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Before & After: A gloomy lawn becomes an enchanted garden that slashes the water bill

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Fri, 10/19/2018 - 2:14pm

Bigger was not better for one L.A. family’s expansive, but isolated, front lawn — so they turned it into an enchanted garden for kids and parents alike.

“We loved the house when we bought it,” said David Zabel of their 1920 Hancock Park home, but “the front yard was always very disjointed and disconnected from the house. It wasn’t particularly beautiful.”

A sea of turf grass — about 3,000 square feet — backed up to a wall of overgrown trees that hid the home from view. The yard was inaccessible from the house, and the house was uninviting from the curb.

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An Incurable Disease Is On The Rise In California, And Scientists Say Climate Change Could Cause It To Spread To Much Of The Wes

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Fri, 10/19/2018 - 2:09pm

For days Alyssa Gonzalez was bedridden with a fever, a sore throat, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and a rash all over her body.

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Initiative to repeal gas tax hike sparks debate over how transportation funds are spent in California

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Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:48pm

In urging California voters to repeal new fuel taxes, Republicans say the state already had enough money to repair roads but squandered it by diverting it to other state programs.

Legislative leaders deny that money from motorists has been misused. They say the law prohibits non-transportation projects from getting any of the more than $5-billion annual take from last year’s increase in gas and diesel taxes and vehicle fees.

The dispute has been a major focus of campaign ads and stump speeches by those pushing Proposition 6. Republican leaders have been pinning their hopes on voters being riled up by accusations that state officials have misspent gas tax funds.

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Time to hit the pause button on high-speed rail, some California leaders say

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Wed, 10/17/2018 - 1:48pm

Jerry Brown did not invent the idea of a high-speed rail system to connect Northern and Southern California.

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A carbon tax is a good idea — so long as it doesn't come with industry handouts

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Wed, 10/17/2018 - 1:57pm

Exxon Mobil made a bit of a splash Tuesday when it announced a $1-million, two-year donation to the Republican-led Americans for Carbon Dividends, an organization pushing for a national tax to help curtail emissions of atmosphere-warming carbon.