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Economist: Taxpayers may pay for $15 billion Delta tunnels

California taxpayers may be liable for picking up part of the $15 billion cost of the proposed Delta tunnels project, an economist warned at a legislative hearing last week. The project consists of two 40-foot diameter, 30-mile-long pipes transferring water

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SCOTUS spares CA raisin farmer

At least one closely split Supreme Court decision seems likely to meet widespread acclaim this term. A 5-4 majority, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, sided with a California raisin grower challenging a New Deal law that had enabled government agriculture regulators to

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CA water cuts hit farmers

As state policymakers turned their eye on reforming groundwater rules, California’s farmers sought a new deal on water rights, voluntarily proposing to slash their own consumption. An unprecedented offer The latest cascade of cuts underscored fears that current rationing rules just

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Analysts look to water markets to fight CA drought

Scrambling for workable models found elsewhere in resources policy, some analysts have begun to argue that California should regulate markets for water. At Bloomberg View, for instance, the editors made a splash with a recommendation drawn from Australia’s approach to limited

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Labor-backed bill may force union on farm workers

Democratic state legislators passed a bill that could result in thousands of Fresno farm workers paying dues to a union that they may not support and abiding by a labor contract that they might not want. Senate Bill 25, authored

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CA farmers lead new immigration push

Immigration has become the biggest national issue involving California’s farmers. In the state’s agricultural heartland, a host of issues are on the agenda, ranging from this year’s painful drought to marijuana eradication. But one matter looms large. Farmers need more

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Gerawan Farming files constitutional challenge against ALRB

Gerawan Farming is fed up. On Dec. 16, Gerawan filed a constitutional challenge against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, with the United Farm Workers of America as a “Real Party of Interest.” It was filed with the California Court of Appeal, Fifth

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The congresswoman who betrayed her Central Valley hometown 8

June 14, 2013 By Chris Reed A Democratic congresswoman from California wants you to know she cares about some poor people — the ones who use food stamps. This is from the Bee: “Doris Matsui of Sacramento on Wednesday pledged

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Global warming is baaaack 9

Oct. 18, 2012 By Katy Grimes First there was “global warming.” Then it became “climate change” when warm temperatures cooled. But in California, the California Environmental Protection Agency is promoting global warming again. “State releases plan to deal with extreme

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