In 1904, the Board of Water Commissioners authorized Mulholland and several other engineers to find possible new water sources that would meet the city’s needs.
By the end of 1905, however, Eaton and Mulholland were able–using Eaton’s extensive political contacts, as well as dubious tactics such as bribery and deception–to acquire enough land and water rights in Owens Valley to block the irrigation project.
Mulholland and Eaton planned to route the aqueduct from the Owens River straight into the San Fernando Valley, an arid region of land nearby the city.
The seemingly intractable problems of Southern California — traffic and homelessness — might get better or grow worse. Los Angeles' decision to lock in an Olympic Games to far-off 2028 was praised by city leaders Monday as a deal that offers hundreds of millions of dollars in future benefits.
But the longest wait time for any Olympics in the U. also comes with the risks of the unknown.“It's a big chunk of time,” noted Jules Boykoff, a Pacific University professor who has written widely on the Olympics. The world presents surprises.”History teaches that the economy swings up and down, sometimes with disastrous results.
In 1902, the municipal government bought the franchise, retaining the City Water Company’s superintendent, William Mulholland, as head of the new Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Mulholland, a self-trained engineer born in Ireland, had begun his career as a ditch-cleaner for the water company and risen to become its superintendent at the age of 31.In embracing the 2028 date that is expected to be finalized later this year, city Olympic organizers ceded the 2024 Games to Paris, which both cities had craved.But Garcetti and other supporters argued that the four-year delay was advantageous, giving the car-choked city more time to build rail lines.Additionally, financial sweeteners will help cover costs over the longer wait time.From the time it was founded as a small settlement in the late 18th century, Los Angeles depended on its own river for water, building a system of reservoirs and open ditches as well as canals to irrigate nearby fields.As the city grew, however, it became clear that this supply of water would be insufficient if Los Angeles were to become a major American metropolis, as city boosters wanted.