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California Today: California Today: Rainy Winter, Fiery Summer

California Online (Please note: We regularly highlight articles on news sites that have limited access for nonsubscribers.) Photo Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat from Los Angeles, was elected to the House in 1990 and has easily held her seat since then. Credit Lexey Swall for The New York Times • In President Trump, “Auntie Maxine” Waters has found a perfect target and won an army of new admirers. [The New York Times] • The government offered a $110,000 reward for information in a string of fires at construction sites in Oakland and Emeryville. [East Bay Times] • “I’ve shed a few tears reflecting on what I’ve been through.” Once homeless, a Sacramento man is now a rookie police officer. [Sacramento Bee] Photo Jack O’Neill before windsurfing off Santa Cruz in 1982. He revolutionized the surfing industry through the sale of wetsuits. Credit Dan Coyro/The Santa Cruz Sentinel, via Associated Press • Thousands of people paddled into the Pacific and formed a circle in memory of Jack O’Neill, inventor of the modern-day wet suit. [Santa Cruz Sentinel] • The yellow road signs that warned California drivers to watch out for running immigrants have almost entirely disappeared. […]

Thanks Guys! Study Shows Sea Otters Fight Global Warming by Protecting Kelp from Sea Urchins

According to a new study by researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, sea otters play an important role in helping the ocean absorb as much carbon dioxide as possible. […]

UN Clean Development Mechanism in "Dire Need of Rescue"

Collapsing carbon credit prices mean fewer projects are financially viable. And then there are those projects which don’t actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions at all. […]

Transocean Talking Settlement With US, As BP Sells Oil Fields Fearing Fines Over Gulf Spill

The details of the plea agreement between Transocean and the US Justice Department are not final, but it looks as though the Swiss company will be shelling out $1.5 billion for its role in the Gulf oil spill. […]

Falling Danzu Desk Folds Up And Away, Takes Up Less Space

Drop-front desks, also called fall-front desks, make a lot of sense in small spaces. Here’s a modern interpretation of an 18th century classic. […]

California Fracking Set to Expand With New Federal Auction

Nearly 18,000 acres in the Monterey Shale is coming up for auction, with companies hoping to frack for shale oil. […]

On the Organic Food Debate: Should Sustainability Be More About Pleasure?

Aren’t the enjoyment and pleasure some sustainable choices provide much more compelling selling points than their intangible environmental benefits? […]