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Fresno water rate referendum headed for ballot

July 10, 2014 By John Hrabe. Fresno residents will have the final say on the city's controversial plan to double water rates in the coming years. On Tuesday, election officials certified that the petition drive spearheaded by former Fresno County Supervisor Doug Vagim has enough valid signatures to place the referendum on the November ballot. More than 5,500 registered voters signed the petition, which was circul...

CA economic ranking renews debate

california topographic map, wikimedia
July 10, 2014 By James Poulos. For those who put a lot of stock in statistics, it's a good month for California. The Golden State has returned to take its former position among the world's largest economies. World Bank calculations show California -- if it were considered a country -- placing eighth in size worldwide. That's still well below fifth place, where the state had ranked going into the early 2000s ...

Smelt suit threatens water markets

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July 9, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   On June 11, 2014, a coalition of sports fishermen and Northern California groundwater users filed a lawsuit to stop a water transfer from Shasta Lake to California’s parched Central Valley.  The basis of the suit is to protect the Delta smelt fish, which is 200 miles away from Shasta Lake.  The water transfer in dispute is a willing buyer-willing seller sale of water betwee...

Legislature picks aerospace winner

Stealth bomber
July 8, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.   An Air Force request for proposal (RFP) for the next generation stealth bomber is about to hit the street. The contract is worth an estimated $55 billion. Aerospace giants Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman – both of which have a major presence here in California – are in a dog fight for the federal contract. Lockheed Martin is teaming up with Boeing, which als...
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