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Lawsuits Filed Against L.A. County, Lenders Over Green Energy Program

Attorneys representing homeowners filed lawsuits Thursday against Los Angeles County, alleging a county program that funds solar panels and other energy-efficient home improvements is a “plague” that’s ruined the finances of many borrowers by saddling them with loans they cannot afford. The twin suits seeking class-action status were filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court […]

LA Painting Its Streets White to Combat Global Warming

In the race to combat climate change, the city of Los Angeles is employing a surprising new tactic — covering its streets in a grayish-white coating known as CoolSeal. It’s sprayed onto the roadway with trucks, then spread across the surface with squeegees. However, its impact extends far beyond the edge of the pavement. Click […]

Trump Administration Moves on Two Fronts to Challenge California Environmental Protections

The Trump administration openly threatened one of the cornerstones of California’s environmental protections Monday, saying that it may revoke the state’s ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards than the federal government sets for vehicle emissions. The announcement came as the administration confirmed it is tearing up landmark fuel economy rules that […]

Cutbacks, Policy Shifts Pummel Morale at EPA Office in SF

Lynda Deschambault knew her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had taken a hard turn in July when, she said, her supervisor told her during a performance review to “be as invisible as possible.” The next month, she took early retirement. The request, she said, was jarring for a woman who had spent two […]

The SCAQMD Wants to Raise Your Taxes

In what appears to be the very definition of an out-of-control government agency, the staff of the South Coast Air Quality Management District has decided to pursue its own plan for raising the sales tax in four counties by a quarter-percent. The SCAQMD doesn’t have the authority to put tax-increase proposals on the ballot, but […]

Here are the 66 Programs Eliminated in Trump’s Budget

President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion. Some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan. Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block. Click here to read article at

State Utility Regulators Rebuff UC Bid to Join San Onofre Case

The University of California’s bid for a piece of millions of dollars in research funding has been dashed by state utility regulators, who took one week to deny its application to join the proceeding dividing costs of the failed San Onofre power plant. The California Public Utilities Commission said university officials followed the case for […]