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Conservation Plus Power Supply May Not Avert Outages

By mid-morning, state energy grid managers had found enough power to avoid running short, projections said.

Holiday Weekend Heat Will Again Stress The Power Grid But Outages Less Likely

This weekend will be just as hot - and Californians will use nearly as much power - as in August when state energy managers used rolling outages to reduce power demand. But outages may be avoided this time.

Your Sneak Peek At SoCal's Newest Landmark

It's colorful, it's flexible, it's a $1.5 billion new bridge that will speed you across the water from Long Beach to Terminal Island.

A Small City Wants To Unload A Leaky Water System, But Regulators Say Not So Fast

Bellflower wanted to sell its aging water system and it found a willing buyer, but the state says the price is so high it will burden consumers far outside Bellflower.

How 'Power Islands' Could Help Keep The Lights On During Shutoffs

When Southern California Edison shuts off the power to keep its lines from starting fires, microgrids that power self-contained homes and business could keep the lights on.

New Year's Rose Parade Is Canceled. That Means No Pre-Parade Campouts, Floats Or Bands

A panel of health experts told parade organizers the pandemic wouldn't have subsided enough in time to host hundreds of thousands of spectators on the streets of Pasadena.

Settlement Finally Reached In Devil's Gate Dam "Big Dig" Lawsuit

Environmentalists sued L.A. County over the scope of its plans to remove sediment from behind Devil's Gate Dam in Pasadena, a structure that protects communities from flooding along the Arroyo Seco

With LA Beaches Closed, Public Pools May Be Open, But With New Restrictions

So many new rules to keep swimmers apart and safe translate into more space in your swim lane. But it's also brought about oddities like disappearing deck lounges and pool noodles.

Utility Bill Forgiveness Is Coming To Help (Some) Angelenos

If you lost income during the pandemic and have been letting those gas or electric bills go unpaid, you may be able to erase the debt under new rules adopted this month.

Scrap Your Old Ride For Cash, Get A Newer, Cleaner Vehicle

The Replace Your Ride program from AQMD gives low- to moderate-income owners of older cars a shot at the same kind of rebates higher-income people get when they buy new electric cars.

What Happened To Your Recyclables During The Pandemic?

About half the recyclable materials put out on the curb in L.A. County Sanitation Districts territory ended up in local landfills.

Audit: Inland Water District Officials Spent Big On Themselves

The audit is the latest mess for the West Valley Water District, which has has been in turmoil for years amid accusations of cronyism and overspending.

Flying This Summer? Expect Temperature-Taking, Masks And Less Space At The Bar

LAX might start taking passengers' temperatures this summer, part of a series of COVID-19 changes as the airport rebounds from its worst-ever slump in traffic.

Black Lives Matter-LA Leader Explains 'Very Deliberate' Choice To Demonstrate In Upscale Neighborhoods

Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter-L.A. says demonstrations are meant to push for an end to police killings and pushing city spending away from police toward more safety net programs.

State Guidelines To Reopen Your Gym Are A Week Or So Away

A fitness industry group has drafted what it hopes California will adopt as guidelines for reopening gyms and health clubs.

Broader Coronavirus Testing In Recent Deaths Sought

L.A. County Supervisors want the Coroner's office to come up with a plan to help families better understand the cause of their loved one's death.

It's Summer: But Is It Safe To Swim In Public Pools?

It's not the water, it's the people.

The Smallest City In LA Has Lost Its Volcano, Its Casino, And Most Of Its Money

The shutdown of The Gardens Casino is costing its host city $1 million a month. The loss will force cancellation of many services to this predominantly low-income area.

A Coronavirus Warning In LA's Municipal Turds

Scientists propose to sample raw sewage at wastewater treatment plants as an early warning system of new coronavirus outbreaks in L.A. County.

What It Was Like Friday At The Crowded Huntington Beach Demonstration

Sharon McNary, covering her first in-person event since the stay-at-home orders went into effect, wore one her N-95 masks to be, as she said "safe-ish."

