In Other News

Report: California needs to address housing crisis to meet long-term climate change goals

By Lauren Williams|

Juvenile gray whale that’s been spotted along the coast visits Alamitos Bay, draws concerned spectators

Long Beach lifeguards on Monday were trying to usher a juvenile gray whale back out to sea after it somehow found its way into Alamitos Bay overnight, according to authorities. An onlooker posted video of a crowd watching the whale surface while...

By Jeremiah Dobruck|


  • Oil spills

    Kuwait battles oil spill in Persian Gulf waters

    KUWAIT CITY >> Kuwait battled Sunday to control an oil spill off its southern coast that stained its beaches, threatened to damage power plants and water stations, and left long black slicks in the Persian Gulf. It remained unclear where the spill originated, though Kuwait said it didn’t look like the spill came from its oil fields. Authorities offered no estimate for the number of barrels of oil spilled, though footage from Kuwait’s Environment Public...

    By HUSSAIN AL-QATARI Associated Press|

  • Wildlife

    Pomona woman charged by bear: ‘If it wasn’t for that officer, I’d be dead right now’

    POMONA >> Traci Lowe received the shock of her life Thursday morning when she took her poodle, Fozzy, for a walk in Pomona and was confronted by a large bear. “It noticed me when I noticed it, and when it saw me it started charging,” said Lowe, who lives in the Copacabana mobile home park in the 2700 block of Arrow Highway. Several Pomona police officers who were there trying to contain the bear began shouting for Lowe to run, she said. Lowe said an...

    Beatriz Valenzuela

  • Passenger airlines

    Long Beach raises JetBlue’s fine for late-night flight violations

    After racking up a record $640,000 in late-night flight penalties in the first six months of 2017, JetBlue Airways will face higher fines for each violation of Long Beach Airport’s noise ordinance, the city prosecutor’s office announced this week. Under the prior agreement — negotiated in 2003 as part of a legal settlement with the airline...

    Courtney Tompkins

  • Solar eclipses

    Solar eclipse inspires Mars-related scientific experiments

    A total solar eclipse is an opportunity for serious science and not just another chance to be entertained, though you’re excused if, this month, you can’t tell the difference. First, a future fact: A total eclipse is expected to be visible in a 70-mile-wide swath of North America starting at about 10:21 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. In Southern California, it’ll be roughly 69 percent visible, but the full day-into-night-back-into-day-again conditions will roll out over...

    Lauren Williams

  • Air pollution

    California governor signs bill allowing air officials to quickly shut down polluters

    Local air district officials will have more authority to quickly shut down polluters who endanger public health under legislation signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law comes after residents in Paramount and other communities expressed outrage at having to wait as officials filed orders and spent months waiting to make their case...

    From staff reports|

  • Science museums

    Here’s the newest baby penguin at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

    The Aquarium of the Pacific went into cuteness overdrive Tuesday as the newest little resident waddled into its new home Tuesday morning. The yet unnamed, months-old chick joined its family and more than a dozen other Magellanic penguins at the aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Born in May to parents Roxy and Floyd, the...

    Richard Guzman

  • Endangered and extinct species

    Tuna won’t be listed as endangered, Trump administration says

    Rejecting a petition from environmental groups, the Trump administration announced Monday that it will not list Pacific bluefin tuna — a torpedo-shaped fish that can grow to 1,000 pounds and which sells for $100,000 or more per fish in Japanese sushi markets — as endangered, despite that fact that the animal’s population has fallen 97 percent. Even with heavy fishing pressure, the steely fish, which swim 6,000 miles between California and Asia, still number about...

    By Paul Rogers progers@|

  • Local governments

    How Industry could lose a $9M bet on solar farm at Tres Hermanos Ranch

    The City of Industry has quietly put more than $9 million in public funds at risk as it pursues an ambitious and uncertain proposal to develop a sprawling solar farm in the open hills connecting Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. The spending, in the form of advances to a private energy firm formed last year, has steadily increased despite extended delays in securing key property for the project, warnings that needed zoning changes aren’t guaranteed and questions...

    Jason Henry
    Steve Scauzillo

  • Local governments

    City of Industry’s contact on solar farm development owed $50M from past defaults

    A developer who has been a primary business contact for the City of Industry as its seeks to create a large, urban solar power farm owes millions of dollars to creditors because of troubled past developments, government records show. The proposed private-public energy project envisions a 444-megawatt solar...

    Jason Henry
    Steve Scauzillo

  • Oil spills

    Oil spill closes westbound lanes of Florence Avenue in Downey

    DOWNEY >> An oil spill on Florence Avenue in Downey, between Orr and Day Road and Lakewood Boulevard, has prompted the closure of the westbound lanes of Florence near Studebaker Road, Downey police reported Thursday night. There are also partial lane closures on Florence between Mattock Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard. Alternative routes are suggested until the cleanup is complete, which is expected to take until early Friday morning.

    City News Service|

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