Steve Scauzillo


Reporter

Steve Scauzillo

Phone: (626) 544-0843

Recent articles

  • Smog

    The possible downfall of cleaning the air, according to JPL study

    Can smog be beneficial?A new study says yes, sort of. Tiny pieces of air pollution — also called fine particulates — contribute to human cases of asthma, lung disease, even premature death and therefore are a target for removal by state and federal air quality agencies looking to protect public health.But researchers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge and Caltech in Pasadena have discovered these same microscopic dirt balls fouling...

  • Environment

    San Bernardino rep asks Trump to shrink San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, citing ski resort and mining

    A San Bernardino County congressman is calling on the Trump administration to shrink the boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, causing anxiety among some of the monument’s ardent supporters.Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, wants to lop off a finger of the 346,177-acre monument located mostly in the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County. Cook wants to remove 4,873-acre...

  • Local governments

    How Industry could lose a $9M bet on solar farm at Tres Hermanos Ranch

    The City of Industry has quietly put more than $9 million in public funds at risk as it pursues an ambitious and uncertain proposal to develop a sprawling solar farm in the open hills connecting Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.The spending, in the form of advances to a private energy firm formed last year, has steadily increased despite extended delays in securing key property for the project, warnings that needed zoning changes aren’t guaranteed and questions...

  • Local governments

    City of Industry’s contact on solar farm development owed $50M from past defaults

    A developer who has been a primary business contact for the City of Industry as its seeks to create a large, urban solar power farm owes millions of dollars to creditors because of troubled past developments, government records show.The proposed private-public energy project envisions a 444-megawatt solar...

  • Floods

    Can deadly flash floods like in Arizona happen in Southern California?

    Flash floods filling forest canyons with high water — like the one that killed nine members of an extended family last weekend in Arizona — are more likely in desert habitats of New Mexico and Arizona. But the possibility of a similar incident occurring in Southern California is still very real, authorities said Monday.Though locally most rain falls during the winter, the occasional summer thunderstorm can drift over the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains and...

  • Wildfires

    Forest Service to increase fire danger level in Angeles National Forest to ‘very high’

    The U.S. Forest Service will bump its fire danger level in the Angeles National Forest on Friday from “high” to “very high,” after fire managers found mountain shrubs and brush had become even drier.Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the Forest Service in Arcadia, said the managers found the grasses at lower elevations had dried out, or “cured.” The drying out of those grasses, plus two recent fires on the perimeter of the more than...

  • Environment

    California attorney general will fight White House over possible changes to six national monuments

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he would use his legal power and that of like-minded attorneys general to block President Trump from making any changes to the status or boundaries of national monuments — including six in California.The statement came last week, a few days before Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke recommended downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, eliciting praise from the state’s top Republicans but threats of lawsuits from...

  • Climate change

    With the US out, here’s a few easy steps to achieving your personal Paris Climate Accord goal

    Many environmental groups that emailed me were upset over President Trump’s decision not to honor the Paris climate accord.They say it sends the wrong message to the other countries.And they may have a point.While it’s right for nations to try to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, the agreement was voluntary. In other words, it’s a goal for the people of each nation.You see what I’m getting at?People are...

  • Wildfires

    End of drought could mean the beginning of a busy wildfire season in Southern California

    The end of a five-year drought won’t necessarily be good news for firefighters.While the plentiful rains of this past winter have colored the mountains and foothills a verdant green, left standing are those red alerts predicting high fire danger this summer and fall, according to local fire departments.“Whatever brush didn’t burn in last year’s fire season is still there but it is dead because of the five-year drought,” said Inspector Gustavo...

  • Green technology

    Here’s what City of Industry wants to do with thousands of acres of ranchland it owns on the outskirts of LA

    Despite claiming that no such plans existed, the City of Industry has been working quietly and out of public view on a multimillion-dollar proposal to build a massive solar farm amid more than 2,000 acres of undeveloped rolling hills along the shared borders of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.Over the past year, the politically