Bob, Ted, Leavenworth and Bavaria

Posted on | February 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

bobtedmountiansIn 1960 Bob Rodgers and Ted Price opened a Bavarian-themed cafe in the depressed logging town of Leavenworth in central Washington. A decade later, residents were dancing around maypoles. Prompted by Rodgers and Price, Leavenworth became an Alpine-style resort so popular that it received an “All America City” award and was featured in Look magazine. Yesterday Rodgers’ niece, Arlene Collins, phoned to say that Price died on February 19th in Vancouver, Washington. Her uncle had died “just about exactly a year earlier.” So, if heaven exists, it’s a safe guess that it’s about to be redecorated. Here’s to the men who once wrote me a tongue-in-cheek note that began, “Thank you for outing us on the front page of the Los Angeles Times.” And here is the 2003 LAT piece that prompted the note from the World War II veterans who braved American lumberjack country and decided that a good new look would be lederhosen. Photo: Rodgers and Price/

“After the Lawn” Part 2: Draw before you dig

Posted on | February 24, 2015 | No Comments

Part 2 of the KCET series "After the lawn" walks through the choices of where to start removing lawn. Click on the turf map to be taken to KCET.

Part 2 of the KCET series “After the lawn” walks through how to plan for lawn removal. Click on the turf map to be taken to KCET.

‘After the lawn’ launches at KCET

Posted on | February 20, 2015 | No Comments

Robert Perry. Photo: Emily Green

“We’re just in this messy transition,” says landscape architect Robert Perry of the wave of gravel and cactus rebate gardens sweeping Southern California. To read more, click on the image to go to KCET’s new series on the many faces of landscape reform.


Deal allows L.A. to plow Owens Dry Lake bed

Posted on | November 17, 2014 | No Comments

Tillage @ Owens Lake, Master Project, Source LADWP

Zig-zag plowing of Owens Valley dry lake bed is proposed by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. The technique, called “tillage,” is a preferred low-water alternative to shallow flooding for dust suppression. Image: LADWP Master Project

A deal struck last week between Los Angeles and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District puts the city back on track to satisfy terms of the Owens Valley dust suppression agreement struck under Mayor Richard Riordan in the 1990s. While oversold in the Los Angeles Times as a “truce in a decades-long dispute over water and dust,” the new deal ends a three-year-long court bid by the city to avoid on-going environmental remediation work that it didn’t want to do, spending money that it didn’t want to spare and sacrificing water that it wanted to keep. Read more

Proposition 1 analyzed for voters

Posted on | October 23, 2014 | No Comments

Screen grab PacInst reportCalifornians, whether you love, hate, or have heretofore been unaware of Proposition 1, a measure on the pending November 4 ballot that would raise $7.12 billion in public money for water projects, here is the best-considered and most impartial breakdown that you are likely to find. Everyone who reads the Pacific Institute’s Prop 1 summary or report itself is likely to have at least one takeaway line.

Mine is: “water conservation and efficiency efforts would be allocated a mere 1%.”

« go backkeep looking »