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  • San Joaquin Valley's Chowchilla defaults on a bond (Another Golden State City bites the dust)

    01/07/2011 12:41:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/07/2011 | Lee Romney
    The San Joaquin Valley town of Chowchilla — known for its dairy farms and prisons — has defaulted on a municipal revenue bond, underscoring the tight times and drastic choices faced by struggling California cities. The city, which has a skeletal manufacturing base, failed to make its January payment on a bond issued in much flusher times to renovate the ample City Hall, which houses a government that has seen a 45% cut in its workforce since mid-2009. But Assistant City Administrator Wayne Padilla said Thursday that he had negotiated with the bond trustee to draw down on bond reserves...
  • Court upholds Calif. air regulator's pollution fee (9th Circus says cough it up, home builders)

    12/07/2010 4:50:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AP on Breitbart.com ^ | 12/7/10 | Garance Burke - ap
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that air quality regulators in California's smog-laden San Joaquin Valley have the right to charge home builders a fee to control their pollution emissions. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the local air district's rule requiring developers to reduce emissions from new housing projects by building features like bicycle lanes and energy-efficient cooling systems. If they don't do enough to preserve air quality, they must pay fees that have averaged about $500 per house. The valley, stretching 240 miles from Stockton...
  • Amtrak braces of busiest week of the year in California

    11/18/2010 6:11:51 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Central Valley Business Times ^ | November 15, 2010 9:32pm
    Amtrak is adding more cars to its trains to accommodate passengers next week, the busiest week of the year for the state’s three passenger train routes, including the “San Joaquin” through much of the Central Valley. On what is anticipated to be the heaviest single travel day of the year for Amtrak — the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – Amtrak expects ridership to reach as many as 127,000 passengers system-wide. Last year, Amtrak carried nearly 686,000 passengers for the holiday week setting a new Thanksgiving ridership record. To accommodate more passengers traveling during this holiday week, more capacity will be added...
  • New Tactic in California for Paying Pollution Bill

    10/17/2010 7:46:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2010 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    Officials who have tried and failed to clean the air in California’s smog-filled San Joaquin Valley have seized on a new strategy: getting millions of drivers to shoulder more of the cost. Faced with a fine of at least $29 million for exceeding federal ozone limits, the San Joaquin Valley’s air quality regulators are proposing an annual surcharge of $10 to $24 on registration fees for the region’s 2.7 million cars and trucks beginning next year. A decision is expected when the governing board meets on Thursday. Although the surcharge is not expected to change how much people drive or...
  • Cali’s man-caused drought: Senate rejects water restoration effort; (Senate votes down 61-36)

    09/23/2009 11:36:15 AM PDT · by kara2008 · 146 replies · 4,928+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 9/23/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Last week, FNC’s Sean Hannity traveled to the San Joaquin Valley to report on the man-made drought that’s wreaking havoc on farmers in the name of saving the Delta smelt: {video}...Earlier tonight, GOP South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint tried to turn the water back on. The Senate voted down his amendment, 61-36. Here’s the roll call vote.
  • California's Man-Made Drought; The green war against San Joaquin Valley farmers.

    09/02/2009 2:23:07 PM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 33 replies · 2,437+ views
    WSJ ^ | SEPTEMBER 2, 2009, 12:49 P.M. ET | REVIEW & OUTLOOK
    California has a new endangered species on its hands in the San Joaquin Valley—farmers. Thanks to environmental regulations designed to protect the likes of the three-inch long delta smelt, one of America's premier agricultural regions is suffering in a drought made worse by federal regulations.
  • In California, Fish Come Before Farmers (The EPA engineers a drought causing 40% unemployment)

    08/16/2009 5:53:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 1,926+ views
    National Review ^ | 8/16/2009 | Greg Pollowitz
    From the weekend WSJ. An excerpt: Crops rot and people stand in line for food while the EPA engineers a drought San Joaquin Valley, Calif. In 1931, a severe drought began that within a few years engulfed the Oklahoma panhandle and a third of the Great Plains in a "Dust Bowl." Tens of thousands of people fled the region — many traveling to California along Route 66, which John Steinbeck called "the mother road, the road of flight" in "The Grapes of Wrath." A lot of the "Okies" settled in the San Joaquin Valley. In the decades that followed, state...
  • The Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin has fully complied with California State Law

