New State Rules Say LA Has To Spend Millions Collecting Food Waste. But Who Will Pay For That?
Rotting food in landfills produces a lot of methane — a nasty greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
To help combat that, a new law, SB 1383, went into effect on Jan. 1, requiring a massive 75% statewide reduction in organic waste by 2025.
Los Angeles plans to do its part by expanding local residential food waste collection from 18,000 customers to 750,000 by the end of the year.
But that's going to cost money, and Councilmember Paul Krekorian says that could mean "significant unfunded mandates on local governments."
"We need to be mindful of the costs that this city is going to be assuming very soon because of these mandates," he said. "Either in the form of additional investments that need to be made for compliance or penalties that will be payable for non-compliance."
He's pushing for state financial support and says without it, either customers will see bigger bills or the city will take a substantial hit, in the $10s of millions or more, which might mean cuts to municipal services.
He adds: "Neither of those is a happy outcome."
The mountain lion's death comes about a month after the beloved P-22 was euthanized.
With two hikers still missing — one the well-known actor Julian Sands — expert mountaineers say the usual scarcity of snow in the L.A.-area makes it especially hard to get enough experience to safely venture out in harsh conditions.
For the last decade, the cougar called Griffith Park home and lived a remarkably adventurous life.
Why California's Cute, Troubled And Disruptive Wild Burros Are In Danger Of Causing 'Catastrophic Harm'It’s hard not to find the curious, fuzzy-eared equids endearing. Many do. But they can also mow down vegetation, stomp on the homes of native species and even disrupt military operations.
Southern California Has A Plan To Ease The Colorado River Crisis. And It Starts Right Under Your FeetThe region's largest water supplier plans to recycle more wastewater than ever before so it can take less from the Colorado River.