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.