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Bark Beetle

Tom Coleman, forest entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service, chips away at the bark on a Jeffrey Pine to look for Bark Beetles in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino National Forest in May. (Sarah Alvarado — Staff photographer)

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/13/15 – 9:51 PM PDT |

They are insects the size of rice grains, with miniscule mandibles that bring down forests.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Warehouse question won’t be decided soon

Iddo Benzeevi

Iddo Benzeevi, CEO of Highland Fairview, is proposing the World Logistics Center on Moreno Valley’s east side. (David Danelski / File Photo)

Published: June 12, 2015 – Updated: 11:14 p.m.

Evaluating the World Logistics Center mega-warehouse won’t be a quick process.

Moreno Valley planning commissioners say they may need a couple more meetings to fully vet the 40.6-million-square-foot project proposed for the city’s east end.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Moreno Valley seal

Two county transportation officials say a study on the impact of a warehouse project falls short.

Published: June 10, 2015 – Updated: 10:53 p.m.

As the World Logistics Center faces its first public hearing in Moreno Valley on Thursday, June 11, two county transportation agencies became the latest to say the mega warehouse proposal’s environmental analysis is flawed.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Moreno Valley seal

An environmental report on the proposed project — which would stretch 700 football field — could be vulnerable to court challenges, air board says. The developer, however, sticks by the report.

Published: June 9, 2015
Updated: June 10, 2015 – 8:02 a.m.

State air quality officials say that Moreno Valley’s environmental analysis of a proposed warehousing complex with enough indoor space for 700 football fields is “legally inadequate” and needs major revisions. The developer countered Tuesday that the report “meets all the requirements” of the state’s environmental quality law.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Drought

By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
May 24, 2015

Look east, California.

Five years of extreme drought have come to a dramatic end in Texas and Oklahoma as a month of heavy rains has replenished reservoirs, dampened parched soil across both states and unleashed floodwaters on vulnerable residents.

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Los Angeles Times: Drought update: Dry wells, debate over water cutbacks

Water

Lawmakers received an update Tuesday on the drought, which “is going to change California,” said the director of the Department of Water Resources. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Matt Stevens
May 12, 2015

With Californians increasing efforts to deal with the drought, lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown to water tunnels critics: ‘Shut up’

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to water managers from throughout the state at the Association of California Water Agencies conference at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 6, 2015
By David Siders and Dale Kasler
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that critics of his twin tunnels water diversion plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, defending the project and strict water conservation rules as California grapples with a fourth year of drought.

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SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 –  7:03 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups have filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

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World Logistics Center

A key report on what would be the U.S.’s largest such complex is out; a public hearing will be in June.

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:55 p.m.

A development battle in Moreno Valley that has been brewing for three years moved closer Friday, May 1, with release of a final environmental report on a warehouse center that would transform the city’s eastside and become the country’s largest logistics facility.

To read story by Imran Ghori and David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 – 7:04 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

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By David Siders and Phillip Reese
May 1, 2015
dsiders@sacbee.com

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

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Drought Watch

By Chris Megerian
April 16, 2015

With criticism of new conservation regulations pouring in from local officials, Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders defended Thursday his executive order requiring a 25% reduction in water use.

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InlandPolitics: Brown needs reality check, and maybe a calculator

Reality Check

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s forcing residents to cut water use in light of the drought-induced water shortage.

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Los Angeles Times: How a plan to ration water in Southern California will work

MWD

By Bettina Boxall
April 6, 2015

Southern California’s water wholesaler is planning to wield its powerful hammer to force more urban conservation this year by cutting water deliveries.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, announcing an order to slash urban water usage last week, said California’s agricultural needs are best kept separate from its policies for cities and towns. But if the drought goes on, he said, state water allocations to farms could also be reduced.

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
04/05/2015 – 4:36 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown defended the agriculture industry’s heavy water use in an interview aired Sunday, but he said historic water rights are “probably going to be examined” if the drought persists.

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Golf Course

Sprinklers water the grass at Gleneagles Golf Course on April 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Significant cuts in use will be imposed on cemeteries, golf courses and facilities with large landscapes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Jeff Guo
April 3, 2015

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown took the unprecedented step of forcing urban water agencies to reduce their water use by 25 percent. Cities and towns are now prohibited from using more than three-quarters the amount of water they used in 2013. This will save an estimated 1.5 million acre-feet, or nearly 500 billion gallons of water, between now and February.

