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Bay Delta Conservation Plan opponents ask Brown to release water bond language

Bay Delta Conservation Plan opponents ask Brown to release water bond language

By Dan Bacher | August 9, 2014 |

In an email sent to his campaign supporters on August 5, Governor Jerry Brown called for a “no frills, no pork” $6 billion bond that would be “tunnels neutral.” 

Opponents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s proposed $67 billion tunnels quickly challenged the claim that the bond is” tunnels neutral” – and called for Brown to release the language of his water bond.

Brown explained the reasons for his pared down bond in his email, one of only three his campaign staff have sent out to supporters during his reelection campaign:
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Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

San Joaquin County, CA – As part of its efforts to conserve and protect earth’s resources, Micke Grove Zoo follows the action program of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists created a soil bed that is used to compost kitchen waste and two separate beds for growing produce. The kitchen waste includes leftover or unusable portions of animal diets created in the animal kitchen. The animal kitchen is where diets are prepared for all of the captive wildlife housed at the Micke Grove Zoo.

Cosumnes Community Services District to Scale Back Watering at Elk Grove Parks

Cosumnes Community Services District to Scale Back Watering at Elk Grove Parks

In response to the recent water conservation mandate from the State of California, the Cosumnes Community Services District (CCSD) announced today a significant reduction in watering schedules for the parks they manage.

Starting this Friday, the CCSD will water landscape turf and plants three days a week and close four spraygrounds that do not have water recirculation systems. Those parks, Backer Park, Kunsting Park, Stephenson Park, and Wright Park, will close July 31 rather than on their scheduled closing of September 15. ... Read More

Department of Water Resources Faces $60 Million Shortfall

Department of Water Resources Faces $60 Million Shortfall

By Dan Bacher

It appears that California is not only running out of water during the drought, but it is running out of money to move that water because of mismanagement, according to the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). 

The environmental group accused the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) of facing a $60 million shortfall after failing to collect $125 million owed by water contractors. 

“Even as it continues to promote the ruinously expensive, environmentally destructive and ultimately unworkable Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the California Department of Water Resources has failed to collect $125 million for ongoing operations owed by water contractors, and now faces a $60 million shortfall,” according to a C-WIN media release. ... Read More

Board approves emergency water rules as Brown promotes tunnels and fracking

Board approves emergency water rules as Brown promotes tunnels and fracking

By Dan Bacher | July 19, 2014 |

As the State Water Resources Control Board approved new emergency regulations to fine residential “water hogs” up to $500 a day, Californians Against Fracking urged Governor Jerry Brown to ban the environmentally destructive, water intensive oil drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”... Read More

California Senators opposing fracking moratorium received 14x more money from Big Oil

California Senators opposing fracking moratorium received 14x more money from Big Oil

By Dan Bacher | June 7, 2014 |
Five days after a bill calling for a moratorium on fracking in California failed in the State Senate, a non partisan watchdog group revealed that those who voted against the legislation or abstained from voting on it received many times more in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry than those who supported the bill. 
State Senators voting 'NO' on the fracking moratorium bill on Thursday, May 29 received 14 times as much money the oil and gas industry, on average ($25,227), as senators voting 'YES' ($1,772) from January 1, 2009 to December 21, 2012, according to MapLight, a non profit organization revealing money's influence on politics. 
The report also said the Democrats who abstained from voting on the moratorium received, on average, 4.5 times as much money from the oil and gas industry as the Democrats who voted 'YES'. ... Read More

California Fracking Moratorium Bill Defeated by Oil Industry Lobby, Money

California Fracking Moratorium Bill Defeated by Oil Industry Lobby, Money

By Dan Bacher | May 29, 2014 | 
The California State Senate failed to pass SB 1132, legislation authored by Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno that would have stopped hydraulic fracturing and other dangerous well stimulation methods while the state studied their risks.
The defeat of the legislation was undoubtedly due to the huge amounts of money dumped into lobbying the Legislature by the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the largest and most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, and oil companies... Read More