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Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus. Lingering concerns about CENSUS participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

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PHOTO: The Bakersfield Crude Terminal is the subject of a lawsuit by environmental groups, and was recently cited by the EPA. It is owned by the same company which owns a pipeline that recently failed near Santa Barbara, spilling 100,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific. Photo credit: Elizabeth Forsyth/Earthjustice.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A judge has refused to close down a controversial oil terminal near Bakersfield in Kern County, denying a preliminary injunction sought by environmental groups challenging permits for the facility. The terminal went on-line in December. Earthjustice attorney Elizabeth Fo

PHOTO: The May issue of AARP Bulletin uses the Livability Index to identify the most livable places in the country for people age 50 plus. Eighteen California cities received high marks in the study, with San Francisco's South of Market named as one of the 10 Most Livable Neighborhoods in the country. Photo courtesy: AARP.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new online tool is giving Californians a chance to take a closer look at their neighborhoods. Christina Clem, adviser State Operations with AARP California, says people can use the Livability Index to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future n

PHOTO: Seven California counties depend heavily on Colorado River water, and a new study by Arizona State University quantifies just how much their economies would suffer if less water is available. Photo of Palo Verde Dam near Blythe, Calif., by Sandra J. Owen-Boyce, U.S. Geological Survey.

LOS ANGELES — A little more than half the economy of Southern California is dependent in some way on the health of the Colorado River system, according to a new report that quantifies the value of the river to the seven Western states that use it. Researchers at Arizona State University found

PHOTO: Oil wells near La Habra Heights, Calif., are nothing new; this photo is from the 1920s. But residents will vote in March on rules to restrict new oil and gas development, and also such high-intensity drilling techniques as fracking. Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Elections in less than two months are the talk of two small southern California communities where voters will decide the future of oil and gas drilling in their areas – and the results could set the tone for other parts of the state. In La Habra Heights, residents

PHOTO: The collapsed Northridge Meadows apartment building following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's retrofitting proposal calls for strengthening thousands of similar buildings with ground-floor carports. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

LOS ANGELES – The founder of California's Great Shakeout public awareness earthquake drills says Mayor Eric Garcetti's sweeping earthquake retrofit plan for the city of Los Angeles is the most comprehensive approach to seismic safety ever undertaken in the state. U.S. Geological Survey seismo

PHOTO: About two-thirds of the crude oil shipped by rail in the U.S. is transported in DOT-111 tank cars. A lawsuit alleges they aren't sturdy or safe enough for that purpose, and asks the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban their use for oil shipment. Photo credit: dhaluza/Wikipedia.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that the federal government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about it. The Sierra Club and ForestEthics petitioned

PHOTO: A juvenile mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Creek State Park. A wildlife crossing has been proposed along the 101 freeway near Agoura Hills, where the route crosses a major wildlife corridor between the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains. Photo credit: National Park Service.

LOS ANGELES - Prompted by the discovery of a mountain lion known as P-22 in L.A.'s Griffith Park, wildlife advocates say now is the time to build a wildlife passageway over the 101 freeway. When it was built in the late 1950s, few planners were aware the route through Liberty Canyon was one of Sout

PHOTO: The State Senate has passed a bill to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles in every community, especially for disadvantaged residents who often live in communities with the poorest air quality. The Charge Ahead California Initiative now goes to the Assembly for consideration. Photo credit: University of Southern California.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill charging ahead in the State Legislature aims to put 1 million electric vehicles on the roadways over the next decade by improving consumer incentives and rebates. The Charge Ahead California Initiative also aims to improve air quality and ensure electric vehicles

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