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Drought

By Chris Megerian, Matt Stevens and Bettina Boxall
April 1, 2015

Standing in a brown field that would normally be smothered in several feet of snow, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered cities and towns across California to cut water use by 25% as part of a sweeping set of mandatory drought restrictions, the first in state history.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: What if California’s drought is permanent?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/22/2015 12:01 AM

California’s prolonged drought drew a bit of official attention last week.

The state Water Resources Control Board tightened, ever so slightly, water conservation rules on local water agencies and users.

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SANBAG

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 03/04/15, 4:07 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The final environmental document for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project has been certified by the San Bernardino Associated Governments Board of Directors.

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DailyBulletin: OIAA opposes proposed Ontario airport noise level map

Ontario International Airport

A passenger waits for his ride at L.A./Ontario International Airport in Ontario. The Ontario International Airport Authority claims a proposed map will contract the noise levels around (L.A./Ontario International Airport/Staff file photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/02/15, 12:01 AM PST |

ONTARIO >> The Ontario International Airport Authority has opposed a proposed map it claims will contract the noise levels around L.A./Ontario International Airport and shut out 800 residents from being eligible for sound insulation funding.

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SJMercuryNews (AP): California’s plastic-bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

Referendum

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/25/2015 – 06:02:48 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — Setting up a grand environmental showdown, a referendum initiated by the plastic-bag industry to overturn California’s first-in-the-nation law that bans supermarkets and other businesses from handing out single-use plastic bags has qualified for next year’s ballot.

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ExxonMobil

By Larry Altman, Daily Breeze and Nick Green, Daily Breeze
Posted: 02/19/15, 8:10 PM PST |

The day after a massive ExxonMobil refinery explosion rocked Torrance and ripped apart a 12-story pollution-control device at the plant, some members of the community are questioning the company’s response to the emergency.

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LATimes: California drought weakens, forecasters have ‘cautious optimism’ for future

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By Joseph Serna
December 18, 2014

For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought, the most severe level possible under federal guidelines, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Thursday.

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The Sentinel: Cadiz Water Project is environmentally safe & economically advantageous

The Sentinel

By Richard Sierra, Business Manager
Laborers International Union of North America, Local 783
Posted on December 5, 2014

(December 2) Recently, Congressman Paul Cook sent a letter to the US Department of the Interior recommending against any further federal environmental review of the water project proposed by local renewable resources company Cadiz, Inc. This new position of support by Congressman Cook is a logical and positive change; one that promotes economic growth, jobs and safe water resource conservation. It is a welcome development for those of us fighting for sustainable economic development in the Inland Empire.

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SacBee: California plastic bag ban signed, setting off sweeping changes

Plastic Bag

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 – 9:35 am

Time to invest in a reusable shopping bag.

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LATimes: Parched California expected to miss out on typical fall rains

Drought

By Veronica Rocha
September 24, 2014

Northern and Central California typically receive 30% to 40% of their precipitation over the next three months, but this year, forecasters say the upper two-thirds of the state can expect to miss out on much of that badly needed moisture.

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Bloomberg/Businessweek: Megadroughts Worse Than the Dust Bowl Could Hit the Southwest

Bloomberg-Businessweek

By Karen Weise
September 04, 2014

The drought in California has already devastated the environment and upended the state’s economy. Imagine if it were to last for a decade. Or four decades. Or longer. So-called megadroughts are increasingly likely as the earth warms, according to a new scientific paper that paired historic drought patterns with climate change models.

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WashPost: California’s drought: What losing 63 trillion gallons of water looks like

Drought

The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on Aug. 19 in Oroville, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Nick Kirkpatrick
August 28, 2014

A new study says that California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. Angela Fritz of The Washington Post reported scientists estimate 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost in the past 18 months.

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SacBee: California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 – 11:36 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 – 11:44 am

California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Drought leads California to rethink water management

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 – 12:00 am

On average, rain and snow storms drop about 200 million acre-feet of water on California each year – 65 trillion gallons of the life-giving liquid.

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LATimes: California drought continues to take heavy toll on reservoirs

Drought Watch

By Veronica Rocha
August 21, 2014

The severe drought gripping nearly all of California eased ever so slightly this past week, but the state’s reservoirs remain “seriously low,” according to the latest figures released Thursday.

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LATimes: Crippling California drought levels off, latest map shows

California Drought Levels

The latest U.S. Drought Map shows the level of drought in California remains unchanged. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

By Veronica Rocha
August 14, 2014

After months of worsening drought across California, conditions appear to have leveled off, at least for now.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Will California ban plastic grocery bags?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

When Capitol insiders talk about a “bag bill,” it refers to something for which an interest group is willing to spend big money – legally, it’s presumed – to see done.

