State Government

Westlands board votes to not support the Delta Fix

Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

“They’ve put two conditions [on the project] that can’t possibly be met,” said Patricia Schifferle of Pacific Advocates, an environmental group.

“They're saying, we’ll participate if you make others pay and give us a free ride on environmental protections. That is a nonstarter.” -- Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 19, 2017

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Klein: The corporate state must deny the consequences of global warming

Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 ,,,Put simply, if the science is true, then the whole economic project that has dominated American power structures since Ronald Reagan was president is out the window, and the deniers know it.

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Oakdale, a well feathered nest for some

Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In these curious times, let us all take a moment to laugh out loud at Oakdale, home of one of the oldest, most corrupt irrigation districts in California1.; Oakdale, which sat back and watched a juvenile delinquent hedge fund steal its groundwater for miles around, replacing some of the richest seasonal pasture in the country for more nuts2.; Oakdale, once the Ladino Clover Capital of World, once the Cowboy Capitol of the World, now just another nut-case town without identity, with water problems, and represented by a passel of Republicans at the state and federal level and former Minority Leader of the state Assembly Kristin Olsen, its new county supervisor. 3. 4. 5.  But the politically slick Ms.

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Rep. Devin Nunes: a study in obstruction

Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 You get some of these boys too far from their mamas' cooking, put them in suits, give them some money and send them to Washington DC, and it's like they get Obstruction on the brain. First, being beloved-tools-for-a-season of San Joaquin Valley agribusiness, they develop the hubris required to imagine stopping the flows of whole rivers, damming, channeling, diverting flows for the greater good of fewer and fewer, larger and larger agricultural enterprises. 

Once they've drunk that wine, obstruction of justice like throwing monkey wrenches into investigations from which they have been recused with some prejudice is duck soup. 

Obstruction of justice is about the only thing his special interests understand.

--blj

 

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California League of Women Voters president opposes Delta "fix"

Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 9-8-17

Mercury News

Opinion: Delta twin tunnel ‘WaterFix’ bad for Santa Clara County, won’t fix anything

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Westlands and Reclamation: an eternal love

Submitted: Sep 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Westlands Water District floats like a tumescent turd through the sewers of the Trump administration. -- blj

 

Criticism of Westlands’ cozy relationship with Reclamation ramped up this year when Donald Trump’s administration picked David Bernhardt to be the No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of the Interior, which supervises the Reclamation bureau.

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Merced Weed Chronicles, another absurd chapter

Submitted: Sep 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

There were aspects of Tuesday's Merced County Board of Supervisors' session on marijuana law that are not covered by the narrow, but laudable focus of the article below. Yes, it should be about the poor and sick and most vulnerable.

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How much is the global warming contributing to Harvey?

Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 8-27-17

The Atlantic

Did Climate Change Intensify Hurricane Harvey?

“The human contribution can be up to 30 percent or so of the total rainfall coming out of the storm.”

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California water politics is not a graduate school seminar

Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

My own ideological affiliation?  “More research is needed.”  My ideological heresy? We don’t need all that much money for research if we work and communicate earnestly, and often collectively, to make research relevant and useful. -- Jay Lund is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California – Davis, where he is also Director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

 

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