When DWP Needed Special Masks, DIY To The Rescue

The DWP cut up new fire-resistant clothing to relieve a shortage of mask-making fabric.

Lighter Traffic Means Ramped Up Road Repairs -- For Now

Road crews can work faster when fewer people are driving, but less traffic could translate to less money for future repairs.

Coronavirus And Global Oil Glut Put The Squeeze On Local Oil Workers

Crude oil tankers parked offshore have no place to unload and Angelenos aren't filling their tanks

A Lot Of You Had Questions About Coronavirus In The Water. We Have Some Answers.

With very few exceptions, water treatment systems kill off the virus that causes COVID-19.

Mask Up: How Do You Say Hello When Nobody Can See You Smile?

In the age of coronavirus prevention, Angelenos are coming up with a whole new vocabulary of hand gestures to say, "Hello neighbor, I care."

Funerals Must Change In This Time Of Social Distancing

Many cemeteries close except to small groups attending burials, memorial gatherings move online, and hands-on rituals cease.

California's Mass Casualty Plan For Pandemic Deaths Hasn't Been Stress-Tested

State and local officials jointly plan with the funeral industry for hundreds or even thousands of pandemic casualties, but we've never seen anything remotely that bad.

The Food In Your Fridge Is Safe(ish) From Edison Power Outages

Southern California Edison has canceled many planned power outages to spare families who are home during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Love In The Time Of Coronavirus: Canceled Weddings

Wanna get married? Hope you got a marriage license before most government offices closed to the public.

What DIY Democracy Looks Like In An Underserved Slice Of LA

Want L.A. City Hall to pay attention to abandoned cars and potholes near you? Neighborhood councils play a vital role.

LAX Is Supposed to Be Disinfected Hourly Against Coronavirus. But Is It Really?

Airport officials say public areas of LAX are being disinfected hourly, but it wasn't apparent on a recent visit there.

That Old Conviction For Pot? It's About To Go Away

L.A. DA Jackie Lacey asks a judge to dismiss more than 60,000 convictions involving more than 50,000 people dating back to 1961.

LA County Will Try Bail Reform, But Critics Say It's Going About It All Wrong

The Board of Supervisors approved a $17 million pre-trial release program that will rely on two separate risk assessment tools. Numerous experts say the tools perpetuate systemic racism.

Your Urban Drool (aka Polluted Runoff) Isn't Being Cleaned Up Quickly Enough, Says Heal The Bay

Watershed managers are doing too little to make polluters comply with cleanup goals, but new money and stricter deadlines could make a difference.

Recycling Fail: CVS Faces $3.6 Million Penalty

Nearly 10 percent of the company's 842 California stores are accused of violating state recycling rules.

No Power, No Water, No Phone: SoCal Residents Demand Answers After Utility Shut Offs

Nearly 200,000 SoCal customers in rural, mountain and foothill communities lost power in October and November, some for days.

Edison Settles Lawsuits Over The Thomas Fire, Woolsey Fire, And Montecito Mudflow

The settlements resolve claims brought by 23 cities, counties and local governments, but not lawsuits brought by individuals and businesses.

Edison Power Shutoffs: Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?

Southern California Edison cut power to about 170,000 customers this year as a fire prevention measure, most during windstorms in October, but now state regulators are digging into the company's decision-making and the problems the outages caused.

What Did Porter Ranch Residents Breathe During The Massive Gas Leak? Here's What One Doctor's Quest Revealed

Dr. Jeffrey Nordella says benzene from crude oil droplets that showered the area could be causing illnesses.

We've Had Terrible Fires. Why Haven't More Homes Burned?

It's not (just) luck. Money and technology are combining to help fight fires better.

Why You Might Be Hearing Scary Things About What's In LA Tap Water

The Environmental Working Group is holding up your community's tap water to their own stricter standards for contaminants, making many systems appear to fall short of healthy.

This RV Park Is The Last Resort For Families On The Edge, But Eviction Looms

The owner illegally doubled the capacity of his RV park to house more families, a move that triggered enforcement actions.

