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With drought into its third year, California farmers are pulling up orchards and fields are lying fallow. Bu, when President Obama came West to talk about water, he played golf in the desert of Coachella Valley—home to 124 well-watered courses. One environmentalist says some of LA’s municipal courses could qualify as wetlands, and he knows—because he plays. Does a major Southland recreational pastime have a future?

Also, can South Pasadena’s Rialto Theater—a relic of Vaudeville—be saved?

Banner Image: Golfing at Griffith Park, Los Angeles; Credit: Billy Hathorn

Golf Courses in the Time of Drought 17 MIN, 17 SEC

Despite adding a million people, Los Angeles still uses the same amount of water it did 40 years ago. According to Mark Gold, conservation is an environmental success story.

Guests:
Mark Gold, UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Craig Kessler, Southern California Golf Association
Emily Green, Horticulturist and Freelance Writer (@chanceofraincom)

The Comeback of the Rialto Theater 7 MIN, 5 SEC

South Pasadena has held off extending the 710 Freeway to preserve historic neighborhoods. The city of 25,000 has 2500 properties marked for historic protection. The Rialto Theater goes back to Vaudeville in 1925. Its heyday came as single-screen movie house—one of the last in Southern California. But the Rialto’s been shut down for years and it’s now in a state of advanced decay. Lately, public meetings on the sale of the property have been standing-room only.

Guests:
Scott Feldmann, South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce (@SouthPasChamber)

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