Thursday, July 22, 2010

News Headlines: Whitman Against High-Speed Rail

Whitman, Brown on opposite sides of high-speed rail tracks (San Mateo County Times)
California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has come out against high-speed rail in California because of the state's fiscal crisis. Democratic candidate Jerry Brown is in favor of high-speed rail because he says it would create jobs, relieve transportation congestion and protect the environment.

Mayor Villarigosa breaks elbow in bicycle accident (LA Times)
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa broke his elbow in a bicycle accident Saturday evening, a spokesman said. The mayor was riding in the bicycle lane on Venice Boulevard in Mid-City at about 6:50 p.m. when a taxi abruptly pulled in front of him. The mayor hit his brakes and fell off the bike.

Mayor Villaraigosa, the Need To Take Action for Safer Streets in Los Angeles is Now Painfully Clear (LACBC Blog)
LACBC is saddened to hear about Mayor Villaraigosa’s recent bicycle crash. First and foremost, we wish Mayor Villaraigosa a quick recovery. However, many local bicyclists can relate to the mayor’s experience all too well. The injury suffered by Mayor Villaraigosa on Venice Boulevard makes clear the need for safer streets for all road users in Los Angeles.

Southern California gets 1 million smart meters (
Southern California Edison (SCE) has installed one-fifth of the 5 million smart meters that it plans to swap in for customers by 2012.

Stephen H. Schneider dies at 65; Stanford expert on climate change (LA Times)
Stephen H. Schneider, a Stanford University biologist on the vanguard of climate-change research for four decades, who argued eloquently on human culpability in global warming and willingly threw himself into the political fray to explain and defend the scientific evidence, has died. He was 65.

SeaWorld group funds wildlife work (SD Union-Tribune)
The non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund said Thursday that it would spread more than $1 million across 95 wildlife protection programs worldwide.

$122 million to turn sunlight into fuel (OC Register)
A group of California universities that includes UC Irvine landed a $122 million grant Thursday to attempt a scientific breakthrough: converting sunlight directly into fuel.

Happy 20th birthday, Metro Rail! (The Source)
Metro today runs 79 miles of rail mass transit on four different lines in Los Angeles County.

Video: Take a partial tour of the Expo Line's route between Culver City and Santa Monica (LAist)
Since last week, this fun video featuring a portion of the right-of-way for the Expo Line's second phase has been making the rounds.

The Department of Energy has posted an informative video about Concentrating Solar Power, or CSP. This form of renewable energy could be more prevalent in the Southwest United States in the next few years and will increasingly contribute to the power grid in the future.

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