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Are we facing a megadrought?

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Some government buildings have stopped watering their lawns. Photo via Flickr/ CC/ Kevin Cortopassi

California is three years into what some are saying could become a megadrought, a dry spell lasting several decades.
The drought is so dire that a certain golf course in the Montecito area is shipping in nearly $90,000 of water per month for its grass, and one-third of the town itself is shipping in bottled water. Meanwhile, those living in towns like the working-class, farm community of …

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Mixer: Water levels, down; water shaming, way up

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the severe drought continues in California, the state’s water authority is now actively imposing fines of up to $500 on people who are wasteful.
The Los Angeles Times reports the city’s Department of Water and Power has increased its patrol of water wasting by quadrupling the number of its city-wide inspectors: from one to four.
Los Angeles has about four million people.
Water tables are at …

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Water wrangling goes down to the wire in Sacramento

Posted August 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown says he and Legislative leaders are making progress on a plan to replace an $11 billion water bond on the state ballot with a less expensive version.
But time is running short. A deal will have to be struck by the end of the day or the current bond goes before voters in November.Brown and Democrats are pushing a $7.2 billion plan …

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Watering wars: Is brown the new green?

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California residents who are trying to save water during the drought can no longer be punished by homeowner associations concerned about the appearance of brown lawns.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law that removes the threat of fines for people who choose to let their grass and other greenery die.
The bill was spurred by the case of a Bay Area man who was …

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Growing pains: Drought taking a toll on Ag Industry

Posted May 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A new report puts a partial price tag on California’s drought. U.C. Davis researchers say the state’s rainfall deficit could force Central Valley farmers to fallow more than 400,000 acres of land, or six percent of the total. That’s projected to cost the state’s the agricultural industry $1.7 billion and result in the loss of more than 14,000 jobs. Growers are facing a 32-percent …

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Mixer: LAPD Shooting and San Diego Wildfires

Posted May 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Joel Rubin joined us from the Los Angeles Times, and Megan Burks from public radio KPBS in San Diego.
Two LAPD officers – Detective Humberto Tovar and Officer Bernard Romero – last year said a man approached their police car and shot through the back window, then escaped.
But an ensuing investigation found no bullet casings or other evidence to support that the alleged gunman fired a weapon. And a gunman was …

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DWP’s trusts remains mysterious

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The head of the largest Department of Water and Power union (Brian D’Arcy at IBEW Local 18) says he’s going to appeal a recent court order to turn over financial records for the Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute.
These non-profits have taken in about $40 million in ratepayer money collectively over the last ten years or longer. To be sure, it’s a story that’s been …

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Mixer: Crumbling sidewalks and rising gas prices

Posted April 18, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Emily Alpert Reyes is a reporter with the Los Angeles Times and Kevin Smith is business editor for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. Both joined us for the Mixer.
We got word this week that money for sidewalk repairs in Los Angeles has gone unspent by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration – and City Hall still wants a new tax to pay for sidewalks.
In many …

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Young salmon hitching rides down Sacramento River

Posted March 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A massive drive is underway to truck baby salmon from hatcheries to the mouth of the Sacramento River, which is running unusually low and warm due to the drought. About 400,000 juvenile salmon were hauled more than 150 miles in climate-controlled tanker trucks yesterday and deposited in floating pens in the Sacramento River mouth at Rio Vista, near the northeastern end of San Francisco …

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Proposed L.A. River Water Wheel keeps on rolling

Posted March 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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An arts organization funded by the Annenberg Foundation has been given the green light to build a $10 million water wheel along the Los Angeles River. The water wheel is described as both an art project and a novel way of creating a watery oasis in the urban core. The 70-foot-high steel wheel would be built underneath the North Broadway Bridge., diverting some water …

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L.A. banks billions of gallons of water in San Gabriels

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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About six billion gallons of water poured into San Gabriel Mountain reservoirs during last week’s storm, according to the L.A. County Public Works. That was the largest single deposit of water into local storage facilities in more than two years. It’s enough water to supply more than 150,000 people for a year. Some of the county’s dams are now mostly filled, and water from …

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Residents keep wary on hillsides as rain pours down

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Concerns about mud and rock slides are increasing as a second, more powerful storm drops heavy rain on Southern California. Residents of more than 1,000 homes in the foothill communities of Glendora and Azusa have been ordered to evacuate, and the CHP has shit down a 10-mile stretch of PCH north of Malibu. Forecasters say the storm that blew in last night could drop …

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Inside Mission Control: Southern California’s water management system

Posted February 20, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Your water takes a very long journey before it comes out of your tap. It travels through thousands of miles of pipes and aqueducts, enormous open-air and underground reservoirs, and a network of treatment plants that ensure the quality of our drinking water.
Southern California’s vast water delivery and storage system also has a kind of mission control center. Think NASA’s Johnson Spaceflight Center, but for …

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Governor’s drought plan emphasizes conservation

Posted February 20, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Gov. Brown says California can immediately improve its water picture through recycling and conservation programs. Brown says his nearly $700 million drought relief plan would bring emergency drinking water to communities in need, as well making long-term fixes that would allow the state to capture more water and use it more efficiently. The plan also contains money for emergency food and housing for people …

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Drought relief gets political… and cable companies want to get together

Posted February 14, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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President Obama spent a few hours in California’s Central Valley today, where he announced drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities. After landing in Fresno this afternoon, the president held what the White House called “a roundtable with community leaders.”
The president’s visit comes on the heels of $173 million his administration announced for California drought relief. ($100 million for livestock; $60 million …

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Mixer: Our Year in Review

Posted December 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The year is coming to a close and we look at some of the biggest stories of 2014.
There were a couple of high profile shootings underscored security and response at public places across LA.
One tragic day in June turned an idyllic Friday in Santa Monica into a horrible day for people in around the Santa Monica College campus.
That’s when a man who grew up not …

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Sheriff’s Department scrutiny. Is density destiny? And DWP gets a contract

Posted December 13, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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On this week’s Mixer, we covered several stories included on our newsroom’s whiteboard.
There’s an ongoing FBI investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that’s already led to the indictment of 18 former and current deputies for misconduct in county jails.
We learned today that the feds are seeking to expand their investigation by convincing deputies to provide evidence against colleagues and the department brass.
Also, this week …

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Majority of California voters favor legalizing marijuana

Posted December 11, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Californians’ attitudes about marijuana use are mellowing out. A new Field Poll finds that fir the first time, a majority of California voters – 55 percent – favor legalization of recreational pot. Younger voters are far more likely to approve of legalization than those over 65. And political affiliations were also important in the poll: Two-thirds of Democrats and independent voters favor legalization, while …

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California on track for driest year in recorded history

Posted November 19, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Just how dry is it in California? During the first 10 months of 2013, The Golden State had its lowest recorded rainfall in 164 years of record keeping, according to government meteorologists. Because of that, 84 percent of the state is considered to be in severe drought. And several counties, including Kern and Santa Barbara, are in extreme drought, which is even worse. State …

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Decision time for Huntington Beach desalination plant

Posted November 13, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The future of a huge desalination plant in Huntington Beach tops the agenda of the California Coastal Commission today. The proposed plant would produce up to 50 million gallons of drinking water a day. But environmentalists and the commission’s own staff have warned it could harm the coastal ecosystem by killing large amounts of fish eggs and larvae. The $90 million plant would be …

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