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State and federal officials are under pressure to declare a drought in this third dry year in a row. Governor Brown has produced a $25 billion plan to keep water flowing from Northern California. Meantime, a court case could lead to increased water rates in greater Los Angeles. The bottom line: there's not enough water now, and there won't be in years to come. We hear about potential solutions. Also, gentrification continues in downtown LA.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, robots are here to stay: in factories and homes—from real-world battlefields to popular culture. We talk about robotics and the increased interaction of robots with human beings.

 
Banner image: Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District Aqueduct on Havasu Lake. Photo: Charles O'Rear/National Archives and Records Administration

 

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sonya Geis

Main Topic New Battles in California's Water Wars 25 MIN, 43 SEC

California's definitive problem is the shortage of water — brought to public consciousness by a third year of diminished rainfall and new battles in the ongoing water war. Politicians are demanding a drought declaration. Governor Brown wants $25 billion for two new tunnels to help bring water from North to South, and San Diego has gone to court against the Metropolitan Water District, which delivers water to 20 million people.

Guests:
Jim Carlton, Wall Street Journal (@jimcarltonsf)
David Nahai, David Nahai Consulting Services
Robert Gottlieb, Occidental College

Making News Broadway and Downtown LA's Renaissance 8 MIN, 14 SEC

"Broadway is on fire," according to Carol Schatz of LA's Central City Association. The latest example is conversion of the Rialto Theater into a new store for Urban Outfitters, the upscale clothing chain from Philadelphia. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez has been watching the reinvention of downtown Los Angeles. 

 

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To see more photos of downtown's renaissance, go to the Which Way, LA? blog.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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