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Legislature takes up dueling water bonds

January 27, 2014 By Katy Grimes. There's no drought of water bonds in the California Legislature to deal with the record drought the state is suffering. The Republican minority in the Legislature even is pitching in. Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville, is pushing Assembly Bill 1445, a proposed $5.8 billion water bond to be put on the Nov. 2104 ballot to build two new dams and address Central Valley water quality. ...

Fresno taxpayers object to misleading petition title and summary

January 24, 2014 By John Hrabe. A group of Fresno taxpayers hoping to overturn the city's recent water rate hike has filed a formal complaint accusing the city attorney of issuing a biased and misleading title and summary for their referendum. It's the latest development in a bitter fight between the city and taxpayers. Last August, the city approved a controversial plan by Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin to double ...

Dems, GOP fight drought battle on national stage

Dems, GOP fight drought battle on national stage
January 24, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. After declaring a drought emergency last week, in his Wednesday State of the State address Gov. Jerry Brown pledged to work for solutions. Escaping the snow-stormy Northeast, also on Wednesday U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, held a drought rally with fellow Republicans in Kern County. ABC News in Fresno reported: "From Washington D.C. to the fallow cotton field in Ba...

Senate bill targets Vernon battery recycler

January 23, 2014 By Katy Grimes. A new bill that today passed the California Senate, 33-0, is aimed at one specific company. And it would give great new regulatory powers to the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. Senate Bill 712, by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Huntington Park, was not debated, and faced no opposition even from the Republican minority. SB712 would authorize the DTSC to suspend or not renew t...
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