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Will CA groundwater regulation bring shortages?

July 22nd, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   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 system. But that soon could change. On July 15, the Center for Watershed Sciences ...

FTB spends 5 years, fails to collect $392

July 16th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   California’s Franchise Tax Board spent thousands of dollars over five years in the futile pursuit of a Redondo Beach septuagenarian for $392. For more than half of that time, FTB staff lost the taxpayer's records and didn’t inform him of it. Willard Christine appealed the FTB’s tax ruling to the state Board of Equalization. The BOE granted it, 3-2, on June 24. Two boar...

High-speed rail goes for second segment

July 11th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is floating a new idea: Start a second high-speed rail segment, but this time fund it using cap-and-trade dollars. The project would stretch from Burbank to Palmdale in the northeast section of the Los Angeles basin. The money would come from the cap-and-trade program that effectively charges industries for excessive greenhouse gas emissions, a...

Feinstein backfills some water for Central California  

July 9th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is coming through with her promise to backfill Central Valley farmers water they lost as part of her San Joaquin River Restoration Act of 2009. Replacement farm water should have been provided before any diversions of farm water for fish runs depleted backup water storage for droughts.  This is one of the major man-made reasons why California is experiencing his...
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