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The Metropolitan Water District, which supplies about half Southern California's water, has announced a 15% reduction. The water wholesaler promises "stiff surcharges" on 26 cities or local agencies that go over their limits. We talk to the MWD's General Manager about what that could mean. We also hear about a pending court decision that could prevent cities and water districts from encouraging conservation by charging higher rates to people who use more water.

Also, sin city is turning into an artists' colony. There's new life in Tijuana.

Photo: Utilitysupplies 

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Evan George

More Cuts in Southern California's Water Supply 15 MIN, 22 SEC

Governor Brown has called for a 25% reduction in water use in California's urban areas. Today, the Metropolitan Water District ordered a 15% cut in deliveries to 26 cities and water agencies. They account for about half the water used in the Southern part of the State. Jeff Kightlinger is the MWD's General Manager.

Guests:
Jeffrey Kightlinger, Metropolitan Water District (@MWDSC)
Caryn Mandelbaum, Environment Now (@EnvironNow)
Jim Reardon, Capistrano Taxpayer Association

More:
Capistrano Taxpayer Association v. City of San Juan Capistrano (Court of Appeals)
Limitations on Fees, Assessments, and Charges (Proposition 218)
SoCalWater$mart rebates
Water Saving Incentive Program

A Tijuana Renaissance 10 MIN, 48 SEC

In the 1990's, Tijuana's strip was lined with strip joints and packed with US Marines and college students looking for a good time. That all stopped when drug violence gripped the city. Now it's returning to life — with an explosion of entrepreneurial activity. Sam Quinones has reported in and around Tijuana for more than 15 years.


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Photo: Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones brought us that story in collaboration with KCRW's Independent Producer Project. You can find more images of the people living and working along Avenida Revolución on our website.

 

Guests:
Sam Quinones, journalist and independent producer (@samquinones7)

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