Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Lusvardi’

Why green power won’t replace nukes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

  Last year Southern California Edison mothballed its 2.3 gigawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As reported at the time, the actual reason probably was mechanical defects caused from retrofitting the plant to ramp up and down rapidly to back up erratic green power. ...

Bay Delta Plan could wipe out farmland values

Friday, December 12th, 2014
bay delta conservation

  Along with the rains finally drenching California in recent days have come clouds over Gov. Jerry Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Published on the website of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a new report by the California Debt Advisory Commission questions the BDCP’s financing with m...

Democrats push back against new GOP water bill

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
delta crossing

  In California, not all rainwater is equal. “Two different water years may have identical precipitation and runoff amounts, yet result in significantly different export amounts,” Eric Alvarez told; he’s the Public Information Officer for the Delta Stewardship Counci...

Oil taxes fuel state budget

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
oil's well that ends well

The group Californians Against Fracking seeks to eliminate oil and gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing methods, called “fracking,” statewide in California. A post-election article by David Atkins in the Washington Monthly, and cross-posted on the CAF website, lamented the defeat of Measur...

CA housing policies clash in Encinitas

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

  How much can state and federal law dictate local housing policy? That confrontation has turned over headlines in Encinitas, where residents are debating which policy should be adopted by them at the ballot box in 2016. According to KPBS, “Under California law, every city has to hav...

Hoover Dam low water to double water costs to SoCal

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Hoover Dam wikimedia

  California is facing yet another drought-caused water and energy shortage from an unexpected source.  Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric power may have to be curtailed if the water level drops below 1,000 feet, an elevation it last reached in May 1936, when the reservoir was still being filled...

Federal drought bill dead in water until 2015

Friday, November 21st, 2014

  Better and wetter luck next year, California. On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., put the kibosh on passing a federal water bill dealing with California’s drought during the lame-duck session. She wrote in a statement: “Over the past several weeks I have been working clos...

CA budget worse despite $2 billion new revenue

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
up the down staircase

  California's budget picture is sort of like that old Sandy Dennis high-school movie, "Up the Down Staircase." Going up: Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor just reported tax receipts jumped $2 billion over projections in the fiscal 2014-15 budget the Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Bro...

Solar crash ramped up CA natural gas power

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
renewables graph

  Yesterday a problem struck California's electricity system that wasn't supposed to happen until at least 2015. Freak low-lying clouds at about 3 p.m. cut temperatures to only 68 degrees in Los Angeles and 64 in San Francisco, about 6 degrees below normal, increasing demand for electrici...

Can Gov. Brown pluck federal $ for bullet train?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Jerry Brown 1943

  Successful politicians never accept defeat. So it's not surprising -- but still a little startling -- that Gov. Jerry Brown is not dumping his high-speed rail project in the junk yard after the Nov. 4 victories of its Republican opponents. He just said Republicans were "going to join...