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Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires
The governor who promised that he was environmentally friendly and would stand up to special interests has given into special interests at the risk of the environment. Governor Schwarzenegger removed fees from his budget proposal which would have gone to protecting forests. "Our position on the fees is we opposed probably all of them. Most of them we consider hidden taxes, said Sen. Dick Ackerman (R-Irvine) the Senate's Republican leader.
And when you have a massive budget deficit, and immediate pressing needs where is the money going to come from, Dick? While fees are ironic, we thought that Republicans would find them acceptable because they weren't labeled a "tax." But it appears those pesky special interests have caught on.
So as fires rage through Pine Canyon, LAist recommends Californians follow the advice of Smokey the Bear, because "remember, only you can prevent forest fires."
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.