Half a century ago, farmers cultivating the fertile plains and valleys of Ventura County sprayed their crops with the miracle pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, a potent post-war product of American chemical ingenuity.
Throughout California, transit-oriented development (TOD) is the rage. Along the Gold Line in Los Angeles, a New Urbanist project appears to be rising out of the ground at every stop. High-rise condominium buildings are emerging adjacent to light-rail stops in downtown San Diego and radiating out of downtown San Jose. BART stations in the East Bay - such as the Pleasant Hill BART stop - have become magnets of high-density development in formerly low-density suburbs.
A state appellate court has ruled that financial incentives the City of La Mirada provided to Corporate Express violated a state law intended to prevent cities from poaching sales tax-generating businesses from neighboring jurisdictions.
If there was ever a city that needed to roll the dice and get lucky, it's Richmond. Facing problems of poverty, crime and budget deficits, the city really could use a new pair of shoes. The city's plight might explain why the City Council recently made a controversial deal with an Indian tribe to allow the development of a casino on prime real estate on San Francisco Bay.
It is rare for a suburban city of 50,000 people take the lead in a $440 million transportation project. The City of Placentia in northern Orange County has, though, and the effort has stirred political controversy and placed the city under financial strain.
This month's selection of In Brief items includes: a land use corruption case in Stockton; a recommendation from the Legislative Analyst's Office for state lawmakers to beef up mitigation of coastal development; an ordinance created by the City of Turlock aimed at opposing plans for a Wal-Mart supercenter is upheld in court; farmers sue the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency over water rate increases; and more...
In the latest setback for a proposed water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a state appellate court has thrown out water permits and an environmental impact report approved by the State Water Resources Control Board.