You Can Rip Out Your SoCal Lawn For Money Again -- Now Without Landscaping Abominations

A new focus on turf replacement (not just removal) has lots more rules to meet to get your $2 per square foot rebate.

Nobody Was Standing Watch On Conception, And Other Details From NTSB's Boat Fire Report

The report contains new details from NTSB investigators' interviews with the surviving crew members.

How To Intentionally (And Safely) Walk To Dodger Stadium And Save Your Money For Overpriced Beer

Won't you feel smart when you burn calories and walk past all those cars waiting in line?

There's A New L.A. County Tax On Stormwater. Here's How To Lower What You're Paying

Yes, we voted to tax even the rain that falls on our homes, but there are a few ways you can reduce your tax bill when it comes later this year.

How One LA Charity Is Keeping Food From Being Wasted -- And Feeding Needy Families

Way too much food goes bad before it reaches the people who need it. The Produce Pit Stop is on a mission to change that.

LA Mayor Boots DWP Chief The Day After FBI Raids Connected To 2013 Overbilling Scandal

The city attorney's office acknowledged that raids carried out Monday by the FBI were connected to the overcharging of thousands of ratepayers when a new billing system rolled out through late 2016.

Hey ShakeAlertLA: Where's The Earthquake Alert App For The Rest Of SoCal?

Los Angeles city invested millions to accelerate the app's development and plans to make it more widely available to other jurisdictions.

At Least Now When Your Power Goes Out LADWP Will Text You

Or send an email, in your choice of English or Spanish, when there's an outage in your part of L.A. That's a change from the past, where you had to call LADWP or look up an outage map for info on power outages.

Air Quality Regulators Don't Look Eager To Ban A Deadly Refinery Acid

Hydrofluoric acid can create a deadly ground-hugging cloud that could kill thousands in its path, which is why some refinery neighbors want it banned from use, but an AQMD board proposes better safety measures instead.

LA's Trash Trucks Could Start Making Regular Stops At Homeless Encampments

The same kind of regular trash service provided to homes would be extended to homeless sites, in an effort to improve the public health of the most crowded encampments.

Sharon McNary, Infrastructure Correspondent

My mission is to reveal the often-surprising and important systems that make life possible in and around L.A.

Protesters Call for Horseracing Ban After 26th Horse Death At Santa Anita Park

The 26 deaths of thoroughbred horses during training or racing so far this season are on track to equal the 37 such deaths at Santa Anita last year.

These Are The People You Want To Know When You're Hiking 2,653 Miles

I'd read about Trail Angels in Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir "Wild," and saw the ones depicted in the 2014 movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, but had never visited them.

For Porter Ranch Firefighters And Thousands Of Others, The Aliso Gas Leak Is Not Over

"We had a lot of people coming to the station asking us what the health risks were and we couldn't figure that out and we couldn't get any information," says retired LAFD Engineer Dan Mehterian.

We Now Know Why The Worst Gas Leak In US History Happened

The leak lasted for several months and forced some 8,000 households to evacuate for weeks or months.

How LADWP Uses Two Lakes To Store Energy Like A Giant Battery

Using excess solar and wind energy to power massive hydroelectric plants could be a key way to help get L.A. to its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.

SoCal Gas Could Be Required To Pay 47,000 Customers $100 Each After Billing Fiasco

An investigation found that SoCal Gas violated the rights of consumers by delaying bills for more than a month.

LA Is Proposing Its Own Green New Deal -- And It Involves A Lot Of Zeros

The proposal calls for the creation of as many as 300,000 new jobs to build and support cleaner forms of energy.

The Nuclear Cleanup At San Onofre Isn't Moving Fast Enough, Congressmen Say

A mishap in moving some radioactive waste has suspended cleanup since last August.

All That Snow Looks Great, But When It Melts, Watch Out LA

Because our water depends on the snow far away in the Sierras.

Crude Oil Likely Rained Down On Porter Ranch Residents During The Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

Residents and public health experts ask why they didn't know about the crude oil earlier, when they could have done more to prevent health problems.

