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  • Kamala Harris Will Investigate Group That Exposed Planned Parenthood’s Baby Body Parts Sales

    07/25/2015 10:59:21 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/25/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 24, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) announced she will investigate whether the Center for American Progress broke any laws in videoing Planned Parenthood’s (PP) Dr. Deborah Nucatola. On the video, Nucatola discussed PP’s sales of baby livers and the practice of “partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts” to those who want them.
  • Jerry Brown hops private plane to Rome

    07/21/2015 6:07:23 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 20, 2015 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown arrived in Rome for climate talks this week with the smallest of entourages – three – and the most comfortable of accommodations. Brown, who typically flies Southwest Airlines in California, flew to Italy with real estate developer George Marcus and his wife, Judy, in their private plane. Brown is combining his trip to a conference here with a vacation with those friends.
  • Man killed and another injured after confronting group of taggers in Anaheim

    07/21/2015 12:08:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    ANAHEIM – Two men were shot late Sunday night, and one died Monday morning, in an unincorporated area west of the city, officials said. Dave Bruce Douglas, 51, and a second man were in a Ford SUV around 10 p.m. Sunday near Lullaby Lane and Poona Drive when they had a confrontation with three to five men who were on foot outside of the vehicle, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jeff Hallock said. Both men live in the neighborhood and drove by the group who were in their late teens or early 20s and who were spray painting, or tagging,...
  • Jerry Brown’s climate warning: ‘We are talking about extinction’

    07/21/2015 7:33:44 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 65 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 21, 2015 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, in an ominous appeal on climate change, said Tuesday that the world may already have “gone over the edge” on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction. “We don’t even know how far we’ve gone, or if we’ve gone over the edge,” Brown said at a climate summit at the Vatican. “There are tipping points, feedback loops, this is not some linear set of problems that we can predict. We have to take measures against an uncertain future which may well be something no one ever wants. We are talking about extinction. We...
  • California May Let Undocumented Immigrants Buy Obamacare

    07/19/2015 12:16:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17/15 | Rachana Pradhan
    Uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy. By 5:11 AM EDT California lawmakers and activists are spearheading a first-in-the-nation plan to let undocumented immigrants buy Obamacare health insurance. Supporters say the California proposal, which would need federal approval and couldn’t start until 2017, is the next logical step in expanding health insurance to a population that was intentionally excluded from the president’s health-care law. But uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy. Story Continued Below There’s no guarantee the California...
  • High rate of poverty bites California

    07/19/2015 12:00:07 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 18, 2015 | Dan Walters
    When the Census Bureau began calculating poverty a half-century ago – as a “war on poverty” became a hot issue in Washington – it devised a rather simple formula. The formula defined income that would be counted – excluding non-cash income such as food stamps and housing subsidies – and applied it to a narrow “market basket” of food and other living necessities. All the data were nationwide, with no adjustments for regional or local differentials. By the official poverty index, California doesn’t fare too badly, with 17 percent of its residents impoverished, a bit above the national rate of...
  • Gov. Brown Moves Bill That Would Mandate 50% Reduction In Gas Usage by 2030 - Agenda 21

    07/18/2015 10:19:30 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 55 replies
    LA CBS ^ | 07/17/2015 | LA CBS
    Gov. Brown Talks To KCAL9 About Bill That Would Mandate Reduction In Gas Usage LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — As Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to travel to Rome next week for an international climate conference, the debate over a bill aimed at reducing gas usage in California is heating up. Brown fully supports SB-350, which would mandate a 50-percent cutback in California’s gas usage in the next 15 years, arguing that it’s a prime factor in global warming. “We’ve got a serious problem here,” he told KCAL9 Political Reporter Dave Bryan via satellite. “Burning oil and gas and coal and diesel...
  • California urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners siphoned for budget crisis

    07/13/2015 2:08:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 07/13/2015 | Judy Lin
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget crisis. A Sacramento County judge found that the governor and state Legislature unlawfully diverted most of a fund that was part of a $25 billion settlement between five major banks and nearly every state in 2012. Brown's attorneys argued the state had the discretion to use that money in the state budget. But the judge sided with...
  • CALIFORNIA FACES THE SKYROCKETING GASOLINE PRICES BROWN FEARS

    07/13/2015 11:14:03 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | july 13, 2015 | chriss w. street
    GasBuddy started an emergencypetition on Friday calling on Governor Brown to obtain an EPA waiver to prevent gasoline price increases of at least 50-cents a gallon in Southern California and 30-cents in Northern California. As Breitbart News warned in December in “Brown Needs Oil Trains to Prevent Skyrocketing Energy Prices,: decades of anti-oil-production-policies in the Democrat-controlled state had made residents highly reliant on inconsistent supplies of oil from Iraq and oil trains from North Dakota. With supplies now breaking down, Californians are sure to be angry paying $5 a gallon for gasoline. GasBuddy noted that an “extraordinary convergence of fuel supply problems...
  • Covering poor children without legal status is first step, say California advocates

