Film Screening of Chinatown and Panel Discussion on Water Resource Policy Issues facing Southern California
Chinatown is a fictional re-telling of a true story – how Los Angeles acquired rights to the Owens Valley’s water and diverted it to the city, permitting LA to grow and prosper – and for land investors (the water initially sent through the San Fernando Valley) to become wealthy by investing in real estate that would be given plentiful access to water.
While character names, events, and relationships were altered for dramatic effect, the film does a great job of conveying a kind of metaphorical truth: that Los Angeles and other great cities that acquire water rights in less than open or even-handed ways exemplify the power of greed and unbridled impulse in the pursuit of growth and the exploitation of resources.
Afterwards, join Water UCI after the movie for a panel discussion. Panelists will bring their expertise and perspective to bear on various questions raised by the film, including:
- How are cities and water drawn together?
- How is the harnessing of water as much about politics and power as engineering?
- Who should “control” water – and for what purpose: the general public or only a few beneficiaries?
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Film Screening: 5:30 - 7:40 p.m
Panel discussion will follow afterwards.
Timothy J. Bradley – Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCI
David L. Feldman – Director, Water UCI; and Professor of Planning, Policy and Design at UCI
Travis E. Huxman – Director, Center for Environmental Biology; Director, UCI Sustainability Initiative; and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCI
Nícola Ulibarrí - Assistant Professor of Planning, Policy and Design at UCI