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L.A.'s turf rebates aren't just a gimmick

L.A.'s turf rebates aren't just a gimmick

City Controller Ron Galperin took aim last week at Los Angeles' popular "Cash in Your Lawn" rebate program, calling the program a "gimmick" that helped get people to pay attention to the drought but didn't generate much immediate water savings. His audit of Department of Water and Power conservation programs found that Angelenos voluntarily cut their daily water use by 22 gallons per person over the course of the last year, while the turf removal saved only about half a gallon — or, as the controller said, a "drop in the bucket."

Puns aside, Galperin's comments miss the target. When more than 9,000 households and...