Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Lusvardi’

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...

Little Hoover questions green energy costs

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

  Gov. Jerry Brown is on a political roll. He won re-election and passage of an historic $7.5 billion water bond that contains funding for the first surface water storage projects in 50 years. But that hasn’t deterred the Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency...

Water issue re-elects GOP Sen. Vidak in Dem district

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
vidak for senate

  You knew Democrats were in the deep end of the pool over water issues in California back on May 14. That's when they asked Republican state Sen. Andy Vidak of Hanford to read out loud Joint Resolution 25 in the state Senate. It urged President Obama to find solutions to California’s ...

Prop. 1 would follow $32 billion past water bonds

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

  Proposition 1 on today's ballot marks the first time in 50 years California has proposed building at least two new major dams and reservoirs. If voters concur, by 2023 dams would be built with the $7.5 billion water bond. An important consideration is how the 21 previous water bonds i...

8 of 9 Water Bond Czars hail from NorCal

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

  Call them Water Bond Czars. They’re the nine members of the California Water Commission and will decide how to implement Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot, should voters pass it. While most media have focused on what’s in the bond, little attention h...

Enviros battle over merits of rooftop solar vs. desert solar

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Things aren't working out well for renewable energy advocates who hoped cheaper rooftop solar energy would replace large solar power plants in California’s Mojave Desert and return "economic democracy" to the people with millions of rooftop solar installations. This is reflected in the furious ...

Drought emergency strikes Southland water district

Friday, October 24th, 2014
upper district

    Will next year bring restrictions to water use in Southern California that cause people’s yards to go brown and die? Could be, if the Southland suffers a worst-case scenario of low rainfall and no imported water, Tony Zampiello told; he’s watermaster for t...