For the April 9 issue of the Business Journal, I put together an update on AB 32 that includes information on carbon allowance auctions, carbon offset projects, Long Beach’s waste-to-energy facility and more.
California Air Resources Board spokesperson David Clegern said progress is being made in the fight against climate change as the laws under the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 continue to be implemented.
What are your thoughts on AB 32? What about its cap-and-trade program and other regulations? Read the story online here:
As one of the crown jewels of Long Beach since 1967, the Queen Mary has fascinated locals and tourists from across the globe. The ship underwent a substantial conversion from the point it permanently docked in Long Beach’s harbor to 1971. Part of that conversion was to redesign the ship as a destination with a hotel, event space and attractions on board.
“I don’t know that those making the decision really understood how she would be reigned years later as a historic asset,” John Thomas, the ship’s historic consultant, told the Business Journal. “Today we are working with the city to take more of a focus of the ship being a historical art piece as well as a destination.” With the number of historic ships dwindling, and the fact that many of those that do remain have been gutted, Thomas said, “There’s fear out there for a lot of these ships right now.”
Check out my article and accompanying photo tour online at LBBusinessJournal.com!
Jack Shafer discusses online advertising as sponsored content – something The Washington Post, Business Insider, Forbes, Slate and others have adopted:
If, as George Orwell once put it, “The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket,” then sponsored content is the meal so wretched that even pigs will reject unless sugar-frosted. The average sponsored-content page pits the advertiser against the publisher; the former attempts to make his copy and art look as much like conventional news or feature copy as powerfully as the latter pushes back as hard as he can to preserve “editorial integrity” without forfeiting the maximum fee. It’s common for both sides to come away from the transaction feeling soiled and swindled, but, hey, that’s the nature of most advertising.
He cites Benjamin Franklin’s “Apology for Printers” in support of the separation of news and ads:
Proximity ads place commercial messages next to editorial copy, but they’re boxed and printed in such a fashion (non-editorial typefaces, for example) to reduce the chance that readers will confuse ads with news. It’s equally important to advertising-supported journalism that the news not be confused with the ads that run nearby, a point Benjamin Franklin made in his advertising manifesto in his 1731 “Apology for Printers.” Franklin held — and most publishers continue to hold — that the controversy raised in news stories is 1) desirable, 2) should not be held against advertisers and 3) that the content of advertisement should not automatically be held against the newspaper publishing them.
New polls show Americans don’t support the U.S. government using drones to attack U.S. citizen “terrorists” in other counties, as outlined in the “white paper” uncovered by NBC.
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Now the government is looking to use drones to target fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner. I understand Dorner is reportedly heavily armed and a threat (more specifically, to police officers and their families), but it’s possible that the use of drones in this case could set a dangerous precedent.
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Below are links to the fourth and fifth articles of a five-part series oon AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The stories were published last year in the Long Beach Business Journal.
Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32, Explained – Part Four: Measuring Carbon Emissions For Compliance Offset Program
Moving Forward: Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32 – Part Five
Check this post for a list of parts one through three.
I also composed a follow-up piece for the December 4 edition of the Journal on the first carbon permit auction held by the California Air Resource Board in November 2012:
First Cap-And-Trade Allowance Auction Rakes In More Than $289 Million For State Coffers
The Business Journal launched a section for daily (Monday-Friday) content on its website last month.
We decided to name it “Read It Now,” a simple directive indicating that the content provided is the latest produced by Business Journal writers.
I had the opportunity to collaborate with our web developers and the publisher of the Journal on this project, which resulted in the hiring of our newest staff writer, Kendra Ablaza.
It’s an interesting undertaking for a print-focused publication, especially since our website is still under two years old and has yet to attract the volume of visitors and comments we hope to see.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing leadership consultant Mick Ukleja, founder of both the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach and the management consulting nonprofit LeadershipTraq. Mr. Ukleja majored in philosophy at CSULB, my Alma Mater, and in our conversation offered insight on the challenges of generational equality in the workplace.
As a Millennial (Generation Y) working for a Baby Boomer, I found it fascinating to hear Mr. Ukleja’s perspective on how the role of manager/supervisor has evolved with Millennials entering the workplace. In his blog, LeadershipFaq’s, he addresses the “imaginative orientation” of my generation that is comparatively much more experimental than that of the Boomer.
When I sat down with Mr. Ukleja, our interview led to a discussion on finding your passion and making yourself useful. In today’s economy, where nearly 11 percent of folks living in Los Angeles County are reportedly unemployed, I asked Mr. Ukleja what he thought people should do to get back on their feet; how to contribute again to the local community and economy. He responded
I’m managing a new section on the Long Beach Business Journal website called “Long Beach Top 5,” where we feature lists from local businesses and organizations that we think our readers may find heart warming, thought provoking or just bizarre.
What’s your Top 5?
Check out our most recent list, as well as our list archive, online at
I’m working on a series of articles on the implementation of AB 32, or the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. After the introductory article, I have been focusing particularly on the cap-and-trade program of the law, which goes into effect in January 2013. I’m also exploring the various impacts the legislation has had, and will have, on business.
A photograph of the Los Angeles basin showing fog, smog and marine layer settling over the skyline.
Look for Part 4 in the October 23 issue of the Long Beach Business Journal!