February 10, 1991 |
The water tower at Paramount Pictures is a familiar Hollywood landmark and, as the state scuffs through its fifth year of drought, might be a handy corporate asset with water rationing in the air. If it held any water, that is. Like so many things in Tinseltown, the 61-year-old tower is merely a high-profile prop these days. Built as a backup fire-fighting system, the tower was drained two years ago for earthquake safety reasons but was retained for its nostalgic and historic value.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1990 |
Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California are scheduled to vote today on staff and committee recommendations to impose the first mandatory water rationing here since the drought of 1976-1977. If approved, the staff-proposed cutbacks, ranging from 5% for overall residential consumption to 20% for agricultural use, probably would be imposed beginning in February. How the mandatory rationing would affect individual customers has yet to be determined.
March 6, 1991 |
In a first, tentative step, the president of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power board on Tuesday brought his pitch for a statewide water policy to the capital of anti-Southern California sentiment. Water and Power Commission President Michael Gage told an audience of Commonwealth Club members several times that if the Berlin Wall can come down, Northern and Southern California can discuss water issues. "We were skeptical of (Soviet President Mikhail S.
December 20, 1996 |
With Los Angeles already facing the possibility of losing 13% of its water supply from the eastern Sierra Nevada, Southern California was told Thursday by the federal government to cut back substantially on its dependence on another major water source--the Colorado River. In a speech to officials of the seven states that draw from the Colorado, U.S.
April 26, 1991 |
With surging population growth threatening to overburden a dwindling water supply, Southern California urban users must obtain a share of the water now used by the state's powerful agricultural industry, the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District said Thursday.
July 14, 1999 |
Pushed by outside critics and embarrassed by at least $220 million in cost overruns for their high-profile reservoir project, directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Tuesday approved the most massive reorganization in the agency's 71-year history. Without a dissenting vote, the directors decided to give new General Manager Ronald R. Gastelum broad authority to appoint new managers, transfer others and reorganize the agency from top to bottom.
November 21, 1990 |
As a light blanket of early snow fell on highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada, concerned water officials were warning Tuesday that even a season of heavy rain and snowfall may not relieve California completely from the effects of four years of drought.
August 10, 1999 |
In another sign of change roiling the water industry, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California appears ready to take the plunge into the free market as a buyer of water. Although it may be a long time before water stocks are as hot as Internet stocks or water futures are hawked with the fury of pork belly futures, Metropolitan is prepared to help hasten a "water market," with profits to be made by private sellers and water flowing to the highest bidder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000 |
In the timeless battle over water in Southern California, it represented a mere droplet in a murky legal sea. But the ripple effect from a little-noticed policy shift could help smooth the way for eventual construction of the largest development ever approved in Los Angeles County.