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.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
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?