Dick Platkin: LA’s City Hall is rife with proposals, some already implemented, to circumvent CEQA, even though LA has the worst traffic congestion and worst air pollution in the entire country.
Jack Eidt: The California Coastal Commission has lost the trust of the public because of multiple Coastal-Act-violating decisions that turned out to be influenced by off-the-record lobbyist meetings. Now a bill to ban those very communications has stalled for shady reasons.
Dan Bacher: The Plains All American pipeline rupture in Santa Barbara County last year spilled more than 120,000 gallons of oil onto the California coast, killing hundreds of birds and marine animals in the pristine ocean waters.
RJ Burrowes: Human activity drives 200 species of life (birds, animals, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, plants) to extinction each day and 80% of the world’s forests and over 90% of the large fish in the ocean are already gone.
Paul Haeder: We need radical Change, and we need radical, in-your-face, dirty, real, scary, truthful documentaries, with some other style than the poor rich white guy or gal posing in their own films like Naomi Klein or any number of them.
Fracking America: Train derailments accounted for more than one million gallons of spilled crude oil last year, more than all spills in the 40 years since the federal government began collecting data.
Lauren Steiner: Despite the importance of the Hearing Board, the political machine thinks it can dole out a slot or two on the 5-member board as $50,000-a-year favors to whomever it pleases.
Larry Wines: There’s breaking news that 150+ countries are signing-on to tackle the climate crisis. You can even take part in that.
Michael T. Hertz: Los Angeles has millions of private cars that could be used for transportation of more than one person if we only restructured a few rules to allow that to occur.
Stephen Fox: Jane Sanders will meet with Apache activists who have been occupying the site for more than a year, as well as with tribal leaders, elders, and members, and members of the press, to highlight the need to get this bill out of the Republican-controlled committee.
Tom Hastings: Recent reports from around the country show the party most likely to toxify our land is our own military.
Steve Hochstadt: Transportation still contributes more than half of the pollutants in our air every year and in many cities, personal cars are the biggest source of pollution. Cars and Pollution
Walter Brasch: Why Ringling Brothers is removing its elephants from the touring company is because of increasing public pressure and charges of animal cruelty, much of it leveled by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups.