Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Lusvardi’

State funds dry cleaners’ shift to CO2

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research Program has produced a dry cleaning machine that uses CO2. The carbon-based cleaning process replaces perchoroethylene chemical-based dry cleaning. The machine is being tested by the Aramark uniform cleaning corporation in Los A...

Groundwater war breaks out

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
wyatt earp

  Future historians might mark July 20 as the date when a full scale war broke out over California's groundwater. On July 20 in the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton, the dean of California journalists, said it was unfair to tell him he can’t hose off his driveway or water his lawn while ...

Lawsuit could expand state control of groundwater

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Adjudicated water basins, DWR

  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...

Will CA groundwater regulation bring shortages?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
climate nexus

  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 ...

Richmond pols continue posturing on underwater mortgages

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A majority of the Richmond City Council still wants to use eminent domain powers to to seize “underwater mortgages" even though the bond market refused to sell $34 million in municipal bonds for the city last year due to Richmond officials' interest in the novel proposal. Prices are soaring in ...

Judge rules smelt can’t stop water sales

Monday, July 14th, 2014

  On June 13, a coalition of sports fishermen and Northern California groundwater users sued to stop water sales to the parched Central Valley. They contended conveying water through the Delta would kill Delta Smelt fish. But that didn’t convince a federal judge after two highly qualifi...

Smelt suit threatens water markets

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Delta smelt, wikimedia

  On June 11, 2014, a coalition of sports fishermen and Northern California groundwater users filed a lawsuit to stop a water transfer from Shasta Lake to California’s parched Central Valley.  The basis of the suit is to protect the Delta smelt fish, which is 200 miles away from Shasta La...

Feinstein backfills some water for Central California  

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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 fo...

Independence Day from foreign energy?

Friday, July 4th, 2014
fracking wells 2

As today we celebrate America's independence from Great Britain, it might also be time to celebrate our independence from foreign energy. Alas, California isn't playing its part. During the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo and the 1979 Iranian Revolution, there were long lines of cars at California service ...

CA Dems balk at Cap and Trade cost

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
gas prices stunt recovery, mckee, cagle, July 3, 2014

  With gas prices soaring again, consumers are rebelling. And even liberal Democrats in California are seeking to help their constituents. Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, spearheaded the writing of a June 16 letter signed by 16 Democratic assembly members to California Air Resources B...