A Big Earthquake Could Cause Another Gas Leak Near Porter Ranch

A magnitude 6.5 or above earthquake on the Santa Susana Fault could cause natural gas to escape from wells.

SoCal Edison Is Cutting Your Trees And There's Not Much You Can Do About It

Changes in the law are letting Edison take down even healthy trees.

A Fuel Tanker Explosion in South LA Generates Plume Of Smoke Visible For Miles

A massive plume of black smoke was visible for miles. Authorities said two people living at a home next to the explosion site were taken to the hospital with injuries.

SoCal Edison Power Lines Found To Have Caused The Thomas Fire

Being named liable for the start of the Thomas Fire, under California's laws, means the utility is responsible to pay for any damages. In this case, the cost could run into the billions.

Why Environmentalists Say The $120 Million SoCal Gas Leak Disaster Settlement Falls Short

The settlement ends lawsuits brought by state and local governments over the massive gas leak near Porter Ranch.

The Clean Power Alliance You Might Already Be In (And Not Even Know It)

One-fifth of all Southern California Edison customers have been opted by local governments into the Clean Power Alliance, a separate, government-run power utility that buys power on the open market and ships it to you on Edison power lines.

Commercial Recycling In LA Will Be Free And Millions In Refunds Will Be Handed Out

The new commercial trash hauling system was supposed to be cleaner and greener, but the higher prices led to sticker shock. Now the city and haulers will refund millions of dollars in recycling fees -- to avoid a lawsuit.

Why SoCal Gas Wants You To Just Chill When It's Cold Outside

Southern California Gas has pleaded with residents to turn down their thermostats to save limited gas supplies repeatedly this year. We explain why.

LA Mayor Moves To Shut Down Three Power Plants In Favor Of Clean Energy Alternatives

LA's utility, DWP, was considering plans to spend $5 billion to replace its three gas-powered plants with new plants, but now it's considering whether to use that money on new forms of energy storage and added solar power instead.

Two SoCal Refineries Will Continue To Use Chemical That Can Turn Into A Toxic Cloud. For Now At Least

Refineries in Torrance and Wilmington have had 10 small leaks of modified hydrofluoric acid, which is potentially deadly, in just the past two years.

An 80-Year-Old Sewer Line Threatens Metrolink Tracks And Power Lines

It's just about the worst place in L.A. for a sewer line to collapse because it's so inaccessible to repair crews.

A Marina Del Rey Oil Well Blew Up. It Took A Week For Officials To Notify Neighbors

A spectacular bust short-lived gas blowout didn't result in any notifications for the people living nearby.

This LA Cold Snap Was Such A Drag (On Our Precarious Gas Supply)

During the New Year's cold snap, power plants reduced operations, SoCal Gas customers were asked to lower their thermostats and people who are enrolled in a special conservation program had their thermostats lowered automatically.

Volunteers Rally To Put Together 200 Bikes For Woolsey Fire Victims At Christmas

The bikes were all donated, but the bike shop owner had to scramble to find enough people to build and give them all away.

Lost Your Home In The Woolsey Fire? Beware Of Rent Gouging

Some landlords are hiking rents as Woolsey fire victims seek interim rental housing.

Lockheed Martin Polluted LA's Water For Years. Now It's Stepping Up Its Cleanup Efforts

Mayor Eric Garcetti called the agreement historic, but that might be a stretch.

New Rules Could Help You Avoid Utility Shutoffs When You're Behind On Your Bills

The new rules affect only large investor-owned utilities like Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company, not city-owned providers.

LA County Is Ripping Trees Out Of A Popular Hiking Area To Reduce The Flood Threat To Homes And The 110

The Devil's Gate Dam reservoir is choking on sediment, and heavy rains could cause the dam to malfunction and overflow, putting homes and a freeway at risk of flooding.

SoCal Edison Is Spending Millions To Make Sure Its Power Poles Are Safe From Birthday Balloons

The upgrades are expensive: Covered power lines, fiberglass utility poles and tiny weather stations. The expected payoff? Reducing how often power lines start fires.

