Some 11th-hour shenanigans from the oil industry and the governor’s office have allowed a good bill to go bad and pass through the California legislature without a full airing on its flaws. Fracking bill SB 4 passed late last night...continued→
Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Santa Monica
My love of nature started in the Eastern Sierras, especially the scenic drive up U.S. 395 from Los Angeles. The majestic, snow-capped mountains and serene lakes and streams are a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. When we get up toward Mammoth, sometimes I slow down and point out all the places we used to go trout fishing in the summer when I was little.
As director of NRDC’s Southern California Ecosystem Project, I work to protect parkland, open space and wildlife habitat and advocate for sustainable land use planning in southern California. Before joining NRDC in 2008, I practiced environmental law at a Los Angeles firm for five years. I earned my J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and my undergraduate degree in environmental sciences at U.C. Berkeley.
It seems that a gaggle of zoos, conservation groups and NRDC have somehow landed on the National Rifle Association's latest "enemies list" over what they perceive as a threat to access to ammunition. We don't have a problem with bullets or...continued→
A recent poll shows a majority of Californians want a moratorium on fracking. Governor Jerry Brown should give the people what they want. Leadership doesn’t mean sitting out tough battles. Governor Brown should use his executive power to direct DOGGR,...continued→
For the third time in six years, a regulatory agency has put the brakes on an ill-conceived toll road project in Orange County. On Wednesday, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board voted 3-2 to deny the Foothill/Eastern...continued→
We are still fighting the notorious Foothill-South Toll Road, an ill-conceived highway project that would pave over San Onofre State Beach, one of the most popular state parks in California, and destroy some of the last remaining wildlands along...continued→
Yesterday, at the end of a hastily arranged “special meeting” that afforded virtually no prior notice or opportunity for the public to comment, the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) reportedly approved its plans to build the first five miles...continued→
For the second time in four months, the financial condition of Orange County’s Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), the public agency that has been trying for years to pave a toll road through San Onofre State Beach, is being called into...continued→
On Friday, the agency responsible for cleaning up air pollution in the Los Angeles region, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, will vote on whether to adopt a new rule targeting the air pollution from oil and gas operations...continued→
A destructive toll road is threatening a popular state park and the last remaining wildlands along the southern California coast. Sound familiar? It should, because it’s the same nonsensical project we thought we killed five years ago. For years,...continued→
Another day, another packed public hearing near San Diego over the controversial Gregory Canyon landfill, the proposed 300-acre garbage dump that would be built next to the San Luis Rey River and sacred Native American sites. I've blogged about...continued→
Angelenos, are you looking for something new and interesting to do over the long weekend? Well, I, for one, am very excited about a brand new shuttle service that is bound to increase public access to one of south...continued→
When my wife and I were in Paris a few years ago, we were blown away by the city’s super-convenient Velib bike share system. With a swipe of a credit card, tourists and locals can rent a bike from...continued→
A male wolf from Oregon's Wenaha pack. (Photo credit: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) One year ago, a gray wolf from Oregon’s Imnaha pack, OR7, crossed over the state’s southern border and became the first wolf to roam...continued→
The Los Angeles Times reported today that the state of California is investigating the financial viability of the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) of Orange County, the toll road agency that has been trying for years to pave over San Onofre...continued→
Late last night, Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP) released a long-awaited study on the oil drilling company’s hydraulic fracturing operations at the Inglewood Oil Field in the Baldwin Hills area of south Los Angeles. While it took a...continued→
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