As Southern California gets hotter and dryer, the DWP is about to enforce new rules for water conservation. We hear what that means and look at the future of wastewater recycling and vegetable gardening. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, so-called "stress tests" on 19 big banks have postponed decisions that could be politically unpopular for the Obama Administration. Now the results are due, and we hear what the consequences might be.
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On this Earth Day, Southern California is hotter and dryer than it's been for a while -- and all indicators suggest that's the way it's going to be for a long time to come. Grey water and gardening may well be part of our future. We hear about new ways to practice old habits and update what's being done to save water now by the LA Department of Water and Power.
Los Angeles' police headquarters was named for William Parker, chief of the LAPD from 1950 to 1966. He got credit for professionalizing a corrupt and disorganized institution. But critics remember him for racism and a style of policing they compare to an occupying army. The current Police Commission has voted unanimously to give the new police headquarters a different name. Today, the City Council took up the issue, which brought a passionate crowd to City Hall, including columnist Jasmyne Cannick.
President Obama reportedly told senior bankers in a private meeting that he is the only thing standing between them and the "pitchforks," but he himself is faced with alternatives that may increase public anger. He has postponed the day of reckoning by subjecting the 19 biggest banks to "stress tests, supposedly to determine whether they have the capital to stay in business if the recession gets worse.