Southern California environment news and trends

DWP board meeting on now

I'm down at the DWP meeting, tweeting about it at @KPCCmolly. My favorite AV guy is here, the sun is shining (though we can't see it), it's another day on the job. Now GIT (as the Green Cowboy himself might say)!

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10 Things You Might Not Know Yet About Your Rising DWP Bill

To quote Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

The jargon is confusing; the terms can be redundant; different public officials use different words for the same thing. So: I've got a list of what you may not know from our brief reporting on DWP bills.

UPDATE, 5:22 PM: I can't link out to it, but know that it's out there in the world.

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The eastern sierra & the changing range of light

So, my dad's a hobby photographer; he introduced me to Ansel Adams and Galen & Barbara Rowell when I was a kid. He took pictures with an old Nikomat and a Leica, and neither had an internal light meter; he used a handheld one. Also, he took slides. It was one of the slowest and most infuriating parts of a vacation. Memorable, at least.

Dad's moved on to a digital camera, and so have many landscape photographers. I hadn't been familiar with Elizabeth Carmel's work before I heard about her book, but its title intrigued me: The Changing Range of Light. Carmel's latest book depicts the Eastern Sierra through the prism of climate change; climate information and poems make up the accompanying text.


Courtesy Elizabeth Carmel

I emailed her - she lives up in the Lake Tahoe area - to interview her.

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About time to certify sustainable wine in California?

Doing a little desk clearing (and it's a new desk, so that's not encouraging), and I found something I'm very interested in: wine. Not necessarily at my desk, but hell, we're reporters.

I come from a family of sniffers and swirlers. Not my dad the truculent Swede, but the Irish Catholic side. My grandfather was fond of a Sancerre now and again; my uncle invests in a magnificent winemaker's operation in the Russian River Valley, where he and my mom spent some summer vacations, and I've got some other cousins who make wines too.

Then a few years back I visited Napa for a friend's birthday, and we heard a lot about sustainability. A little less about organic, and biodynamic, but, for example, Robert Sinksey had folks who were knowledgeable and accessible during pourings. I love covering the environment. I love wine. You'd think I would have found an excuse to expense some stories by now.

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