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Free mulching classes offered by DWP

Free mulching classes: LAist reports that the Department of Water and Power is offering free classes on composting:

Friendly, knowledgeable instructors give easy instructions on how to compost, tips on what is best to put in your bin and explanations on how Mother Nature breaks all this stuff down for us. Did you know you can put shredded paperwork in a compost bin? Or hydrate it with water from cooked pasta?

Smart meters in Echo Park: Echo Park Now reports that the city is installing smart, solar-powered parking meters on several Echo Park streets:

Gone are the days of failed meters (and free parking)? The meters will communicate using wireless and send instant text messages to parking meter technicians when the meters become jammed.

Standard Oil Building courts restaurants: Blogdowntown reports that the Standard Oil Building could soon house two restaurants, including a rooftop space:

According to Standard Oil Investment Group's Steven Bohbot, nearly $3 million in improvements were undertaken for the project. … Currently, operators are being sought for a high-end supper club or steakhouse in the basement of the building as well as a themed rooftop dining and lounge space.

Pasadena gets armored vehicle: The Pasadena Star-News reports that the city just bought a $280,000, 36,000-pound armored vehicle:

Its all-black armor will stop a .50-caliber bullet cold, and its gun turret might make the casual observer think the U.S. Army is rolling through the streets. The vehicle comes with gun slots lining each side, but the ports, according to police officials, are not necessarily for firing rounds at bad guys.

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