Safe Clean Water Parcel Tax to fund sustainable practice of California rainwater

Measure W, the Safe Clean Water Parcel Tax, could cost Los Angeles county citizens 2.5 cents per square feet of area with construction to fund projects that will capture, treat and recycle rainwater, according to the ordinance's text. A two-thirds approval is required for the measure to pass. If the measure passes, approximately $300 million annual tax revenue from the measure would be used to fund stormwater capture structures to increase stormwater and runoff capture in LA County. Measure W establishes a LA Safe, Clean Water program that will take actions to decrease runoff pollution from washing into aquifers and channels. According to the ordinance, the money would also fund projects such as improving flood management, decreasing flood risk from runoffs and mudslides and new recreational opportunities. Little is known if any further funding would be needed. Sarah Morrill, fifth-year graphic design major, said water scarcity in California would be alleviated if the measure is passed. “I just think if you are taxed for a good cause, I’m all for it,” Morrill said. “I would vote ‘yes’ if it would ultimately help [fight] pollution.”   The tax would apply to residents of the Los Angeles County Flood District which, according

By | 2018-10-30T13:16:24+00:00 Oct 30, 2018 | 1:16 pm|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Dodgers’ loss was expected, but what’s next?

The Boston Red Sox completed the gentleman's sweep on the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night, but the sting of back-to-back World Series losses has already vanished for me. Last year the Dodgers had a chance with a game seven at home and momentum swinging for the boys in blue. They still fell, and it still hurts today. The seven game series last season was competitive, this years was one-sided. It took a seven hour, 20 minute and 18 inning match for the Dodgers to take only one game from the Red Sox. There was no way they were going to take the series, even if at times it felt like the Dodgers could make a comeback. So where do the Dodgers go from here? The two biggest variables right now are what is next for Clayton Kershaw and manager Dave Roberts. If Kershaw opts out of his contract, the Dodgers may have to consider moving on from their franchise ace. The pitcher has developed a reputation to choke in big moments, and with the rise of rookie pitcher Walker Buehler, the team may be able to invest in a deeper bullpen, something that haunted them the whole season. As for

By | 2018-10-30T12:28:17+00:00 Oct 29, 2018 | 10:07 pm|Categories: Sports, Sports Showcase, Today|Tags: , , |

The Los Angeles Lakers are back

Eight years ago I was 13 years old and sitting on the couch with my father celebrating as the Los Angeles Lakers won their 16th NBA championship against the Boston Celtics. Now, I am a 21-year-old man who recently got blatantly drunk with him to celebrate my very first apartment. The Lakers have been broken for years, similarly to my relationship with my father. The organization has missed the playoffs for the last five years, a franchise record, and have had its lowest win percentage since the team's inception. With the signing of LeBron James, I felt like that 13-year-old boy with hope in his team again for the first time in a long time. The last few months have been filled with speculation of who would be coming to play for the Lakers. Paul George quickly shut the speculation up by signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder at the start of free agency. At this point, it felt like the Lakers were not going to get anyone, until the moment finally arrived. As I laid on my couch a notification popped up on my phone and Adrian Wojnarowski’s tweet appeared. It read, “LeBron James has agreed to a four-year

By | 2018-07-12T15:54:36+00:00 Jul 5, 2018 | 3:04 pm|Categories: Commentary, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Long Beach Bike Share expected to see arrival on CSULB’s campus in the future

By reducing greenhouse gas emissions, students can breathe easier — or maybe, harder — in the coming months when Cal State Long Beach brings Bike Share’s bright blue bicycles to campus. To start off the city’s bike share program in 2016, the City of Long Beach partnered with CycleHop, the “largest ‘smart bike’ bike share program operator in North America.” Funded by a $2.3 million Call for Projects grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the city projects at least 50 stations with 500 bikes will be distributed throughout Long Beach by the time the program is fully implemented in the city. Currently, Long Beach Bike Share charges $7 for a 60-minute ride with an additional 12 cent fee for every minute over the hour. Alternatively, users can pay $21 for a one-time three-hour ride and get one additional hour fee. However, Long Beach Bike Share offers a student plan for $7.50 which includes a free, 90-minute daily ride for users. Long Beach Bike Share plans to partner with the campus, but the groups have been “working on [this] for a long time,” according to Melissa Soto, the university’s campus planner and project manager. Locations for the bike

