Owens Valley: Never Trust Los Angeles

Locals see a proposal by Los Angeles Mayor Hahn to ban development in the Owens Valley as a ploy.

"The valley has been a colony of sorts since the early 1900s, when Los Angeles officials quietly began acquiring most of the land and water rights and, eventually, pumped so much water south via the Los Angeles Aqueduct that the valley became a de facto desert...

Now that Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn is proposing a conservation easement that would forever ban development on about 500 square miles that is owned by the city's Department of Water and Power, many residents are again suspicious of their landlord's motives."

Thanks to Chris Steins

Full Story: Owens Valley Wary of Thorns in Olive Branch

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