Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Lusvardi’

NEW: Why is GOP rebuffing Sen. Feinstein’s drought bill?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Dianne_Feinstein,_official_Senate_photo_2

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is renewing her call to Republican senators to vote for her revised compromise drought bill, S. 2016, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014.  Feinstein claims her bill is five votes short of the 60 needed for  passage. If passed, the Sena...

Silicon Valley and Bakersfield Oil Patch lead CA jobs recovery

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Bakersfield, wikimedia

What cities can California look to for jobs growth to pull it out of its laggard growth since the 2008 economic recession? A new online economic tracking tool called Metro Monitor by the Brookings Institution ranks metropolitan areas in the United States by jobs growth before the recession and du...

Will new community power beat PG&E prices?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Sonoma Clean Power

  Sonoma Clean Power officials and advocates got a charge from recent news that 95 percent of county eligible ratepayers will be switched to their electricity service from Pacific Gas & Electric. The switch was automatic, although ratepayers could opt out of the switch and remain with PG&am...

CA history shows droughts don’t last

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Orange County groundwater production b

  Gov. Jerry Brown, state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, and other legislators are pushing for groundwater regulation during the drought. Since October 4, 2013, the California Water Resources Control Board has been floating a discussion draft of a Groundwater Workplan Concept Paper. The d...

CA green power keeps shifting costs to ratepayers

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

  California Energy Markets recently reported that three California cities just won agreement from regulators to reclassify solar power transmission costs as distribution. The cities are Pasadena, Riverside and Azusa. That means the cities reaped a 25 percent reduction in long-term sol...

Sen. Boxer: Conservation would solve drought

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Palm Springs - Lake Perris

  Can California’s zero-sum water wars only be resolved by a system of stern water conservation?  That's what California U.S. Senator at large Barbara Boxer left as an unanswered question at a March 20 Palm Springs water symposium on the theme “Running Dry." Video here. Boxer quoted Pr...

False River dam could halt Delta saltwater surge

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Delta science program map

  California climatologists such as Jeffrey Mount, Peter Gleick and the California Climate Change Center have predicted for some time an apocalyptic disaster in the Sacramento Bay Delta from a rise in sea level and flooding due to global warming.  But the real world disaster about to hit the...

Poll: Davis voters oppose socializing electricity

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Davis electricity, Figure 7

  The city of Davis is renowned for its liberal local politics, green bicycle paths, local farmer’s market, Whole Earth Festival, percentage of those with graduate degrees, and the campus of the University of California, Davis. The city is about the last place in California one would expect op...

What groundwater regulation will bring

Monday, March 17th, 2014
Ventural county groundwater

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 is here, and described California’s new green groundwater regulatory scheme.  For the first time, California is not only going to manage groundwater basins, but conduct surveillance and policing of groundwater withdrawals.  California’s Centr...

Gov. Brown, Legislature push groundwater regulation

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Water chart

This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Due to the current compound drought and water storage shortage, California legislators are considering enacting groundwater regulation over the entire Central Valley aquifer. Some recent developments: State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, chairperson of ...