In our new column, First Person, L.A. writers tackle the good, the bad and the funny about life as they know it.
Three years ago, I became the proud owner of a 1988 Toyota Corolla with 240,000 miles on it, approximately 40 dents -- I stopped counting -- and a broken cassette player.
Times were tou ... More >>
â€‹Somewhere, Erin Brockovich is smiling.
Since last year, the famous crusader has supported the Carousel neighborhood residents of Carson in their fight to get Shell Oil to clean up the community, where the company used to store up to 140 million gallons of crude.
Dangerous levels of carcinogens, ... More >>
Erin Brockovich: Back in actionLooks like Pacific Gas & Electric's up to its usual tricks again out in Hinkley, handing out swimming-pools worth of bottled water, buying up seemingly useless land in the middle of nowhere and causing horses to drop dead where they stand. Who you gonna call? On ... More >>
Oh no you did notSay it isn't so! The California sea otter, our No. 1 draw to water zoos and aquariums for as long as we can remember, has flippered its adorable little way to the environmental danger zone in a recent California Department of Fish and Game count.
There's only 2,711 left in e ... More >>
What's a little contamination in the name of the drill?The nation was abuzz yesterday with highly unsustainable news of a fresh way to squeeze millions more barrels of oil from the deepest Earthstuffs of America the Beautiful: It's called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" among Big Oil exec ... More >>
While no city beats Norman, Oklahoma for shockingly high levels of carcinogenic hexavalent chromium in its tap water, both Los Angeles and Riverside have higher levels than California officials would like to see. With .20 and 1.69 parts per billion (ppb), LA and Riverside, respectively, don' ... More >>
As earlier noted, the 2009 Berlin Film Festival opened with a Hollywood movie (The International), directed by Germany's own Tom Tykwer and filmed in a half-dozen countries around the world, then continued with a French movie (In the Electric Mist) made in the U.S.A. with dialogue spoken in regional ... More >>
As earlier noted, the 2009 Berlin Film Festival opened with a Hollywood movie (The International),
directed by Germany's own Tom Tykwer and filmed in a half-dozen
countries around the world, then continued with a French movie (In the Electric Mist)
made in the U.S.A. with dialogue spoken in regional ... More >>
The Center for Biological Diversity cares as much about the unarmored threespine stickleback as it does a cathedral forest of trees, which is why it is reinventing the environmental movement and could be saving Southern California in the process.