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Essential California: Senate bills aim to make homes more affordable, but ...

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Aug. 12. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:


Not enough help

A package of bills supported by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders now being considered to alleviate the state’s affordability...


'Lucifer' heat wave keeps parts of Europe on red alert

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 04:25:00 PDT

No wonder it's been dubbed “Lucifer.” A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, causing at least two deaths and prompting authorities to issue weather alerts.

Extreme heat in Italy, and parts of France and Spain...


Congress takes aim at the Clean Air Act, putting the limits of California's power to the test

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

California is confronting the limits of its power to save federal environmental protections as Congress and the Trump administration take aim at a landmark law the state has relied on for decades to clean the air of noxious smog.

A push by Republicans to roll back parts of the Clean Air Act would...


15 states, including California, appeal EPA delay of stricter air-quality standards

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Attorneys general from 15 states, including California, filed a legal challenge on Tuesday over the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.

The states petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn...


A Bay Area town, criticized for building a water park during a historic drought, did not back down

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Chlorine. It’s the smell of summer, and it hit me squarely in the nose when I walked into a new water park in Dublin, Calif., early Tuesday morning.

A few women did laps in the indoor pool, under a translucent roof. Outside, in another large pool, teenage swim team members practiced under the gaze...


House approves measure to delay Obama-era smog reductions

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:58:00 PDT


Trump's environmental rollbacks are hitting major roadblocks

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

As President Trump flouts international calls to act on climate change, his administration is finding the pressure at home tougher to ignore.

The limitations of Trump’s power to reset U.S. climate policy has been on full display over the last few days in Washington. White House plans to scrap restrictions...


At 98 degrees, heat in Los Angeles breaks a 131-year-old record

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 16:20:00 PDT

Los Angeles hit a record high of 98 degrees Saturday, as a wildfire in northern Santa Barbara County continued to burn out of control and the region suffered through the third day of a blistering heat wave.

Downtown Los Angeles’ record high temperature beat out the 131-year-old record of 95 degrees...


While parts of the state battle fires, Southern California finds different ways to get through the heat wave

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 19:10:00 PDT

They said it could break records, and the heat wave that enveloped Southern California on Friday didn’t disappoint.

Even dogs had to seek relief wherever they could find it as downtown Los Angeles matched its record high of 96 degrees for the day and firefighters worked to contain brush fires along...


Palm Springs hits new record high temperature as Southern California broils

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 16:35:00 PDT

The records are set up, ready to fall like dominoes if forecasters’ predictions prove accurate for Southern California’s heat wave this weekend.

On Friday, the National Weather Service expects heat records for July 7 in at least six parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties to fall.

New records...


Southern California's heat wave expected to break records Friday

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 12:10:00 PDT

A heat wave settling over Southern California this week could break records from the coast to the mountains while the potential for thunderstorms may increase the risk of dry lightning sparking a fast-growing wildfire, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

The heat wave is expected to peak...


Federal appeals court orders the EPA to move ahead with Obama-era methane rule

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 19:30:00 PDT

A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Monday that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of an Obama administration rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks.

In a split decision, the three-judge...


EPA’s Scott Pruitt is Trump’s most adept and dangerous hatchet man

Sun, 2 Jul 2017 21:10:00 PDT

Donald Trump is a crude buffoon who spends his days picking Twitter fights with people he sees on TV. He displays no skill, sophistication or capacity for subtle nuance in foreign or domestic policy. But Trump’s personal ineffectualness has not kept his administration from rapidly reversing the...


Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

If the ubiquity of pollutants in modern life has you yearning for the simpler ways of California’s early residents, an unusual scientific experiment may prompt you to reconsider.

After constructing water vessels using the methods of prehistoric people who lived on the Channel Islands, researchers...


California heat wave claims the lives of 2 Bay Area seniors

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:05:00 PDT

A record-breaking heat wave that has been roasting California for days has claimed the lives of two seniors in San Jose, public health officials said Wednesday.

A 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman died from heat-related illnesses Monday, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health...


As heat persists, California wildfire threat grows

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:45:00 PDT

A punishing heat wave that brought record temperatures to California this week may be easing, but the risk of wildfire was expected to grow Thursday as a result of continued warmth, increased winds and lush ground cover, according to the National Weather Service.

On Wednesday, the weather service...


California sees some of highest temperatures ever recorded amid heat wave

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:10:00 PDT

The heat wave hitting Southern California this week is one for the record books.

Temperatures topped 100 in the valleys and 120 in the low desert. Death Valley hit 127 — seven degrees shy of the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet.

The National Weather Service said temperatures in some...


Today: In the Trump Era, Republicans 4, Democrats 0

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 PDT

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.

TOP STORIES In Georgia, Torrential Rains and a GOP Win

The most expensive congressional race in American history came to an end Tuesday with Republican Karen Handel defeating Democrat...


Mandatory evacuations lifted near Big Bear Lake as wildfire grows to 1,200 acres amid California heat wave

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:50:00 PDT

Firefighters continued battling a wildfire Tuesday in the San Bernardino Mountains as flames spread into the rugged terrain amid a sweltering heat wave.

Mandatory evacuations were briefly issued for the area of Holcomb Valley Road and Highway 18 in Baldwin Lake, but the orders were lifted by 5:30...


It was 127 degrees in Death Valley, and miserable just about everywhere else. Here's how we coped

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:15:00 PDT

In Death Valley, the heat brought even the roadrunners to a stop. They stood arched to the sky with their beaks wide open, as if in a stupor, or indignant at what the sun was up to.

The landscape blurred and undulated. People moved as if they were walking through glue. When a light breeze came...


Las Vegas hits 117 degrees, tying a record, as the Southwest bakes

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:25:00 PDT

For much of the afternoon, outdoor dining areas and patios along the Las Vegas Strip were empty as the hot sun pounded the streets and sidewalk relentlessly.

Near the Linq Hotel & Casino, spray misters attached to tall posts outside gamely tried to combat the heat — though the water evaporated...


Southern Californians say 'water is the key' to surviving first summer heat wave

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:00 PDT

As the first heat wave of summer reached its anticipated peak Tuesday afternoon, Southern California residents employed a variety of methods to keep cool amid the swelter.

From the Pacific Coast to the Inland Empire, children and adults sought relief in air conditioned malls, libraries and movie...


Breakfast is canceled at a Death Valley restaurant — and other tales from the blazing desert

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:05:00 PDT

The temperature in Death Valley’s crumpled badlands was expected to reach 126 degrees by the afternoon, but things started to cook long before that at the Wrangler Restaurant in Furnace Creek on Tuesday.

By 7 a.m., on the first day of summer, customers, short-order cooks and waitresses were already...


When it comes to Southern California's heat wave, the worst is yet to come

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:05:00 PDT

Firefighters labored in scorching heat Sunday against five separate brush fires across Southern California as forecasters warned of more triple-digit temperatures in inland communities.

The punishing heat wave broke records on Sunday in Lancaster, Palmdale and Sandberg, which saw highs of 108,...


As temperatures heated up, some chilled out at mass meditation in L.A. park

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:00:00 PDT

It got a little toasty for hundreds people who turned out Saturday at the recently dedicated Los Angeles State Historic Park for a mass meditation.

Temperatures in the downtown area reached the mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service. About 2,000 people were expected to take part in...