Merced City Council proves "growth pays for itself"

After a lengthy and serious public hearing, pitting angry citizens and against techno-babbling consultants and the city council and the Invisible Few who are paying for their re-election campaigns, the council voted 5-2 for a rate-increase scheme in which lower income and lower water users subsidize higher income, higher water users. 
Nobody was talking about how "development pays for itself" at that meeting.
And nobody talked about how Safeway bottles Merced City.2. water to sell.

Deportation and stolen children

 One reason we will be reminded of this nightmare regime we want to forget and another reason our children will learn about it is the fine work on display below, thanks to Associated Press and investigative journalists Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. They have made the banal horror of these authoritarian times live for us, always in danger of numbing down, and for historians in the future. This is an excellent first draft of the history our children and grandchildren should read because It Is Happening Here Now.
Bravo Garance and Martha! -- blj

The Warning, again

The Guardian
We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN
Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC
Jonathan Watts Global environment editor

Big shots at TNC damage Delta island


The only way the local neighbors and fellow Delta farmers can find to correct The Nature Conservancy's negligent farm practices on Staten Island, is to sue it. TNC is so big, so rich, so politically connected, and so arrogantly deaf to local voices, that spending the money to go to court is all that's left.
TNC's  environmental management on the Delta isn't any better than its rampage of dubious and sloppy "perpetual" conservation easements to mitigate for UC Merced was.

McClatchy Chain to Stanislaus County on water: Let them eat pablum

We have some questions about the McClatchy Chain Modesto outlet's coverage of the state water plan crouched in the shade of the famous Water Wealth Contentment Health arch on I and Ninth streets.
We doubt that every citizen of Stanislaus County needs to know what the article below is telling them.

The Luck of the Denham

 Denham, R-Calif., and his wiry 32-year-old Democratic opponent are locked in one of America’s most competitive congressional races, playing out here in this almond-picking, culturally conservative swath of California’s Central Valley. And yes, Josh Harder was until last year a venture capitalist. -- Schleifer, Recode, Sept. 20, 2018


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