Aug 8, 2014

California cargo ships to slow for whales under new program

The massive container ships passing through the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of Southern California will be paid a bonus of $2,500 per trip to slow down, in an effort to cut off-shore air pollution and reduce collisions with whales. The four-month pilot ...

U.S. judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled California’s little-used death penalty unconstitutional, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system. The decision Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a legal victory for those who want to ...

Jun 14, 2014

Rice: 'Get away from us. We are like poison'

by Roger Pulvers

Sachiko the nurse reads the diary of Haruko Harrison’s mother Toshimitsu is back from his second trip to Japan since we emigrated. He sold the last of our family treasures in Japan in order to finance expansion of the farm, which we have been ...

Toyota cheers plan for U.S. hydrogen stations

May 22, 2014

Toyota cheers plan for U.S. hydrogen stations

Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American chief said California’s plan for more than 50 hydrogen fuel stations within two years is making executives feel “bullish” about the outlook for its Camry-sized fuel cell car due in 2015. Plans by the state to provide about $47 ...

Apr 25, 2014

Japanese wins California air award

A former Tokyo bureaucrat becomes the first Japanese to win the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award from California for inventing the cap-and-trade carbon-trading program.