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It’s harvest time in California… but the drought has cut deeply into crops available for both consumption and export. A big part of the state’s economy is suffering. Are farmers compounding the problem by wasting water? Is it time to regulate how water’s used and what crops it’s used on?

Also: The Ontario Airport is fading fast. If control were taken away from the City of LA, would it do any better? And, we’ll talk to the man who was Mayor when Los Angeles was devastated by the Northridge Earthquake.

Banner Image Credit: Andrew Hart

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George

Does LA Want the Ontario Airport to Fail? 5 MIN, 26 SEC

The Ontario Airport is not what it used to be. Facilities for millions of travelers are still there, but enough airplanes—or passengers—are not. Local officials have asked a judge to unwind the agreement that gave ownership to the City of Los Angeles.

Brian Sumers reports for Aviation Week.

Guests:
Brian Sumers, Aviation Week (@BrianSumers)

Can California’s Drought Reform Agricultural Water Use? 12 MIN, 18 SEC

California’s worst drought in more than 30 years is big trouble for the 9th largest agricultural economy in the world. Many farmers are getting less water than they expected; some aren’t getting any at all. Rice, grapes, citrus fruit and almonds are all being hit hard.

Guests:
Mike Wade, California Farm Water Coalition (@farmwater)
Bill Patzert, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@NASAJPL)

Richard Riordan Memoir 6 MIN, 48 SEC

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan remembers the Northridge Earthquake and considers his legacy in his new memoir, The Mayor: How I Turned Around Los Angeles After Riots, an Earthquake and the OJ Simpson Murder Trial. He’ll be signing books tomorrow at 7pm at Diesel, a bookstore in Brentwood.

Guests:
Richard Riordan, former Mayor of Los Angeles (@RichardJRiordan)

The Mayor

Richard J. Riordan

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