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  • Single-use plastic bags banned in California
    Single-use plastic bags banned in California
    California became the first state to legally ban single-use plastic bags at supermarkets and other convenience stores yesterday, much to the consternation of The American Progressive Bag Alliance, a national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers,...
  • California bans plastic bags, more states to follow: When it will affect you
    California bans plastic bags, more states to follow: When it will affect you
    Plastic bags are banned in California after Governor Edmund Brown signed into law a bill that bans plastic shopping bags. While environmentalists are celebrating Tuesday’s historic event, consumers are wondering when and how the new law will...
  • California Dream'n
    California Dream'n
    With the hills covered in pale green, it is hard to even imagine that Southern California is a desert. The trees are covered with pale emerald new leaves and the artificially irrigated landscapes never looked better. Even the commuters seem to be...
  • Santa Monica drought
    California drought shows no signs of stopping
    Here in Los Angeles, it has been fairly easy to overlook the large-scale impact of drought conditions on our state. Our fresh produce has had a few more bumps and bruises, and the fountains along the Third Street Promenade have been unusually dry,...
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea on Youtube
    Visit Carmel, but visit the Youtube channel first
    If you are heading off to Carmel-by-the-Sea, one of the top vacation destinations anywhere in the world, here's a bit of advice.You should check out their Youtube channel to get a preview of what you might expect.There is so much to do in...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs 'yes means yes' legislation
    ‘Yes means yes’ now law in California
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he signed the “yes means yes” bill. Senate Bill 967, authored by State Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), requires affirmative consent when in sexual situations on college campuses. California in the...
  • Gene Wayne Harris, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
    California man gets more than 15 years in prison for trying to lure girl for sex
    A registered sex offender from a California ski resort community is going to federal prison for a long time after being convicted of trying to lure what he thought was a 14-year-old girl to a motel for sex.Federal prosecutors say Gene Wayne Harris...
  • California sterilization ban: Calif. bill stops sterilization of female inmates
    California sterilization ban: Calif. bill stops sterilization of female inmates
    A California sterilization ban, passed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, will prevent mandated and non-consensual prison sterilizations from occurring – something that close to 150 women were subjected to in a recent four year period...
  • Extremes in wet and dry weather across many scales
    Extremes in wet and dry weather across many scales
    A look at the National Drought Monitor for Sept. 23, 2014 (issued on Sept. 25, 2014) shows that the western and southwestern United States drought continues (Fig. 1). At the same time that this map was being released, heavy rains had and were...
  •  MH-65D
    Police, feds seeking person who aimed laser beam at Coast Guard helicopter
    Local police and federal authorities are looking for the person who aimed a laser beam at a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flying along the Northern California coast.And if caught and convicted, that person could be spending years in prison for what...
  • Gay couple has dream wedding interrupted by shouts of homophobia
    Gay couple has dream wedding interrupted by shouts of homophobia
    A special day for one gay couple in California took a hateful turn when anti-gay slurs were shouted during their wedding. It was the type of interruption that quickly turned a dream wedding into dimmed light of frustration. It also turned the...
  • What Inhibits Renters From Purchasing A Home?
    What Inhibits Renters From Purchasing A Home?
    The homeownership rate in the United States has fallen in recent years. Is it that renters today simply do not want to own because of changed attitudes toward housing? Or are they prevented from entering home ownership by factors such as low...
  • US House prices rose
    U.S. house prices rose in July
    According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI), U.S. house prices rose in July, up 0.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month. The previously reported 0.4 percent increase in June was...
  • WInes of California
    Wines of California: The Comprehensive Guide
    It's been quite a while since there's been a guide to California wines and wineries, and it's hard to say if there has ever been a truly comprehensive one. With Wines of California: The Comprehensive Guide, written by Mike DeSimone and...
  • ECOPOLITICS
    California groundwater grab
    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed three unprecedented bills this week that regulate California's underground water sources – groundwater. Groundwater includes all water resources contained in the pore spaces of rock and soil below the...