It is beyond comprehension why our local government (Mayor and City Council) has been unable (and probably unwilling) to eliminate one of the worst aspects of living in LA (and in most areas of the US). I am referring to the deadly environmental disaster I would call TOXIC GARDENING. It happens tens of thousands of times a day across the region, when your friendly (doomed to self-poisoning) neighborhood gardener rushes in once a week to mow, blow and go around your home creating and leaving behind the worst localized concentration of toxic pollutants right in your back/front yards! As a bonus he also creates the worst noise pollution any otherwise quiet and peaceful neighborhood experience on a regular basis. WHY IS THIS ACCEPTABLE IN TODAY'S CIVILIZED, HIGH TECH WORLD IN THE RICHEST NATION'S RICHEST CITY??? All the talk about being "green" and environmentally "friendly", coming from politicians, professors and the public, on one side and this travesty on the other side. WHY DO WE TOLERATE THIS EVEN FOR ANOTHER DAY when it is a no-brainer to quickly and cost-effectively DUMP/BAN these AWFUL machines that are regularly poisoning us, our children, our gardeners and our neighborhoods and adopt MUCH quieter, pollution-free machines to do the dirty work of mow-blow-go? Why do people not see that they are sheep led to slaughter by giving their elected officials and other narrow-selfish interest pressure groups an easy pass on this obvious and deadly problem?
It would be great if trash recepticals were located all around the city and emptied frequently to combat the glut of litter seen on the sidewalks and streets in many neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Perhaps there should be fines for littering to ensure that having a clean city is taken seriously. To raise funds for trash services we could tax medical marijuana clinics. Also,
rrecycling recepticals should be made available in public places so that we can protect the environment.
I removed the plants from the area between the sidewalk and curb in front of my house. Now the old carob tree still stands in the middle of the sidewalk buffer and the remaining space is a rock garden with pavers. I don't water the space.
My front yard is the same kind of rock garden with a few succulents and two pomegranate trees. I also have a few large pots holding succulents. They and pomegranates need very little water so I water the front garden about once every ten days. It's lovely.
Hello Mayor Garcetti:
Creating a motion with the help of DWP for saving millions of gallons water from tenants in apartments, homes and commercial properties. This can be established by water sub metering to these individual tenants. Billing to be done by DWP with their current electric bill. Consideration and okay must come through City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Using 64.4 LAMC as an example. Create rebates for water line re-piping to property owners. This is the only option to save millions of gallons of water. Will you help make this happen?
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First, make sure the city's parks have sprinkler systems that are properly running. It is very upsetting to drive by Lincoln Park and see the sidewalk and street being watered instead of the plants.
Second, landscaping projects need to be water friendly. New grass has been planted at Cesar Chavez and Vignes...what a waste of water.
Third, new sidewalks need to be done using pervious concrete. We need the little water we have to go back into the ground, not running down the streets.
Dear Mayor Garcetti,
I would like to propose a couple of items to our fine City of LA re: water saving. Require:
1. Retailers to keep their doors closed excepting for immediate ingress and egress. Retailers rountinely leave their doors wide open even on 100 degree days so the outflowing cool air will draw in customers and to show they are open. That is like leaving one's front door open all day while running the air conditioning. 20% of our electricity is generated by hydro-electric power -- that means releasing water to generate electricity -- that water eventually ending up in the sea.
2. Retailers with open refrigeration (ie., dairy and meat) and open freezers (frozen turkeys! meats and ice cream) to place them in a cold room or outfitted with doors or curtains. As it is, it is like leaving one's refrigerator and freezer door open all day long. As cold goes toward heat, the refigerators and freezers run non-stop to stay cold.
20% of our electricity is generated by hydro-electric power -- that means releasing water to generate electricity -- that water eventually ending up in the sea.
If businesses comply by your proposed timeline for saving 20% in water usuage, it will save a great deal of water, and if other cities do it as well, the savings will be tremendous.
All of this can be validated by an energy consultant -- who better than DWP or Southern California Edison?
Wei C. Wong
Check out Watermiser's Flow Control Valves - large consumers of water (apartment complexes, hotels and restaurants) have reduced water consumption more than 10% and in many cases, more then 20% without changing habits. These are sustainable savings and most of So Cal is covered through a Rebate process. This is a great solution for large consumers of water to get on board the Mayor's latest call for 20% reduction in consumption.
To save more water. Change the urinals over to waterless ones. Just look at Regal theater's. They work great.
I have seen shows where completed models can be created to layout the project to better know what to expect. Also, concrete can be used with polymer blend to strengthen and prolong the product.
Steelhead are native to the Los Angeles river most likely in large runs. By settling Big Tujunga into the ground, maybe we could make a small artifical stream of about 5 miles with a hatchery to at least provide some recreation as a catch and release fishery with glass viewing stations along the way. Unlike Salmon steelhead return to the sea and actually bite when they are in the river.
The only solution to make people conserve water is to double the price or even treble it. We should have a automatic system to do this when there is a drought.
I live in a $800,000 home and pay $1,600 a year in property taxes. It is not fair everyone should have free equal access to the land. Everyone should be given a free 10,000 square foot lot and each pay $1000 a year to the city or donate 100 hours of community service. The reason their is homelessness is that people are denied their right to land. It is a no worse injustice than slavery.
The city only lets you install 90% of your electric bill. Allow citizens if they want to install all they want and allow city to have the free electricity as a donation.
How about installing mobile payment systems for street and Lot parking across LA. Making parking easier for the public, and collection easier for the city.
Let's get off fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy to mitigate climate change. Solar panels on every rooftop subsidized (if necessary) then we can trade excess energy harvested from sun for much needed water. Read this PDF for details on what the issues are and how we can resolve them. http://www.oneearthsangha.org/wp-content/uploads/resources/mca/Background%20Paper-Mindfulness%20and%20Climate%20Action.pdf
I hope you will consider this project to help the Homeless of the Skid Row
Good article - LA would do well do to similarly institute a long range plan for water self-sufficiency. It would also benefit the economy with creation of jobs. Win -win.
Raising the minimum wage does more harm than good. Just like manufacturing jobs that are now offshore due to high labor costs businesses, like garment industry, with minimum wage positions will be forced to relocate. Other business types will hire less people. Raising the wage removes an important competition variable. Many people are more than willing to work at lower rate. Raising the wage will attract more people to fill the jobs. More people less jobs = more harm than good.