Southern California environment news and trends

Los Angeles more and less green than you think: Siemens Green Cities Index gives LA a purple ribbon

Los Angeles has placed 7th overall in a survey of sustainability policies and practices of American and Canadian cities. Second in California (San Francisco placed first); better than you'd think, though, when you drill down into the different data sets. We may not get a blue ribbon, but the purple ribbon (the one I recall getting in the 50 butterfly when I ws a kid swimmer) keeps us respectable. 

Siemens sponsored the Green City Index, which was run by the Economist Intelligence Unit; it's the first of its kind, in the US and Canada, though Siemens has been indexing other parts of the world longer. 27 American and Canadian cities got looked over for environmental governance, air, waste, water, transportation, buildings, land use, energy, and climate change policies in a comprehensive report. 

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LA water rates: Should a raise be delayed?

Angelenos, you can't say they didn't ask: LADWP officials hold their last big "community collaboration" session tonight - at the Hope Street HQ from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. City council's still the final word on if and when rates go up, but DWP seems to really want Angelenos to have first say - and that's now. 

DWP's been doing these sessions for a month now, and they're slick: power point presentations, group facilitators, breakdowns of a lot of water rate and power rate information. Even still, a scattering of voices is complaining this is all happening too fast. The latest addition is the LA Neighborhood Council Coalition30 or so of its members decided over the holiday weekend they want a delay. "LANCC cannot support any rate increases until the Ratepayers Advocate has reviewed and analyzed these rate increases and discussed the review and analysis with the Ratepayers and the public," their resolution reads in part.

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