State Government

Adam Gray's water bill shot down by Brown

Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

“The bureaucrats at the State Water Board have lost any and all credibility with the communities I represent. I will continue to pursue every avenue at my disposal to promote greater public transparency and expose this out of control kangaroo court of an agency.” -- Assemblyman Adam Gray press release, Oct. 17, 2017

We've never seen as clear a statement that this legislator does not represent the environmental community in his district than this. He represents agribusiness and its parasitic water and irrigation districts and, like his predecessor and mentor, Dennis "The Shrimp Slayer" Cardoza, is terrified of the environmentalists in his district. --blj

 

10-17-17

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Media in the flood tides

Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Although Jerry Mander, a San Francisco advertising man, wrote this 40 years ago, "it doesn't take a rocket scientist" to see that, while he calls the "machine" has been somewhat amplified by computers, it is still performing the same functions much faster of reduction and unification of viewpoint. But now, due to the extreme market analysis that all media employ, this reduction and unification has been miniaturized and fragmented in flood tides of greed for power and profit.

The drive for power and profit drive our media, and on the dark, unacknowledged side, fear of a critical public also drives our media.

But,  operating at different levels in media as in government, there are still good people who believe in reason and analysis. Journalistic integrity is only dead for those who never wanted any.

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Governor declares Hepatitis A epidemic

Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

10-14-17

San Jose Mercury-News

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WELCOME BACK TO THE 20TH CENTURY

Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 California has an unlimited supply of water.

 

 

West side agribusiness can expand nuts and grapes acreage forever.

 

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Northern California fires

Submitted: Oct 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The pace of the burn took firefighters by surprise: The fires charred 20,000 acres in about 12 hours, which Cox called “a phenomenal rate of growth.” He said firefighters had “zero percent” containment and warned that, while winds had weakened slightly over the course of the day, “because of heat and low humidity, fire growth is still likely.” -- Kerr et al, Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2017

 

 

10-9-17

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Computer modeling in elections

Submitted: Oct 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

One's view toward the computer invasion of another familiar field either with enthusiastic faith in new technology...or with dark laughter. I find the latter is better protection against the new religio-technodogmatics of our times. But we live close enough to Silicon Valley that sometimes its hot breath reaches across the Dumbarton Bridge over the Altamont and through the nut orchards to our door, generating slogans like the one to explain the land-developer boondoggle known as UC Merced as "this high-tech, bio-tech engine of growth!"-- wmh

 

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Merced ID draws a firm line in mud

Submitted: Oct 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Merced ID has tried to do the right thing by developing the SAFE Plan and making settlement efforts. We now urge Merced ID’s stakeholders to support our refocused efforts as we gear up for the impending regulatory and legal battles that await as we continue to work to protect our community’s water supply... We have seen zero evidence the state or environmental groups are receptive to the MID’s SAFE Plan proposal... This is about circumventing the water rights priority system in California and taking our senior storage and water rights to give to junior water rights holders in the name of fish and Delta outflow. Dave Long and Scott Koehn, Merced Sun-Star, Oct. 4, 2017.

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State audit criticizes hiring of boondoggle specialist Gardner for tunnels project

Submitted: Oct 07, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 A biography Gardner submitted to the state says he is an economist with more than three decades of experience in program management, organizational leadership and strategic planning. On Hallmark’s website, he describes himself as a “project-turnaround specialist,” whose accomplishments include overseeing the development of the UC Merced campus in the early 2000s. -- Sabalow, Kasler, Sacramento Bee, Oct. 5, 2017


“They (the state) would have known that years earlier and adjusted the project or the plan accordingly,” Michael said. “To say we have to wait until the end to see who is in and out, it’s bad government.”Breitler, Stockton Record, Oct. 5, 2017

 

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The fish rots from the head down

Submitted: Oct 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

10-5-17

CALmatters.org

New law, born of UC scandal, will punish interference with audits

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Cadiz, Brackpool's Folly, another one of LA's reckless choices

Submitted: Oct 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 On its website, Cadiz called Feinstein’s remarks “irresponsible and not true.”

“The water that Cadiz plans to extract contains numerous contaminants including arsenic and cancer-causing Chromium-6. Left untreated, it could pollute the pristine water of the Colorado River Aqueduct, endangering the health of not only Cadiz’s customers but all 19 million Californians who rely on that water,” Feinstein’s statement said.

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