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Watering wars: Is brown the new green?

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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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LACMA redesign has museum spanning Wilshire Blvd.

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The L.A. County Museum of Art has unveiled a new design for its proposed $650 million makeover that would have the museum’s main building span Wilshire Boulevard – with traffic passing underneath the structure. The new design by architect Peter Zumthor was created to address concerns that the original plan to extend the museum over the La Brea Tar Pits would cast a shadows …

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Garcetti works blue as Kings celebrate Stanley Cup

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Thousands of fans poured into downtown Los Angeles for a parade and rally to salute the Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings. The hockey players drew the biggest cheers, but L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti generated the most buzz when he let an “F-bomb” fly during the celebration. Garcetti’s expletive got a roar from the crowd and some Kings players. But not everyone was thrilled with …

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Republican rivals are tied heading into Election Day

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On the eve of Election Day, a new poll shows the two Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown are in a dead heat. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari has been trailing Assemblyman Tim Donnelley through the primary election campaign, but he’s now has pulled into a statistical tie with his rival. The USC Dornsife-L.A. Times Poll finds that 32 percent of likely …

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One after another, U.C. campuses honor slain students

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There are no classes at U.C. Santa Barbara today. The campus is taking a time out to mourn the murders of six students by mentally disturbed loner Elliot Rodger. A memorial for the victims of the rampage is planned for 4 p.m. at UCSB. It’s expected to draw thousands of students and community members. About 2,500 people turned out for a vigil on the …

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New carpool lane means smooth(er) sailing on 405

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Finally…After years of construction, Carmegeddons and untold traffic-induced headaches, the carpool lane on the northbound 405 between West L.A. and Sherman Oak is now open for business. The $1.1 billion freeway improvement project was beset by delays and cost overruns and has been a major source of griping for L.A. drivers over the past four years. Transit officials say the carpool lane will shave …

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Growing pains: Drought taking a toll on Ag Industry

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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

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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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Human rights activists targeting Beverly Hills Hotel

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Organizers of a women’s rights event have dropped the Beverly Hills Hotel as the location for their upcoming awards gala because of the hotel’s ties to the Sultan of Brunei. The hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, which is owned by a company controlled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, leader of the Southeast Asian nation. Last year, the sultan announced plans for a revised …

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DWP’s trusts remains mysterious

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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

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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

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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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Gov. Brown to decide if Manson follower goes free

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A California parole board says a one-time Manson-family member convicted of two murders should be released from prison. But Bruce Davis isn’t home free. Gov. Jerry Brown will have the final say, and he’s already denied parole for Davis once. Davis is now 71. He’s served more than 40 years for taking part in the killings of ranch hand Donald “Shorty” Shea” and aspiring …

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Proposed L.A. River Water Wheel keeps on rolling

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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

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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

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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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Outrage grows over school official’s huge paycheck

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Dozens of angry residents of Hawthorne and Lawndale peppered members of the local school board with questions and criticism last night. The uproar was in response to a report that Superintendent Jose Fernandez earned more than $650,000 last year. Some District officials expressed ignorance about the full amount of Fernandez’ salary, while others defended the superintendent for improving student performance since he was hired …

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Many Dodger fans facing ‘blue-out’ as games begin

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The Dodgers new Time Warner cable TV station has debuted just in time for the team’s first spring training game today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For fans who can’t get enough the boys in blue, it’s a 24-hour network. But as of now, most denizens of Dodger nation are blacked out. That’s because Time Warner has yet to reach deals with many of the …

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Inside Mission Control: Southern California’s water management system

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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

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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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