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Lawsuit could expand state control of groundwater
  Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner just issued a preliminary ruling that Siskiyou County must regulate groundwater well permits along the Scott River in accordance with "Public Trust Doctrine." This means the water now mainly used by hay farmers also will have to be divided among...
‘Six Californias’ will go before voters
Its debut on a California ballot might still be two years away. But this month, supporters successfully verified the quixotic, Silicon Valley-powered Six Californias initiative obtained the necessary signatures to receive an up or down vote. As the Los Angeles Times reported, the Six California...
State peddles idea that bullet train contractors are investors
On Jan. 11, 2010, the Legislative Analyst's Office issued a report on the latest iteration of the business plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. It contained a game-changing conclusion -- a predictable conclusion but still a crucial one. Here's what I wrote in a Union-Tribune editorial ...
Apollo 11 after 45 years
I still remember in wonderment watching the Apollo 11 moon landing on TV 45 years ago this week. Here's what we saw, as Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the lunar surface: A great deal of the Apollo 11 program was made right here in California. The second stage of the giant Saturn V rocket was ma...
Will CA groundwater regulation bring shortages?
  One area of California that largely has remained free of regulation is groundwater. Although state courts "adjudicate" groundwater rights and disputes, this longstanding system largely respects the private ownership of the water. Even the federal government mostly works within this state ...
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