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California Drought News: Chinatown's 40th anniversary is the Golden State's hottest year on record



They love the Jack Nicholson film Chinatown in Owens Valley.
They love the Jack Nicholson film Chinatown in Owens Valley.

Friday's news isn't going to sugarcoat it: we've got good news for people who like bad news.

Summer starts tomorrow. June is when drought news stops being about the hope of rainfall, and becomes about the fear of wildfire.

We live next door to the ocean, but we also live on the edge of a desert. Los Angeles is a desert community; beneath this building, beneath every street there's a desert, and without water, the dust will rise up and cover us as if this place never existed. (LA Times)

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