Why CA has an affordable housing crisis
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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What a long strange trip it’s been for the Pebble Beach Company since it unveiled its Del Monte Forest development plan all the way back in 1987. In the ensuing 27 years, PBC has revised its plan innumerable times only to have state regulators or local government bodies block the company from b...

Surprising new study scores California sprawl
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Smart Growth America

  A new national study is making waves for the way it ranks California cities. No matter how pleasant the weather, residents and visitors alike have complained for decades about sprawl. Highways jam with cars. Convenience stores and strip malls occupy block after block. It's hard to walk to see ...

CA history shows droughts don’t last
Friday, April 4th, 2014
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  Gov. Jerry Brown, state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, and other legislators are pushing for groundwater regulation during the drought. Since October 4, 2013, the California Water Resources Control Board has been floating a discussion draft of a Groundwater Workplan Concept Paper. The d...

CA high-speed rail strikes out at hearing
Friday, March 28th, 2014
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  The state Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee held a hearing Thursday on California’s quixotic high-speed rail project.  Even Gov. Jerry Brown, who still hopes the bullet train will be the enduring legacy of his third stint as governor, might have been troubled by the conclus...

Sen. Boxer: Conservation would solve drought
Monday, March 24th, 2014
Palm Springs - Lake Perris

  Can California’s zero-sum water wars only be resolved by a system of stern water conservation?  That's what California U.S. Senator at large Barbara Boxer left as an unanswered question at a March 20 Palm Springs water symposium on the theme “Running Dry." Video here. Boxer quoted Pr...

False River dam could halt Delta saltwater surge
Friday, March 21st, 2014
Delta science program map

  California climatologists such as Jeffrey Mount, Peter Gleick and the California Climate Change Center have predicted for some time an apocalyptic disaster in the Sacramento Bay Delta from a rise in sea level and flooding due to global warming.  But the real world disaster about to hit the...

High-speed rail brief includes Quentin Kopp objections
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

  It might take more than a cow catcher to push Quentin Kopp from standing in the middle of the track trying to stop California's high-speed rail project. A former head of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which oversees the project, he also is a former state senator and Superior Court j...

What groundwater regulation will bring
Monday, March 17th, 2014
Ventural county groundwater

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 is here, and described California’s new green groundwater regulatory scheme.  For the first time, California is not only going to manage groundwater basins, but conduct surveillance and policing of groundwater withdrawals.  California’s Centr...

High-speed rail lawsuit advances
Thursday, March 13th, 2014

March 17 marks the next critical date in legal action surrounding California’s high-speed rail project. By that date, the office of California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris, which represents the High-Speed Rail Authority, is expected to file a new appeal. At issue before the Court o...

Sen. Feinstein moves toward compromise on drought legislation
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
California Water Balance Summary chart

  Crises commonly produce compromise. That seems to be happening in the U.S. Congress with solutions to California's drought. In particular, Sen. Dianne Feinstein appears to be moving away from her San Joaquin River Restoration Act of 2009, which was a response to a 2006 court decision and gave...