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A critic of the region's air-quality agency is questioning the academic credentials of a board member empowered to vote on the fate of the fire rings in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. Clark E. Parker, who sits on the South Coast Air Quality...
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally opposed a call by air-quality regulators to snuff out beach bonfires in much of Southern California. Supervisors urged the South Coast Air Quality Managment District to drop a proposed ban on...
When I was growing up in Costa Mesa in the '70s and '80s, I remember the days of poor air quality and smog alerts. Whenever there was a smog alert, recess activities were severely limited at local schools. This happened frequently. Things are...
California Coastal Commissioner William Burke — who vocally supported dousing beach bonfires in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach — has resigned amid pressure from two state legislators. Burke is chairman of the South Coast Air Quality...
According to Chris Epting's In The Pipeline column, "Something fishy going on with fire ring ban," April 4, he learned the hard way what the Air Quality Management District is really all about. Those green, environmentally friendly shoes pinch when you...
As the Great Bonfire War of 2013 continues, we can agree to one thing: If beach fire rings really do generate demonstrably dangerous levels of particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions, they probably need to go or be reduced ("Fire ring hearing may be delayed,...
The debate over whether Orange and Los Angeles counties' beach fire rings should be allowed to keep burning could smolder a little longer, thanks to a South Coast Air Quality Management District board vote Friday. The group was scheduled to decide...
After nearly two years of closed-door negotiations, Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry announced Thursday that the strict curfews governing John Wayne Airport's operations could remain in place through 2035 if a proposed airport settlement agreement...
Where there's smoke, there's fire. And in smog-choked Southern California, where there's both smoke and fire, there's trouble. The latest front in Californians' love-hate relationship with fire and smoke is in Newport Beach. Seems the city wants to do...
During the 1950s, Southern California culture was ablaze with anything considered chic, sophisticated and novel. Artists, designers and architects were pushing boundaries in style, design, architecture and invention. World War II was over, and the...
Do you know who, or what, is behind the AQMD? If you're from Southern California, you're likely aware that this bureaucratic acronym stands for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Sounds innocuous, right? It's anything but. These are the un-...
Baby boomers may remember the Beatles' verse: "It was 20 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play." How long 20 years seemed when that song was released! Let's double that this October and November to celebrate the 40th anniversaries of...
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