By | 2017-10-05T12:42:52+00:00 Oct 4, 2017 | 8:11 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , |

‘I had to be there’: A former Daily 49er writer flew down to Mexico City to help his community after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake

MEXICO CITY — When I arrived in Mexico City on Sept. 22 for a three-day trip, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. After being there countless times before, this beautiful place was unrecognizable. Imagine arriving to a metropolitan city like Los Angeles, and as soon as you walk out of the airport you see a damaged eight-story apartment building with its entire wall missing, the inside of the abandoned apartments plainly visible to the naked eye. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the lives of Mexican people on Sept. 19. The death toll is approximately 300 people, including children. It came on the 32nd anniversary of a historical the 8.0 magnitude earthquake which occurred in 1985 and cost the lives of over 10,000 people. After the quake, the government wasn’t letting any pedestrians into the danger zones. Entry was only granted to rescue teams, engineers, search and rescue and any form of public safety officials. The only way I could help was by going to Walmart in Mexico City and buying a variety of supplies to donate them to a donation center, as well as document what was going on by snapping photos of the destruction and writing

By | 2017-10-01T22:12:18+00:00 Oct 1, 2017 | 9:49 pm|Categories: Features, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Million Marijuana March turns out 25 in LA

Leimert Park of Los Angeles was host to the LA version of Million Marijuana March 2017 yesterday. Twenty-five people showed up at the event. The march is hosted by Women’s Alliance Los Angeles County and attended by individuals who are working to legalize cannabis for different purposes. The rally started on the South West corner of Adams and Crenshaw and ended at Leimert Park.   “Hemp can save the planet, it can save the world and prohibition is just a propaganda against it,” said Gary Lee Hull, senior coordinator and supervisor for the Helping Marijuana Prohibition council.    Throughout the rally, the marchers shouted “Free the Weed” and “Hemp Hemp Hooray” and displayed the handmade placards to the public. Most of the participants were smoking marijuana as support of legalizing smoking it in public. “People don’t have to go to jail for a plant, they shouldn’t, that is stupid,” Hull said. Marchers also took short breaks until they reached Leimert Park. Upon entering the park, the participants stood in a line for a photograph. Drivers on the road honked the horns and waved at the attendees as a gesture of support. “I am a big believer in using cannabis for

By | 2017-05-08T22:26:51+00:00 May 7, 2017 | 10:23 pm|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Climate activists march on Trump’s 100th day

WILMINGTON – Hundreds from all over Los Angeles County gathered Saturday afternoon to protest President Trump’s environmental policies and agenda. “[The Trump administration] thought we wouldn’t put up a fight and they were wrong,” said Jane Fonda, an actress and political activist, who spoke at the event before the march. “For the first time in human history we face an existential threat to our planet and to our democracy.” Demonstrators across the country also gathered for the “People’s Climate March” to protest the Trump administration’s denials of environmental issues and various science-based claims. His recent policies and calls to eliminate environmental regulations, passed by former President Barack Obama, were also objected. Protesters marched on his 100th day in office. “Fight like your life depends on it. Because it does,” California Sen. Kevin De Leon said to the protestors in Banning Park in Wilmington. The L.A. group marched from the park, where there was a festival and panel discussion, through surrounding neighborhoods down to the Tesoro Refinery in L.A.’s harbor. The refinery is undergoing a large expansion, which could worsen air quality in surrounding neighborhoods, said Dr. Christine Jocoy, a Cal State Long Beach associate professor of geography. The area is

By | 2017-07-30T12:51:52+00:00 Apr 30, 2017 | 5:00 pm|Categories: Events, News, Showcase|Tags: , , |
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