FROM Marty Adams
Can the Southland Become Water Self-Sufficient? LA exists thanks to imported water. But does it have to? From underground cisterns and "thirsty concrete" to expanding spreading grounds, Southland cities and water agencies are working their way towards "water self-sufficiency" -- with home owners becoming participants in management of our water. Pico Library water cistern Photos by Avishay Artsy
How Will LA Respond to Mandatory Water Cuts? For the first time in its history, California is facing mandatory water cuts. Gov. Brown announced yesterday that California’s towns and cities have to cut water usage by 25%. We take a look at what this means for Angelenos as we enter the fourth year of a severe drought.
LA Strikes Historic Water Deal With Owens Valley City officials struck a deal today that could save Angelenos 3 billion gallons of water a year. For more than a decade, L.A. has poured water into the mostly dried-up Owens Lake, 200 miles northeast. The water stops huge amounts of dust from blowing out of the salty lake bed and polluting the air. It’s also a kind of penance paid by Los Angeles for diverting the Owens River away from the lake in the first place, 100 years ago. Now, after years of negotiations, water officials in L.A. and the Owens Valley have agreed on an alternative plan for controlling the dust.
Rush Hour Construction Los Angeles has tried to reduce traffic congestion by banning construction on major roads during rush-hour. But in today’s L.A. Times , Jim Newton writes that that ban is costing the city millions of dollars a year. We talk about why that is, and whether L.A. still has traditional “rush hours” anymore.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?