    06/07/2008 7:34:47 AM PDT · by Huber · 4 replies · 73+ views
    http://www.sjoaquin.net/News/News.htm http://sanjoaquinsoundings.blogspot.com/ The Diocese of San Joaquin: June 4, 2008 Fresno, California The Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin has fully complied with California State Law The following facts are given to correct and clarify recently published misunderstandings and misstatements regarding legal claims against the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin All actions taken by the Diocese of San Joaquin were authorized by its governing bodies, namely, its Standing Committee and its Diocesan Council, along with Bishop Schofield. These actions were done in complete compliance with California law and were done to secure the property until a California court can rule on...
  • Remaking San Joaquin (Following the Canons-Pt III)

    05/17/2008 6:55:47 AM PDT · by Huber · 1 replies · 123+ views
    III. Remaking the Diocese of San Joaquin: a Canonical Proposal for Harmony Given the background that is in Part I of this Memorandum, and the analysis that is in Part II, the way forward to reconstitute the Diocese of San Joaquin according to the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church is clear. Recall that the Diocese has always been an unincorporated association, and that such an entity is simply a gathering together of like-minded people for a common purpose. The group known as Remain Episcopal can therefore be fully accommodated in the ongoing Diocese, along with the other parishes,...
  • A Tale of Two Dioceses (Following the Canons-II)

    05/17/2008 6:52:39 AM PDT · by Huber · 1 replies · 69+ views
    II. A Tale of Two Dioceses As noted in Part I, a Diocese of The Episcopal Church has a dual existence: it is canonically recognized as a Diocese by The Episcopal Church, and it is legally recognized as a separate entity by the State in which it geographically exists. Thus the Diocese of San Joaquin was recognized both as a diocese belonging to Province VIII of The Episcopal Church, and within California it was recognized as an unincorporated association by the State of California. An "unincorporated association" is just a gathering of two or more people to accomplish some lawful...
  • How to Follow the Canons in San Joaquin (Part I)

    05/17/2008 6:49:37 AM PDT · by Huber · 1 replies · 51+ views
    There seems to be so much confusion about what is going on in the Diocese of San Joaquin that it is probably too optimistic to expect that another post on the subject will assist anyone in understanding the situation. In considering how to approach the subject, and on how to place the current lawsuit in context, it occurred to me that one viewpoint that has not yet been seen is that of a chancellor's advice to a Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church who genuinely wants to honor and to follow TEC's Constitution and Canons. So let the following memorandum...
  • Federal regulators weigh status of longfin smelt in delta

    05/07/2008 10:36:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 147+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/7/08 | AP
    Federal authorities will consider whether to designate another delta fish for protection under the Endangered Species Act after a sharp population decline last year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it will review the status of the longfin smelt to determine whether it is a threatened or endangered species. The 4 inch-long fish is native to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Last year it registered its lowest population count in four decades of monitoring. Environmental groups had requested a review in August. The longfin's cousin, the Delta smelt, has been listed as a threatened species since 1993.
  • SC Asks Presiding Bishop to Postpone San Joaquin Special Convention [Episcopal]

    03/29/2008 4:14:51 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 141+ views
    The Living Church Foundation ^ | 3/28/2008 | Steve Waring
    Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina and the diocesan standing committee have made public a  letter sent March 27 to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in which she was asked not to proceed with a “special convention” meeting she announced and personally will convene on March 29 at St. John the Baptist Church in Lodi, Calif.  The meeting agenda includes adoption of the 2003 version of the San Joaquin Constitution and Canons certification of delegates and ratification of Bishop Jefferts Schori’s nomination of retired Northern California Bishop Jerry Lamb to be provisional bishop for the newly reconstituted diocese. The diocese...
  • Episcopal Church throws out Fresno bishop

    03/12/2008 4:52:37 PM PDT · by keat · 48 replies · 784+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | March 12, 2008 12:58:55 PM | SUE NOWICKI
    The House of Bishops in the Episcopal Church USA voted today to depose the Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield, bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin. It's a little like firing someone who already has resigned. Schofield, who in December led his diocese to leave the national church over issues such as biblical interpretation and homosexuality, now is under the oversight of the Anglican Church's Southern Cone in South America. But it's no laughing matter to the church, which is claiming that the diocese can't simply leave with its multimillion-dollar property at its Fresno headquarters and at church properties from Bakersfield...
  • Judge rules in favor of San Joaquin Valley air district

