FROM Heather Cooley
Despite the Drought, California Sees Record Farm Revenues As California’s drought drags on, we’ve been hearing stories about farmers in crisis mode: fallowing fields, digging deeper wells, and irrigating crops with wastewater from oil drilling operations. But a recent report by the Pacific Institute in Oakland seems to turn all that on its head. The report finds that California’s agriculture industry had record revenues in the past two years. Not only that, farmers last year hired more workers than ever before—417,000.
Overcoming the Drought with Desal As the drought continues, desalination is making a comeback in our state. At least 16 areas on the California coast are either building or considering desalination plants. A big new plant in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, will be coming online this fall. The plant cost a billion dollars to build and will provide some 50 million gallons of water a day, or about 7 percent of the water used by the residents of San Diego County. Decades ago, Santa Barbara built a desal plant that opened in 1992 only to mothball it six weeks later, because rain returned to the area. Now the city is planning to bring the plant back online. Is desal the solution to California’s drought?
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
Neutra landmark, Thom Mayne's home, I.M. Pei turns 100 Pioneering architect Richard Neutra's Silver Lake home has been added to the list of national historic landmarks, with an assist from Rep. Adam Schiff. Thom Mayne's new house in Cheviot Hills replaces the former home of writer Ray Bradbury, and the neighbors like it! Paul Revere Williams posthumously gets AIA's top prize, and I.M. Pei turns 100.