Morning briefing: drought-friendly lawn, new COVID vaccine, voting rights for non-US citizens

gHello the Today is Tuesday August 2.

So I have a special gift for you. Allow me to apologize in advance. Unfortunately, it’s not $2,000 you have to pay for August rent or the $100 you need to fill up. I know, I would also like to win the Mega Millions jackpot.

BUT it will help support you in other ways. Caitlin Hernandez, our LAist craftsmanship guru has some tips on how YOU can create the drought-friendly yard of your dreams.

An interesting fact I learned from reading their story is that for every square foot of weed you extract, you can save an average of 44 gallons per year. Wow!

Caitlin provides a step-by-step process for converting lawns that prepares me to break out my gardening boots and tools right now. The first step is to observe your outdoor space and determine your aesthetic. If I were you, I would scour Pinterest and create a board for that special project. We’ve gotten a LOT of great ideas from readers, like longtime gardener Jennifer Orsini, about favorite drought-tolerant plants. Orsini has been working his garden for nearly 40 years.

The next thing to do is know your weed. There is cold season grass and warm season grass and the specific type will determine the steps you need to take to convert your lawn. If you have a certain type of grass, it could be a pain to remove.

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Caitlin warns that grass removal and replacement can be quite expensive. However, there is a refund program you can go to that will refund you up to 40% on average. These rebate programs can even help cover the costs of irrigation upgrades.

Now, I’m definitely not about to tell the whole story, so check out the rest of the practical steps in Caitlin’s post today.

As always, stay happy and healthy, friends. There’s more news below the fold.

What else you need to know today

Before you go… Should non-citizen residents of the United States vote in local elections?

My colleague Leslie Berestein Rojas has an interesting story about the proposal for a Santa Ana councilman. to allow non-citizen residents to vote in municipal elections. His argument?

43%. This is the percentage of the foreign-born population of Santa Ana. They pay taxes. They sit on municipal councils, commissions and committees. They take their children to school. They go shopping at the grocery store. They pay the bills. The list continues.

Councilman Jonathan Ryan Hernandez’s charter amendment will not appear on the November ballot but, as Leslie reports, a growing number of cities are trying to adopt similar measures.

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