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There's Plenty of Los Angeles to go around...
... but there's not much Los Angeles in the latest issue of Plenty, a bi-monthly magazine on environmental news and commentary. There's a feature story on the negative environmental impact of surfing and good tips for going to the farmer's market (use it with the new Farmer's Market Google Map), but our dear home is not but a mere mention in a small, but fun brief.
With the fact that "urban areas are responsible for more than three-quarters of the world's climate damage," Liz Galst compares big city mayors when it comes to green. How does our own Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa fare?
Like most mayors, he wants us to be the greenest: "I realize that our city has historically been more synonymous with sprawl and smog, but we're committed to making our city the greenest big city in America." Million Trees LA is up against Mayor Bloomberg's plan for a million trees in New York City by 2017 with Chicago solidly planting 30,000 trees a year and San Francisco at 20,000/year. His "best new initiative that may or may not come to fruition" is to have 35% of the city's power supply by DWP to be powered by renewable energies in 2020. As to Mayor V's "funkiest new idea," it goes to "refusing to renew contracts with operators of coal-fired power plants," something where Eric Garcetti's CFL tip comes in handy.