NEW: McClintock pushes water storage, public lands access

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

"I think there’s going to be a concerted effort in the next few weeks to move both short-term and long-term water relief bills for California," Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., told As this site reported in November, promising bipartisan efforts by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ...

Feds, CA clash over funding private water projects

Monday, January 19th, 2015
water people

  Last week, President Obama dumped a bucket of cold water over his fellow Democrats in California on water policy. He’s emphasizing private investment, while they’re trying to ban it. His Environmental Protection Agency announced on its website: “WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmen...

Ground broken on troubled high-speed rail project

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Ashley Swearengin

  Yesterday in Fresno the California High-Speed Rail Authority officially conducted the groundbreaking ceremony for its bullet-train project – but no dirt actually was turned. After an hour of speeches, a “ceremonial signing” of a railroad tie was conducted by dignitaries from the f...

Gov. Brown boosts energy-policy leverage

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Rod Wright caption

Gov. Jerry Brown believes it will take "pragmatic caution" and "active collaboration" to achieve his goal of seeing half of the state's energy come from renewable sources by 2030. "How we achieve these goals and at what pace will take great thought and imagination mixed with pragmatic caution,"...

Gov. Brown’s 50% renewable goal a tough target

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
california wind resources map

  In his Jan. 5 inaugural address for his historic fourth term as California’s governor, Jerry Brown proposed an ambitious expansion of California’s renewable energy goals from 33 to 50 percent by 2030. The current level in 2015 is 20 percent renewables. However, the 50 percent rene...

Buzz returns for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Silicon Valley impresario Elon Musk's Hyperloop transportation concept is back in the news. With a price tag that seemed daunting, especially when Musk warned he lacked the time to pursue the project, when it was advanced a year ago Hyperloop achieved little beyond sparking the imagination. But...

Gov. Brown appoints new chair to scandal-plagued CPUC

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Michael Picker, SMUD

After months of damaging headlines and questions about its coziness with energy companies, the California Public Utilities Commission is getting new leadership. On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown promoted Commissioner Michael Picker, a longtime Democratic political consultant and Brown's former energy ...

Experts missed December CA drenching

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Santa Ana River Basin

  Bringing cheer and presents, on Christmas Santa Claus is going to fly over a California a lot greener than was expected a month ago by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and climate scientists. On Dec. 19, the San Francisco Bay area was hit with its fourth storm...

Bakersfield drops high-speed rail lawsuit

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Bakersfield train map

As 2015 approaches, California's high-speed rail project keeps barreling down the track. On Dec. 19, the city of Bakersfield dropped its lawsuit against construction. The city’s settlement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority stipulated, among other things: “The city has met with the...

High-speed rail lawsuits pit CA vs. USA

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
train wreck

  Like the famous 1860s race to build a railroad across America to California, an epic battle is shaping up over the state’s high-speed rail project. Only this time it’s a legal contest of federal vs. state jurisdiction. It may eventually take the highest law in the land, the U.S. Supre...