Posts Tagged ‘water’

Are benefits of Prop 1 being oversold?

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Proposition 1 -- a $7.1 billion state bond to pay for a variety of water projects -- was billed as a huge improvement over bloated past proposed water bonds when it emerged from the Legislature this summer. Now Gov. Jerry Brown's political warchest and Sean Parker of Facebook and Napster fame are fu...

Fact-checking water price subsidies

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
David Zetland

This is Part 3 of a series. Part 1 was on how drought-water pricing violates Proposition 218’s ban on tax increases without a vote of the people. Part 2 was on fact-checking water pricing. Water subsidies are the focus of much controversy in California, with farmers commonly bearing much ...

Water bill in Congress ‘puts families before fish’

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A bill to address California's drought and future water supply in the House of Representatives has Gov. Jerry Brown angry. Brown said the water bill is "an unwelcome and divisive intrusion" into California's effort to manage the state's drought, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday night. H.R. ...

Assemblyman Rendon’s bill addresses CA drought

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

As the record drought intensifies, the California Legislature is working on several proposals to address the state’s lack of water storage and inadequate delivery system. A major entry comes from Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood. Assembly Bill 1331 would place a $6.5 billion bond on...

Sacto water deputies patrolling for water wasters

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Sacramento water police are on patrol. If the rule of law isn't enough to control Sacramento's citizens, government officials have turned to deputizing neighbors for help making sure everyone complies with environmental restrictions. For nearly four years, the City of Sacramento has been enc...

Brown on Drought: Governors can’t make it rain

Friday, January 10th, 2014

As the rest of the country remains in a deep freeze, California's weather is making headlines of its own. 2013 was one of the driest years on record in California. Los Angeles, which sees average annual rainfall of 14.90 inches, benefited from just 3.6 inches of rain last year. At the other end o...

Vidak warns: Water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The California Department of Water Resources announced this week that the Central Valley may only get five percent of the water it needs next year. The Central Valley, the heart of California, is the state's top agricultural producing region, often called “the nation's salad bowl” for the gr...

Water plan threatens taxpayers, environment

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

April 14, 2013 By Steven Greenhut In Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” a priest recalls the words of a man who confessed: “The more I love mankind in general, the less I love people in particular.” We can all think of people like that --- folks of varied political persuasions who ra...

Gov. Brown legislating by legacy and vanity

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

July 26, 2012 By Katy Grimes First there was the bullet train to nowhere. Now there are the tunnels to nowhere. Gov. Jerry Brown is hell-bent on creating a legacy. Unfortunately, it also appears that most of California's legislators make decisions based on legacy as well. But lawmaking by legac...

Dueling demographers: When will CA’s population hit 50 million?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

April 25, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi When will California’s population “pop” at 50 million persons?  Two recent studies conducted by the Population Dynamics Research Group at the University of Souther California and the Public Policy Institute of California differ widely in their conclusions. ...