Last Saturday I trekked out to Claremont for an event at Pitzer College. Frankly, I didn't consider it a trek, even if the 210 tried to make it so. But when I got there, people kept asking me if I was from out of town. "Are you from out of town?" "No, I'm from Los Angeles." "That's what I mean."
Out of town or not, I love Border Grill food, and my friends. Not in that order.
The event was Pitzer's screening of FUEL. Film director Josh Tickell, you might know, if you're a big Matt Lauer fan: he appeared on the Today show when he drove a veggie van (and later, a veggie bus). They were giving tours of the veggie bus, which touts alternative fuel inside. The film was named best documentary at Sundance.
An algae car sat nearby. Well, part run on algae fuel. Refined by Sapphire Energy, the fuel has hydrocarbons in it, refined from algal crude. It sat next to the Mounds, where the Pitzer kids chillax.
Overdue programming note: our own Patt Morrison talked to the LADWP's Jim McDaniel the other day, as well as Jean-Pierre Bardet; you can find their conversations on Patt's show site.
Also, if anyone else out there has a penchant for reading incredibly long reports broken up with occasional pictures and graphs, I've got you covered. Below is the independent third party report Bardet and his team presented to the city council earlier this week.
Incidentally, if Professor Bardet's name sounds at all familiar - it might be because we've talked to him at KPCC before. Last December I talked to him for a series I did about ideas of sustainability in Southern California; you can hear the conversation here. He mentioned the project at the time, but hadn't gotten the full results, including various pilot studies, finished then.
[CORRECTED 6:48 PM, thanks to @ericgarcetti. I confused my Sugarbaker girls, though I had the right one in mind; Dixie Carter played Julia.]
I was home recovering from dental matters for a few hours today (deferred maintenance; neglect of my infrastructure), so I immediately turned to LA CityView Channel 35. I caught something most of us are spared, most of the time: the city council, adjourning in memory of people.
Adjourning in someone's memory is almost as great an opportunity for ceremonial bloviation as anything involving the calligraphers and the scrolls. But my soft chewy center is often touched by the regular and remarkable people who get the honor. Council President Eric Garcetti Tuesday adjourned in honor of Dixie Carter, mother to some friends of his, as well as badass Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women. Then Councilwoman Janice Hahn adjourned in remembrance of Wilma Mankiller.