Los Angeles Times

California worker safety agency ‘missing in action’ during the coronavirus, critics say

by Los Angeles Times | July 16, 2020
“As Gov. Gavin Newsom attempts to rein in the state’s rising coronavirus cases, the agency responsible for keeping California workers safe spent the July 4 holiday visiting more than 1,000 businesses to ensure they were following safety guidelines. Newsom hailed the multi-agency ...

Scientists fear for the world’s most endangered sea turtle as the Park Service cuts back

“Every summer, thousands of people travel to Padre Island National Seashore at dawn to cheer on sea turtle hatchlings as they are released into the surf. But after more than 40 years of supporting and celebrating the program, National Park Service officials appear to have soured on ...

I Had Tons of Fun Riding an E-Bike in a National Park. I Also Broke the Law. Oops.

by Los Angeles Times | February 8, 2020
“GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Calif. — I recently violated federal law high in the Marin Headlands overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. How? By riding an electric bike for a mile along the Julian Trail, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The trail is popular ...

Ousted EPA Official in California Says He Was Pushed out for Being Too Bipartisan

by Los Angeles Times | February 6, 2020
“Abruptly dismissed from office Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top official for California and the Pacific Southwest speculated he was terminated because of his congenial relationship with Democratic politicians. In a statement released Thursday, and provided to ...

Trump’s Regional EPA Chief in California Is Suddenly Removed From His Job

by Los Angeles Times | February 5, 2020
“The Environmental Protection Agency’s top official in California was abruptly removed from office Wednesday. No reason has yet been given for Mike Stoker’s dismissal. In an email sent to staff members of the environment agency’s Pacific Southwest regional office, EPA ...