This Is Why Fire Officials Don't Want You To Stay And Defend Your Home

Not that many years ago, state and local fire officials considered adopting a policy to train residents to stay and defend their homes from fire. A disaster on the other side of the world killed the idea.

Southern California Edison Not Accepting Full Blame For Thomas Fire

Edison admits its power equipment was involved in the Thomas Fire. But it says it won't take full blame because CalFire is barring the company from examining power equipment confiscated in the post-fire investigation.

Measure W: A Needless Tax On Rain, Or LA's Best Solution To Drought?

The typical homeowner would pay $83 in a new tax levied on land that sheds water, raising up to $300 million a year to fund projects to catch, clean and store stormwater to use later.

The Great Gas Leak Hangover: Why LA Still Must Conserve Energy 3 Years After The Aliso Canyon Blowout

The gas leak near Porter Ranch, the nation's largest, was nearly three years ago. But that leak, continuing outages and limits on SoCal Gas pipelines keep gas scarce and electricity unreliable.

Prop 6: Cheaper Gas Or Better Roads? LA's $5 Billion Question

Road repairs and transit construction worth $5 billion per year are in jeopardy if Prop 6 repeals the gas tax.

President Trump Is Texting You Oct. 3 Whether You Want Him To Or Not

The "Presidential Alert" should hit mid-morning Pacific time.

Beyond A Drug And Gun Bust, Ouster Of Squatters From Hollywood Building Is A Snapshot On High Rents

The raid was conducted by a task force that was formed to target commercial and industrial spaces illegally converted to dwellings. It was inspired by the fatal 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland.

Attn SoCal Edison Customers: Your Bill May Be About To Go Up To Prevent Wildfires

The 'new normal' for California fire season has SoCal Edison officials looking at ways to harden the power grid in an effort to prevent as many fires as possible.

You Might Be Missing Out On Important Emergency Alerts About Where You Live

L.A.'s fire, police and emergency management departments all have their own way of notifying us in a disaster. That is, if you've signed up for alerts.

Concerned About Noise, Lawmakers Push Back On New Flight Paths From Burbank Airport

Proposed changes will send planes south over the Santa Monica Mountains along two new flight paths that could affect Studio City and Sherman Oaks.

This Deal Just Saved L.A. From Losing Some Of Its Gas Supply

Three natural gas pipelines cross Morongo land in Riverside County. SoCal Gas had just a few days left to make a deal -- and avoid increasing the likelihood of sudden summer power outages.

Everything You NEVER Wanted To Know About Pee In The Public Pool

That acrid chemical odor and your stinging eyes are not from the chlorine. Yes, there's likely pee (or worse) in your public pool. Here's how you can help improve the water quality.

A Caltech Scientist Is Training Drones To Herd Birds Away From Airplanes

A Caltech professor created an algorithm that could direct a drone to herd a flock of birds away from airspace and runways. Since 2004, planes at LAX alone have been struck more than 500 times by birds and other animals.

SoCal Gas To Pay $119M To LA City And County For Aliso Canyon Gas Leak. Tally So Far: $1B (And Counting)

The settlement includes $45.4 million for "local environmental benefit projects," which would include a long-term health study.

'How Crowded Does Santa Monica Beach Get.' Las Vegas Mass Shooter Researched Southern California Targets

The gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more at a country music concert in Las Vegas had researched Southern California targets, according to the most comprehensive report yet on his actions.

Cranston Fire Threatens Mountain Towns As Thousands Of Evacuees Await Fate Of Homes

The mountain community of Idyllwild had been spared a devastating fire for more than a century. Now residents of this small town high in the San Jacinto Mountains await word of whether they've escaped again or face devastating losses.

Everything LA County Voters Need To Know About The Stormwater Tax Now On Their November Ballot

L.A. County voters are being asked to approve a new tax on impermeable land (aka surfaces that don't absorb water). That's money that would go to fund new projects to catch stormwater, clean it and percolate it underground. The goal in this drought-plagued region is to increase the region's future water supply.

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