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Kayaking on the L.A. River, I'll Be Back

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With the state suffering through the most severe drought on record and everyone from Central Valley farmers to L.A. homeowners cutting back on their water usage, the image of kayaking on the Los Angeles River may seem counterintuitive.

Rein in California's Farmers to Solve the Drought? Not so Fast.

In the Gold Country | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
In the Gold Country

We've all been through droughts and come out the other side, breathed a sigh of relief, and turned our hoses back on. This one has a new factor, an uncertainty over whether this is a California drought with a limited life, or climate change and a look at the new facts of life in California.

Meet the Real Faces of California's Clean Energy Economy

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.11.2015 | Green
Preeti Vissa

I know that when you mention "California" and "clean energy" in the same breath, all sorts of stereotypes pop into people's heads: tech moguls driving Teslas and aging hippies in Marin with solar powered hot tubs. But that's not the real story.

Was That a Glacier I Froze Next to at the Top of Kiersage Pass?

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 11.16.2014 | Travel
Lionel Rolfe

At the entrance of the trail where it became forest, were beautiful, almost luminous red flowers -- I don't remember what kind. It seemed as if they were either welcoming us or warning us. Once you enter the forest, you begin a steep climb to the top.

Matt Sledge

Community Colleges Tackle Skills Gap In Land Of High Unemployment | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.21.2012 | College

NEW YORK -- Cows love alfalfa. Feeding it to them, however, involves a complicated seed-supply chain running from the farms of California's Central Va...

California Ski Town In Trouble

AP | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Councilmembers in a small ski town high in California's Sierra Nevada voted unanimously Monday to file for bankruptcy, the second...

Three Reasons Why DREAM Activism in Rural Areas Is Difficult

Voto Latino | Posted 03.21.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Everyone is a future leader, regardless of  where they live or their disposition. Only until we start working around our divisions, can we start to see social change.

The Faithful Shopper: Luxe for Less

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 10.30.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

These days we fashionistas must watch our wallets as carefully as we watch our waistlines. That doesn't mean we have to sacrifice our love of luxury, however; New York offers a plethora of luxury discount shops.

Latino Farm Workers, No Pay And No Play

Posted 10.10.2011 | Latino Voices

By Eduardo Stanley FRESNO - No one knows the exact number of farm workers who year after year raise and harvest the crops grown in the Central Vall...

California's War on the Elderly and Disabled: A Dispatch from the Front Lines

Steve Mehlman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steve Mehlman

A flawed and mean-spirited attack by right-wing ideologues on some of California's most vulnerable citizens has begun to sprout poisoned fruit in California's Central Valley.

Future Weather

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Giles Slade

If you're tired of being confused about climate change, buy Heidi Cullen's book Weather of the Future.

Working With China to Build Public Transportation in LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

A recent Transport Politic article notes that not only is China willing and able to contribute its national funds to foreign projects, but also that it intends to structure its investments as an alternative to the World Bank.

A Crisis in Faith

Irene Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Irene Gonzalez

If I have learned anything during this March for California's Future, it is that people in the San Joaquin Valley have lost their faith and their hope along with their jobs and homes.

Laetitia Offers Champagne Quality at California Prices

Jay Weston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have become almost addicted to Laetitia's sparkling Brut Rose.

Building High Speed Rail Isn't a Bolshevik Plot

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

If you drive on the Interstate, benefit from the Voting Rights Act of 1964 or live free of polio, smallpox, and other communicable diseases, go ahead and thank the government.

Education Matters

Joel Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Epstein

I first visited Lindsay, California about four years ago when, as my company's director of charitable giving, I was looking to make an educational investment in a local elementary school.

The Pepsi Generation: Fat, Poorer and Diabetic

Joel Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Epstein

With the link between soda and obesity now conclusive, consider the damage being done to our children. There should be a fee on soda and other sweetened beverages.

Hannity's Central Valley -- the Facts That Hannity Forgot

Doug Obegi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Doug Obegi

In Hannity's upside down world where facts are forgotten, we get to hear a member of Congress complain how environmentalists are "radical" for requiring the state to comply with the law.

FEMA in California

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Giles Slade

Across California's Central Valley, towns are already seeing some of the worst unemployment in the country, with rates three and four times the national average

Solution to Economy Depends on Refinanced Mortgages, HOME Act

Rep. Dennis Cardoza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Cardoza

American families are losing their homes and I know this problem all too well. It began in my own backyard in California's Central Valley, which has been coined "ground zero" of the housing crisis.