By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times (TNS)
LOS ANGELES — When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered Californians to reduce urban water use by 25 percent, he declared war on the ubiquitous manicured lawn that — more than palm trees or pools — has for more than half a century been the beloved badge of Southland suburbia.
Among the early casualties is the expanse of green turf that Tom Beck and his wife planted around their Arcadia home 26 years ago.
“I have mixed emotions,” Beck said recently as he watched a gardening crew scrape up the grass in his backyard and cart it to a truck headed for the green waste dump.…