Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Lusvardi’

NEW: 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...

Water shortage could bring electricity grid failure

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
California statewide power plants

  California’s Big Three energy regulating agencies just warned in a joint letter to the California Water Resources Control Board that planned water curtailments for 2014 would present a danger to grid reliability and create “substantial potential for serious public health and safety i...

Water bond drowns in Legislature

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Drought map

A $10.5 billion water bond apparently drowned in the California Senate this past week for the third time since 2010, even though the Central Valley faces a dire drought this summer. But the Legislature still might perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and waive the June 26 deadline for putting the ...

Brown cuts down size, scope of water bond

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

  Would half a water bond sell better to voters than the full $11 billion bond scheduled to be on the ballot in November? That's what's now before the California Legislature in a new proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown. In 2009 the  Legislature passed Assembly Bill 29, the Safe, Clean Reliab...