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Could wealthy Californians opt out of water conservation?

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El Niño has come and gone. Though one of the strongest in history, the most recent El Niño event did not provide the soaking that drought-stricken California hoped for and so desperately needed. While northern California has emerged from drought, at least for now, more than 70% of the Golden State remains dangerously dry. In response to the slight positive changes, California Governor Jerry Brown has lifted statewide restrictions on water, allowing districts to set their own local regulations. But water conservation groups such as the California Coastkeeper Alliance question whether the wealthy areas, who use three times as much water as the non-affluent, will take the necessary steps to preserve water in a drier California.

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Crazy all-glass slide will be suspended 1,000 feet high off LA's tallest tower

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Los Angeles is evicting homeless people from 37 tiny homes

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Los Angeles city officials say they are trying to “clean up” unsightly homeless camps around the city, but it’s gone far beyond seizing drugs and guns. Now the city is actively taking possession of tiny homes that some of LA’s most unfortunate residents rely on for shelter and safety. The donation-built homes are a valuable asset to the homeless community, keeping them from sleeping on sidewalks and benches. Other members of the public have complained about the tiny homes, saying they are an eyesore and a hotbed for prostitution, drugs, and violence.

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California finally declares emergency over LA-area gas leak

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Inhabitat has previously reported on an extensive and ongoing natural gas leak in the Los Angeles area. Now, over two months since the problem began, California Governor Jerry Brown has declared the persistent natural gas leak to be an emergency that urgently needs to be addressed. The governor said that Southern California Gas Co’s efforts to close the underground leak have not been effective, and alternative methods of solving the problem must be explored.

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LA's new street lamps will keep cell service running after an earthquake

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Los Angeles just announced plans to roll out a new generation of high-tech street lamps that can keep citizens connected even when cell networks are down after a debilitating natural disaster. Philips’ SmartPole streetlights are equipped with energy-efficient LED bulbs and 4G LTE wireless technology by Ericsson. City officials are eager to celebrate the adoption of 100 SmartPoles, which will keep both businesses and citizens connected in densely populated areas.

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Ten solutions to California's drought

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As California enters the fourth year of the worst drought in the state’s history, NASA estimates that 11 trillion gallons of water will be needed to recover from this arid rut. While Governor Jerry Brown has implemented a series of wide-ranging measures aimed at curbing water usage, there are efforts underway to engineer the state out of its drought. Some are fairly well-tested—desalination, for example—while others, such as William Shatner’s proposed $30 billion Seattle-Lake Mead pipeline, seem straight-up wacky. Read on to learn more about the good, the bad and the weird big-picture ideas for addressing California’s drought.

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Los Angeles just pledged $100 million to provide housing for the homeless

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Los Angeles officials are taking the problem of homelessness very seriously, declaring a state of emergency and allocating $100 million to house people responsibly. With over 25,000 people on the streets, according to a January census, 5,000 of whom are concentrated in the city’s notorious Skid Row, the problem has gone from crisis to dire emergency.

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Minimal Black Box writer’s studio frames famous Los Angeles views

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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

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Nuevo South and GOOD Magazine transform a 100-year-old craftsman into a community home for kids

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Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

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A male cougar known to the public since kitten-hood for his bravery in crossing local freeways tried his best to stick to his true nature – and it cost him his life. P-32, as he was called, was the only cougar known to have successfully crossed a bustling LA freeway. But despite his success in the past, the cougar was killed early on Monday morning after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross the 5 freeway.

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Frank Gehry to revitalize the LA River as "a water reclamation project"

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Frank Gehry is one of the world’s most famous architects – and we just learned that he’s working on a plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River. The planning committee told the 86-year-old architect that they wanted him to give the riverfront a cohesive look, but Gehry balked at that approach. He insisted that water issues would take precedent if he were to take the job, and the committee agreed.

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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off!

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California's drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

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As California enters its fourth year of drought, there’s still no relief in sight. According to NASA, the state has just one year of water left, and in a last ditch effort cities are drilling wells to tap water that rained 20,000 years ago. Desperate times call for desperate measures – and California Governor Jerry Brown has come up with a bold solution inspired by a recent conference on climate change that he attended in freezing, snow-covered Boston: ship the East’s over-abundance of snow westward to quench the parched Golden State.

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California has just one year of water left

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California is drying up and it’s happening faster than you think. The Los Angeles Times reports that January of this year was the driest on record since 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are also at an all-time low and according to NASA satellites, all of the water in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins—all of it—is 34 million acre-feet below normal. Reports indicated that, last year, California had approximately two years of water remaining, and the water depletion is right on schedule, as estimates now suggest that just one year of water is left in the coastal state.

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up…

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the…

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L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of…

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti just unveiled an unprecedented plan to retrofit LA to deal with what some scientists say could be the next "Big One" - a massive earthquake that could…

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2015 BMW i3 Wins 'Green Car of the Year' at the Los Angeles Auto Show

2015 BMW i3 Wins 'Green Car of the Year' at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Green Car Journal just announced its 11th annual Green Car of the Year award at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and this year's winner is… the 2015 BMW i3! The i3 impressed the jury with…

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Volkswagen SportWagen HyMotion Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Concept Debuts at the LA Auto Show

Volkswagen SportWagen HyMotion Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Concept Debuts at…

Unlike Toyota and Honda, which have unveiled completely different models for its fuel cell technology, VW is showing how its technology can be adapted to existing production…

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Audi Unveils A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Hydrogen Car at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Audi Unveils A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Hydrogen Car at the Los…

2014 is turning out to be a banner year for hydrogen cars - Toyota is set to launch its newly unveiled Mirai fuel cell vehicle next year in California, and Honda just announced plans to…

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