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  • Formerly bankrupt Stockton to see what happens when residents are given a “universal basic income.”

    02/08/2018 9:36:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 02/08/2018 | Steven Greenhut
    If the states are supposed to be laboratories for democracy, where new ideas that reflect regional attitudes can flourish, then cities are like micro-laboratories. Local governments can try out ideas that would never get statewide traction. Unfortunately, some California cities are more like laboratories run by Dr. Frankenstein, where frightening concepts are given life — and local residents have few other choices than to flee to other places. Most conservatives are familiar with the goings-on in San Francisco, where stringent rent-control laws have — I know you’re surprised by this — led to the least affordable rents and most unaffordable...
  • Desert and farm, water drainage and a new deal in the Central Valley

    11/27/2016 10:12:36 AM PST · by Mariner · 53 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | November 27th, 2016 | By Mark Arax
    LOS BANOS - The helicopter landed in the western hills above the San Joaquin Valley and out of the dust walked President John F. Kennedy. It was Aug. 18, 1962, and the sun would not let go. In the hollow of the mountain, where California was about to build its newest reservoir, the air felt like a blast furnace. Summer had baked the earth to a tan and shrunken form. The hills turned to hide. Though not a drop of rain had fallen from the sky since spring, no one in the assembled crowd, certainly not the cotton kings, thought...
  • Trump Tells California 'There Is No Drought'

    05/27/2016 5:44:22 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 69 replies
    AP ^ | May 27 2016 | AP
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring, "There is no drought." Speaking at a rally in Fresno, Calif., Trump accused state officials of denying water to Central Valley farmers so they can send it out to sea "to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish
  • Barack Obama Promises to Veto Bill That Will Provide Water To Central California Drought Region

    03/01/2012 5:43:01 AM PST · by radioone · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 29, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In December 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued what is known as a “biological opinion” imposing water reductions on the San Joaquin Valley and environs to safeguard the federally protected hypomesus transpacificus, a.k.a., the delta smelt. As a result, tens of billions of gallons of water from mountains east and north of Sacramento was channelled away from farmers and into the ocean, leaving hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land fallow or scorched.
  • Disputed San Joaquin River Water will go to West Valley farmers

    07/14/2015 3:29:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 7-13-15 | Mark Grossi
    Federal officials Tuesday will begin releasing a disputed allotment of San Joaquin River water from Millerton Lake to a group of west San Joaquin Valley growers with water rights dating back to the 1870s. East-Valley growers last week had argued the unexpected allotment belonged to them, citing an agreement this year with the west-side growers over water in Millerton. But the west-siders, who belong to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractor Authority, said they have honored the earlier deal, and this water has nothing to do with that agreement. The additional water from spring storms should be distributed through the...
  • Man-Made Drought: A Guide To California's Water Wars

    06/13/2015 4:40:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies ^ | June 12, 2015 | REP. DEVIN NUNES
    In the summer of 2002, shortly before I was elected to Congress, I sat through an eye-opening meeting with representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council and several local environmental activist groups. Hoping to convince me to support various water restrictions, they argued that San Joaquin Valley farmers should stop growing alfalfa and cotton in order to save water — though they allowed that the planting of high-value crops such as almonds could continue. Then, as our discussion turned to the groups' overall vision for the San Joaquin Valley, they told me something astonishing:
  • No irrigation water again this year for Valley farmers

    02/28/2015 3:15:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 2--27-15 | Mark Grossi
    Farmers again will get no federal river water for more than 2 million acres of cropland in the San Joaquin Valley, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday. Though the announcement was no surprise, it sent ripples of anxiety through the farming industry on both the east and west sides of the Valley, which rely on water from the federal Central Valley Project. Don Peracchi, board president of the Westlands Water District’s board, mostly in west Fresno County, said: “The federal government’s Central Valley Project is broken. Some of the most vital elements of the state’s economy are being allowed...
  • Valley growers take fight against water cutbacks to Supreme Court

    10/02/2014 6:42:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 10-1-14 | Mark Grossi
    San Joaquin Valley growers Wednesday filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping to reverse an appellate court’s rejection of their claim that flawed science was used to cut back water pumping in Northern California. The case already has been through U.S. District Court in Fresno, which sided with growers in a decision that would have forced federal leaders to rewrite 2008 protections for the threatened delta smelt. The dwindling fish population lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta where pumps divert water for Valley farms and Southern California cities. Federal wildlife agencies say water pumping is harming the...
  • Vast oil trove trapped in Monterey Shale formation

    04/08/2014 9:51:16 AM PDT · by Praxeologue · 50 replies
    Los AngelesTimes ^ | April 6, 2014 | Julie Cart
    SHAFTER, Calif. — A bustling city is sprouting on five acres here, carved out of a vast almond grove. Tanker trucks and heavy equipment come and go, a row of office trailers runs the length of the site and an imposing 150-foot drilling rig illuminated by football-field-like lights rises over the trees. It's all been hustled into service to solve a tantalizing riddle: how to tap into the largest oil shale reservoir in the United States. Across the southern San Joaquin Valley, oil exploration sites have popped up in agricultural fields and on government land, driven by the hope that...
  • Climate adaptation faces funding crisis warn UN officials [Carbon Market Collapse]

