Noteworthy News

Animal-welfare groups clash over Proposition 12, which promises cage-free hens by 2022
Animal-welfare activists have split over an initiative on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot that would phase in requirements to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and calves raised for veal in California.
Tesla drops to third-worst in Consumer Reports reliability rankings
Tesla dropped six spots to rank near the bottom of Consumer Reports’ new-car reliability list. The California electric-car maker came in third-worst in reliability among 29 auto brands. Only Cadillac and Volvo ranked lower.
California’s Underwater Forests Are Being Eaten by the ‘Cockroaches of the Ocean’
Early on a gray summer Saturday, an unusual assemblage — commercial fishermen, recreational boaters, neoprene-clad divers — gathered for a mission at Albion Cove, a three-hour drive north of San Francisco. “Our target today is the purple urchin,” said Josh Russo, a recreational fishing advocate who organized the event. “
Can organic food help you reduce your risk of cancer? A new study suggests the answer may be yes
To reduce your risk of cancer, you know you should quit smoking, exercise regularly, wear sunscreen, and take advantage of screening tests. New research suggests another item might be added to this list: Choose organic foods over conventional ones.
Water bond would spread money across the state — but pour it on the Central Valley
Excessive groundwater pumping by San Joaquin Valley farmers has caused a stretch of the Friant-Kern Canal to sink so much that it has interfered with irrigation deliveries to more than 300,000 acres of cropland.
Essay: I Bike In LA And Fear For My Safety All The Time
Last week, Bicycling Magazine declared L.A. the worst city for bikes.
What's happening to California's hummingbirds? Rising temperatures threaten their source of food
Imagine going to your neighborhood grocery store and discovering no food. Even worse, imagine every grocery store within a day’s drive was without food. What would you do?
Initiative to repeal gas tax increase is falling short, according to poll of California voters
A California initiative that would repeal gas tax increases is falling well short of the majority support needed to pass, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, jeopardizing a Republican strategy to use the measure to draw conservatives to the polls next month in hopes of helping GOP candidates in
Trump orders quicker environmental review of California water projects
President Trump on Friday directed federal agencies to speed up their environmental review of major water projects in California and to develop plans to suspend or revise regulations that hamper water deliveries.
Before & After: A gloomy lawn becomes an enchanted garden that slashes the water bill
Bigger was not better for one L.A. family’s expansive, but isolated, front lawn — so they turned it into an enchanted garden for kids and parents alike. “We loved the house when we bought it,” said David Zabel of their 1920 Hancock Park home, but “the front yard was always very disjointed and disconnected from the house.