"Eureka!" means "Steal the Resources!" to our Greekless leaders

Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

 "The past is never dead. It's not even past," said William Faulkner and the stunning lack of political leadership exhibited by the League of California Cities reminds us -- not of growth and prosperity -- but the manic reaction of our leaders in times of stress when they follow the fundamental notion of the State of California: Steal the resources! -- blj

9-11-14

Association of California Water Agencies

League of California Cities Board Votes to Support Water Bond

 by Pamela Martineau

http://www.acwa.com/news/state-budget-fees/league-california-cities-board-votes-support-water-bond

The League of California Cities Board of Directors has voted to support Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.

The vote occurred during the board’s meeting in Los Angeles earlier this month in conjunction with the organization’s annual conference. In a press statement, League officials said the bond’s provisions provide substantial benefits for California cities and ensure that all communities have safe and reliable water into the future. 

“We congratulate the Legislature for passing a water bond with wide bipartisan support. The fact that legislators representing every region in California stand behind Prop. 1 indicates the universal understanding that our state is in a water crisis. It’s predicted that the coming rainy season will not end this historic drought further straining California’s water supplies, and California must make investments in the most pressing water infrastructure needs,” said League President and San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros.

“California cities support this bond because it will help provide our communities with reliable and clean drinking water and will establish solid water management priorities for decades,” Cisneros continued.

The League’s water bond priorities comprise six main areas: water conservation, groundwater recharge, stormwater capture and reuse/Clean Water Act compliance, watershed restoration, water storage and conveyance and water recycling and reuse. Prop. 1 contains allocations that match those League priorities, the press release stated, including:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->$2.7 billion for storage;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->$1.495 billion for watershed protection and watershed ecosystem restoration;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->$725 million for water recycling projects and programs;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->$720 million for groundwater management;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->$200 million for stormwater capture; and

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->$100 million for water conservation and efficiency plans, projects, and programs.

 

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New plans-to-make-groundwater-management plans as drought continues

Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 For us to become literate in the present California water dilemma, in addition to reading all the "California Drought" stories in the press, we should devote a certain amount of attention to the topic of "Water Bills," those statements of special interests and political ambition upon which members of the state Legislature and Congress vote.

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Drought update: September 2014

Submitted: Sep 09, 2014
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Badlands Journal

 We haven't found much in the press that mirrors our own view of the drought. We see that it is the third or the second or the whatever-worst drought in a long time. We see the drought is inflicting economic pain. We see the political games being played to extract more water from the Delta for farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley -- whose farms are rapidly salting up with heavy metals. We are wondering if the new Farm Bill will deliver more or less funds to impacted farmers and agribusinesses. We hope this additional stress will not inflict too much more pain on the Honey bee population.  We see wells being drilled deeper and deeper everywhere in the Valley and foothills.

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The new, know nothing McCarthy

Submitted: Sep 07, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Almonds, dairy products, table grapes, oranges, lemons, cotton,  pistachios, beef, melons, raisins, pomegranates, and agricultural and oil-drilling related manufacturing are major exports from the south San Joaquin Valley CA district of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, "Scourge of the Import-Export Bank," R-Bakersfield.

But McCarthy, now in third position in Republican House leadership aches with ambition to be the Number One Numbnut Knucklehead Teabagger Ideologist of Them All, leaving them Wisconsin pretenders in the dust. Therefore, having once had the sense of his own district, he now votes against the Import-Export Bank, which, particularly in the case of the small businesses, makes exporting possible with some assurance of getting paid.

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Merced City Council, Aug. 4, 2014: An inconsiderable lease

Submitted: Sep 02, 2014
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 Merced City Council, Aug. 4, 2014

Item #10 on Consent Calendar would authorize staff to prepare a lease to UC Merced and others for 5,951 square feet of office space in the Parcade office/parking complex next to City Hall for a dollar a year for 10 years.

There were some deferential questions from council members which were met by a steady stream of impenetrable, uninformative "presentation," which we have nicknamed "boosterbabble," from city and UC Merced staff. Mainly they were talking about the deep social need for installing UC and small business sponsored business "incubator" and "accelerator" and "UC administration" space, in one of the deadest commercial spacess on the downtown landscape: the Parcade.       

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Russia says "Nyet" to Sacred Nut along with Khaganate of Nuland

Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

Or as we sometimes say, "Das Kaganreich des Nulands." However you spell it, here in the Valley, even Ukrainian Nazi militia, backed by American neocon elites, can be a cause for whining. -- blj

 

 

8-8-14

Voice of America

US Almond Growers Feel Impact of Russian Import Limits

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Idyllic monounsaturated fats and the fifth level of drought

Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

One of our eastcoast editors sent this insightful article about the political economy of the Sacred Nut that appeared in The Atlantic, from Boston. We were intrigued by the literate good sense of the author, James Hamblin, MD, so included some other titles from his recent work at the bottom.


Enjoy Spanish Marcona almonds -- blj


8-28-14

The Atlantic

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As the Wolf arrives, Merced Agriculture gibbers on

Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 There have been way too many groundwater management plans to make plans in Merced County and they have now come back to bite agriculture's habitual liars you know where. The wolf is here at last and the ag rhetoric is exhausted. 

Representatives of the Merced County Farm Bureau and California Women for Agriculture have been animated by what has come to be called "the Sloan Sale" (26,000 acre feet of groundwater sold to a Stanislaus County water district over two years at a minimum of $500/acre foot). On August 26, they were before the Board of Supervisors again demanding county action on the groundwater situation.

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Merced City Council, Aug. 4, 2014: change orders and contingencies

Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The city council, like most legislative bodies, includes a number of items early in its agenda that are voted on together. It is called the "consent calendar" and items may be removed from it for individual attention. Councilman Mike Murphy asked that Item 8, a staff recommendation that the council accept a bid from a Fresno construction company to build a new laboratory building at  the city wastewater treatment facility, be removed for council discussion. After noting that "it is great that we have one of the bidders coming in 10 percent lower than the other two," Councilman Murphy objected specifically to the contract allowing a 25-percent increase for change orders on the authority of the city manager alone without council deliberation. Murphy thought 10 percent was good enough, noting that a $450,000 contingency fund was also included in the contract.

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Making a graph of stupidity and UC grant whoring

Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “We can’t manage what we don’t measure,” he said. “We’ve been putting a lot of efforts in developing intelligent infrastructure that will develop better information and lead to better decision-making.”

 

What is wrong with this statement?

1) It is historically absurd. Human beings have managed quite well without  "intelligent infrastructure."  But, of course, UC professors believe that real management of human affairs begins with measurements precise enough to build, launch and trigger the nuclear weapons for which UC is so famous.

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