    02/22/2008 3:59:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 125+ views
    FRESNO A Fresno County Superior Court has ruled that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's regulation of developers for air-quality impacts is legal and valid. The lawsuit challenging the District's rule establishing development fees for air-pollution mitigation was filed by the California Building Industry Association. The lawsuit claimed that the District had no authority to regulate development and impose fees, and amounted to a tax under Proposition 13. The court disagreed Thursday in its ruling. The Valley Air District was the first in the state to put such a rule into place. other areas are now looking to...
  • You are not alone [31 bishops stand with +Schofield & San Joaquin - Anglican]

    01/06/2008 5:00:02 PM PST · by sionnsar · 9 replies · 56+ views
    Printable copy here. You are not alone 33 bishop's stand with Bishop Schofield and Diocese of San Joaquin Dear Bishop John-David,We, Episcopal colleagues from across the Anglican Communion and across the world, write to salute you on the courageous decision of the Diocesan Convention of San Joaquin to take leave of The Episcopal Church and to align with the Province of the Southern Cone. We know that decision was to a large extent the result of your tenacity and faithful leadership, and for that we give thanks to God. It has been said that you are isolated and alone. We...
  • An Episcopal divorce (California)

    01/02/2008 7:55:42 PM PST · by PAR35 · 7 replies · 71+ views
    Tracy Press ^ | 21 December 2007 | Jennifer Wadsworth
    -snip- Except for eight parishes that were incorporated separately or existed before the diocese was formed, Bishop John-David Schofield, who led the schism, holds legal title to about 40 churches in the Central Valley diocese. “We hold that there is no legal ownership of the property beyond the bishop (Schofield),” said Bill Gandenberger of the Fresno-based Diocese of San Joaquin. “The question about property will have to be solved by the courts if, and when, the Episcopal Church (USA) initiates actions.” -snip- The remaining churches that voted against the decision were St. Anne in Stockton and St. John the Baptist...
  • Unprecedented Split - Anglican Church continues to divide

    12/10/2007 1:46:17 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 297+ views
    CNA ^ | December 10, 2007
    Fresno, Dec 10, 2007 / 01:23 pm (CNA).- Churches in California and Canada have decided to split from the Anglican Communion due to disagreement over how the church should minister to homosexuals and doctrinal matters. The Diocese of San Joaquin and churches in British Columbia will instead align with the Argentinean Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. province of the Anglican Communion which serves 77 million members world-wide.The AP reports that Saturday, the Diocese of San Joaquin voted to split from the Episcopal Church because of their disagreements over the Bible and homosexuality.  The...
  • Diocese of San Joaquin Votes to Leave The Episcopal Church First Diocese in the Nation to Leave TEC

    12/09/2007 2:13:02 PM PST · by Huber · 10 replies · 100+ views
    www.virtueonline.org ^ | 12/8/2007 | By David W. Virtue
    In an historic move that surprised virtually nobody, the Diocese of San Joaquin voted to leave the Episcopal Church (TEC) and realign with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone becoming the first diocese in the nation to formally leave TEC. Delegates to the 48th diocesan convention voted by orders, 70-12 clergy and 103-10 in the lay order, to effectively remove all references to the Episcopal Church from its constitution and describe the diocese as "a constituent member of the Anglican Communion and in full communion with the See of Canterbury." The vote was overwhelming to leave. San Joaquin Bishop...
  • First Episcopal News Service Article on San Joaquin Secession

    12/09/2007 1:53:37 PM PST · by Huber · 2 replies · 36+ views
    Episcopal News Service ^ | December 08, 2007 | By Pat McCaughan,
    San Joaquin votes to leave Episcopal Church, realign with Southern Cone Some delegates vow to 'Remain Episcopal'; Presiding Bishop comments on action [Episcopal News Service, Fresno, California] Delegates attending the 48th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin on Saturday, December 8, overwhelmingly voted to leave the Episcopal Church and to align with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. San Joaquin Bishop John-David Schofield asked for a moment of silence in deference to those who opposed the change, reminding the gathering that he "knows what it feels like to be a minority" before the vote tallies were read....
  • Episcopal Diocese Secedes From Church (Over Homosexuality Issue)