    07/12/2015 7:59:35 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | July 12, 2015 | ANNA GORMAN
    When Fabiola Ortiz heard California had granted health coverage to poor children lacking legal immigration status, she was grateful. Since arriving in the U.S. illegally 12 years ago, she has taken her two youngest children to the doctor only for required school physicals and relied on home remedies for everything else.
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown to Meet With Pope on Climate Change (and modern slavery)

    07/11/2015 5:02:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    NBC/AP ^ | July 10, 2015
    California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he will travel to Vatican City later this month to discuss climate change and modern slavery with dignitaries including Pope Francis as the governor seeks to burnish his legacy as a climate change activist. Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, plans to attend a two-day event starting July 21 hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences. The focus is on two issues highlighted in the pope's recent teaching document, called an encyclical, in which he chastised international lawmakers for failing to adopt effective, long-term policies that would protect the environment and...
  • Governor's finance office opposes bill raising minimum wage in California

    07/10/2015 3:28:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Citing significant new costs to the state and a negative effect on businesses, the Brown administration’s Finance Department is opposing a bill that would raise California's $9 minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1 and boost it again to $13 in 2017. “The Department of Finance is opposed to this bill because it results in significant, unbudgeted costs to the General Fund,” the report says. “Further, Finance notes the net impact of an increased minimum wage on California’s economy and state budget is likely to be negative.” “For the economy, losses from higher production costs to businesses would...
  • LA WOMAN EXECUTED by Shotgun Blast to Back of the Head By Black Man on Hollywood Sidewalk

    07/08/2015 10:43:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 78 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 6,2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Sunday night in Los Angeles as a 30 year-old white woman walked with her boyfriend near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, a mysterious Black man walked up behind the couple and without saying a word fired a shotgun blast to the back of the woman’s head, according to police. The killer was seen carrying the shotgun as he ran to a car and drove away. The search for the killer continues. The Los Angeles Times reported: “The man walked up from behind the woman as she walked with her boyfriend in Hollywood near Sunset Boulevard. He aimed a shotgun and killed...
  • Free cars for the poor in California

    07/08/2015 4:01:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kevin Chupka
    A new experiment in California aims to solve two problems with one program. A pilot program backed by the California Air Resource Board is offering some big kick backs for residents of the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley if they turn in old gas guzzling vehicles for more energy efficient ones. The lower their income the more money could be coming their way. In fact, in the right situations, residents could get an electric or hybrid car for nothing. Literally $0. According to the press release from the Air Resource Board: The program works by providing increasingly...
  • It's official: Latinos now outnumber whites in California

    07/08/2015 9:03:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 8, 2015 | Javier Panzar
    The demographers agreed: at some point in 2014, Latinos would pass whites as the largest ethnic group in California. Determining when exactly that milestone would occur was more of a tricky question. Counting people isn't like counting movie ticket receipts. The official confirmation had to wait until new population figures were released by the Census Bureau this summer. The new tally, released in late June, shows that as of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state.
  • Father of Young Leukemia Survivor Reacts to New Vaccine law

    07/01/2015 3:31:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    SCPR ^ | June 30 2015 | Alex Cohen and Sarah Sweeney
    Governor Jerry Brown signed SB-277 - the highly controversial vaccine exemption bill - into law Tuesday. California will now have one of the toughest school vaccination laws in the country. The new law will require almost all children to be fully vaccinated in order to attend school - public or private - regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs. The only exception would be for children with medical conditions. The legislation spurred heated, sometimes raucous debate leading up to its approval. Check out the latest from KPCC 's Health Reporter Rebecca Plevin on SB-277 here. One of the law's...
  • Jim Carrey calls Gov. Brown a 'fascist' for signing new vaccination law

    07/01/2015 11:42:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 1, 2015 | By Veronica Rocha
    California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines,” he said. “This corporate fascist must be stopped.” He went on to say the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is corrupt because they “can’t solve a problem they helped start.” Carrey, who lives in Los Angeles, said he does not oppose vaccines, but is rather “anti-neurotoxin.” He believes vaccines should be free of chemicals and certain compounds, such as mercury and thimerosal. “All we are saying is, 'Take the neurotoxins out of the vaccines.' Make them toxin free. History will show that that...
  • Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage

    07/01/2015 10:41:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2015 12:07 PM EDT | Sudhin Thanawala
    They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage. California legislation believed to be the first of its kind in the nation is set to change that. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday and sent to the governor for his signature would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage and overtime and sick leave if they work for professional sports teams based in California....
  • Census: Hispanics overtake whites to become California’s largest ethnic group

    07/01/2015 5:38:52 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 30, 2015 | Phillip Reese
    It’s official: Hispanics are now the largest ethnic group in California. About 15 million Hispanics lived in California on July 1, 2014, compared to roughly 14.9 million non-Hispanic whites, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released late last week. The California Department of Finance predicted in 2013 that Hispanics would outnumber whites in 2014; the census figures confirm that prediction.
  • Liberal kalifornians arguing about their water shortage

