Volunteer whale-watching training opens at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

By staff reports|

After 20 years, California’s whale tail license plates remain one of state’s most successful environmental programs ever

What started as a simple picture of a whale’s tail emblazoned on a specialized California license plate decades ago has morphed into one of the most successful environmental programs in the state. The Whale Tail license plate — cel...

By Steve Scauzillo|


  • Environment

    Trump plan: Southern California monuments would be spared, six others would be reduced

    Six national monuments would be reduced in size, with millions of acres of protected lands opened to grazing, logging and oil and gas exploration, according to new recommendations released by the Trump administration. But Southern California’s monuments appeared to be spared in the cuts proposed by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. No changes were offered for two local monuments — the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, a 346,177-acre swath of the Angeles...

    From staff and wire reports|

  • Electric vehicles

    California tries to goose electric car sales with rebates — but is it enough?

    California electric car buyers are getting a mixed bag of news this week, some of which could have profound implications for the future of the state’s effort to get 1.5 million drivers out of emission-spewing vehicles and into electric alternatives. The Legislature is poised to send the governor a bill—outlining how to spend $1.5 billion in proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions—that includes $140 million replenish the state air board’s...

    By Julie Cart CALmatters|

  • Electric vehicles

    Electric vehicles — from motorcycles to cars — light up LA event

    Hedda Royce of Hollywood was decked out in all black as she quietly rode on her motorcycle Saturday into the Los Angeles State Historic Park with about 20 other riders from Hollywood Electrics. Royce, 38, owns a sleek 2015 Zero SR electric motorcycle. It’s the first bike she’s ever purchased and it cost her $18,000. The quiet bike goes from 0-60 mph in about 3.6 seconds and gets about 130 miles per charge, Royce said. “I went right to this,” said the...

    Wes Woods

  • Pollution clean-up

    Oil waste eating away plumbing in contaminated Carousel tract neighborhood, study says

    Years of state-led environmental investigations into massive oil contamination at Carson’s Carousel tract neighborhood missed a key problem for residents living amid the mess: the sewer pipes under some homes are literally corroded into dust. Beyond the high cost of replacing sewer lines, the oil-degraded pipelines could present yet another major health concern for residents across the 50-acre community, a new city-commissioned study has found. “The leaking,...

    Sandy Mazza

  • Wildlife population control

    The Hawk Pros keep pigeons, other pesky birds away

    Think of them as bird bouncers of the sky. When Danny, Riley or Esperanza take to the air, pigeons that are apt to create a mess quickly scatter. And that’s exactly what The Hawk Pros hopes will happen. The Camarillo-based business provides trained hawks and falcons whose job is to keep pigeons and other problem birds away, whether they’ve left their mess at an outside dining area or near the entrance to a public...

    Kevin Smith

  • Wildlife management

    Worried about coyotes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula? Get this web tracking tool

    Three Palos Verdes Peninsula cities launched a web app this week to track coyote sightings in local neighborhoods. Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills Estates developed the site, which is part of an effort to manage the increasingly problematic coyote population on the Peninsula, said Rancho Palos Verdes Community Development Director Ara Mihranian. It gives residents the chance to see where coyote activity is most concentrated near them, and increases...

    Cynthia Washicko

  • Pollution clean-up

    Give back to the beach Saturday and pick up some trash on Coastal Cleanup Day

    You enjoy the beach all summer — maybe all year — and now it’s time to give back. Armed with gloves, bags and buckets, and a steward spirit, an estimated 60,000 volunteers will come out to about 900 locations throughout the state Saturday for California Coastal Cleanup Day. The annual event, in its 33rd year, results in hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash being plucked from beaches, lakes, creeks and parks to keep the refuse from getting to the...

    Laylan Connelly

  • Clippers

    Supervisors back state bill easing review process for new Clippers arena in Inglewood

    The Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 Tuesday to support a state bill — stalled in committee — that would streamline environmental reviews for the Los Angeles Clippers’ planned Inglewood arena. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose district includes Inglewood, recommended that the board back Senate Bill 789, saying the arena would generate 30,000 construction and permanent jobs. Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl abstained from the vote. In his...

    By City News Service|

  • Recreational swimming

    Swimmer who conquered Atlantic now plans to cross Pacific — and AltaSea will help

    Some are in awe at such a daring plan. Others? Well, they just think he’s crazy. But long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte, 50, won’t be deterred in the dream that he’s dubbed “The Longest Swim.” “That’s fine,” he said of those who question his sanity. After all, he swam across the Atlantic Ocean in 1998, becoming the first — and so far only — person to have done so. The Paris-born...

    Donna Littlejohn

  • Wildlife health

    Reducing whale deaths: Rep. Alan Lowenthal bill aimed at curbing fatal ship strikes

    The 79-foot endangered blue whale that washed ashore in Northern California in May was no match for the ship that hit it. Nor was the 56-foot endangered fin whale found floating near the Port of Los Angeles two years ago. More than 80...

    Rachel Uranga

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