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A water deal that's bad for California's environment

There is much for Southern Californians to like in departing U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s final bill  — to authorize federal water projects — including funding to restore the Los Angeles River and to pay for various water storage and groundwater efforts. And then there are the provisions Boxer’s colleague...

Dragon’s Guide To A 100% Renewable Home — Part 1 (LEDs)

In Southern California, actor Ed Begley Jr. is famous for going 100% renewable back when it was prohibitively expensive to do so. In 1985, he bought a stake in a wind farm. In 1990, he installed solar panels on his roof. He prefers walking and biking, but when he drives, it's in an EV (including the EV1, RAV4 EV, and various custom models). Show More Summary

Trump picks Southern California fast-food executive Andy Puzder for Labor secretary

Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next Labor Department secretary, turned around the Southern California-based parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s with help from scantily clad women hawking oversized burgers in racy ads. More recently, he’s raised...

A Movie History First? The Year May End Without A Flicker Of Reality In The Box-Office Top 10

"Reality ends here." So reads an inscription in the cement outside the old quarters of the University of Southern California film school; but that might also become the epitaph for this year's best-selling movies. Unless the audience...Show More Summary

Tulare Lake

The Tulare Basin occupies the southern portion of California's Great Central Valley. Prior to the late 19th Century, the basin contained several lakes and a vast wetland, home to a fabulous diversity of wildlife and a magnet for massive...Show More Summary

Paul Revere Williams, pioneering black architect, named 2017 AIA Gold Medalist

Williams designed nearly 3,000 buildings in Southern California and beyond Paul Revere Williams, the pioneering black architect who designed nearly 3,000 buildings during his five-decade career, has been posthumously awarded the American...Show More Summary

Trump expected to pick Southern California fast-food executive Andy Puzder for Labor secretary

Trump picks retired Marine general for Homeland Security; climate change skeptic headed to EPA Dec. 8, 2016, 9:01 a.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration: Retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly is Trump's pick for Homeland Security secretaryOklahoma's...

Trump expected to pick Southern California fast-food executive Andy Puzder for Labor secretary

President-elect Donald Trump is likely to tap Andy Puzder, chief executive of Southern California’s CKE Restaurants Inc. — a fast-food chain including Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s — to be Labor secretary, according to news reports Thursday. The transition team would not confirm the selection, but said...

Thousands of mysterious gelatinous creatures washed up in California

Locals strolling Huntington Beach recently in Southern California came across a weird sight: thousands of gelatinous pink sea creatures had appeared on the sand. People described the creatures as squishy, almost like jellyfish, and bewildered...Show More Summary

Feds crack down on deceptive reverse-mortgage ads

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that it has fined two Southern California reverse-mortgage firms for deceptive advertising practices, saying the companies wrongly told borrowers they could not lose their homes. American Advisors Group in Orange agreed to pay a civil...

Michael Keaton reveals the face of American greed in the shrewd McDonald's drama 'The Founder'

“What have you ever come up with?!” That question arrives near the end of “The Founder,” a sharp and satisfyingly fat-free account of how a wily salesman took a lucrative Southern California burger joint and turned it into the world’s biggest fast-food empire. Given what we’ve seen up until that...

Why your Christmas tree may cost more this year

A Christmas tree shortage could have many Southern California shoppers feeling the holiday blues.  Some local sellers have increased prices 10% or more on certain varieties, especially the popular Noble fir, because they have become scarce. Some buyers have returned to their usual holiday tree...

Five things you missed from American Ballet Theatre's annual holiday gala

In addition to a gala dinner at the Beverly Hilton, guests at Monday’s holiday benefit for the New York-based American Ballet Theatre also got a sneak preview of the ballet company’s programs for Southern California, along with an opportunity to meet the dancers over petit fours, mini-cupcakes,...

The Orange Curtain and the dynamic between Orange County and the Inland Empire: How much is a commute worth?

When people think of gentrification, they normally think of tiny sections within a city.  But what we are seeing today is global gentrification.  For example, in Orange County, the most expensive county in Southern California many people have been pushed into the Inland Empire.  Yet the actual employment boom is happening in LA and OC […]

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season Premiere Recap: Studio Fifty Bore

As we whisk ourselves over the browned hills and the seedy valleys of southern California for yet another year in the lives of the richest and (perhaps) classiest of the Real Housewives, we here at the Real Housewives Institute do not have high hopes for the seventh season of this ... More »

L.A. Supervisor Kuehl appointed to air quality board, ending GOP control of smog rules

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed liberal Democrat Sheila Kuehl to replace conservative Republican Michael D. Antonovich on Southern California’s air quality board Tuesday, ending GOP control over the panel and potentially shifting it back toward stricter regulation of polluters....

SeaWorld eliminates hundreds of jobs

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. announced Tuesday that it is eliminating 320 jobs, part of an ongoing effort to sharply cut its costs. In Southern California, about 60 employees will be laid off, according to a notice filed Tuesday with the California Employment Development Department. The affected...

American Apparel sets date for auctioning off its business

American Apparel set the date for the bankruptcy auction of its manufacturing, retail and wholesale business, likely delaying layoffs slated to affect as many as 3,457 employees in Southern California.  The Los Angeles clothier, which in November filed for bankruptcy for the second time, told workers...

L.A. can resume shipping sewage sludge to Kern County after judge overturns voters' ban

A judge has struck down a voter initiative passed in 2006 that banned dumping Southern California shipments of about 450,000 tons a year of treated human waste on Kern County farmlands. Tulare County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Hicks, in a 48-page opinion issued Monday, ruled that Measure E “is...

Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam is dead at age 42

Former Heisman Trophy winner and Southern California native Rashaan Salaam was found dead Monday night in a park in Boulder, Colo., the University of Colorado reported on its website. He was 42. The university said Boulder police indicated there were no signs of foul play. Salaam starred at Colorado...

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