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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
A court ruling issued Wednesday could throw up obstacles to operation of a Kern County groundwater bank that has helped billionaire Stewart Resnick build a nut empire in the southern San Joaquin Valley. In the latest development in a two-decade legal fight, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge found that the state Department of Water Resources didn't properly analyze the environmental impacts of the Kern Water Bank, which is partly controlled by Resnick's Paramount Farms enterprise.
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OPINION
March 4, 2014
Re "Rain brings mud, misery," March 2 Last Thursday evening, with the first of our recent storms moving into Southern California, I pedaled steadily along the Los Angeles River bike path. Trying to make it home before the heaviest rain came, I noticed all the sprinklers watering the landscaping. This, just after our governor unveiled his drought relief plan. The storms were given much media attention, so they didn't take us by surprise. Of all local water users, the city should have been paying attention and setting an example of conservation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The storms that doused Los Angeles County over the weekend filled reservoirs in the San Gabriel Mountains with some 6 billion gallons of water, enough to supply more than 150,000 people for a year. The twin storms left more than 11 inches of rain in some higher elevations. The rainfall from the storms was enough to substantially fill some dams that were at minimum levels, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, which operates 14 dams and debris basins in local ranges.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
In these days of drought, Californians have a pretty good idea of what it feels like to have water supplies run low - particularly those facing the very real prospect of running out of water entirely. But a new study by Indiana University professor Shahzeen Z. Attari finds that very few Americans know exactly how much water they use. In fact, the guesses of people surveyed in the online poll were about half of what actual water use is. In most households, the highest volume of use - more than 25% - is toilets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, whose body was found in a water tank atop a Los Angeles hotel, has inspired the plot of a Hollywood horror movie. Lam, 21, was found dead  in a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel on Feb. 21, 2013. Her odd behavior in the hours before her disappearance sparked fears and  conspiracy theories  about how she died. Deadline Hollywood reported that Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach Productions acquired rights to the screenplay “The Bringing,” speculatively written by Brandon and Phillip Murphy, which focuses on a detective's mysterious encounters as he investigates Lam's death.
OPINION
March 3, 2014 | By Catherine Wolfram and David Zetland
California's drought has everyone talking about ways to save water. Gov. Jerry Brown has implored residents to reduce their consumption by 20%. One writer suggested Angelenos share showers. A nonprofit is encouraging people not to waste even ice cubes that drop to the floor: Don't toss them, says Save Our Water, use them to water plants. Our conservation efforts, even the tiniest ones, have a second overlooked benefit: They also save energy. Water is essentially liquid energy. We don't think about it that way. But every drop must be moved, treated and heated.
SCIENCE
March 3, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Drought or no drought, utilities across California are campaigning to get homeowners to reduce outdoor water use, which often constitutes at least half of a household's water consumption. One of the largest urban retail water agencies in the state is pursuing a new strategy in that effort:  “Behavioral water efficiency.” The East Bay Municipal Utility District, which serves 1.3 million customers in the east San Francisco Bay Area, is expanding a pilot program that provides individual residential customers with water report cards, showing how their use compares with similar-sized households in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former UCLA water polo player has been indicted on charges of raping and sexually assaulting three women between October 2012 and last April. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 19, of Glendale was charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed Monday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. At least one of the alleged assaults occurred at a UCLA residence hall, according to officials. Kaplanyan was arrested Friday by UCLA police, who had been investigating allegations against the former Glendale Hoover High standout since first arresting him last April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former UCLA water polo player has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual assault involving three different women. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 19, was charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed Monday by a Los Angeles County grand jury. At least one of the alleged sexual assaults occurred at a UCLA residence hall, according to the indictment. Kaplanyan, of Glendale, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday morning. He is charged with sexually assaulting three victims between Oct. 1, 2012, and April 2, 2013.
SCIENCE
March 3, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Wait three days after it rains before going into the ocean. It's a warning that public health officials issued to beachgoers this week, as they do after any significant storm in California. But a study released Monday is raising questions about whether that three-day waiting period is enough to protect people who swim, surf and play in the ocean from pathogens in storm runoff that can make them ill. "To err on the side of caution, stay out of the water for five days after rainfall," said Amanda Griesbach, a water quality scientist at Heal the Bay , an environmental group that provided data and other support for the research by undergraduate students at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
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