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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Water, Drought

New California Water Battle Pits Marijuana Versus Fish

Posted Oct. 18, 2015, 7:21 am

As the state moves toward taxing marijuana growers for the first time, those same growers also are starting to face restrictions on water...

Santa Monica’s Urban Forester Matthew Wells says underperforming trees do not provide the same benefits as those that are healthy.

News, Santa Monica, Drought

Surviving The Drought: How to Maintain Trees for Cleaner Air, Higher Property Value, Energy Reduction

Posted Oct. 4, 2015, 6:00 am

Santa Monica’s Recreation and Parks Commissioner Phil Brock says the city’s ability to maintain trees during the drought has provided numerous benefits to residents.

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News, Santa Monica, Water, Drought

Santa Monica Residents Cut Water Use by 20 Percent in August

Posted Oct. 2, 2015, 6:00 am

In Santa Monica, residents cut their water use by 20.7 percent in August, ahead of the 16 percent target imposed by the state and roughly on par with its 20 percent target.

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News, Santa Monica, Drought

Santa Monica Sustainability: New Fines, Penalties For Water Wasters

Posted Sep. 11, 2015, 8:44 pm

Water wasters, be warned. The City of Santa Monica is ready to impose fines and penalties for those who do not follow the rules when it comes to water conservation.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Drought

Both Logic & Illogic In Governor Jerry Brown’s Drought Plans

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 9:12 am

There is both sense and nonsense in the $1 billion drought relief package announced by Gov. Jerry Brown in a parched Sierra Nevada Mountains meadow that usually is covered in deep snow on the date Brown walked through it.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Oped, Drought

Water Rationing Already Starting To Go Wrong

Posted May. 31, 2014, 12:39 am

As expected, it’s now late spring and water rationing is upon California. Despite the heavy mid-February rains that briefly drenched Northern California and the respectable ensuing snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, drought remains.

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