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Am I wasting water?

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California is in the grip of a three year-long drought, a drought that shows no sign of ending soon. In response, water districts across the state are urging their customers to take sensible measures to conserve water.
To convince people to conserve water, agencies like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are using both carrots and sticks. The carrots include public education campaigns …

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Summer Road Trips: On the trail of James Dean

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In this edition of our KCRW Road Trip series, we mix classic California scenery and Hollywood history. More than 50 years ago, actor James Dean, who loved racing and fast cars, grabbed the keys to his Porsche 550 Spyder and was on his way to a race in Salinas.
The route took a speeding Dean through beautiful rural areas of California. It was Dean’s last …

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Summer Road Trips: The Lava Tube at Mojave National Preserve & Kelso Dunes

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It’s summer and that means many of you probably want to get out and do a little exploring. I’m talking filling up the tank, grabbing the map out of the glove box (or turning on your mobile GPS navigation system) and taking a classic road trip to a place you’ve never visited. But of all the roads and destinations to take, which ones should …

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To the beach or to the mountains?

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If you think the beach is crowded now, just wait. By a six point margin, Americans have a more favorable opinion about an ocean vacation than a mountain vacation, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. Seventy-two percent of poll participants said a beach vacation was favorable, while 66 percent had a favorable opinion about a trip to the mountains.
Gender played a role …

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California State parks under stress

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Governor Brown has proposed closing 70 of California’s 279 state parks to save $22 million. About 30 will now be saved. Three of those will turn campgrounds, restaurants and maintenance operations over to private contractors. Twenty-five more are in negotiations. How can the contractors make a profit? Will the services be a shadow of what the state used to provide? Also, Pomona may shut …

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Will your favorite state park be open this summer?

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The good news? California has an enormous state parks system, one that protects some of the state’s most beautiful natural landscapes, whether they’re up in the mountains, down in the deserts or along the coast.
The bad news? Because of California’s financial problems, our state parks system has had to weather a series of budget cuts that could mean the closure of some park areas.
So, …

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Summer Reading: Recommendations from KCRW listeners

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It’s summer in Los Angeles. And while some might be excited about the L.A. Film Festival or hitting the beach, many are just eager to have some extra time to read a good book. At least many of our readers are. We got  summer reading recommendations from indie book store owners, and several readers posted suggestions of books old and new on our Facebook page …

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Going back in time at Rancho Los Alamitos

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If you’re looking for a surreal stay-cation day trip with a hefty dollop of California history, consider trekking to Long Beach to see the newly restored splendor of  Rancho Los Alamitos.  And don’t be alarmed that you have to go through a gated housing development (just up the street from Cal State Long Beach) to get there.  That’s part of the story, really.
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Dreaming of a Persian Spring in LA?

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The prospect of a Persian Spring has Angelenos talking. If protests for reform erupt in Iran, Los Angeles, home to a large population of Iranians (many of whom are exiles), may play a role. So what would an Iranian protest movement mean for Los Angeles? That’s what a panel (sponsored by KCRW) will explore tonight at 7:30 P.M. in a discussion with Zócalo at …

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Summer reading recommendations from indie bookstore owners

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School’s out, the sun is shining, and you need that perfect book to take to the beach. KCRW talked to indie bookstore owners around Los Angeles about some of their favorites for this summer. If you’re looking for some inspiration, visit one of the stores, which we’ve mapped for you below.
Alison Reede of Diesel Books recommended “A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless …

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A ‘grand’ summer in store with Grand Performances

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The worst part about Grand Performances is that because of it, I find myself not planning to go away on the weekends. I stumbled upon this free music series blocks from my home the first summer after I moved downtown nine years ago. It’s staged in a gorgeous outdoor arena sandwiched between a cluster of office towers. It almost doesn’t even matter what’s on …

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