    12/09/2007 4:25:23 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 15 replies · 358+ views
    New York Times via AOL.com ^ | December 8, 2007 | NEELA BANERJEE
    FRESNO, Calif. (Dec. 8) - The Diocese of San Joaquin voted on Saturday to cut ties with the Episcopal Church, the first time in the church's history a diocese has done so over theological issues and the biggest leap so far by dissident Episcopalians hoping to form a rival national church in the United States.
  • Historic split for U.S. Episcopals

    12/08/2007 4:08:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 95 replies · 129+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 8, 2007 | Adam Tanner
    FRESNO, California (Reuters) - An entire California diocese of the U.S. Episcopal Church voted to secede on Saturday in a historic split after years of disagreement over the church's expanding support for gay and women's rights. Clergy and lay representatives of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, based in Fresno in central California, voted to leave the church, which has been in turmoil since 2003 when U.S. Episcopalians consecrated their first openly gay bishop. "We've seen a miracle here today," Bishop John-David Schofield said after the vote. "We are already outside the jurisdiction of the Episcopal Church." The head of...
  • Diocese breaks with Episcopal Church in rift over role of gays in the church

    12/08/2007 1:25:15 PM PST · by keat · 3 replies · 175+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | December 08, 2007 12:01:49 PM | Jordan Robertson
    An Episcopal diocese in central California on Saturday became the first in the U.S. to split with the national denomination over disagreements about the role of gays and lesbians in the church. Clergy and lay members of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin voted 173-22 this morning at their annual convention in Fresno to remove all references to the national denomination from the diocese's constitution, according to diocese spokeswoman Joan Gladstone. In a later vote, the diocese accepted an invitation to join a conservative South American congregation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. The decision marked the latest episode in a...
  • Breaking: Diocese of San Joaquin votes to leave Episcopal Church, Join Southern Cone

    12/08/2007 11:11:16 AM PST · by Huber · 10 replies · 249+ views
    Votes were in and announcement was made at 10:42AM Pacific Time. Over 70% of clergy and 90% of laity voted for the motion. All clergy are now officially part of the Archdiocese of the Southern Cone. Those clergy wishing to remain will be released to TEC. More to follow...
  • +Schofield Responds to Schori

    12/07/2007 7:50:01 PM PST · by Huber · 5 replies · 44+ views
    Dear Bishop Schori: Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our one and only Lord and Savior. I have read your letter of December 3, 2007 and thank you for your prayers. There is a pastoral tone to this letter which is much appreciated. Informing me that you are not writing with any threats is most encouraging also. One would hope that this indicates your serious consideration of the Primates’ specific request that deposition and litigation under the present circumstances be abandoned as unacceptable behavior among Christians. Please know I do not share your feelings that I am isolated. My...
  • Episcopal Church faces possible major defection

    12/06/2007 9:41:16 AM PST · by NYer · 61 replies · 617+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 5, 2007 | Michael Conlon
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church faces major tumult this week when an entire California diocese with more than 9,000 members decides whether to secede in an unprecedented protest over gay issues. The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, based in Fresno and consisting of nearly 50 churches in 14 counties, would be the first diocese to bolt from the U.S. branch of the 77-million-member global Anglican Communion if Saturday's final vote passes. The U.S. church and Anglicanism generally have been in upheaval since 2003 when the Episcopal Church consecrated Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first bishop known...
  • From the Desk of the Bishop of San Joaquin

    09/17/2007 5:17:12 AM PDT · by Huber · 4 replies · 65+ views
    One of the greatest problems the Church faces today is the willingness to ascribe motivations and “hidden agendas” to those who disagree with us. This escalates not only our suspicion of others but levels of anger. Actions based more upon rumors and fear rather than facts cause us to separate ourselves from one another. At this writing in early September we are all aware of momentous decisions that lie ahead. The American House of Bishops has been presented with the deadline of Sept. 30 to turn from unbiblical theology and practices. Those who plead for more time and dialogue claiming...
  • Under Fire, San Joaquin Diocese Seeks to Stay Loyal to the Anglican Communion

    01/28/2007 7:19:55 PM PST · by Huber · 2 replies · 298+ views
    TitusOnline ^ | January 28th, 2007
    In previous property disputes hundreds of miles to the south, a Superior Court judge dismissed lawsuits filed by the Los Angeles Episcopal Diocese against three conservative breakaway parishes in Long Beach and Newport Beach claiming to be the owners of their churches. The diocese has appealed those rulings. However, late last year a different Superior Court judge allowed the diocese to proceed with a lawsuit filed against a breakaway Episcopal church in La Crescenta. That suit also seeks a declaration that the property is owned by the diocese. “It’s the Wild West out there,” Jan Nunley, spokeswoman for the Episcopal...
  • New doctrine may lead to empty pews

