Water flows through the Southern California desert in the Metropolitan Water District's Colorado River Aqueduct from the Colorado River to the Los Angeles area. A pricing dispute has sharply escalated hostilities between San Diego and the agency that delivers water to much of Southern California, straining an odd partnership already defined by years of lawsuits and heated rhetoric. The San Diego County Water Authority launched a website to attack the MWD, its largest supplier, saying it wanted to lift a veil of secrecy. The site displays a trove of internal documents obtained under California’s public records law, including references to a "Secret Society" and an "anti-San Diego coalition."
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party radio show.
This week, Brendan tells us about how water claimed the top spot as America's favorite drink ending soda's two-decade reign as the number-one beverage choice in the U.S. Then, this week Mississippi passes the Anti-Bloomberg bill which bans municipalities from limiting portion sizes on sodas and food and from requiring restaurants to post calorie counts. Finally, the history of the NY stock exchange bell.