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Morning greens: Prop 23 fight continues, bike racks get mapped

rallytokickcoal Morning greens:

Young Californians are fighting hard against Prop 23 with the help of social media, according to LA Weekly’s cover story this week. “If it all comes together, they’ll have created a grassroots network of progressive-minded student leaders with the organizational breadth to tackle a few other messes created by the generations who came before.”

The Metro Board’s decisions on the Westside Subway Extension has the local media abuzz. L.A. Now reports the subway line could hit the brakes in Beverly Hills, while LAist points out that a debate over where to place the UCLA stop is also still ongoing.

While rail projects got the most attention, the Metro Board also approved a Hollywood Bike HUB, a 1,000-square-foot bike shop where locals can work on their bikes. “What’s next is to develop request for proposals and find operating partners,” reports Curbed LA.

LADOT launched a map of L.A.’s 450 newest bike racks. According to the LADOT Bike Blog, L.A. has a total of 3,600 bike racks — and the locations of the older bike racks will be added to the newly-launched map. “Since the LADOT Bike Program is about to go on a round of new bicycle rack installations (averaging 100 a month), this map will serve as a living document.” (via Curbed LA)

Mojave desert tortoises will be relocated during the construction of a gigantic solar plant, reports NPR. “BrightSource is spending more than $40 million to protect plants and wildlife. That includes buying acres of land to keep as nature preserves. Compared to the more than $2 billion the solar plant will cost, though, it’s a drop in the bucket.”

That solar plant’s just one of the many large solar projects approved for California at “warp speed,” reports NY Times’ Green blog.

In national news: A GOP-controlled House will mean an attack on climate science, according to the LA Times. “The attack, according to senior Republicans, will seek to portray the EPA as abusing its authority and damaging the economy with needless government regulations.” NY Times reports the coal industry’s spending millions in campaign donations in an effort to fight environmental regulation.

Lastly and safely: Don’t drink and drive this Halloween. Metro’s The Source has a handy list of Metro-accessible Halloween events.

Photo: Rally to Kick Coal and Oil out of L.A. at Los Angeles City Hall on Oct., 10, 2010 (Zach Behrens/LAist)