Friday, November 24, 2017

Many of the 27 oil platforms drilling into the underwater shelf off the coast from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach are decades old and, in the eyes of the oil industry and others, ready to be shut down.

Some cost big money to operate at a time of sagging oil prices. Others need expensive technical upgrades. And all are political targets, widely viewed in a liberal state as bigger environmental risks than the potential reward of pulling yet more carbon-generating oil from the Earth.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tesla’s flashy unveiling last week of a futuristic, electric heavy-duty truck was an eye-opener for industry experts, who are hopeful but still wonder if its game-changing features could truly be mass-produced affordably.

Nevertheless, officials at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are going along for the ride. They have met with Tesla engineers about the new Semi to offer tips and learn about its unique features.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Palos Verdes Peninsula’s aging water system, nearing the end of its lifespan, is getting a much-needed upgrade.

California Water Service has proposed a $60 million overhaul to the decades-old system that calls for the installation of seven miles of new pipeline and a new pump station in Rolling Hills Estates.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hermosa Beach stores did not quite get everything on their list this holiday season, but one of their gifts is coming a little bit early.

In an effort to encourage shopping at local stores, Hermosa Beach will bag city parking meters for the month of December through Christmas Day. The program begins Friday, Dec. 1, three days earlier than initially approved by the City Council, thanks to an administrative intervention from City Manager Sergio Gonzalez.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cell phone coverage in Manhattan Beach near the ocean is notoriously atrocious. Just ask Ray Joseph who lives on Manhattan Avenue and 5th Place and like many residents believes poor coverage is a matter of public safety.

“I can’t call my son. He can’t call me,” Joseph said. “Our 911 system is effectively useless. How many lives are being lost because you can’t make a phone call?”

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Redondo Beach, one of the South Bay’s oldest and most politically impassioned cities, is grappling with how to comply with a new state law requiring cities and school districts throughout the state to change election dates to boost voter turnout.

Although virtually every other city and school district in the South Bay has tackled the issue in the past two years, it’s a trickier matter for Redondo Beach because it’s a charter city with its own set of distinctive election rules. And any changes to the charter must be approved by voters.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Peninsula High senior John Zuercher is getting ready to deliver what could be his biggest donation collection yet for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach with the help of State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s office.

The football player started collecting donations for veterans when he started a Veterans Appreciation Club at his school last year.

“The Assemblymember read in the newspaper about the drives that John does with the Veterans Club he started at his school and wanted to work with John,” said Kerry Jacob, communications director for Muratsuchi’s office.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

With the passage of Measure S, a $59 million general obligation bond in June 2016, the Hermosa Beach City School District has the opportunity to rebuild its ailing North School, which is expected to have an enrollment of more than 500 third and fourth grade students.

But before demolition can even begin, The North School Reconstruction Project Draft Environmental Impact Report must be considered. The 480-page document details any potentially significant impacts on the surrounding community, from noise to traffic.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Perhaps developers will now flock to Redondo Beach.

City officials announced a plan to shut down the massive AES Power Plant and redevelop the 50 acres into a public park with a “coastal resort,” Curbed reported. AES was already planning on replacing the 1950s-era power plant with a more energy-efficient facility.

Monday, November 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, on Nov. 16 released the following statement on the University of California Board of Regents report finding the UC Office of the President interfered with a state audit:

“The University of California Board of Regents’ investigation into the UC Office of the President confirmed the state auditor’s findings from her April 2017 report. UC President Janet Napolitano and her top aides deliberately interfered with the Legislature’s attempt to provide greater transparency and accountability as to UCOP’s finances.