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Will Brown’s brown lawns cause brownouts for summer 2015?

Will Brown’s brown lawns cause brownouts for summer 2015?

. On April 1, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory 25 percent cutbacks in urban water usage over the next nine months due to the prolonged water shortage in the state’s surface water reservoirs. In response, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the West Coast could possibly see power brownouts due to drought this summer, speaking […]

Can tiered water rates be used to encourage conservation?

Can tiered water rates be used to encourage conservation?

By Wayne Lusvardi A media firestorm erupted Monday, April 20, vcialis 40mg over Gov. Brown’s opposition to a State Court of Appeals decision in a water rate setting case involving Proposition 218.  The initiative, passed in 1996, requires voter approval for any new property-related utility rates over and above the basic cost of service. Electric […]

Water workshop finds only ‘miracle’ can end drought

Water workshop finds only ‘miracle’ can end drought

by Wayne Lusvardi  . IRVINE — “Dismal, viagra poor, horrible, abysmal” are the current snowpack and water runoff conditions in California, according to Jeanine Jones, the Interstate Resources Manager for the California Department of Water Resources. The “dismal” snowpack means that when it melts, water will only trickle down the slopes, causing severe shortages in lowland areas. , […]

Farmers promote Delta smelt solution

Farmers promote Delta smelt solution

Is there a solution to the Delta smelt controversy and its endless lawsuits? . Yes, according to a couple of seasoned Central Valley farmers, Russell Waymire and Jim Verboon. They say enlarging the Twitchell Island Channel in the Sacramento Delta could eliminate reverse water flows sucking young smelt into the pumps of the State Water […]

State pensions improve, but members living longer

State pensions improve, but members living longer

Is it morning in California for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System? .

Hoover Poll: CA wants growth, not green programs or rail

Hoover Poll: CA wants growth, not green programs or rail

By Wayne Lusvardi Gov. Jerry Brown just won a resounding re-election victory. But his new budget released last week for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which begins on July 1, is out of sync with Californians on some important issues, according to the Hoover Institution’s new Golden State Poll. It questioned people between Dec. 9 and Jan. 4. […]

Supreme Court refuses to hook Delta smelt case

 

Experts missed December CA drenching

Experts missed December CA drenching

Bringing cheer and presents, on Christmas Santa Claus is going to fly over a California a lot greener than was expected a month ago by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and climate scientists. On Dec. 19, the San Francisco Bay area was hit with its fourth storm in five days. Then on Dec. 21, high tides hit […]

New tax would hit services

New tax would hit services

By Wayne Lusvardi . Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com . Tax reform is in the air. One proposal is by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, also a former speaker of the Assembly. Senate Bill 8, the Upward Mobility Act, would raise $10 billion in sales and use taxes to replace the $7 billion Proposition […]

Democrats push back against new GOP water bill

Democrats push back against new GOP water bill

By Wayne Lusvardi . Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com.  . In California, order not all rainwater is equal.“Two different water years may have identical precipitation and runoff amounts, viagra yet result in significantly different export amounts, treat ” Eric Alvarez told CalWatchdog.com; he’s the Public Information Officer for the Delta Stewardship Council, the state […]