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BEVERLY PRESS: Lieu priases SB 1172 ruling

February 20, 2014

State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), the author of SB 1172, which repealed the practice of gay conversion therapy for minors, praised a Jan. 29 Ninth Circuit Court ruling denying a rehearing in a lawsuit that challenged his law. “Supporters of equal rights can now rest more easily,” Lieu said. “Today’s decision is cement over the nail in the coffin of the bogus practice of ‘reparative’ therapy.”

BEVERLY PRESS: Lieu urges hospitals to adopt national ER guidelines

February 20, 2014

Reacting to a study showing that recent changes in health care are impacting already often-slow emergency room treatments, state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) has called on California hospitals to adopt national guidelines to speed treatment. “A recent study in the journal ‘Science’ shows that Medicaid expansion increases emergency room visits of Medicaid enrollees by 40 percent,” he said, citing a story in The Los Angeles Times. “California is already dead last in the nation in terms of ER capacity.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Seafood - Time to chew on new fish choices

March 03, 2014

Sustainability should be a goal for the sake of future, panel says
By Sandy Mazza

INSURANCE JOURNAL: California Bill Would Prevent Construction On Faults

February 24, 2014

A California Legislator on Friday introduced a bill that would prevent construction on seismic fissures.

Senate Bill 1155 would mandate that developers and city officials treat an unzoned earthquake fault line just like a zoned earthquake fault line, plus add an additional setback of 75 feet.

California has about 7,000 miles of earthquake faults that have been mapped and identified, and more than 5,000 miles of these faults have also been zoned so that developers cannot build 50 feet near the fault line, unless an exception has been granted.

THE ARGONAUT (Los Angeles County): Tracking the creative economy

February 19, 2014

New ideas are the true engine of prosperity in L.A., Otis College study finds

By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki

In his 2002 book “The Rise of the Creative Class,” economist Richard Florida argued that the United States had transitioned out of its prior manufacturing -and services-based economies to an economy fueled by innovation.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Bill targets new construction in California quake zones

February 21, 2014

The legislation by state Sen. Ted Lieu aims to close a loophole that allows building on or near earthquake faults that haven't been zoned by the state.
By Rosanna Xia, Rong-Gong Lin II and Doug Smith

A state lawmaker is introducing a bill that would close a loophole that has allowed developers to build projects on or near dangerous earthquake faults.

MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: No more copper paint for Marina del Rey boat owners

February 13, 2014

By Gary Walker
Los Angeles County officials and local boaters must take steps to drastically reduce high levels of copper pollution in Marina del Rey harbor, a state agency ruled Thursday.

The decision by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board will likely force the thousands of boat owners who use the marina to strip copper-based paint from boat hulls sometime over the next 10 years.

It could also prompt dredging to remove polluted sediment from the bottom of the harbor.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: More states likely to ban sexual-orientation change therapy

February 16, 2014

By Cheryl Wetzstein

The push to ban sexual-orientation “change” therapy for children is growing as lawmakers in at least eight states have introduced bills to outlaw the practice and gay-rights advocates expect at least a few to become law this year.

In Maryland, Delegate Jon S. Cardin, a Democrat who is running for state attorney general, has filed legislation that would ban such therapy. He said leading medical and psychological organizations have declared that “being gay is not a disease or a choice.”

MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: Climate change a factor in Ballona restoration effort

February 12, 2014

A visit by the EPA focuses on how wetlands can help reverse global warming

By Gary Walker
With state officials saying they may need another six months or more to draw up already overdue plans for restoring the Ballona Wetlands, the ecological reserve is drawing attention from the federal government over global warming’s threat to coastal wetlands and how wetlands can be used to fight climate change.

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