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By Ruth Longoria | February 19, 2009
Imagine it?s 2013 and the state of California is at war against Arizona and Nevada. At war over water. It?s the first war between the states since the Civil War, and its outcome could be deadly for many of the millions of California residents. That?s the premise devised by La Cañada High School freshman Sam Whitefield to draw an audience into his speech Thursday night during the Crescenta Cañada Lions Club student speech competition at Verdugo Hills Hospital. Whitefield?
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By Megan O’Neil | April 8, 2010
A spring storm dropped 1 inch of rain on the fire-scarred foothills Monday morning, causing more damage on the freeways than in the hillsides before giving way to a sunny afternoon. The storm, late for this time of year, was stronger than expected and dumped more rain than what is typical for the entire month of April, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Local mountains also received between 6 and 12 inches of snow, he said. “This was definitely a surprise,” Patzert said.
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By Megan O'Neil | December 10, 2009
Foothill Municipal Water District officials are urging local residents to ratchet up their water conservation efforts after the California Department of Water Resources announced last week it would allocate just 5% of total contracted water deliveries. It is the lowest initial allocation percentage in the 42-year history of the State Water Project. “The 5% initial allocation of State Water Project supplies for calendar year 2010 by the Department of Water Resources stresses the magnitude of the water crisis in California and increases Foothill’s desire to gain more independence from imported water well into the future,” said Robert Gomperz, president of the FMWD board of directors.
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By Mary O’Keefe | July 2, 2009
Southern California has just experienced its fourth year of below normal rainfall. According to the National Weather Service, from July 1, 2008 to July 1, 2009 Los Angeles has received 9.08 inches of precipitation, well below the 15.15 inch average. “That is a -6.06 departure from normal,” said David Gomberg, meteorologist from the National Weather Service. “Last year [rainfall] was 13.53.” “It’s not a happy story,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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By Melanie Hicken | January 7, 2010
The biggest water users within the Crescenta Valley Water District, which includes several west La Cañada Flintridge households, will see significant increases on their next water bill under a new rate structure adopted Tuesday. The district’s board of directors Tuesday voted 4 to 1 to approve the new structure that was crafted to pass on recent rate increases imposed by regional wholesale water suppliers. The approved changes also allow for future rate hikes on imported water to be passed on without additional action by the board.
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By Megan O'Neil | July 7, 2010
The Foothill Municipal Water District Board of Directors voted last month to absorb as part of its 2010-11 fiscal budget 75% of rate increases from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The decision came shortly after the Metropolitan Board approved an addition two-year, 15% rate increase on top of a 20% increase adopted last year. "The Board felt that it was important to absorb the majority of the rate inrease considering the difficult economic times we are all facing," FMWD Board President, Robert Gomperz, said in a statement.
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By Megan O’Neil | January 14, 2010
In a neighborhood of crisp green lawns and colorful rose bushes, Don and Denise Hahn’s yard is a lesson in subtlety. Clumps of wild-looking grasses sit next to spiky aloe plants which rest under the shade of palo verde trees, all of which melts into the natural vista of the foothills. “I am just a regionalist,” Denise Hahn said. “Everything should look like it is in Southern California. I think it is ridiculous to waste water on sod that doesn’t want to be here in the first place.
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July 13, 2011
Q. At a time of near-record food prices, Pope Benedict XVI has denounced speculation in commodities markets as “immoral” and called food and water “a basic human right.” According to the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization, overall global food prices have risen by an average of more than 80% in the past 10 years, with sugar rising fastest. High food costs have sparked riots in Cameroon, Haiti, Mozambique and Egypt. The most recent FAO figures put the number of people in the world classed as “hungry” at 915 million.
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By Ruth Longoria | February 19, 2009
Imagine it?s 2013 and the state of California is at war against Arizona and Nevada. At war over water. It?s the first war between the states since the Civil War, and its outcome could be deadly for many of the millions of California residents. That?s the premise devised by La Cañada High School freshman Sam Whitefield to draw an audience into his speech Thursday night during the Crescenta Cañada Lions Club student speech competition at Verdugo Hills Hospital. Whitefield?
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