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Focus Question

The Interested Parties

The Los Angeles Area - What You Need to Know

Climate - Warm, Dry Summers and Cool, Wet Winters

The Geologic Hazards of La Crescenta

Debris Basins - Catch It If We Can


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The Population's Growing Just Ask the Mountain Lions

To learn more about what's happening in the Los Angeles area, read the following newspaper articles. "Big Southland Population Jump Expected" by Jesus Sanchez Los Angeles Times July 13, 1995.

"Bolstered by an anticipated economic revival, the Los Angeles area will grow by 2.3 million residents over the next decade, the largest numerical gain of any metropolitan area in the Nation, according to the study scheduled to be released today by the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy....

In the Los Angeles area, the center's estimated regional population growth rate will exceed the pace of the past five years, when the area was hit by severe economic slump. The study's authors said the newcomers will be drawn to the area by the job growth in such industries as high-technology manufacturing, foreign trade, tourism, and entertainment....

The report had good news for the Los Angeles area's long-suffering residential real estate market, which will benefit from the anticipated addition of between 750,000 and a million new households by 2005.

Among the study's other major findings and projections for the region:

  • The size of the school-age population - ages 5 to 17 - will rise by a million in the next 10 years...
  • The share of households with incomes above $75,000 will grow from 22.5 percent this year to nearly 32 percent by 2005."

"Officials Hunt for Menacing Mountain Lion" by Nicholas Riccardi Los Angeles Times, March 14, 1995.

"Sheriff's deputies and state officials hunted big game in the foothills near La Crescenta on Monday - a mountain lion that they say has killed two dogs and come within 10 feet of humans over the past week.

The most recent encounter was at 1 a.m. Monday, when Chul Yoon was awakened by the barking of his Akita dog....When Yoon looked out his window, he saw a mountain lion clamp its jaws around the 80-pound dog's neck and drag it over the 4-foot stone wall that separates Yoon's back yard from the surrounding woods....

Several residents have also reported seeing a big cat in the La Crescenta Valley over the last week, officials said.

Sightings are not that unusual anymore, said Patrick Moore, a Fish and Game spokesman. But the incidents indicate that there is a mountain lion up there that's found an easy way to find a meal. It's easier to snatch a dog than spend all that time fighting over deer.

In the last few years, numerous residents have seen mountain lions in the foothills, as the cats overrun their habitat and suburban developments encroach...

...It's just coming too close to human beings for comfort, [Moore] said. The fear is that it's only a matter of time before a human being is involved."

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