Public Health and Safety

American taxpayers will bail out California agribusiness for how much?

Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The press is beginning to toss around figures of the billions lost by California agribusiness due to the drought. The current figure is $1.84 billion to agriculture alone, total costs around $2.74 billion.

Estimated losses to migrant labor are harder to find because los trabajadores internacionales migrate elsewhere in times of drought. Their "anecdotal information" is almost always more accurate than the professors, but they don't care about gross figures. If at all possible they will avoid becoming part of " the ripple effects to the entire economy." They aren't as tied to California real estate as a UC professor is, probably because they can't access UC's great low interest loan programs for professors and administrators.

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Some questions about land subsidence

Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Some questions from the center of the drought, where the towns are brown and orchards, vineyards and rowcrops are green:

 

How many people are really being economically injured by this drought?

How are will Farm Bill crop insurance programs and other government subsidies and disaster payments go to ease the pain?

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Overview of fire in California

Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

California firefighters say that they have never seen the forest so dry. "Explosive," is a word they use. And the worst part of the fire season hasn't yet begun.

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Israel will teach us how to manage water

Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 It was precisely because of this Israeli innovation that the governor, Jerry Brown, welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to California in March 2014. During a ceremony in Silicon Valley, the two leaders signed a memorandum of understanding to foster cooperation and develop research with an emphasis on water conservation and management.

The memorandum calls on California and Israeli businesses, universities and laboratories to join together to find solutions to water scarcity. “Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and here is a great opportunity for collaboration,” Brown said.-- Madison Margolin, The Forward, July 2015

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The noise of kah-ching deafens the hacks to the sounds of the street

Submitted: Aug 03, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 The sound of its own failure has not yet drowned out the Plutocrats' Happy Noise: KAH-CHING! -- blj

 

 

The latest Gallop Poll on voter preference, from the second week of July, 2015, is 29% Republican, 42% Independent, and 28% Democrat.  http://www.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx

 

 

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It takes a lot of water to store a lot of data

Submitted: Aug 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

“People are still choosing to go with designs that are more water-intensive because of the cost of construction,” he says. -- Sarah Shemkus, The Guardian, July 20, 2015 

 

Because, of course, these "people" and government regulators have less social conscience than a cockroach. How much Delta water via the San Luis Reservoir and Santa Clara Water District goes to cool data in Silicon Valley? The geniuses behind deregulation of California electricity are at it again, this time with water. 

-- blj

7-20-15

The Guardian

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And, right on schedule ...

Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

here comes the salt.

 7-24-15

Stockton Record   

Salt worries building in Delta waters

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With all the foresight of roadkill

Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

The decision by the state Supreme Court not to review the published state Fourth Appellate Court decision preventing jurisdictions from raising water rates beyond costs as a conservation measure cuts off one more avenue for reduction of water use, which at this point is increasingly from groundwater pumping. We could say that either it shows a judiciary ruled by hide-bound conservatives or that it shows a judiciary aware that agriculture, not urban taxpayers, is the larger water user and that high court is not going to be diverted by a bunch of Capitol flibbertigibbets.  While Gov Jerry Brown and his administration -- a typical collection for a Jerry Show, thin on competence, thick like their boss on glib evasion -- demand great urban water-consumption cutbacks, and the people respond (except the rich) pretty well to these demands, the disastrous and permanently damaging agribusiness groundwater pumping continues night and day, sucking aquifers dry causing land subsidence.

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Groundwater, considered all by itself

Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Local support is required for each type of boundary change. Mr. Springhorn explained the tiered system with an increasing level of local support depending on the severity of the requested revision. “We’ve been messaging that for boundary revision in the state, there needs to be broad local agreement for these revisions because these revisions have impacts on the implementation of groundwater management and also sustainable groundwater management in the high and medium basins so that’s been a key theme throughout all of our stakeholder engagement and outreach.”

http://mavensnotebook.com/2015/07/20/sustainable-groundwater-management-act-implementation-an-overview-of-the-basin-boundary-regulation/

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