Index
Wednesday
Jan212015

L.A. CITY HALL: Owens Valley water, "Chinatown" history, end of feud, report/analysis, New York Times: "Century Later, the 'Chinatown' Water Feud Ebbs" ....

* New York Times:  "Century Later, the 'Chinatown' Water Feud Ebbs"  - From the NYT:

OWENS LAKE, Calif. — For 24 years, traveling across the stark and dusty moonscape of what once was a glimmering 110-square-mile lake framed by snow-covered mountains, Ted Schade was a general in the Owens Valley water wars with Los Angeles. This was where Los Angeles began taking water for its own use nearly a century ago, leaving behind a dry lake bed that choked the valley with dust, turning it into one of the most polluted parts of the nation.

The result was a bitter feud between two night-and-day regions of California, steeped in years of lawsuits, conspiracy theories, toxic distrust and noir lore — the stealing of the Owens Valley water was the inspiration for the movie “Chinatown.” But while the water theft remains a point of contention, the battle long ago turned into one about the clouds of dust that were the legacy of the lost lake, 200 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

In what may be the most startling development yet, the end of one of the great water battles in the West appears at hand: Instead of flooding the lake bed with nearly 25 billion gallons of Los Angeles water every year to hold the dust in place — the expensive and drought-defying stopgap solution that had been in place — engineers have begun to methodically till about 50 square miles of the lake bed, which will serve as the primary weapon to control dust in the valley.

That will create three-foot-high furrows that, sprinkled with far less water, together should scrub the atmosphere of the thick haze that often makes it impossible to see from one side of the valley to the other, with widespread complaints of asthma. “All we wanted is air pollution control,” Mr. Schade said. “We just wanted to make it so it’s not so dusty.”

Mr. Schade, 57, his pursuit of Los Angeles finally over, celebrated the moment by announcing he was retiring as the chief enforcement officer for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District. In that role, he installed cameras and air pollution maintenance stations across the lake bed, haranguing the city to step in whenever air pollution standards were violated.

No less striking, Los Angeles, after years of filing lawsuits against the basin asserting that the damage was not the city’s fault, is showing remorse. “The city has accepted its responsibility,” Mayor Eric M. Garcetti of Los Angeles said in a ceremony marking the agreement last month. “We took the water.”

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Mr. Schade said he was confident that the battle was finally over; if the fight were still going on, he said, he would still be heading out to the lake bed most days to check his monitors. “I am retiring because I feel like I can,” he said.

Wednesday
Jan212015

L.A. CITY HALL: Port of Los Angeles, announcement, Doane Liu as new Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff ....

***Mayor Eric Garcetti announcement, "changes" at Port of Los Angeles, Doane Liu appointment as Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff....

Escerpts from Garcetti press release:

MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES PORT OF L.A. CHANGES

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that his Deputy Mayor for City Services, Doane Liu, will become Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff at the Port of Los Angeles.

Liu will assume his new position on February 1. He will continue to help oversee the Mayor's Office of City Services until the transition to a new Deputy Mayor is complete. A search for his successor, coordinated by Mayor Garcetti's Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, is already underway.

Liu was previously Chief of Staff for Councilman Joe Buscaino and served as Chief of Staff for Councilwoman Janice Hahn, Deputy Mayor for Mayor James K. Hahn and District Director for Congresswoman Jane Harman. He was also Senior Vice President of Government Banking at JP Morgan Chase and Vice President in the Real Estate Industries Group at Security Pacific National Bank.

In addition to Liu's new Chief of Staff position, [POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka] announced the following members of the Port's leadership team: Marla Bleavins, Chief Financial Officer; Ron Boyd, Chief of Port Police and Emergency Management; Mike DiBernardo, Marketing and Customer Relations; and Tony Gioiello, Development.

Wednesday
Jan212015

MISCELLANEOUS: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 50th anniversary celebration: "LACMA's 50th anniversary party starts with major donations" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "LACMA's 50th anniversary party starts with major donations" - From the LAT:

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced major gifts of art from two of its trustees — the first wave of donations timed to the museum's 50th anniversary in April.

A gift from Jane and Marc Nathanson consists of eight works of modern and contemporary art created over four decades, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Julian Schnabel, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol worth an estimated $50 million total. The gift from Lynda and Stewart Resnick consists of four works spanning 400 years: a Renaissance painting by Hans Memling, a bronze sculpture by Mannerist artist Giambologna, as well as paintings by François Boucher and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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The announcement kicks off a campaign, led by trustees Jane Nathanson and Lynda Resnick, to encourage fellow patrons to donate works to the museum for its golden anniversary. The full slate of gifts to LACMA's collection will be announced at an April 18 anniversary gala co-chaired by Nathanson, Resnick and trustee Ann Colgin. About 50 of those works will remain on view in an exhibition at LACMA's Resnick Pavilion from April 26 to Sept. 7.

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Proceeds from the anniversary gala — tables will start at $50,000 — will go toward the museum's programming.

Wednesday
Jan212015

POLITICS/EDUCATION/LEGAL: Culver City High School, lawsuit, alleged repeated rape of 14-year-old student, video recording by attackers: "Lawsuit: Culver City High football players raped girl, recorded it" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "Lawsuit: Culver City High football players raped girl, recorded it" - From the LAT:

A lawsuit filed by a former Culver City High School student claims she was raped by three of the school’s football players on campus during school hours and that one of the rapes was video recorded by her attackers and then distributed to other students. The incidents occurred in December 2013, according to the lawsuit, which accuses the Culver City Unified School District of negligence, saying officials failed to supervise the victim and the alleged attackers.

The suit was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the girl’s mother on her behalf.

Culver City High School football Coach Jahmal Wright declined to comment, referring questions to district officials. In a statement Tuesday, Culver City Unified School District Supt. Dave LaRose said the district had cooperated with police and only recently learned of the girl’s lawsuit. LaRose said the district had "responded immediately and cooperatively to this incident with the Culver City Police Department.”

In addition to the district, the suit names. . . .The victim, identified as “A.S.” in court documents, was a 14-year-old freshman at Culver City High at the time, the lawsuit says.

According to the suit . . . . . . . .

One of the incidents was recorded, the suit claims, and the video was distributed to other students ........................

Wednesday
Jan212015

POLITICS/EDUCATION: California community colleges, four-year specialized degrees, pilot program: "California community colleges board approves 15 pilot bachelor's degrees"; also, "15 community colleges in California to offer four-year degrees"; "15 state community colleges get OK to offer bachelor's degrees" ....

***California community colleges, approval, pilot program, 15 campuses to offer specialized four-year degrees....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "15 state community colleges get OK to offer bachelor's degrees"

* Los Angeles Times:  "15 community colleges in California to offer four-year degrees"

* Sacramento Bee:  "California community colleges board approves 15 pilot bachelor's degrees"