    03/21/2014 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    RTCC ^ | March 20, 2014 | Sophie Yeo
    Flows of money towards climate adaptation projects are becoming increasingly unpredictable, making it difficult for vulnerable countries to prepare for the hardships caused by global warming. Future fundraising tactics would have to be “extremely aggressive” in order to raise enough money to continue their work, according to board members of the UN-run Adaptation Fund, the primary finance provider for adaptation projects around the world. “We are essentially going with our hands out to everyone,” Philip Weech, the board member from the Bahamas representing the Latin American and Caribbean regions, told RTCC. “We take funds from anyone, any inch, but the...
  • Kern County's rich oil field of history

    11/28/2011 6:03:41 PM PST · by thecodont · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | November 27, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
    Reporting from Taft, Calif.— Anywhere else, linking an aromatic cup of coffee and a gooey glob of oil would quickly kill a restaurant. Not so in Taft, Calif., the Taft Crude Coffee House is a popular stop for hot coffee or iced mocha. And in an era when oil spills tend to be environmental disasters, people here are happy to provide directions to the Lakeview Gusher, even though it spewed more than 9 million barrels of oil, nearly twice the amount spilled in 2010 from the Deepwater Horizon, the ill-fated British Petroleum rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 18...
  • Pollution Fines Irk San Joaquin Valley Drivers

    08/23/2011 10:35:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    KCRA ^ | August 23, 2011
    $12 Pollution Assessment To Be Added To Car Registration FeesEvery person who owns a non-commercial vehicle in the San Joaquin Valley will begin paying a fine for violating federal air quality standards starting in October, said the San Joaquin Valley Pollution Control District. The fine will show up as a $12 pollution assessment on a resident's annual car registration bill. "We will pay this fine every year until we go three straight years without violating tougher federal air quality standards," said Anthony Presto, a spokesman for the pollution control district. The reason for the fine is that the San Joaquin...
  • 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...
  • Water Sanity For Central California

    05/20/2010 5:26:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 449+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Law: A federal judge has struck a blow for California's water-deprived Central Valley, ruling that draconian federal water cutbacks violate human rights because — surprise! — people also belong in the ecosystem. Next time a concept like, say "death panels" from the federal government seems far-fetched, consider the ordeal California's Central Valley has endured for the past two years. Based on a judicial ruling, some of the most prized and productive agricultural land in the country was turned into a wasteland after its water was shut off. The ruling was derived from an 800-page "biological opinion" put out by regulators...
  • Judge sides with farmers in [California] delta pumping lawsuit

    05/19/2010 10:27:11 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 34 replies · 1,059+ views
    Bloomberg Business Week ^ | May 18, 2010 | Terence Chea
    A federal judge ruled Tuesday in favor of Central Valley farmers and urban water agencies seeking to loosen restrictions on pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a major source of irrigation and drinking water for much of California. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno said the federal government did not properly develop a management plan that restricted water exports to protect endangered salmon, steelhead and other fish. The judge scheduled a hearing Wednesday to determine how much water can be exported without harming threatened fish that migrate through the delta to the Pacific Ocean. Groups representing San Joaquin Valley...
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • Democrats vs Democrat in California's water wars

    02/18/2010 7:10:16 PM PST · by cajuncow · 3 replies · 317+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-18-10 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday asked Senator Dianne Feinstein to abandon draft legislation that would divert more water to California's farmers, a plan that has quickly become a flashpoint in the state's long-running water wars. Feinstein's proposal, which would ease Endangered Species Act restrictions, has angered environmental activists and fishing groups. The powerful Democratic senator's rebuke by members of her own party underscores the incendiary nature of water politics in America's No. 1 farm state. The 12 lawmakers, who sent a letter to Feinstein asking her to drop the plan, say it could ultimately...
  • Testing waters for salmon in San Joaquin River

    02/07/2010 9:04:07 AM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies · 453+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Sunday, February 7, 2010 | Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Water has begun flowing down 64 barren miles of the San Joaquin River in what is being touted as California's most ambitious effort to bring back long-lost native salmon. The floodgates of the colossal Friant Dam outside Fresno were opened last week so researchers can study how the water flows down California's second longest river. The releases, which will continue until Dec. 1, will accelerate this spring until enough water is flowing down the parched riverbed to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in less than a minute. It is all part of a historic agreement reached after two decades of...
  • California Should Copy Texas

    12/07/2009 5:10:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,738+ views ^ | December 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. Last Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger released a new report based on research compiled by the California Energy Commission claiming that by 2100 San Francisco Bay would be more bay than San Francisco, with Fisherman's Wharf and Treasure Island under the rising waters of climate change. His show-and-tell, which included a new Google Earth application the commission spent $150,000 to help develop, goes a long way toward explaining the once-Golden State's slide...
  • Our View: Government puts fish above farmers

    10/08/2009 8:22:50 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies · 1,741+ views ^ | October 08, 2009
    Finally acknowledging that there is a significant government-created crisis in the San Joaquin Valley, the Interior Department convened a public hearing Sept. 30, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein has announced she has asked her staff to begin assembling a major piece of legislation to address the water crisis facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has issued a "memorandum of understanding" that will keep representatives from six federal agencies talking to various interest groups in California. The problem is that it will take months to make such decisions and years for results to be apparent. The crisis is...