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Why The Valley Will Rule

Recently I attended a "green" event in a certain neighborhood in Los Angeles.  The gathering started on a dubious note.  I had skipped the raw vegan dinner, which I suppose could have been appetizing.  But when I showed up, I ...

Senator Dukakis?

With Edward Kennedy's passing, Massachusetts will soon name an interim senator once the State Legislature (again) changes the law allowing someone to hold the seat until a new election occurs in January.  The rumors strongly suggest that Michael Dukakis, former ...

Sustainable Sacto

Sacramento is an afterthought to most Californians.  I think I only know it well because of the 70s family drama, Eight is Enough ("but daaaad, this is the 80's!" was my favorite line!).  It's too bad me and another 35 ...

Good Luck, Van

I'm very disappointed with Van Jones' decision to resign as White House environmental adviser over the weekend.  I just started reading The Green Collar Economy and while I do not agree with all of his ideas, his book is an ...

Don’t Spray Away, Please

One image that sticks in my mind from reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring  is the wanton spraying of chemicals the US Department of Agriculture imposed all over the nation in the years following World War II.  Carson described this mentality ...

A Tax I Can Stomach

California's budget mess is a topic that I'd rather leave to the political chattering class:  it's way beyond the scope of this site.  But if I may briefly step up on my soapbox, I will say that as long as ...

Good-bye, Uncle Ted

I have to admit I'm a little emotional over the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy. The youngest of nine, he was almost an afterthought in an overachieving family (his father named Edward Moore Kennedy after his closest aide), he rose to ...

Don’t Diss the Dakotas

Last year I worked for a company that sent me all over North America for really no good reason.  On one hand, it was a fascinating experience listening to energy executives talk about their corporate strategy when oil was hovering ...

Just Say Bye to Your Lawns

We've been talking for decades about greening L.A., so it doesn't make sense to put forth a policy that's going to make everyone's lawns go brown. -          Matt Myerhoff, spokesman for LA City Councilman Greig Smith Huh? The Sunday LA Times had an ...

Dancing With DeLame

The DC chattering class is having a field day with the news that Tom DeLay will compete on Dancing with the Stars.  Hopefully he can burn off those calories he’s consumed over the years, eating steaks half his size (he’s ...

Channeling Rachel

Let me be frank:  I’m not what the MBA and marketing world would describe as an “early adopter.”  I’ll buy an iPhone by 2013, we still don’t have a flat-screen TV, and well, on the environmental side, it took me ...
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