State Government

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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Race and Civil Rights In America Speech by Senator Bill Bradley at The National Press Club - July 16. 1991

Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
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Badlands Journal

 An antidote for those wishing to escape the deafening bleat of the Belligerent Sheep and their Shepherd, the Donald, is a great speech on race and civil rights made nearly 30 years ago and still remembered by some, by another politician: Sen. Bill Bradley, D-New Jersey, a graduate of Princeton, a Rhodes Scholar and a member of two NBA championship teams before serving 18 years in the US Senate. -- blj

 

Race and Civil Rights In America Speech by Senator Bill Bradley at The National Press Club - July 16. 1991

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The Browns' water legacy goes to court

Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 8-18-17

Sacramento  Bee

Sacramento County sues to block Delta tunnels – and it’s not alone

By Dale Kasler And Ryan Sabalow

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Sisters of Perpetual Ambiguity farm pot in Merced

Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 ....but rushing in to the county to guide the Sisters is one of the state Capitol's leading political geniuses, Will "If you print my name I'll have to kill you" Skaarup, formerly the Democrats' go to registration ace. Skaarup, like the Sisters, has BIG plans for Merced, including a warehouse for overnighting big Humboldt Bud loads bound for LA. Wouldn't it fit in nicely with the Gateway Project at Mission and 99?

-- blj

 

7-21-17

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The old "nameless accountant" ploy

Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The violations were errors made by bookkeepers and not made directly by Gray, according to Mike Lynch, Gray’s campaign manager. “They’re bookkeeping errors,” he said. “We have taken steps to fix those.”

The treasurer and accountant in charge of the bookkeeping at the time no longer work for Gray, Lynch said. “Adam takes full responsibility for it,” Lynch said... Gray and his committee also accepted $13,200 from IBEW Local Union 1245, which exceeds the $4,100 limit allowed at the time, according to the FPPC.

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Gateway to a ghost (down)town and other city council foibles

Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There is nothing quite as revolting as watching a land-use planning authority rejoice in the anticipation of spending millions in the taxes they're going to get from some commercial development project they just approved on a piece of dirt in the outskirts of their town. It's a wet dream.

In the case of the City of Merced, we have a city manager, Steve Carrigan,  former director of economic development for bankrupt Stockton, who has more need for public-management redemption than most of the others, although Frank Quintero and Mike Conway, two of Carrigan's ethically challenged assistants, could use a little new luster, too.

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