Water

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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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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