Lessons from Carmageddon

July 26, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

The dreaded closure of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles last weekend, which local officials had dubbed “Carmageddon,” turned out to be a non-event. Thousands of drivers stayed home and enjoyed time with friends and family. Those who did drive got to their destinations faster than usual. According to the LA Times, the 10-mile, 36-hour road...[read more]

Is Ozonegeddon Next Up For LA?

July 21, 2011 by Adrian Martinez

Today, the LA Times reported on a lawsuit filed by health, environmental and environmental justice groups filed yesterday in the Los Angeles region.  Later in the day, LA Times reporter Paul Whitefield took to the Opinion LA blog analyzing the comments received about that article and litigation effort, including opining...[read more]

Carmageddon, Hybrid Cars and Diamond Lanes

July 14, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

The looming "Carmageddon" in Los Angeles made the front page of today's Wall St. Journal, as residents there brace for the two-plus day closure of ten miles of the famed San Diego Freeway (I-405) this weekend. The disruption is apparently required to allow for some demolition necessary for the construction of new high-occupancy vehicle (...[read more]

Portlandia to help wean Los Angeles from coal

March 4, 2011 by Todd Woody

Portlandia may not be the sunniest of places, but it’s exporting solar energy in the form of photovoltaic panels used to build carbon-free power plants. On Wednesday, SolarWorld — the German photovoltaic module maker that operates a big factory in Hillsboro, Ore. — announced it would supply panels and help develop an 11.6-megawatt solar...[read more]