Opponents of expanding solar power in L.A. continue clinging to the tired argument that renewables are too expensive but the economics have quickly changed. Solar panels now cost 60 percent less than they did in 2011.
The Democrats gathering in California had the happy, bouncy appearance of a sequel to The Big Chill. In a year where the governor's race is all but over before it even begins, what exactly was there to rally around for three days?
There are signs that angelic efforts are on the way in Los Angeles to reduce homelessness, despite the debate over public feeding, homelessness in their public libraries and Union Train Station, and the fact that the region has 58,000 people who are homeless.
By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities and face the same urban environmental concerns currently present in the L.A. region. UCLA aims to transform L.A. into a global model with natural ecosystems.
"There is no greater need than to have access to safe drinking water," says Barbara Goldberg, Founder and President of Wells Bring Hope, a non-profit charity organization dedicated to saving lives in West Africa.