December 2008


 12-1-08Merced Sun-StarHighway 99 casino not a sure betLas Vegas firm planning the venture faces revenue shortfalls and possibly bankruptcy...CHRIS COLLINS, The Fresno Bee Las Vegas company that wants to build a $250 million casino off Highway 99 near Madera is struggling financially and may have trouble lining up money to fund the project, gaming industry analysts say.Even worse, Station Casinos could file

Things that are upside down

Where are all the doomsayers of 2006? Those people, who said the speculative real estate boom could not last, were a kind of answer.Their argument necessarily called for a governmental solution, a need for immediate, perhaps even drastic regulation of a bubble gone wild and spreading, via securitized debt, throughout the world. By 2007, the doomsayers were even saying that this could result in a global credit freeze. These days, they content themselves with documenting the damage.Government didn't listen; it continued to enable the bubble.

C-WIN, CSPA File Suit to End Wasteful Delta Diversions, Protect Public Trust Resources

 For information:Carolee Krieger, Executive Director and Board President, California Water Impact Network, (805) 969-0824,caroleeekrieger@cox.netBill Jennings, Chairman, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, (209) 464-5067, (209) 938-9053 (cell),deltakeep@aol.comMichael Jackson, Counsel, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, and Board Member, California WaterImpact Network, (530) 283-0712, mjatty@sbcglobal.netFor a copy of the complaint filed in Sacrame


 12-2-08Merced Sun-StarMerced County farmers object to sale of waterDozens crowd Merced Irrigation District advisory meeting to protest proposed plan...JONAH OWEN LAMB more than 40 farmers into a small room and ask them if local water should be sold for any reason outside the area and they will give you one answer -- no.


 12-3-08Merced Sun-StarDeeper wells defy droughtAs state dries up, company goes extra 40 feet for water...JONAH OWEN LAMB Blas gripped a 3-foot-long mud-covered metal drill bit as a long drill shaft spun into place from above. The tall rig holding the shaft stood 42 feet above the ground from the back of a truck whose engine was running.


 12-4-08Merced Sun-StarUC growth cheered at hearingPublic can continue to comment on expansion through Jan.


 12-5-08Merced Sun-StarFarm Bureau sues city of LivingstonSuit claims growth plan ignores impact report, state laws...JONAH OWEN LAMB -- Call it the never-ending master plan.Livingston's controversial 2025 general plan update, which projects the city to grow to 100,000, is facing another hurdle.


 12-6-08Merced Sun-StarRMP's land is for sale but backers are forging aheadThe company still hasn't paid the county what it's owed for months...CORINNE REILLY land on which Riverside Motorsports Park planned to build a massive, quarter-billion-dollar racetrack complex is up for sale.RMP is also months late in paying Merced County more than $300,000 in planning and legal fees.


 12-7-08Modesto BeeUC workers paid $682,431 to leave, then rehired...last updated: December 06, 2008 03:18:12 PM — More than half a dozen employees at the University of California each received thousands of dollars in severance payouts even though they landed new jobs within the system.The Sacramento Bee reported in its Saturday edition that 16 employees at the UC President's Office collected a total of $682,431 from


 12-8-08Modesto BeeRetest clears Turlock water after positive tests for bacteria...Bee Staff Reports tests came back positive in November for bacteria in a water system serving 26 central Turlock customers, officials said Friday.Follow-up testing showed the bacteria were not harmful to humans -- Fecal coliform or E.