Dozens of Electric Cars You Can Drive Zap Into Surf City for Saturday's EV Fest

Photo by Matt Coker/OC Weekly
This Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE is lonely no more as many more electric car models come to Surf City.

I suddenly find myself in the market for a car again, which means I will again want an electric car to offset the large carbon footprint I created by driving a Caddy Eldo convertible for years. My quest takes me Saturday morning to Huntington Beach, a one-stop shopping destination for different models of electric vehicles (or EVs, as the cool kids call them).

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Gringo Trails, Screening Free Thursday, Shows What Some Sickos Do on Their Global Jaunts

Icarus Films
"Shoot the selfie, Susie!" Gringo Trails follows the global vacation route.

Now that you're back from your summer vacation, it's time to sit back and relax in front of a local movie screen--in particular the one at the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach showing a documentary Thursday (for free!) that questions what you may have done around the world.

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Stop Wildlife Destruction at Costa Mesa's Fairview Park TONIGHT!

City of Costa Mesa Website
Hiking trails > Astroturf

A drive by of Fairview Park in Costa Mesa doesn't inspire much awe. About half of the park looks like any other: sad grass, lonely picnic tables, and shade trees. The other half of the park, however, is a natural, wildlife habitat, peaking out in the distance. Tonight, the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee will vote on whether or not a portion of this more-rugged habitat with native plants should be leveled and transformed into athletic facilities that will require sprinkler systems, destroy wildlife, and remove just a little bit more of the land that makes planet Earth so gosh-darned pretty and not manicured Irvine.

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Anaheim Hauler Pays $10k Fine for Schlepping Hazardous Waste for 3 Years Without State OK

Categories: Environment

All County Environmental & Restoration Inc.
All County Environmental & Restoration says it has 15 years experience working with various industries.

California's Environmental Protection Agency recently got an Anaheim hazardous waste hauler to pay a $10,500 fine and sign a consent order agreeing that it transported hazardous waste at least 370 times over a three-year period without state-required registration or other authorization to do so.

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The Wedge Like You've Never Seen It Before

From Entourage to The Wedge.

SHFT, "a lifestyle platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier," sounds so La-La-Land as to be repellent to many behind the Orange Curtain. But we're down with their stated mission ("to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through film, design, art and food") and really, really down with a video they just shared of The Wedge in Balboa.

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Beaches Have a Trashy Reputation That's Losing Orange County Millions: Government Study

Categories: Environment

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Scenes from Orange County beaches

Trash on Orange County beaches is losing locals millions and millions of dollars every summer, according to government research.

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Assemblyman Travis Allen's Beach Fire Rings Bill is Extinguished ... This Year

OC Weekly
Travis Allen is burning mad.
Legislation by a local assemblyman to "save" beach bonfires along the coast is dead ... at least for this year.

Assembly Bill 1102 by Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) was aimed at thwarting efforts by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to move or eliminate hundreds of fire rings, a notion that had been put in motion by the Newport Beach City Council following complaints by beach-side residents.

Last week, the Senate Committee on Appropriations chose to hold AB 1102, which essentially means it's dead this year.

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UC Irvine Ranked No. 1 "Coolest School" ... Not by the Cool Kids But Sierra Club's Magazine

Steve Zylius/UCI Communications
UCI students, including Bryant Phung (right), install water-saving plants near Middle Earth housing.

UC Irvine has been named the "Coolest School" in the country by Sierra, which also means that for the fifth straight year UCI has been recognized by the Sierra Club's magazine as among the top 10 "greenest" campuses nationwide.

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St. Michael's Abbey Begins Holtz Ranch Grading, Conservationists Scramble

Joel Robinson
They said God could move mountains
The drive down Silverado Canyon Rd. smells sweet of coastal sage scrub. It guides you through overhanging oaks, boulders blistering under the sun, and the occasional squirrel scurrying across the path, but the view of foothills whizzing past is abruptly interrupted by an assembly of motor graders and excavators. The St. Michael's Abbey is preparing to grade 38 acres on Holtz Ranch any minute now and conservationists are scrambling to stop it before the project completes.

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Drought Even Worse Than Feared Claims New NASA/UC Irvine Study of Groundwater

Photo by Daniel Anderson/UCI Communications
Jay Famiglietti, who is at the JPL and on leave from UC Irvine, was a senior writer of the study.

A new study by NASA and UC Irvine scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources, meaning our parched state and region is even worse off than previously feared.

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