Noteworthy News

California Supreme Court rules for farmworkers, and upholds binding mediation
California’s highest court decided unanimously Monday that farmers may have a labor contract imposed on them if negotiations with a union fail to produce an agreement.
L.A. weighs a plan to allow denser developments near Expo Line stations
Ridership on the $2-billion Expo Line has doubled since service began to the Westside 18 months ago, but the route would be an even better public investment if more Angelenos lived and worked near Metro stations, Los Angeles officials say.
Downtown L.A. records hottest Thanksgiving since 1877
Thanksgiving heat wave stretched across Southern California on Thursday, with downtown Los Angeles hitting 92 degrees. 
An energy bill that's bad for marine mammals and most everything else on the planet
For decades, environmental activists in California have battled to keep the oil and gas industries from turning the state’s coastline into a West Coast version of the Gulf of Mexico oil fields.
A rare plant and a renegade environmental activist could derail Ballona Wetlands restoration
With his long ponytail, floppy sun hat and a peace symbol dangling from his neck, retired federal biologist Robert “Roy” van de Hoek looks like a man bent on saving the environment.
Artificial lights are eating away at dark nights — and that's not a good thing
Earth is losing its darkness. A new study using satellite data finds that artificially lit surfaces around the world are spreading and growing brighter, producing more light pollution at night.
Elon Musk's tunneling company wants to dig through L.A.
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has famously complained about the traffic he faces on his commute from his Bel-Air home to his office in Hawthorne, near Los Angeles International Airport.
L.A. may try to block reopening of oil drilling site blamed for health problems
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo is pursuing an unusual plan that could thwart the reopening of a South L.A. oil drilling site that suspended operations after a public outcry over nosebleeds and other health problems reported by neighbors.
A Stanford professor didn't just debate his scientific critics — he sued them for $10 million
In 2015, Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford and several colleagues predicted that wind, solar and hydroelectric power could provide 100% of the energy demand in each of the 48 contiguous American states, “at low cost,” by about 2050.
California's most recent cap-and-trade permit auction raises more than $800 million
California’s cap-and-trade program received another boost Tuesday, with its most recent permit auction reaching record-high sales, according to details released by regulators Tuesday.