Public Works

Bill Lockyer on a good day: unravelling the legacy of Father Brown

Submitted: Oct 05, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

10-5-09
Indybay
California Waterloo – Tide of Debt May Shift from General Fund to Water Users...Dan Bacher
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/10/05/18624477.php
Patrick Porgans discloses how the Debt Affordability Report released by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer found that water infrastructure should be paid for by users, not the General Fund and the state's taxpayers as it has been for decades. Could this mark the beginning of the end for massive rip offs of water and taxpayers' money by Westlands Water District, corporate agribusiness and other wealthy water users, who have presided over the destruction of California's fisheries?
"Profiteering water users have been getting rich at the expense of unsuspecting taxpayers, who incur insurmountable debt to keep unsustainable agricultural 'operations' in the 'green' and out-of-the red," said Porgans. "Perhaps, as the Treasurer suggests, it is time for change."

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Limits set on environmental water in Stockton case

Submitted: Oct 04, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

10-3-09

Contra Costa Times

Court orders government to pay for water losses

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Response to a Sun-Star editorial

Submitted: Sep 30, 2009
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Bill Hatch

 

Merced Sun-Star Executive Editor Mike Tharp flew part of the Westside in a private plane with a realtor/Westside rancher named Gail McCullough and came back with revelations. It reminded him of Iraq, where he seems to need to go, whenever the reality of Merced and the San Joaquin Valley overwhelm him, to find refreshment in the Pentagon propaganda mill. You can sugar-coat failure with belief but it is still failure, out there on the imperial frontier or here at home.

 

He begins by announcing, “We live in a desert,” then extends the sentence to include everyone in California. But, I didn’t imagine dry-farming orchards on the coast for a decade. Tharp must be writing about Los Angeles.

 

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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

 

 

Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

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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
By: 
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
By: 
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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