Five SoCal Must-Reads: Foreign Wasps to be Released in L.A.

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A big picture look at the region:

  • A public records and transparency brouhaha continues in Anaheim after officials told employees to purge certain government documents. It all started with a request from the Voice of OC, and Adam Elmahrek has the story.

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  • points to the Los Angeles Times' January 1st issue where David Ulin remembers mystery writer James M. Cain's essay, Paradise, on the promise of California.

  • Bob Pool's deck at the LA Times says it all: "Long-abandoned wells on the Los Angeles City Oil Field, which sparked Southern California's oil boom 120 years ago, are being sealed to make way for a 45-unit affordable housing project."

  • The Asian citrus psyllid, an insect that is a major threat to California's citrus industry, will soon be facing a familiar enemy, a wasp called Tamarixia radiata. These predators will first be released in Los Angeles, says Rachael Myrow at KQED.

  • Can high-speed rail be a solution for California's transportation problem? It certainly can, says Peter Calthorpe, the founder of his namesake urban design and planning firm. Kaid Benfield at The Atlantic Cities does some analysis.

About the Author

Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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