Infrastructure

Landmark water bond now faces voters

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

As August draws to a close, the state has seen a striking instance of successful high-level bipartisan wrangling. Sacramento secured a massive water bond package, putting $7.5 billion in bonds on the ballot as Proposition 1. Although legislators, and Gov. Jerry Brown, are all claiming victory, que...

Fed bills could be key to CA water storage

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
David Valadao,_official_portrait,_113th_Congress

There was a lot of hoopla last week over the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown putting a bipartisan water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot that, for the first time in nearly 50 years, actually includes storage. Proposition 1 would spend $7.5 billion, including $2.7 billion on storage. However...

Prop. 1 bond funds non-water bureaucracy

Monday, August 18th, 2014
ocean protection council

  Proposition 1, the new $7.5 billion water bond just passed by the Legislature, contains water storage in an statewide bond for the first time since 1965. It will go before voters on Nov. 4. The previous 21 water bonds since 1971 contained no water storage. But $297.5 million of the new ...

High-speed rail opponents file for rehearing

Monday, August 18th, 2014
3rd District Court of Appeal

  On Aug. 14, the three litigants in the case to halt California’s high-speed rail project, Kings County and two local residents, filed a Petition for Rehearing. They challenged the July 31 ruling against them by Sacramento’s 3rd District Court of Appeal. The ruling, which reversed a low...

Legislature passes first water storage bond in 50 years  

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
brown signing water bond

  With the drought still drying up the state, the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday poured out a $7.5 billion water bond that includes $2.7 billion for water storage. If voters give their approval this November, this will be the first bond in 50 years to include water sto...

Did Caltrans cover up shoddy work on Bay Bridge?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
bay bridge wikimedia

  Douglas Coe, an engineer under the employ of the California Department of Transportation, spent years working on the retrofit of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco. When the 25-year Caltrans veteran told his supervisors there were cracks in thousands of...

$1 billion difference splits bond measures

Monday, August 11th, 2014
water bond chart

  It's becoming clear the main difference between the four major water bonds being floated is $1 billion. The $1 billion is the difference between the $3 billion Republicans say is needed for water storage, and the $2 billion in the two Democratic plans. The $3 billion amount for water...

Tunnel could boost high-speed rail cost

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
high-speed rail tunnel

The cost of the high-speed rail project might be going above the current estimate of $68 billion. The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced a strategic shift to consider an alternative for its 40-mile Palmdale-to-Burbank link. Instead of the current plan of running it parallel ...

Water fight: Now it’s four bonds

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Almaden reservoir, wikimedia

For California's water, now it's dueling water bonds -- four of them. First bond: On Friday, Senate Republicans refurbished their own water-bond proposal, now for $8.7 billion. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Nearly a third of the money in the new proposal would go to water storage. Like th...

2 realities of $11 billion water bond

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
brown water bond

  There are two realities with the current $11.1 billion water bond currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot as Proposition 43. One, the bond is too big and filled with pork. Two, even so, if it appeared on the ballot as is, it likely would pass. Legislators are debating the s...