The Assignment? “Explain the Delta”

Posted on | March 17, 2015 | No Comments

When KCET came to me with a project funded by the Rose Foundation to "explain the Delta" to Southern Californian's, the easiest explanation was, "You're drinking it." The first in a multi-part new series for KCET shows how California set out to spread water from places that had it to places that didn't. This 1930 map from the California State Water Plan shows how engineers were eyeing Delta water for the San Joaquin Valley in the run-up to the construction of the federal aqueduct system known as the Central Valley Project.

When KCET came to me with a project funded by the Rose Foundation to “explain the Delta” to Southern Californians, the easiest response was, “You’re drinking it.” The first in a multi-part new series for KCET shows how the Delta became ground zero for a plan by California and the federal Bureau of Reclamation to spread water from places that had it to places that didn’t. Click on this 1930 map from the California State Water Plan to be taken to Part One of the KCET Bay Delta Project.

After the Lawn Part 5: Steal good ideas

Posted on | March 17, 2015 | No Comments

It's agony waiting for what was your lawn to be ready for fall planting season. Take the edge off by going to the Mar Vista and Theodore Payne annual tours. For a full list of tours, recommended books, classes and plant sales, click on the image to be taken to Part Five of the KCET series "After the Lawn."

It’s agony waiting for what was your lawn to be ready for fall planting season. Take the edge off by going to the Mar Vista and Theodore Payne annual tours. For a full list of tours, recommended books, classes and plant sales, click on the image to be taken to Part Five of the KCET series “After the Lawn.”

 

“After the Lawn” Part 4: Killing grass

Posted on | March 10, 2015 | 2 Comments

Putting lawn in is a lot harder than taking it out. To find out how to dispatch it, click on the image to be taken to Part 4 of the KCET series "After the Lawn."

Putting lawn in is a lot easier than taking it out. To learn how to dispatch it, click on the image to be taken to Part 4 of the KCET series “After the Lawn.”

“After the Lawn” Part 3: Turf dormancy

Posted on | March 3, 2015 | No Comments

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Turf’s ability to become seasonally dormant offers Californians the opportunity to redirect lawn irrigation to trees during drought. The lawn will bounce back if given minimal water. The trees won’t. To read about how to use seasonal dormancy in turf to save water, click on the image to be taken to Part 3 of the KCET series “After the Lawn.”

 

 

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/Leavenworthhistory.com

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