Senate Bill 270, one might say, is a double bag bill.

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El Nino

A federal drought expert said on Friday that California’s drought, its worst in decades, is likely to hold steady through the summer months and may not ease in the fall even with an anticipated El Nino…

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 08/07/2014 06:00:00 AM PDT30 Comments
Updated: 08/07/2014 12:06:35 PM PDT

A powerful El Niño that had been emerging in the Pacific Ocean is fizzling out, evaporating hopes it will deliver a knockout punch to California’s three-year drought.

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Drought

By Joseph Serna
August 8, 2014

A series of thunderstorms that have hit California in recent weeks may have delivered devastating torrents of rain in some areas, but on the whole they were “inconsequential” in terms of easing the state’s worsening drought, according to a report issued Thursday.

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VVDailyPress: 2 supervisors oppose giant wind project

SBCO Seal

Lovingood, Ramos write letter to BLM
By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Jul. 24, 2014 @ 6:01 pm
Updated Jul 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Supervisors James Ramos and Robert A. Lovingood submitted a joint letter to the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday strongly opposing the North Peak Wind Project planned for 16.4 square miles of mountain ridges overlooking much of the Victor Valley.

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LATimes: Groundwater level in California basin hits historic low

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By Veronica Rocha
July 22, 2014

The groundwater level in the San Bernardino Basin area is at its lowest point in recorded history, officials say.

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LATimes: 80% of California is now in extreme drought, new data show

Drought Watch

By Los Angeles Times staff
July 18, 2014

More than 80% of California is now in an extreme drought, according to new data by the National Weather Service.

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Drought Watch

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 06/27/14, 12:49 PM PDT |

Not too long ago in this season of California’s massive and extended drought, climate experts saw a small glimmer of hope on the horizon: Predictions for a wet El Niño season coming in the winter that would bring badly needed rain and relief to a parched state.

Now that glimmer is fading fast and the drought has gotten even worse.

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SacBee: Delta tunnels, conservancy in spotlight as Senate bond proposal falters

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 – 9:02 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 – 7:53 am

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

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LATimes: California’s drought getting even worse, experts say

Drought Watch

Caitlin Owens
June 19, 2014

California’s drought conditions have worsened over the past week with the percentage of the state suffering from the highest category increasing, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: Is there a new investor bubble?

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 12:30 a.m.

One has to wonder what’s coming down the road for the economy. There’s no debate that the Federal Reserve was responsible for the Internet and real estate bubbles, of the past.

The big question here is how big is the new Federal Reserve-driven stock and real estate bubble?

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SacBee: Budget deal spends cap-and-trade funds on high-speed rail

Taxes

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 – 11:16 pm

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

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waterdrop

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 05/08/2014 12:54:58 PM PDT
Updated: 05/09/2014 05:35:25 AM PDT

Drought-weary California, heading into a long, hot summer of water shortages and extreme fire risk, received some potentially good news Thursday: Federal scientists announced there is now a 4-in-5 chance of El Niño conditions developing by the end of the year.

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The Sun: Controversial pipeline project in the Mojave Desert surges forward

Gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/02/14, 7:32 PM PDT

Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler’s ruling Thursday dismissed each of six complaints filed against the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, according to a news release and attached court order.

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SacBee: Report: Well water under strain across California

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By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 1, 2014 – 10:15 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 1, 2014 – 11:10 pm

A new analysis of groundwater levels across California has found historically low water levels in thousands of wells in all areas of the state, another telltale of the drought’s intensity.

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SacBee: Gov. Brown orders more emergency drought measures

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 – 2:32 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 – 3:25 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a sweeping new emergency drought proclamation, cutting red tape for a variety of government functions to help water agencies find new supplies, and to press the public to use water carefully.

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Drought Watch

By Jason Wells
April 25, 2014, 6:53 a.m.

A prolonged period of below-average rainfall has put the entire state of California under some level of drought, ranging in severity from moderate to exceptional, for the first time in 15 years.

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SFChronicle: California drought: Snowpack grows, but not enough

Kurtis Alexander
Updated 6:40 am, Friday, February 28, 2014

Fresh snow is blanketing the Sierra this week, but not enough to put a big dent in the statewide drought.

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SacBee: California analyst suggests drought solutions

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 25, 2014

Saying Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal “includes little to address the effects of the current drought,” a new report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst suggests anti-drought and conservation steps that lawmakers could take.

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LATimes: Rainstorm could be Los Angeles’ wettest in 2 years

Rain

By Rong-Gong Lin II
February 23, 2014, 5:10 p.m.

