California dealt setback in greenhouse-gas fight with EPA

(07-25) 12:07 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court dealt a setback to California and environmental groups today in their battle with the Bush administration over the state's efforts to restrict vehicle emissions of gases that contribute to global warming.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco dismissed a lawsuit filed by California and 15 other states in January over the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to let the state enforce its limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks. The court said the suit was premature because the EPA hadn't yet taken formal action to deny the state's request.

Jobs outlook weak as state's unemployment rate hits 6.9% in June

LA Times
Small rise from May brings the gauge to a nearly five-year high. The Los Angeles area has suffered substantial losses since a year earlier.

SACRAMENTO -- California's jobless rate crept ahead Friday as experts saw weakness spreading into new areas of the economy.

For months, job losses were concentrated in the state's housing industry. But with June's increase of one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.9%, it was evident that a broader downturn is underway.
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Suburbia's not dead yet

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While millions of American families struggle with falling house prices, soaring gasoline costs and tightening credit, some environmentalists, urban planners and urban real estate speculators are welcoming the bad news as signaling what they have long dreamed of -- the demise of suburbia.

In a March Atlantic article, Christopher B. Leinberger, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of urban planning, contended that yesterday's new suburbs will become "the slums" of tomorrow because high gas prices and the housing meltdown will force Americans back to the urban core. Leinberger is not alone. Other pundits, among them author James Howard Kunstler, who despises suburban aesthetics, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, see the pain in suburbia as a silver lining for urban revival.

Yee Fights to Save SF-to-LA High Speed Rail

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee yesterday approved Assembly Bill 3034 to rewrite the $10 billion bond measure set to go before the voters in November to build the state´s high speed rail system, but not before a critical amendment was forced into the bill to protect the main line of the bullet train.

Stronger emissions plan urged

Sacramento Bee
Air Resources Board considers steps to cut the time Californians spend on the road.

Environmental and land-use groups are urging the state Air Resources Board to bolster its plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions with more aggressive measures to slow the growth in the number of miles Californians drive.

At a public meeting Thursday, the board released the draft of a strategy to cut the state's greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020.

Mayor Villaraigosa Signs Landmark Law To Clean Los Angeles' Air

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Law sets into motion LA's Clean Truck Program - the first of its kind in America - taking more than 16,000 dirty diesel trucks off the road and slashing harmful emissions by 80 percent

20 percent of dirtiest trucks to be replaced by October program start

California Continues to Fight Global Warming


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SACRAMENTO, CA (KGO) -- Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to fight global warming centers on a significant cut in greenhouse gas emissions, but in order to do it, we all have to play a major part that involves some lifestyle changes and even some sacrifices.

California's plan to fight global warming depends on forcing oil and gas refineries to produce less-polluting fuels, utility companies to generate a third of their electricity from renewable sources and auto companies to make cleaner-burning cars.

California unemployment hits 6.8%

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That's 1.5 percentage points higher than last year, the state reports. The May rate is the fifth highest in the nation.

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Facing opposition, Assemblyman yanks car fee bill

SACRAMENTO — Concord Democratic Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier has decided to pull his legislation to increase document fees on car buyers after running into opposition as it made its way through the Senate.

After shepherding Assembly Bill 1939 through the Assembly in April — despite opposition from consumer groups — DeSaulnier saw that it was unlikely to get through two Senate committees chaired by fellow Democrats, so he spiked it.

Public transit advocates make case in state Capitol

SACRAMENTO — While there's no shortage of people making rounds at the Capitol asking for more money from the state's cash-strapped treasury, those organized by the Oakland-based Transportation and Land Use Coalition on Tuesday were unusual.

There's plenty of money designated for their cause. They just want to keep it.
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