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Morning greens: L.A. River gets mapped, L.A. park plan gets scaled back




The Hollywood Farmers Market gets a one-month extension while its battle with L.A. Film School continues. The market closes off access to the school’s parking lot for a half-day each week, which has the film school pushing for the market to relocate. LA Times reports that the parties have yet to agree on a resolution.


View KCET's Along the L.A. River in a larger map

L.A. River gets mapped. KCET’s Along the L.A. River is a map of the L.A. River paths — that will get updated with more river-related features. Consult it before your visits to walk, bike, or play along the L.A. River.

L.A. might allow residents to park in front of their driveways. Reports LA Now: “Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will bring a motion before the Transportation Committee meeting Tuesday to investigate the viability of allowing residents to park in front of their own driveways.”

Plans for L.A. State Historic Park got scaled back. Due to California’s budget deficit, “State parks administrators are now considering an $18-million development project at the 32-acre site east of Chinatown instead of the $55-million first-phase plan proposed amid great fanfare four years ago,” reports LA Times.

California takes the top spot in clean energy leadership rankings. Reports Reuters: “Clean Edge, a West Coast research and consulting firm, compiled the list based on 80 indicators, including a state’s renewable energy production, transportation systems, regulatory policies and incentives and financial and intellectual capital.”

In BP oil spill news: What’s going on at the bottom of the Gulf? NPR has an update. NPR also reports a BP technician said he felt uncomfortable about mud-moving activities on the rig — but did nothing.