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    From our "Only in L.A." file: (none / 0) (#1)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:34:44 PM EST
    MORTY: (Cigarette dangling out of his mouth.) "Jake, what're you doin' here?"

    J.J. GITTES: "Nothin', Morty, it's my lunch hour, I thought I'd drop by and see who died lately."

    (Gittes picks up the sheet on a body and pulls it back. CAMERA GETS ITS FIRST GLIMPSE of Hollis Mulwray's body, eyes open, the face badly cut and bruised.)

    MORTY: "Yeah, ain't that something? Middle of a drought, and the water commissioner drowns. Only in L.A."
    -- Robert Towne, "Chinatown" (Original Screenplay, 1974)

    As California suffers from its most severe statewide drought in 40 years, a 90-year-old water main suffered a catastrophic blowout in the middle of Sunset Blvd. in Westwood, sending an estimated 20 million gallons of water gushing onto the nearby UCLA campus, flooding an underground parking garage and several buildings and athletic facilities, including the recently renovated track-and-field complex and historic Pauley Pavilion, which was also recently renovated.

    Nobody was hurt, thankfully, but about 400 of the 900 cars in that parking garage were completely submerged in the deluge, and the brand-new hardwood basketball court installed at Pauley only two months ago is completely ruined and will have to be replaced. And the Sunset Blvd. force main failure serves as yet another warning about the decaying state of our nation's infrastructure.


    It was painful watching all that water (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:58:57 PM EST
    just go to waste :/

    This animated gif (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:43:39 PM EST
    Shasta Lake... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Dadler on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:01:00 PM EST
    Hey (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:14:30 PM EST
    The other day we were talking about desirable addresses in LA.  I was in the process of doing this and was busted for OT and it was deleted.
    Since I don't live there anymore and don't know who does I am going to give you the address of the last place I lived in LA because it's cool to enter in into google and then zoom out and see how "on the edge" of LA I was.
    The house was 800 sqft.  Not a typeo.  It was on a georgous double lot that had been landscaped by the previous owner who happened to manage the LA Arboretum and Botanic Garden.  I bought it for 200,000 kept it for exactly two years to avoid capital gains an sold it for 300,000.

    10111 Breidt Ave.   Tujunga, CA.


    I know the area very well. (none / 0) (#10)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:48:31 PM EST
    My cousin and his wife live on Adams St. right off La Crescenta Ave., probably about a mile or so from your old place. I grew up in the Hastings Ranch area of east Pasadena, about ten or so miles east from where you were. The San Gabriel foothills are a wonderful place to live. And the region has lots and lots of trees, which generally keep it from being unbearably hot.

    I loved the area. (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 03:09:55 PM EST
    It was like being in LA but not.  I lived in Tujunga for about 12 years.  Just bought a house at the end.
    House I rented for ten years was a cooler house about 4 blocks from that address.  But the property I owned was much cooler.

    post-war bungalow? (none / 0) (#18)
    by Dadler on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 04:58:32 PM EST
    lots of those tiny  2 or 3/1s around.

    Bungalow is generous (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 05:05:56 PM EST
    It was a box.  But in pretty good shape.

    Let's hope the current drought ends soon. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:03:05 PM EST
    The alternative is frightening to contemplate. Last year was the driest on record since California became a state in 1850 -- and scientists have noted that data compiled from examinations of tree rings indicate that it's the driest since 1580!

    And what we waste in a day... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Dadler on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:01:31 PM EST
    ...could keep those lakes filled. Sad but true.

    That's why state residents need to ... (none / 0) (#8)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:26:54 PM EST
    ... be acutely aware of their own personal water usage, and make adjustments accordingly. We had to do that in the mid-1970s. The City of Pasadena recently instituted mandatory water restriction and conservation measures.

    One area where homeowners can make a difference is their yards. A lot of water gets wasted in the maintenance of green lawns, an obsolete tradition which migrated with people several generations ago as they moved into California from back east. Perhaps it's time to for them to finally consider getting rid of the grass, and xeriscaping their yards instead with rock gardens, mulch, drought-tolerant plants and foliage. I've seen a lot of people do that over there in recent years.

    My mother's neighbors next door did that two years ago, and now that it's grown out, she enjoys looking at their yard so much that she wants to do the same.



    Our ever vigilant DHS (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:43:36 PM EST
    Some 40 Land Rover owners across the U.S. woke up Tuesday morning to police and federal investigators knocking on their doors and demanding they hand over their trucks. Officials say it's part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the illegal importation of Land Rovers into this country, Jalopnik has learned.


    "ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents served court-ordered seizure warrants on approximately 40 Land Rovers in various locations around the country," he said in an email. "The seizures are being made pursuant to an ongoing criminal investigation involving the unlawful importation of the vehicles from Great Britain. The Land Rovers, which do not meet federal safety or emission standards, cannot be lawfully operated in the United States."


    Meanwhile back at the ranch, thousands are pouring across our southern border.

    I'm so glad that the Feds have their priorities straight.

    Oh, my (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:53:39 PM EST
    Newest conspiracy theory by the tea partiers here in Ga. Michelle Nunn is part of the one world conspiracy. They think her father works for George Soros now. Googled it and found nothing of the sort. If Perdue starts spewing this kind of crap, he's toast. Perdue has said however that he will not vote for Mitch McConnel for majority leader should the GOP take the senate. I guess McConnel is now part of the one world conspiracy and controls the flow of the black helicopters from the UN?

    Everytime I think they can't get more crazy they actually top it.

    Going to find out (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 03:11:56 PM EST
    If those dynastic names, Nunn, Pryor, still mean anything.

    I guess so. (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 03:30:08 PM EST
    I'm waiting to see if when Nunn lets loose on Perdue and his history whether it changes the numbers any or not.

    Real Clear says the RCP average (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 03:46:20 PM EST
    Is +3.2 for Perdue.  That's not much.  Nunn leads in one poll him in three.

    Democrats are excited about Michelle Nunn's chances of ending the party's 14-year dry spell in the Senate, and changing demographics may indeed help the party of Jackson regain its footing here. But this is still a Republican state, and even with massive black turnout in 2008, Democrats couldn't put the Senate seat away. This race starts out close, with Nunn and Perdue trading leads in the polls, but given the environment and the Republican lean of the state, Perdue probably starts with an edge.

    Oh my, excuse me (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 03:47:42 PM EST
    Well (none / 0) (#17)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 04:02:05 PM EST
    fortunately for Nunn nobody seems to be too excited about Perdue and Deal isn't in great shape either. I wonder how big a drag Deal is going to be for Perdue if any and then I think the GOP just shot themselves in the foot with their latest stunt of suing the president. They're now saying that Obamacare isn't bad it just wasn't implemented right? How are they going to argue against it when they're suing him to implement it. This is par for the course though. They really just don't make any sense.