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Local water districts are fighting for every drop

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Scores of water agencies in California are lobbying for last-minute changes to the conservation goals set down by state officials. They’re trying to reduce the severity of the cuts they’re facing before the final numbers are announced later this week.
Local water districts in California are being asked to reduce their water use by anywhere from 8 to 36 percent, depending on their average use …

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New project to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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LA gets a bad rap for not having enough parks and open space. But a campaign is underway to protect more of the open space we do have. The National Park Service is considering expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include land in what’s called the Rim of the Valley Corridor–stretching from the Conejo and Simi Valleys to the La Crescenta …

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10 things to tell New Yorkers before they move to LA

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As trend pieces go, the latest New York Times style piece “Los Angeles and Its Booming Creative Class Lures New Yorkers” managed to jam all the classic cliches into one column. And even create a few new ones along the way. We’ll let others do the debunking.
What is true, however, is that plenty of New Yorkers move to L.A. every year for myriad reasons. …

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Contenders vy for Capps’ congressional seat

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It’s a political game-changer. When longtime Central Coast Congresswoman, Rep. Lois Capps (D), announced she would not run for reelection in 2016, it only took a few hours for candidates to speak up declaring their interest in representing the 24th Congressional District.  Capps was elected to Congress in 1998.  Her husband, Walter Capps, preceded her in the position.  He’d been in office for less …

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Growing up in the Church of Scientology 

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“Going Clear,” the recent documentary on Scientology, has brought the church a lot of unwanted attention recently. The film is a highly-critical look at the origins of Scientology and its current practices. It relies on recollections of members who have left the church to talk about what went on behind closed doors. But the movie didn’t cover what it was like to be born …

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Local water districts are fighting for every drop

Posted May 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
SPRINKLER

Scores of water agencies in California are lobbying for last-minute changes to the conservation goals set down by state officials. They’re trying to reduce the severity of the cuts they’re facing before the final numbers are announced later this week.
Local water districts in California are being asked to reduce their water use by anywhere from 8 to 36 percent, depending on their average use …

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Meet at the Market: Celeri-what?

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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Chef Justin West of restaurant Julienne and honoree at this weekend’s Fork and Cork Classic. He’s got some grand ideas on how to incorporate celeriac, or celery root, into this week’s special.

 
Grilled Little Gems, Roasted Pork Shoulder, Pickled Beets, Celeriac Remoulade
by Justin West

For the …

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California downsizing Delta habitat restoration plan

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California officials are dramatically scaling back a habitat restoration plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, with possibly major implications for reworking the state’s water delivery system.
The Delta project now calls for restoring 30,000 acres for wetlands and wildlife habitat – down from 100,000.
The larger restoration was supposed to coincide with the construction of two massive tunnels that would send water to Central Valley …

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Exploring the wilds of Los Angeles with bird-watcher Scott Logan

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Scott Logan from Wild Wings Backyard Nature, watching birds at Franklin Canyon Park. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

This Saturday, May 2nd marks Bird LA Day – a citywide celebration of all things birds, with nature walks, a bird sketching workshop and a picnic along the LA River. I met up with birding enthusiast Scott Logan at Franklin Canyon Park, located in a beautiful canyon above Beverly Hills, in the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains.
“All these birds, they just offer clues. You watch …

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Can Bernie Sanders take on Hillary Clinton?

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Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent and self-described socialist from Vermont, finally made it public: he’s running for president.
But that takes a lot of money – especially if he wants to have a voice against the likes of Hillary Clinton. Earlier this month, he told To the Point that he’s adamant about getting money out of politics and remaining independent. “I don’t want my own …

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Update: Judge won’t allow Hollywood skyscrapers

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Updated May 1, 2015:
An L.A. judge has delivered a major victory to community activists – ruling that plans for a pair of Hollywood towers must be scrapped because the city didn’t fully take into account how the development would affect surrounding communities.
The decision is a major victory for community activists, and a blow to developers of the Millennium Hollywood Project. Still, they are …

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