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Southland saying goodbye to lawns
Southland saying goodbye to lawns

When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25% cut in urban water use, he declared war on the California lawn. Among the early casualties is the expanse of green that Tom Beck and his wife planted around their Arcadia home 26 years ago. “I have mixed emotions,” Beck said as he watched a gardening crew scrape up the grass in his backyard and cart it to a truck headed for the green waste dump. The Becks’ four children grew up playing on the lawn. Their dogs romped on it. They hosted garden parties on it. But “times have changed,” Beck said. Now the Arcadia city councilman is re-landscaping his spacious lot to cut his water-guzzling lawn in half. Big droughts leave...

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