Get ready, L.A. — the winter storms headed to Los Angeles this week could be the wettest in two years.

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US-ART-RAIN ROOM-MOMA

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/22/2014 04:09:15 PM PST
Updated: 02/22/2014 07:20:33 PM PST

Here’s something you haven’t heard much around California during the past 14 months: Get out your umbrellas.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 – 12:00 am

It’s not that California politicians haven’t talked about the state’s uncertain water supply.

They have – constantly, for decades.

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SFChronicle: Drought: Feds cut water to Calif. farmers to zero

Drought Watch

Kurtis Alexander
Published 11:33 am, Friday, February 21, 2014

(02-21) 11:31 PST SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials announced Friday that many California farmers will receive no water this year from the federally-run system of reservoirs and canals fed by the drought-stricken Sierra Nevada, a crippling blow for the state’s agricultural industry.

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LATimes: California drought: $687.4-million plan would free up water supplies

Drought in California

A Secret Service agent looks over a parched field as President Obama visited the region to discuss California’s drought. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / February 14, 2014)

By Anthony York
February 19, 2014, 8:14 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A proposed $687.4-million drought-relief package was unveiled Wednesday to free up water supplies and aid Californians facing financial ruin.

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SJMercuryNews (AP): Calif. water politics complicate Brown’s decisions

Water Politics

By JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press
Posted: 02/15/2014 07:40:12 AM PST
Updated: 02/15/2014 08:54:08 AM PST

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle longstanding problems in the state’s water storage and delivery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled.

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The Sun: 14 reservoirs in Southern California near record lows

Drought Watch

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/15/14, 1:41 PM PST |

Late winter in year three of an extended drought and the local picture isn’t pretty.

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SFChronicle: California drought: Storm a reprieve, not a cure

Drought

Bob Kind and Catie Redel of Petaluma visit Phoenix Lake in San Anselmo, a reservoir that has seen its water level rise with the recent rainfall. ( Photo: Lacy Atkins, The Chronicle)

By Kurtis Alexander
Updated 5:01 pm, Monday, February 10, 2014

Last month, the small Mendocino County city of Willits faced a real possibility of running out of water. The city’s two reservoirs were approaching record low levels and the city manager estimated that just three months of drinking water remained.

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By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/07/2014 05:19:57 PM PST
Updated: 02/08/2014 06:36:50 AM PST

The storms expected to finally bring Northern California a desperately needed deepdrenching this weekend after the driest year in state history aren’t just random showers.

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By Dana Bartholomew, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/07/14, 8:52 PM PST | Updated: 51 mins ago

The sprinkle of rain across dusty Southern California this week didn’t come close to the biblical deluge needed to play catch-up to a three-year drought — up to a yard of rain over the next month, some meteorologists said.

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SacBee: Steinberg bill aims to ease California drought

Drought Watch

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 – 12:00 am

California’s Senate leader is drafting legislation that would expedite help for communities facing what may become the worst drought in state history.

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DailyBulletin: Gov. Brown urges Californians to cut back on water use during drought

Drought

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/30/14, 4:56 PM PST | Updated: 53 mins ago

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to be more conservative with their water use during the dry period in the state. Associated Press file photo

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LATimes: California snowpack hits record low

Frank Gehrke

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey Program for the Department of Water Resources, leaves a snow-covered meadow after the second snow survey of the year near Echo Summit, Calif. Gehrke said that while recent snow fall will help bolster the depleted snowpack, it is not enough to affect the water supply. (Associated Press / January 30, 2014)

By Bettina Boxall
January 30, 2014, 5:55 p.m.

Even with the first significant storm in nearly two months dropping snow on the Sierra Nevada, Thursday’s mountain snowpack measurements were the lowest for the date in more than a half-century of record keeping.

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McClatchy DC: As California drought continues, feds could seize water

Drought

Officials from the Santa Clara Valley Water District tour the San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos, Calif., which is at record low levels.(PATRICK TEHAN — San Jose Mercury News /MCT)

By Michael Doyle and Mark Grossi
McClatchy Washington Bureau
January 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Farmers from California’s San Joaquin Valley set aside precious water last year, like money in a bank.

But now someone else might claim the investment.

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By Jason Dearen, The Associated Press
Posted: 01/27/14, 11:41 AM PST |

In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market’s cattle auction on California’s Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

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SFChronicle: Boehner throws weight behind GOP’s California drought bill

Drought Watch

Posted on January 22, 2014 | By clochhead@sfchronicle.com (Carolyn Lochhead)

In what looks to be a replay of the water wars of 2009, three Central Valley House Republicans said Wednesday they are drafting legislation to open the delta spigots to send more water to parched farms and take it away from fish and environmental restoration.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Jerry Brown assumes political ownership of drought

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 – 12:00 am

America’s political executives – presidents, governors and big city mayors – are often judged by how they respond to unanticipated crises.

