L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his plan to recycle 100% of the city's wastewater by 2035. Plus, Anaheim is assessing the value of Angels Stadium. And, L.A.'s lowrider culture is big in Japan.
Los Angeles Water Recycling Plan
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Mayor Eric Garcetti has a new goal for Los Angeles: recycling 100 percent of our wastewater. But it'll take 16 years and $2 billion to do it. How do sanitation officials plan to make that happen? The biggest piece of the puzzle involves upgrading the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, the largest such facility in the western United States. Located near LAX and Dockweiler Beach, the plant is L.A.'s oldest and largest wastewater treatment facility (roughly the size of Disneyland). It processes 260 million gallons of wastewater every day, recycling roughly a quarter of that.
- Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
Anaheim Angels Stadium
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They're called The Los Angeles Angels. But how would it sound if they were called The Los Angeles Angels of Tustin or Irvine? For the past couple years, Anaheim and the team were negotiating whether the Angels should stay. And earlier this week, the city made the next move: officials voted to see how much the stadium property would be worth to them with or without the Angels.
- Alicia Robinson, Orange County Register
Solar Bill of Rights
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Installing rooftop solar panels is often cost prohibitive for California homeowners. Even figuring out how to go about doing it can seem overly complicated. And then there's the matter of fair compensation for the extra electricity individuals' solar panels generate that is then resold by utilities. That's why two California senators introduced something called the Solar Bill of Rights in the state legislature earlier this week. Senate Bill 288 seeks to protect the rights of consumers who want to generate and store their own clean energy on site by removing tariffs and other barriers.
- Scott Wiener, California state senator
Clean Power Alliance
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Hey, Southern California Edison customer: Ready or not, you and nearly a million of your fellow ratepayers may have been involuntarily enrolled in a new kind of government-run power utility called the Clean Power Alliance. One-fifth of Edison's customers were opted into the alliance by 31 city or county governments beginning this month. But don't worry. You still have choices. You can bail out if being part of an effort to pay less for energy generated from renewable sources (solar, wind, etc.) isn't your thing.
Lowrider Culture in Japan
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The lowrider lifestyle is a concept we're all familiar with here in Los Angeles with highly modified, wildly colorful Chevys, Fords and other American makes cruising around town. It's been a part of L.A. culture dating back to the 1940s. But it's a subculture that's also taken hold in various countries around the world - including Japan.
- Walter Thompson-Hernandez, New York Times
Your Earthquake Questions Answered
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Say a major earthquake hits and you're sleeping. Are you safer in your bed or getting out of it? What if an earthquake hits and you're downtown? Do you need to look out for falling glass? These are some of the questions we're answering today.
- Jacob Margolis, KPCC science reporter and host of the KPCC podcast The Big One: Your Survival Guide
Who Cleans Hollywood's Walk of Fame Stars?
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The Oscars are this weekend. And while many of the streets around Hollywood's Dolby Theater have been closed for days, including parts of the Walk of Fame, the thousands of stars embedded in the sidewalk remain ready for their closeup.