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The WalMart project public comment period

Submitted: Sep 27, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The Merced City Council is to be commended for holding two lengthy public hearings on the WalMart distribution center project including citizens with sharply opposed views on health, human safety and economic growth, who spoke their mind in an orderly, safe process. This begs the lie of Rep. Dennis Cardoza, the Pimlico Kid, that citizens in his district could not meet together in town hall meetings to discuss health care reform. In fact, on another contentious issue, Riverside Motorsports Park, a large number of town hall meetings were held, some by proponents, some by opponents. We observed several moments of tension and name calling in those meetings, held without security, but only feelings were bruised.

 

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After all the crap, some real numbers

Submitted: Sep 22, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

In a February letter to President Obama, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, claimed, as he did in many other venues: "A simple measure that would save up to 80,000 jobs (in the lower San Joaquin Valley) would be to relax restrictions on pumping facilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers Delta that have caused the regulatory drought that my constituents are experiencing."

In January, the state Farm Bureau reported that, "UC Davis agricultural economist Richard Howitt that the drought would cause a lost of "40,000 jobs, and these are job losses for those who can least afford them in the valley's small, rural towns."

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California truth squad counters Sean Hannity's lies

Submitted: Sep 22, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board
Indybay
Californians React to Sean Hannity's Misinformation on Water Crisis...Ryan Schwartz ( hummingbirdpr [at] gmail.com )...9-17-09
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Corruption at the Department of Interior

Submitted: Sep 19, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The federal Justice Department is looking into the alleged corruption of former Interior Secretary Gale Norton. Under Norton, Interior’s corruption reached baroque proportions, particularly in issues involving California, as stories beneath indicate. For underlying documentation, readers are urged to consult Interior’s Office of Inspector General’s special reports at http://www.doioig.gov/index.php?menuid=2&viewid=-1&viewtype=REPORT&pgid=598&rpttype=special

 

 

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End the charade

Submitted: Sep 11, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Three-quarters of likely California voters disapprove of their state Legislature this month and think it is run by a few special interests. This is the worst rating the Legislature has received in the 11 years of Public Policy Institute of California polling, the institute reported this week. The names of those interests are FIRE – Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate.

 

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The price of dirt, Part 1

Submitted: Sep 07, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Part 1.

 

“Put your faith in the people who have been here from the beginning and have always paid their taxes while others come and go and cost us all money.” – Diana Westmoreland Pedrozo, executive director, Merced County Farm Bureau

 

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High-speed rail EIR inadequate

Submitted: Aug 27, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Planning and Conservation League

August 26, 2009                                                                             

 

Court Supports Claims that the High Speed Rail Authority's Environmental Review is Faulty

 

Sacramento - Today Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny issued a decision supporting contentions by the Planning and Conservation League and other plaintiffs that the California High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) did not adequately study the potential impacts before choosing the Pacheco Pass route into the Bay Area from the Central Valley. This decision means the choice to build the train along the Pacheco Pass route will be rescinded and the impacts and alternatives thoroughly studied.

 

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Water Resources, the Public Trust doctrine and Racanelli

Submitted: Aug 23, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

          Water Resources, the Public Trust doctrine and Racanelli 

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Settlement of federal suit to improve Stockton sewers

Submitted: Jul 29, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Press Release

California Sportfishing Protection Alliance

3536 Rainier Avenue, Stockton, CA95204

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California water: some recent theological texts

Submitted: Jul 12, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Every culture has its sacred texts. Chinese, the Sumerians, Indians, Persians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Arabs -- and on and on. You name the culture and we'll name the sacred text -- from the I Ching to the Koran and beyond. It is the world's greatest literature,

the true treasury of the deepest human values and highest human visions.

 

In California, we have the water news. Because we are so young, dynamic and full of the belief that economic growth equals population growth, the notion that natural resources, especially water, may have limits, has created a theological crisis here in California.

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