California State Assembly Approves Plastic Bag Ban

California looks poised to become the first state to pass a plastic bag ban. Senate Bill 270, which passed out of the Assembly on a 44-29 vote, would phase out single-use plastic bags starting in 2015. A vote on the issue failed earlier this week, but it’s now expected to move through the Senate.

Habitat Plan Helps Sustain San Jose’s Burrowing Owl Population

Twenty-nine baby chicks are currently nestled in the soil tunnels of northern San Jose, according to city officials. It’s a record rebound for the western burrowing owls, a California Bird Species of Special Concern.