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SFChronicle: California drought: Water officials look to rules of ’70s

California Drought

The floating fishing pier at Quarry Lakes Regional Park is closed due to low water levels caused by the ongoing drought and construction drainage, in Fremont, CA, Thursday, January 16, 2014. Photo: Michael Short, The Chronicle

Peter Fimrite
Updated 8:47 am, Sunday, January 19, 2014

The American River looks to Jonas Minton very much like it did nearly four decades ago when he took a kayak out into what was then a trickling stream and scraped across the rocks on the bottom.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 17, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency Friday and urged residents to reduce water consumption by 20 percent statewide.

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SacBee: Gov. Brown to declare California drought emergency

Jerry Brown

By David Siders and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 – 6:27 am

Gov. Jerry Brown will declare a drought emergency today after weeks of intensifying pressure on him to take action.

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By Michael Doyle
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 – 1:38 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 – 5:45 pm

WASHINGTON — A California drought will soon test lawmakers’ ability to legislate.

It’s a test they haven’t always passed.

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LADailyNews: Hinkley residents, PG&E unite to hire research hydrologist for study

PG&E

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/12/14, 5:31 PM PST |

BARSTOW >> In the decades-long saga of the world’s largest contaminated underground water plume, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the residents of Hinkley have never been so united for a goal: hiring U.S. Geological Survey Scientist John Izbicki.

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SacBee: State water officials considering drought declaration

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By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 – 7:51 am

The California Department of Water Resources is planning to draft an emergency drought declaration for Gov. Jerry Brown’s consideration as dry winter conditions continue.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Monday, January 6, 2013 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom Monday morning.

The Deep Freeze

Most of the nation is adrift in snow and freezing cold weather Monday. The average U.S. temp is reportedly at 12.8˚F.

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SacBee: Sierra snow survey points to dry year ahead

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By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 – 12:27 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 – 9:11 am

One month into winter, and it looks a lot like summer all across California.

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SacBee: California’s new laws: What changes in 2014

California Seal

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 – 8:58 am

Bills that crossed Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk in 2013 encompassed policy topics from bullets to bike safety. In some cases Brown signed legislation that enshrined key Democratic goals, reflecting the strength of robust Democratic majorities in both houses of the Legislature.

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DailyBulletin: Invisible crisis: Few feel effects of L.A.’s driest year on record

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By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 12/21/13, 3:08 PM PST |

Los Angeles is slouching toward its driest year in history. But the dubious milestone won’t turn lawns in Beverly Hills brown or cause Angelenos to take military showers.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Solar development moratorium to end

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December 03, 2013; 05:10 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 3, endorsed new rules to protect communities and natural resources from potential conflicts with commercial solar developments.

To read story by Janet Zimmerman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino County supervisors to mull solar energy ordinance

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/02/13, 5:44 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A proposed county ordinance that would set development guidelines and establish land use fees for solar energy generation facilities goes before the Board of Supervisors today for consideration.

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SacBee: Dry winter ahead, state’s experimental forecast warns

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By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 – 1:20 pm

Despite a hint of rain and snow in the forecast next week, the Sacramento region and California as a whole can expect a third dry winter ahead.

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AP: Judge blocks sale of Calif. high-speed rail bonds

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Nov 25, 2013 – 7:13 PM EST
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Monday tore up California’s funding plans for what would be the nation’s first bullet train, issuing separate orders that could force the state to spend months or years redrawing its plans for the $68 billion rail line and could choke off some of its funding.

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VVDailyPress: Firm moves two $70M solar investments out of SB County

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September 12, 2013 – 10:54 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

HESPERIA • A moratorium on solar power development has caused one firm to move projects worth tens of millions of dollars out of San Bernardino County, a company official said.

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The Sun: Study: Redlands power plant is worst polluter in state

By Greg Cappis, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/10/13, 11:19 PM PDT |

Redlands is home to the highest polluting power plant in the state, according to a new study.

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SacBee: State warned to prepare for 3rd straight dry year

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Published: Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

California water officials are urging residents and local water agencies to brace for a third dry year in 2014.

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The PE: WATER: Senate confirms Susan Longville to Santa Ana board

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Susan Longville

September 3, 2013

The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Jerry Brown’s December 2012 appointment of Susan L. Longville for a seat on the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board.

To read post by Jim Miller in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.