Public Works

Brother George tells Gov. Smarty Pants to zip it

Submitted: May 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

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Contra Costa Times

George Skelton: Delta tunnel plan -- a million hours and still not shovel-ready

By George SkeltonLos Angeles Times columnist

http://www.contracostatimes.com/opinion/ci_28095636/george-skelton:-delta-tunnel-plan--a-million-hours-and-still-not-shovelready

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Hogwash, flattery and 2 million acre-feet

Submitted: May 07, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Politicians striking poses in the face of natural disaster is older than the pharaohs. It is easier to imagine a tree falling unseen and unheard in a forest than it is to imagine a disaster without politicians crawling all over it flattering their own efforts and the strength of "their people."

"Heck of a job, Brownie"...etc.

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Environmental consequences of development of water and of energy in the Caliornia drought

Submitted: May 04, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Carl Pope, former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club, spells out the connection between the development of water and of energy in California. It is a brief, important report based on a good question. -- blj

 

 

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AB1242 Gray, D-Merced: All business and no good faith

Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The drought in the San Joaquin Valley -- let's call it the Great San Joaquin Valley Drought ,,, no, we should call it The Greatest Drought in World History, because we like to have the biggest things in the world here -- biggest cheese plants, biggest almond crops, biggest winery, biggest land subsidence, greatest destruction of bees, biggest air-quality problems, and our water quality was recently the subject of a genuine United Nations investigation on behalf of the farm workers, mostly citizens of another country, which must have been the reason the UN got involved because, you know, being citizens of another country, they aren't exactly our responsibility, at least you could argue that people without the proper paperwork to be here don't really have a right to safe water supplies and sewer services. They're just farm workers, after all, you have to draw the line somewhere,, and where water is concerned, that line has to be clearly drawn because our sacred San Joaquin Valley economy is based on Irrigated Agriculture. And this year farm workers are cheaper than water and a sewer in compliance with state and federal regulations.

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Some things going on in the rest of the world

Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

Hey, we've got enough worries right here in the Valley, the Garden of the Sun, the California Cornucopia, without looking outside for more trouble than the worst drought in 1,200 years,  right? Our economy is about agriculture and our main interest in foreign policy is more trade and better terms. Right?

 

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Gov. SmartyPants.gap does drought

Submitted: Apr 04, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 At the usual place and time, Echo Summit at the beginning of April, the Immortal Snow Doctor, Frank Gehrke (chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey Program), one end of his long, hollow wand quietly resting on dirt beside his feet, stood mostly silently beside the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, who spoke at some length about the drought crisis without once using the political cliche du jour, "we must move forward."

We think he might have sensed that his audience of nearly 40 million California residents of would prefer moving back to a time when no global warming threatened to turn the California Dream into The Century of the Buzzard. The drama of the occasion (the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle reports are below) seemed to dull reporters' minds to some questions that arise at this distance.

 

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The 2015 water amendment to the 2014 California Budget Act

Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

      4)Accelerates $660 million from the Governor's January budget proposal of Proposition 1E of 2006, bond monies for flood protection in urban and rural areas to make the state's infrastructure more resilient to climate change and flood events. -- Gabrielle Meindl, California State Assembly Budget Committee consultant, March 24, 22015.

 

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Between drones

Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

It seems to be a week, as the drums of war go on beating, when people are looking for perspective. At least we don't think it is only us at Badlands. For awhile after the fall of the Soviet Union, there seemed to be a choice to be or not to be the world's policeman and "indispensable nation." Evidently, somewhere far beyond the counsel of ordinary people, the decision was made to continue to pour the public billions into the military-industrial complex.

Curiously, many of the so-called serious threats to our national security, for example, China, seem to investing in projects to improve their own and other nations' infrastructures to increase trade and prosperity.

 

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"Moving forward"

Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We've been stunned by the drought and responses to it locally and at a state and national level. Environmentalists have been warning about how farmers have been over-drafting the aquifer in the Central Valley for decades and have been snubbed and demonized for mentioning it, as if we were not citizens and members of the same society that landowners and urban businessmen are. They don't even have to bribe elected officials anymore; social elites spring up overnight around wealth in new industries, whose "leaders" get what they want and they always want more water. Elected officials and educators -- from kindergarten to UC Merced -- babble on constantly about leadership. And they all use that one phrase, growing more absurd by the day: "We've got to move forward."

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