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Los Angeles explains its Owens Valley solar plans

January 12, 2010 | 10:50 am

It's hardly an overstatement to say that residents of the Eastern Sierra's Owens Valley are a tad suspicious when government officials from Los Angeles nose around town. Memories of the city's surreptitious water grab nearly a century ago have not faded.

So when the head of the Department of Water and Power, S. David Freeman, headed north this weekend, he did so in the most public of ways -- holding a meeting in Bishop to explain how the city wanted to put a massive solar array on part of the same lake it had turned into a dusty salt bed when it took water from the Owens River and diverted it to Los Angeles.

More details on our L.A. Now blog.

-- Geoff Mohan

Photo: Dry portions of the Owens Lake bed. Credit: David McNew / Getty Images