A long-promoted plan to pipe water from one of the driest parts of the Mojave Desert to irrigate Southern California's cities continues to find new critics, who are slamming the project on environmental grounds.
A silent witness to four centuries of Southern California history, El Aliso -- a massive, ancient sycamore -- stood at the center of the Tongva village of Yaanga and later shaded the cellars of early wine and beer makers.
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