    01/23/2007 7:03:24 PM PST · by Huber · 7 replies · 637+ views
    Bakersfield.com ^ | 1/23/07 | Marylee Schrider
    The leadership of the Episcopal Church in America may have trouble deciding what they believe, but here in Bakersfield the local diocese isn't afraid to call sin a sin. The Diocese of San Joaquin, which oversees Episcopal churches in Bakersfield, joined eight others last week in asking church leadership to give them a new boss. Their grounds? The one they have now - the newly elected presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori - doesn't know squat about Scripture. They were actually not quite so succinct. But the election of Shori - a theological liberal who, at the Episcopal General Convention in...
  • Episcopal parishes split with diocese [San Joaquin]

    12/10/2006 5:13:12 PM PST · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 356+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 12/10/2006
    Holy Family Church in northeast Fresno and two other parishes will remain with the Episcopal Church USA, despite a recent vote by the Valley’s Episcopal diocese to start breaking away from the national church.It’s a schism within a schism for the Diocese of San Joaquin, based in Fresno. Holy Family, St. Anne’s Church in Stockton and St. John the Baptist Church in Lodi have taken official positions not to split.The Rev. Van McCalister, spokesman for the diocese, did not return telephone calls from The Bee.The Diocese of San Joaquin, made up of about 50 churches in 10 counties, is the...
  • Report: Diocese of San Joaquin 47th Annual Convention

    12/03/2006 6:34:29 PM PST · by Moose Dung · 5 replies · 534+ views
    MooseDung - Lay Delegate to Convention | 12/03/2006 | Convention Notes
    DISCLAIMER: Following is an early and unofficial account of the resolutions and vote totals as they occurred at the annual convention of the Diocese of San Joaquin.  For the official results please consult the Diocese of San Joaquin.  Note also that much business was conducted at this convention, however, only the resolutions regarding our constitution and affiliations with the global Anglican community are listed here.  Any differences between this record and the official record are my inaccuracies. PROCEDURAL NOTE:  In the case of changes to the Constitution, there must be two votes (or readings) of the amendments by the...
  • Only One Parish Opposed San Joaquin Move

    12/03/2006 7:30:09 AM PST · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 357+ views
    TexAnglican ^ | 12/02/2006 | Randall Foster
    David Virtue reports that the following resolution was brought to the floor at the last minute at the San Joaquin diocesan convention today by a diocesan priest. It was approved by a vote of 166-4 (emphasis added by me): Affiliation in the Anglican Communion. Whereas the 2006 GC of the TEC did not adequately respond to the requests of the Windsor Report, thereby placing the relationship of the TEC to the Anglican Communion in jeopardy; and whereas the primates of the Global South have declared "the time has come to take initial steps to wards the formation of what will...
  • Episcopal Diocese Votes to Secede From Church

    12/03/2006 3:15:58 AM PST · by Moose Dung · 45 replies · 1,852+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 12/03/2006 | Laurie Goodstein/Carolyn. Marshall
    FRESNO, CA--An Episcopal diocese in California overwhelmingly passed a series of resolutions yesterday that position it to secede from the Episcopal Church and affiliate with conservatives in the global Anglican Communion. If the Diocese of San Joaquin affirms the move in a second vote next year, the small diocese, with 48 parishes and 7,000 members, would be the first to try to break from the Episcopal Church, which has been torn by conflict since the consecration of a gay bishop in 2003. Until now, only individual parishes have severed ties. The vote by the diocese is one more step in...
  • Calif. Diocese Snubs Episcopal Church

    12/02/2006 12:57:29 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 17 replies · 773+ views
    AP & Newsday ^ | 12/2/06 | GARANCE BURKE
    FRESNO, Calif. -- In a public rebuke of the Episcopal Church, a conservative diocese voted Saturday to affirm its membership in the worldwide Anglican Communion after distancing itself from the American denomination over issues of sexuality and the ordination of women. Some delegates to the Diocese of San Joaquin's convention called it a first step toward a formal break with the national church. "The national church has forced us to this point where we have to pick -- is our ultimate authority scripture or is our ultimate authority an institution that has run amok?" said the Rev. Russell VanRozeboom, the...
  • Rebel diocese threatens to quit Episcopal Church

