March 2013

Last Week: February 17-23, 2013

Merced Sun-Star

Our View: Report eyes water jobs of the future

The eggheads at the Oakland based Pacific Institute have produced a report for the people: "Sustainable Water Jobs, A National Assessment of Water- Related Green Job Opportunities," (which) identifies 136 occupations that could emerge or

The Merced County Voting Rights Act violation drama

Fresno Bee
Merced County voting rights ruling to affect Valley agencies…Michael Doyle, Bee Washington Bureau…2-24-13
WASHINGTON -- A Merced County legal victory has unexpectedly pulled it into one of the biggest U.S. Supreme Court cases in years.

Lloyd Carter's portrait of a Denver water and oil lawyer/lobbyist

Lloyd Carter, at the indispensible Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood website, has produced a masterful portrait of Norman Brownstein, one of the nation's top water and oil lawyer/lobbyists, and his crooked sons. Although the story takes place in Denver, Washington and Wall Street, what makes it local is that Brownstein's firm lobbies for Westlands Water District and recently lost a lawsuit brought by the district against the US Bureau of Reclamation, and that Kirk Kerkorian, Fresno billionaire, was allegedly swindled in an oil deal involving business associates of Brownstein. 

Great "stewards of the land"

 It is one of San Joaquin Valley Ag-flak's favorite slogans-- that "farmers are stewards of the land" (and therefore could not do anything wrong on the land) -- that makes us gag to relate in light of the decline of the bees, domestic and imported. It would appear that agribusiness, which we have entrusted with growing most of our food, is killing the bees that pollinate so many of the food s we eat.

Our grand "stewards of the land"

The continuing decline of imported and wild species of bees makes us gag at one of San Joaquin Valley agriculture's most cherished slogans: "Farmers are the best stewards of the land." Agribusiness, which we have entrusted with growing most of our food, is killing the bees that pollinate so many of the foods we eat. What is the real price for a price setting world monopoly in almonds, if during the largest annual pollination event in the world, the pollinators are destroyed? 

Apres moi, le deluge


Water exporters misrepresent the risk of earthquakes to generate support for the peripheral tunnels. Powerful interests control California's water resources and the message about the state's water. Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, these powerful interests have stoked fear of flooding and earthquakes to make a case for transforming a unique, beautiful, productive Delta region into a permanent way station for water going somewhere else. -- Robert Pyke and Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, Mercury News, March 15, 2013

CEQA's enemies: Rattlesnakes in coyote clothing

State Sen. Tom Berryhill, a Republican calling Twain Harte his home at least during this legislative season, has taken over leadership of the anti-California Environmental Quality Act forces since former Sen. Michael Rubio, R-Wasco, ditched the state Senate for a lobbying job with Chevron. The Berryhills are a clan of wrong, blunt speaking Republicans who have been representing parts of the north San Joaquin Valley for decades. 

Public banking: throwing out the money changers

 Why is financial socialism still alive in North Dakota? Why haven't the North Dakotan free-market crusaders slain it dead?

Because it, March 26, 2013
Why Is Socialism Doing So Darn Well in Deep-Red North Dakota?
North Dakota's thriving state bank makes a mockery of Wall Street's casino banking system -- and that's why financial elites want to crush it.