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We know there’s a state-wide drought. Are we supposed to be rationing our water use? A new bill in the California State Senate creates a tax incentive for corporations willing to reduce the wage gap between CEOs and average workers. Will that fly? Citizen Canine: a family’s fight over who gets the golden retriever highlights the shift happening in animals’ legal rights. In our weekly round-up of the movies: the latest Spider-Man installment, the cast of the latest Star Wars revealed, and remembering Bob Hoskins. Finally, LA’s iconic Union Station turns 75.

Banner Image: A dry riverbed in California; Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

What About the Drought? 8 MIN, 23 SEC

Every inch of California has officially been impacted by the drought. But what are we doing about it? Farmers in the Central Valley are being forced to cut back on irrigation and choose between crops. Yet, here in Southern California, our reservoirs are still in good shape. We’re not being forced to stop taking long showers or watering our lawns -- at least, not yet. So, what will it take for Angelenos to change our habits? Are billboards and TV ads enough?

Renee White Fraser, Fraser Communications

CEO Pay 5 MIN, 55 SEC

“Income inequality” has been one of the hottest topics of conversation ever since the great recession. Critics say CEO pay is too high when compared to the wages of regular employees, but companies are free to set their CEO pay as they see fit. The government can’t demand CEO wage caps. Now a new bill has been proposed in the California State Senate. If passed into law, the bill would try to create a tax incentive for companies to reduce the wage gap between CEOs and average company employees.

Mark DeSaulnier, Senator (@SenDeSaulnier)

'Citizen Canine' 10 MIN, 14 SEC

When Ron Callan Jr. died in 2007 he left an estate of over 2 million dollars. But it wasn’t the money, or the boat, or the rare wine collection that his surviving family members fought over, it was 13-year-old Alex. Callan's mother, ex-girlfriend, fiance, and father all took to the courts to fight for the right to care for Alex. And the custody battle was so heated that the judge appointed a lawyer to look out for Alex’s best interests. Par for the course? Yes, if Alex was a child… not a golden retriever.

David Grimm, Science (@David_Grimm)

Citizen Canine

David Grimm

Film Roundup 12 MIN, 10 SEC

On Fridays, we do our weekly round-up of new movies and Hollywood news. Today: the latest Spider-Man movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Also, Walk of Shame, a new comedy starring Elizabeth Banks. The cast was revealed this week for the latest Star Wars installment, Star Wars Episode VII, to be directed by JJ Abrams. Plus, a remembrance of British actor Bob Hoskins.

Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)

Union Station Turns 75 9 MIN, 28 SEC

Tomorrow, LA will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the opening of Union Station. Madeleine toured the iconic building to learn more about its history and its architect, John Parkinson.

Stephen Gee, author, 'Iconic Vision' (@sgeetv)

Iconic Vision

Stephen Gee

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