California touts aggressive plan to reduce greenhouse gases
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under an ambitious plan announced by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The governor issued an executive order Wednesday to set a target of reducing emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels over the next 15 years. The rules aim to curb global warming.
It goes further than a federal plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point.
Brown’s order aligns California’s greenhouse-gas reduction targets with those of leading international governments ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. The 28-nation European Union has set the same target for 2030.
Brown didn’t lay out specifics on how to reach the goal but says climate change would factor into government planning.
Delivery man found shot to death inside truck near Lancaster
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say the body of a delivery man shot to death was found by his wife inside his truck in northern Los Angeles County.
Deputy Mike Barraza says the victim, who suffered a gunshot wound to his chest, was pronounced dead at the scene near Lancaster Tuesday night.
The man’s wife told investigators he had been delivering corn around the Antelope Valley area. When he was late coming home, she went looking for him and found him shot in his truck.
Detectives have not released a possible motive or suspect description.
The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification.
Granite Bay man gets 1 year for faulty airplane repairs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Granite Bay airplane repair man will spend a year in prison for using parts he knew were faulty.
The Sacramento Bee reports that 64-year-old Jerry Kuwata was sentenced Tuesday for using parts not approved by regulators.
He pleaded guilty in October 2012 and testified at the trial of WECO Aerospace Systems Inc. owner and his immediate boss William Weygandt.
The jury found 65-year-old Weygandt guilty and sentenced him to 2 and a half years in prison.
Kuwata acknowledged that parts repairs at WECO plants in Lincoln and Burbank were not done according to the maintenance manuals and Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
He said the parts were returned to customers and certified as air-worthy.
The plea agreement estimates the total loss to WECO’s customers to be about $10.3 million.
Feds pledge $75M for joint study of harnessing solar energy
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials have pledged $75 million for the study of harnessing solar energy for fuel production at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology.
The Berkeley lab announced Tuesday that the money would be paid out over five years to the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.
Officials say researchers are making inroads in producing liquid fuels from a combination of sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide.
The center was founded as one of several Energy Innovation Hubs established by the Energy Department in 2010.
The majority of the research is conducted at the Berkeley lab and the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
175-pound black bear hides out in Ventura backyard
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Ventura family was surprised when they found a 175-pound black bear hiding in their backyard.
KCBS Los Angeles reports that Jamina Metcalf says the family’s dogs began barking at bushes outside their home on Monday night.
She glimpsed eyes in the bushes and figured they sensed a raccoon, cat or possum.
Hours later, the dogs started barking again. In the sunlight, Metcalf was able to make out the bear.
Her five-year-old daughter said the bear “just wanted to be by himself.”
The family called 911. They believe the bear climbed a fence to get into the yard, which is near a busy street.
A warden from the Department of Fish and Wildlife tranquilized the bear.
It was released back into the wild unharmed after its ear was tagged.