How to get to LA: California wildfires, LA mobility map, homemade mosquito spray
gHello the Today is Friday August 26.
Today in How to LA: Navigating the Southern California wildfires, the future of LA’s mobility plan, plus homemade insect repellent.
When I was a kid living here in California, I remember watching PSAs in the middle of my favorite TV shows. I sat there on the sofa with my huge plastic bowl of Froot Loops with no worries (the good old days, right?) and Smokey, this big protective anthropomorphic bear appeared on the screen, encouraging everyone those who would listen, “only YOU can prevent forest fires”.
For over 70 years, Smokey has told us to handle nature with care. Not only do we need the precious natural resources that forests provide, but animals need them too. But unfortunately, over time, the fires have become more frequent and it has become much more difficult to put them out.
Many issues complicate the fight against wildfires: long-term fire suppression, climate change, and invasive species are just a few. And now it seems like we have to worry about these issues all year round. But there are things we can do, not just for Smokey, but for ourselves and our loved ones when the threat of wildfire increases, like now, when the land – and the weather – is dry.
My colleague Jacob Margolis has a complete guide to wildfires to prepare your home and family in the event of a fire, In his practical guide, I learned how to read a fire like a pro, know if my house is at risk and how to protect my property against a fire. He says everyone should also check emergency supplies, if they have fire insurance and make evacuation plans if needed.
Now we hope to hear from you. As we enter the riskiest part of the year for wildfires, we have great reporting projects underway to help Southern Californians through this scary time, and we would like your help.
Whether you live in a high fire risk area in California or woke up to orange skies in another part of the country, you know that megafires have become part of our lives. We want to hear your stories about living in an age of increasing wildfires. Have you or your family been forced to evacuate in response to a mega-fire? If you sheltered in place or evacuated during a wildfire, what was helpful to you? What kind of help would you like to have? How are you preparing for the next one? Please share your stories here or call 313-444-BURN and leave us a voicemail.
As always, stay happy and healthy, friends. There’s more news below – keep reading.
The News You Need After You Stop Hitting Snooze
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- Firefighters were at the scene of a brush fire that broke out Thursday in Angeles National Forest. As of 8 p.m. last night, it was 0% contained. Check here for updates.
- After more than five years of discussions and little action, Will Los Angeles follow its mobility plan? The city council has just agreed to let voters decide in 2024.
- LA is about to get a new agency dedicated to affordable housing after the proposal cleared a major hurdle in Sacramento. Here is the story behind the Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency.
- Hey WeHo, you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here! Earlier this week, state lawmakers rejected an invoice that would extend bar and nightclub hours to 4 a.m. in three cities, including West Hollywood and Palm Springs. (Los Angeles Times)
- Be ready LA County, expanded education programs are coming several libraries across the region. For example, children can indulge in reading, robotics, 3D printing, and more!
- It’s official: California has banned new gas-powered cars from 2035 – the first such regulation in the world. Here’s what you need to know.
- Is it power line the future that could save Californiaand the West? It is powered by renewable energy, but where it comes from may surprise you. (Los Angeles Times)
Expect! One more thing… A reader’s homemade trick to keep mosquitoes at bay
Whether it’s hiking with my team of friends or skating at Venice Beach, I LOVE being outdoors. We know you do, too. That’s why every Friday in the future, we’re going to help you connect with LA – outside of your home or office. We’ll share places, tips and stories that will leave you inspired – and prepared – to get some fresh air and discover the city.
Now we know that for some of you this time of year can be a real pain due to pests, so today we have some tips. Remember Caitlin Hernandez’s amazing guide to get rid of pesky mosquitoes in your house? Turns out a LOT of people found this useful. One of our readers, Melinda Peters, even shared one of her own tips – a recipe for non-toxic, pungent mosquito spray from her late friend Cathy.
Insect juice from Cathy Jahelka: 1/2 tsp eucalyptus oil, 1/2 tsp lemongrass oil, 1/2 cup water.
“You can make large or small batches, it keeps forever, it smells herbal at first, then the smell seems to go away, while the protection stays. I really like knowing what’s in the products that I use and to date no one has commented that they don’t like it, or it doesn’t work.I spray and wipe it liberally, especially where bugs seem to find me the tastiest. I keep it in brown spray bottles by our garden gate.—Melinda Peters
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