March 2018

Recent vignettes of water management on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley

 "What happened (Wednesday) is very much about the past," Azhderian said. "The Panoche of today is not the Panoche of yesterday. The board is progressive in addressing, adopting and implementing new policies." -- Shankar, Los Banos Enterprise, Feb. 23, 2018
 

Maybe California will be spared water hysteria in 2018

“At approximately 10.15am on March 3 2018, Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol was performing avalanche hazard mitigation work when an avalanche released on the upper part of the mountain travelling towards the High Five Express chair,” said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area spokesperson Lauren Burke. -- Capradio.org, March 3, 2018.

A. General J. Beauregard Sessions invades California

 
The Los Angeles Times has great coverage on US Attorney General Jeff Sessions' assault on the states' rights of California. Be sure to use the link to get at further coverage they offer from links in the article. It looks as though maybe the worst is over for the Times. That's good news. We really need that newspaper back!-- blj
3-7-18
Los Angeles Times
California leaders rebuke Sessions as 'going to war' over state immigration policy

Decorum coercion in City Hall

 

"You have to have rules of decorum," Murphy said. "This does zero to affect the content."
Councilman Michael Belluomini said he was comfortable with leaving the misdemeanor penalty in the ordinance given that it's a "fairly high standard." -- Miller, Merced Sun-Star, March 6, 2018

 

 

Allegations in the Merced County DA race -- the same old game

In less words than the political gossip in the press, a married couple of Merced County assistant district attorneys moved to Santa Cruz at some point (not reported) after Larry Morse was elected District Attorney in 2006. These whispering lizards of the bar chose to tell the McClatchy Chain local outlet last month that they were driven out of their job in Merced to their present jobs in Santa Cruz because, they allege, Morse sexually harassed the wife.

Afloat on a sea of data points

 
We found these two articles useful in another day when journalism played the Sorcerer's Apprentice and produced an endless flow of, in Rachel Maddow Speak, "data points." -- blj

 

"Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as 'surveillance companies,'" Snowden said. "Their rebranding as 'social media' is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense."