Agriculture

Duarte the Deep-Ripper settles

Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Duarte said he settled reluctantly but feared a big penalty would jeopardize his family and his main business, a Modesto-area nursery that employs hundreds of workers.

“Given the risks posed by further trial on the government’s request for up to $45 million in penalties ... this was the best action I could take to protect those for whom I am responsible,” he said in a statement released by the Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento, a nonprofit law firm that takes up conservative causes. -- Kasler and Sabalow, Sacramento Bee, Aug. 15, 2017

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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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Trans-foody reflections on New Yorker's Driscoll piece

Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Dana Goodyear, a Yale food journalist, has written an excellent article on Driscoll, the dominant corporation in the westcoast berry deal, as far as the article goes. I guess, for anyone who remembers Driscoll as an up-and-coming player, partnering with its growers as Bud Antle was with his lettuce growers with strict quality control, one wonders at times about the reporter's questions, or perhaps lack of them. There is also a strong similarity in terms of cosmetics over taste to what the Washington apple growers did to the Red Deliciou apple, millions of tons of whose packing-shed culls have been flowing into Watsonville's Martinelli Cider Co. for decades.

A kind of high-tech, corporatist, weightless obtuseness underlies the professionally written, fact-checked New Yorker production. One wants to know, in all this wonderful relationship with Driscoll's actual berry producers, what kind of deal these producers have with this ultra-modern, nearly Silicon Valley-perfect business firm.  

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Other views on American white resentment

Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 8-13-17

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Charlottesville

https://www.facebook.com/notes/arnold-schwarzenegger/charlottesville/10155766543359658/

 

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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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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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Valley Fever

Submitted: Aug 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There's no vaccine, no cure, and no state funding for awareness or research.

7-20-17

Bakersfield Californian

Valley fever cases spike statewide, making 2016 the worst year for the fungal disease in decades

Harold Pierce

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Brown engineering

Submitted: Aug 04, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

There is no state in the union or place in the world more dependent on hydraulic engineering than California, which is why the wave of doubt caused by the very serious problems with the Oroville Dam is so unusual that it is nearly unthinkable.

For generations, California universities have been producing engineers to develop every aspect of the natural environment of our state for the profit of those with the capital to take advantage and transform the landscape to unimaginably ugly-scapes of urban wastelands and industrial agribusiness -- deteriorating tracts and cows knee-deep in their own manure.

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Detwiler Fire, Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Original Post at 7:50am: Mariposa, CA — The acreage on the Detwiler Fire has inched up to 80,250 and it is holding at 65-percent containment.

7-26-17

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