over The Nature Conservancy wetland program field in Sacramento Valley, California. - The Nature Conservancy/Drew Kelly
Tracy Staedter
August 31, 2017
Science

What happens when California becomes a ‘sanctuary state’?

By Taryn Luna
August 29, 2017
The Sacramento Bee

California’s so-called “sanctuary state” bill, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León as a direct response to President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deport “bad hombres” and undocumented immigrants, is well on its way to becoming law.

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