FROM Stephanie Pincetl
California's drought: The beginning of the end? California is facing the Pineapple Express, a major storm this weekend and another next week, that is expected to bring six feet of snow and 12 inches of rain. We find out what that means for the drought.
LA Water Conservation Lags Behind UCLA has just come out with its Environmental Report Card and LA County’s water gets a C. That’s a general grade for quality, how much we use, and where we get it from. The good news: Angelenos have clean drinking water and it’s safe to swim at our beaches, at least when it’s not raining, during the summer. But the report finds that even though we use about sixteen percent less water than we did in the year 2000, we still have a long way to go when it comes to conservation.
Water Supplies Dwindle Southern California could run out of water in as few as 18 months, according to the Metropolitan Water District. The head of the MWD announced in a speech this week that -- unless we’re surprised by heavy rains in the near future -- residents will have to take drastic measures to reduce water use.
Water Fines The state wants to create emergency drought regulations. The new rules would ban wasteful watering -- cutting back on things like hosing down driveways and sidewalks, lawn sprinklers and car washing. If adopted, the rules would impose fines as expensive as 500 dollars for unnecessary water use. What could it mean for Angelenos?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
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?