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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi hosted an Earth Day town hall at Hermosa Valley School on Saturday. Panelists addressed the latest science on rising sea levels, and how they could affect Hermosa and the rest of the California coast. Speakers included: Craig Cadwallader, head of the Surfrider Foundation’s South Bay chapter; Ian Fenty, a scientist in the sea level and ice group at the Jet Propulsion Library and the California Institute of Technology; Damon Nagami, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Mary Small, chief deputy executive officer of the California Coastal Conservancy.

Friday, May 3, 2019

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The proposal to ban students from using smart phones at school or on school grounds unanimously passed the California Assembly Thursday with some provisions to the original bill.

Assembly Bill 272 asks that all school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools come up with smart phone policies to limit or prohibit student use at school. The bill does allow for certain allowances, including:

Thursday, April 11, 2019

California has been deeply involved with the oil and gas business since the first wooden derricks were erected in sleepy Kern County in the 19th century. But these days California is flush with laws, regulations and goals that will likely cause the state to eventually sever its long relationship with fossil fuels.

One of the flashpoints in that still-evolving association is hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—the controversial high-pressure pumping of chemicals and water into underground rock to crack it open and release oil. Former Gov. Jerry Brown declined to ban fracking despite intense pressure from anti-oil activists but signed into law a requirement that all chemicals used in the process be disclosed.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The $70-billion cosmetics industry prevailed over California consumers this week, succeeding in shelving a bill that would ban potentially toxic ingredients from makeup, hair products and other personal-care goods.

The state Assembly’s Environment, Safety and Toxic Materials Committee put off a scheduled vote on the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (AB 495) as it became clear to supporters they didn’t have enough votes to move the bill to the Assembly Health Committee, which was to take up the legislation on April 23.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The $70-billion cosmetics industry prevailed over California consumers this week, succeeding in shelving a bill that would ban potentially toxic ingredients from makeup, hair products and other personal-care goods.

The state Assembly’s Environment, Safety and Toxic Materials Committee put off a scheduled vote on the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (AB 495) as it became clear to supporters they didn’t have enough votes to move the bill to the Assembly Health Committee, which was to take up the legislation on April 23.

Monday, April 8, 2019

It was the day after Christmas when Mirona Constantinescu decided to take a dockless Bird scooter from a café in Bankers Hill to her home just several blocks away.

Cruising in the bike lane on Fourth Avenue, the 32-year-old hit the brakes around Laurel Street — but the scooter didn’t stop.

“I pushed the break again, and I heard this beep, and the scooter starts going faster,” she said. “I had to make a very quick decision. I just veered into a parked car.”