    11/26/2006 3:08:13 PM PST · by sionnsar · 11 replies · 436+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 11/24/2006 | Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
    A battle is brewing in the Episcopal Church over the Diocese of San Joaquin, Calif., which is poised to be the first diocese to secede and position itself as the "vanguard" of a new U.S. branch of Anglicanism. Home to an estimated 10,000 Episcopalians, the diocese will vote on amendments that would remove all ties to the national church at its convention next Friday and Saturday. San Joaquin Bishop John-David Schofield said the 2.2 million-member Episcopal Church is "preaching and practicing heresy" with its progressive approach to homosexuality and the Bible. In a letter to parishioners, Schofield said his diocese...
  • San Joaquin

    05/19/2006 5:59:34 AM PDT · by bboop · 11 replies · 222+ views
    self ^ | 5.19.06 | self
    Does anyone know how San Joaquin translates? I am thinking maybe it is (Saint) Joaquim, but cannot find it anywhere. And I must know ....
  • CA: Air regulators announce new emission factor for dairies

    08/01/2005 8:47:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 593+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/1/05 | Kathleen Hennessey - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Air regulators said Monday that dairies are the number one source of smog-producing pollution in the San Joaquin Valley, producing more than even cars and light trucks. In a much-disputed report released Monday, the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District determined that a cow annually emits 19.3 pounds of volatile organic compounds, the gases that contribute to smog. That's 50 percent more than currently thought. At that new rate, dairies in the San Joaquin Valley produce more than 50 tons of VOCs a day, exceeding the amount released by cars and light trucks in the...
  • CA: Feds erred in water pacts that keep San Joaquin dry, judge rules

    07/29/2005 5:33:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 432+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/29/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Water contracts that often turn 60 miles of California's second-longest river into a sandy desert fail to adequately take into account the damage to endangered species, a federal judge has ruled. But he did not immediately alter the agreements that send San Joaquin River water flowing to 15,000 central California farmers and cities. The 25-year water contracts signed four years ago divert water at the Friant Dam near Fresno that otherwise would flow down the San Joaquin River and help sustain species there and in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta east of San Francisco. The water instead...
  • CA: Dairy cows branded top smog hogs (EnviroWacko Alert!)

    06/28/2005 9:25:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 637+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/28/05 | Sarah Ruby
    Dairies cause more smog than cars, according to the San Joaquin Valley air district. Recent science shows milk cows produce at least 60 percent more smog-forming chemicals than previous estimates, which were based on aging studies, valley air officials say. And that's "likely to be an underestimate," said Rick McVaigh, director of permit services for the air district, which released a draft pollution-per-cow estimate Monday. Dairy industry representatives are outraged that the district would rely on incomplete and irrelevant science, they say. "It's unbelievable what they've come up with," said Michael Boccadoro, spokesman for a dairy lobbying group known as...
  • CA: Governor creates task force to study San Joaquin Valley problems

    06/24/2005 5:42:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 454+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/24/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday created a task force charged with improving the economy and quality of life in California's San Joaquin Valley, a quickly developing region beleaguered by high unemployment, suburban sprawl and some of the nation's dirtiest air. The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley establishes a 26-member panel that includes government representatives and those from the private sector. "I want to make this task force a model for how state governments can work together more effectively with local governments and the regional economy," the governor said. "The valley is home to the...
  • FUNNEL CLOUD REPORTED OVER SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

    06/17/2005 2:48:40 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 33 replies · 968+ views
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA 1139 AM PDT FRI JUN 17 2005 CAZ019-172029- NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY- 1139 AM PDT FRI JUN 17 2005 ...FUNNEL CLOUD REPORTED OVER SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY... CHP AND LOCAL CITIZENS REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD NEAR INTERSTATE 5 AND HIGHWAY 12...APPROXIMATELY 10 TO 15 MILES WEST OF LODI. THIS FUNNEL CLOUD WAS MOVING TO THE NORTHWEST AT NEAR 25 MPH. LATEST REPORTS INDICATED THAT THIS FUNNEL CLOUD WAS STILL SEVERAL THOUSAND FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. AT THIS TIME THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT THIS FUNNEL CLOUD WILL EXTEND DOWN TO GROUND LEVEL AND RADAR IS SHOWING...
  • A chatty songbird not seen in Central Valley for 60 years is back

