Water

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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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 fires

Submitted: Aug 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

7-28-17

Fresno Bee

Some of the biggest fires in central California happened in the last five years

Aleksandra Konstantinovic

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article164269617.html

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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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Elite fundamentalists to the baracades!

Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The northern San Joaquin Valley public, at least, doesn't have to look any farther than the "boondoggle/land deal" called UC Merced, anchor tenant for the most severe housing construction boom/bust in its history, to see right through the campaign of scientists rallying to run for public office. All one has to remember is how scientists in the UC system and in the state and federal resource agencies charged with enforcing environmental law and regulation, not to mention public meeting legislation, bowed to political pressure and corrupted their own research to appease the UC and the finance, insurance and real estate special interests behind the Merced project.

 

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Cotton lobbyists, the boll weevils of gummint?

Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Cotton Subsidies in the United States totaled $35.8 billion from 1995-2014. 2Cotton Subsidies in California totaled $3.2 billion during the same period.2..  Cotton Subsidies in Merced County, California totaled $175 million from 1995-2014.3.

Evidently, this was far from enough to satisfy American cotton growers, so they are trying to raid the coming crop-insurance based Farm Bill.

We don't find ourselves often on the side of the American Enterprise Institute or the Heritage Foundation, powerful conservative think tanks, but in this case we think their criticism is just.

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