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Beaches and waterways closed after sewage spill in Long Beach

By Courtney Tompkins|

Why Long Beach water, sewer rates are likely going up this year

Long Beach water users may see a water and sewer rate increase beginning Oct. 1 as part of the 2018 fiscal year budget recently passed by the Water Commission. The 2018 spending plan totals $127.4 million, with $106.5 million in the water fund a...

By Emily Thornton Special to the Press-Telegram|


  • Green vehicle technology

    Bellflower Unified wants battery electric school buses

    A recently awarded grant may help Bellflower Unified School District administrators add battery electric vehicles to their school bus fleet. Bellflower Unified officials plan to spend a $536,000 grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District on a pair of battery electric buses and a charging station, according to a statement from the school district. The South Coast AQMD’s governing board approved plans to provide...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Smog

    Southern California’s heat wave is baking up a lot of smog

    Regional air quality officials are warning people to avoid strenuous activities this weekend because much of Southern California will experience “very unhealthy” air pollution as the heat wave takes hold of the weather. The areas of most concern include the Santa Clarita Valley, San Gabriel Mountains, portions of the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, Inland...

    David Danelski

  • Water quality

    Here’s how Long Beach scored on the latest Heal the Bay beach report card

    The ocean waters along Long Beach’s shoreline offered a generally healthy place for beachgoers last summer, although this past winter’s torrential rainfalls carried pollution to the local beaches during the colder months. Those are findings from Heal the Bay’s latest report, released Thursday, on water quality along the California coastline. Most of the city’s beaches earned “A” or better grades...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Wildlife

    Marine officials suspect media filming crews are baiting sharks near Long Beach

    Juvenile great white sharks sighted along popular Southern California coasts have become a media sensation this spring. Now officials suspect that some media outlets aren’t satisfied with footage of naturally occurring shark sightings. Long Beach lifeguard officials say they strongly suspect film crews are throwing fish or bait in the water near shore to attract sharks, also known as “chumming.” “We’ve gotten some reports from citizens who have...

    By Harry Saltzgaver Special to the Press-Telegram|

  • Environmental health

    ‘We can smell it’: Frustrated Paramount parents still worry about odors, toxic emissions

    PARAMOUNT >> Keep at it. That’s the message Paramount residents have for air officials who have intermittently shut down two metal forging facilities for releasing a cancer-causing substance. And this week the South Coast Air Quality Management District announced it will be going after another metal-related business that received 190 odor complaints since December. That company,

    Rachel Uranga

  • Smog

    Here’s why California scientists want neighborhood-by-neighborhood smog data

    Southern California has long been the smog capital of the nation. Most days from May through September, we endure unhealthful levels of ozone, a lung-searing gas that forms when emissions from vehicles, factories and other sources percolate in the sun-baked atmosphere. But how can we better live with this malady in our midst? Scientists with the international EarthWatch Institute and UC Riverside are collaborating with a handful of Long Beach residents and are now looking...

    David Danelski

  • Air pollution

    Air quality officials crack down on odor-producing manufacturer in Paramount

    South Coast Air Quality Management District officials want the Carlton Forge Works in Paramount to reduce the persistent smells emanating from its facility on East Adams Street. The SCAQMD on Tuesday filed a petition for an administrative order requiring the company to put a stop to the odors, the agency said Tuesday. The petition comes after the SCAQMD has received more than 190 odor complaints from residents since early December 2016 against the company, which manufactures...

    Staff report|

  • Port operation

    Cargo volumes inch up at ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

    Container cargo volumes at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports inched up last month compared with the same time last year, sparking optimism at both facilities. The National Retail Federation expects some of the largest import volumes at container ports ever

    Rachel Uranga

  • Environment

    California attorney general will fight White House over possible changes to six national monuments

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he would use his legal power and that of like-minded attorneys general to block President Trump from making any changes to the status or boundaries of national monuments — including six in California. The statement came last week, a few days before Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke recommended downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, eliciting praise from the state’s top Republicans but threats of lawsuits from...

    Steve Scauzillo

  • Heat waves

    Heat wave arrives in Southern California, bringing increased fire danger

    LOS ANGELES >> A heat wave will begin washing over the Southland today, raising fears of wildfires and heat-related illnesses and promising to send temperatures into triple-digit territory in valley areas later this week, National Weather Service forecasters said. An “extended period of hot and dry weather conditions” will affect areas away from the coast “through at least early next week,’’ with temperatures rising daily because of a weak...

    City News Service|

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