    06/15/2005 5:17:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 107 replies · 1,597+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday June 15, 2005 | JULIANA BARBASSA
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) A chatty songbird thought to have disappeared from the Central Valley 60 years ago has been spotted nesting in a patch of restored habitat along the San Joaquin River. The least Bell's vireo, a little gray songbird that fits in a closed fist, was once widespread in the Central Valley. It disappeared from the area as the riparian habitat it favors was ripped up to make way for development and agriculture. About 90 percent of the valley's historic riverside vegetation has been lost, said Al Donner, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bird was...
  • Report: San Joaquin Valley receiving few federal dollars

    02/09/2005 11:34:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 345+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/9/05 | Brian Skoloff - AP
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - California's vast San Joaquin Valley has long been compared to the nation's Appalachian region for its levels of poverty, unemployment and lack of public funding for roads, schools and health care. In fact, according to preliminary data from a congressional report released Tuesday, the valley suffered from a higher poverty rate in 2000 than the Appalachian region - 20.5 percent compared to 13.6 percent - yet received 21 percent less federal money per capita. It's a contradiction valley congressional members say needs to be reconciled. "We, I think, have always felt for many years that the...
  • CA: FCC orders San Joaquin Valley broadcaster to stop free GOP ads

    10/29/2004 7:43:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 522+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/29/04 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A San Joaquin Valley broadcaster cannot aid Republican candidates with free air time unless the same offer is extended to other candidates, the Federal Communications Commission ruled Friday. Pappas Telecasting Cos., which had donated $325,000 in air time on its radio and TV stations to 13 GOP county committees last week, had insisted for days that the gifts were legal and did not trigger federal equal time rules. It was not clear whether the company would appeal the staff ruling to the full commission. Phone calls to the Visalia-based company, which operates 28 stations in 11 states,...
  • CA: Possible extension of $1 billion loan (from 1930s) to farmers questioned (Valley Farmers Alert)

    08/26/2004 4:06:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 418+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/26/04 | AP - FResno
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An environmental group is accusing California farmers of not paying back a $1 billion interest-free loan used in the 1930s to build a large irrigation project that supports much of California's farm industry. The Natural Resources Defense Council, a congressman and others are also attacking contract renewals for the Central Valley Project, whose 20 reservoirs deliver river water to more than 3 million acres of farmland, including those in west San Joaquin Valley. The Bush Administration is attempting to push the deal through quietly and swiftly, according to the group, while millions of taxpayers' dollars used...
  • S.J. a key battleground for state races

    12/27/2003 6:08:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 209+ views
    Recordnet.com ^ | 12/27/03 | Will Shuck - Stockton Record
    SACRAMENTO -- Those who like politics will love 2004. Those who don't, won't -- especially in and around Stockton, where some of the state's toughest political battles will be fought. President Bush is set to shatter spending records in his bid for a second term, and Republicans promise to spend buckets of cash trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. That alone should be enough to inundate Californians with political advertising. But people in the San Joaquin County area will get a further dose, since they'll be host to California's fiercest state Senate campaign and a pair of multimillion-dollar...
  • Assembly Passes Bills Aimed at San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution

    09/11/2003 10:23:14 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 197+ views
    Assembly Passes Bills Aimed at San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution The California Assembly has passed a set of bills aimed at fighting air pollution in the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley. The bills would put an end to agriculture's longtime exemption from rules of the federal Clean Air Act and begin to phase out open-air agricultural burning. They also raise new money for biomass plants to burn farm waste and encourage employees to carpool. The bill to end the agricultural exemption was among the most controversial of the package. It passed 45-24, with most Democratic Assembly members...
  • Pollution threatens power project [California]

    01/13/2003 8:20:11 AM PST · by snopercod · 17 replies · 265+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | January 13, 2003 | Mark Grossi
    <p>Valley's lack of a plan to clean the air may delay San Joaquin plant.</p> <p>The San Joaquin Valley's murky air could foul the future of a $550 million power plant that would supply one-third of Central California's electricity needs.</p> <p>The California Energy Commission's staff, concerned about adding more pollution to the Valley's air, won't recommend licensing the power plant near San Joaquin in west Fresno County.</p>