    06/30/2015 9:59:02 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 14 replies
    It's a musician's forum but they talk about current events and politics, without really talking about politics. They're discussing the current water shortage and are dancing around the real issues, viz. moonbeam inviting the entire third world into the state and the fact that the "environmentalists" (who I suspect of actually following some primitive stone aged religion attaching spiritual significance to a turtle) are determined to return civilization to wilderness. Unbelievable. Liberals are truly insane. Discussion here.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs California's new vaccine bill

    06/30/2015 10:11:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 24 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 06/30/2015 | Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ended months of speculation by signing off on contentious legislation -- Senate Bill 277 -- that requires almost all California schoolchildren to by fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs.
  • Hey politicians: California is more than just a money bag for your 2016 campaign

    06/30/2015 9:47:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 30, 2015 | By TED RALL
    California has become the place where politicians go to rich people's homes to talk about the lives of less-fortunate people they rarely meet. What's notable is the fact that California, despite its huge number of electoral votes, is no longer in play politically in general elections. The state is widely considered to be a shoo-in for Democratic presidential candidates. But contenders from both parties continue to visit to raise money, which they spend on advertising and other campaign costs in battleground states. That’s why visits by presidential contenders to the Golden State tend to be private affairs rather than public...
  • Is California trying to take our water?

    06/28/2015 8:42:54 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 42 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | June 28, 2015 | By Tony Davis
    Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva don’t agree on much, but both worry California could take Arizona’s water. The conservative governor and the liberal congressman say Arizona must be vigilant to ensure its drought-parched neighbor doesn’t use federal action to grab some of Arizona’s Colorado River supply. Of particular concern is a California drought bill that’s been quietly negotiated for months in the U.S. Senate. “The secrecy generates concern and nervousness. Nobody I know in Arizona knows what’s in this bill at this point,” says Chuck Cullom, who manages Colorado River issues for the Central Arizona Project,...
  • Nation of Islam Strongly Urges Black Calif. Lawmakers to Oppose State’s Proposed Vaccine Mandate

    06/24/2015 2:24:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Root ^ | June 23 2015 | Nigel Roberts
    A Nation of Islam leader believes that the vaccine could harm black boys and compares it to the Tuskegee syphilis study. But a coalition of other black organizations says the vaccines are needed and the fears are unfounded.Nation of Islam Western Regional Minister Tony Muhammad warns members of the California Legislative Black Caucus of a political backlash from their community if they support a bill that would mandate childhood vaccinations, according to the Los Angeles Times. Voting in favor of the bill, which may come up in the Assembly on Thursday, would be “a traitorous act,” Muhammad said, according to...
  • California, once again, ranks 50th

    06/24/2015 2:33:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | Updated June 23, 2015 5:31 p.m. | Editorial
    For the past 11 years, Chief Executive magazine has been polling hundreds of CEOs from across the nation and evaluating state budgetary and economic growth metrics to determine the best and worst states for business. And for the 11th straight year, California has come in dead last. Texas repeated as the best state for business, aided by its lack of corporate or personal income taxes, and Florida, also without an individual income tax, once again finished runner-up. Rounding out the bottom five of the list were New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Massachusetts, which remained unchanged from last year’s survey....
  • California’s Increasing Job-Stifling Laws

    06/21/2015 12:07:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    The other forty-nine states do not fully comprehend how the Golden State has engineered the demolition of a positive job environment. The only thing most hear about today is the drought and our government-enhanced water shortage. The way most Americans become familiar with the anti-employer environment is if another one of our companies moves to their area or one of our residents moves to their area, telling horror stories of how their business was killed by the force of the accumulated regulations. The only businesses that seem to be impervious are located in Silicon Valley or the new Silicon Beach...
  • Should California rich be able to use as much water as they can afford?

    06/15/2015 9:07:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/15/2015 | Rick Moran
    There's a serious drought in California, largely the result of government action in saving fish species rather than building additional infrastructure.  Now government in that state has ordered severe restrictions on the use of outdoor sprinkling, causing most of the lawns and gardens in California to shrivel and die. But many of California's wealthy citizens don't think those restrictions apply to them.  They can afford the $800-a-month water bills and don't see a need to stop the sprinklers. One such community is Rancho Sante Fe, where residents increased their water usage by 9% following the announcement by Governor Jerry...
  • California Announces Restrictions on Water Use by Farmers

    06/12/2015 8:00:56 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/12/2015 | Jennifer Medina
    Farmers with rights to California water dating back more than a century will face sharp cutbacks, the first reduction in their water use since 1977, state officials announced Friday. The officials said that rights dating to 1903 would be restricted, and that such restrictions would grow as the summer months go on, with the state facing a prolonged drought that shows few signs of easing. “Demand in our key rivers systems are outstripping supply,” said Caren Trgovcich, the State Water Resources Control Board’s chief deputy director. “Other cuts may be imminent.” It is too early to know the practical impact...
  • TV ad points finger at immigrants for California drought

    06/03/2015 8:55:19 PM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | June 3rd, 2015 | By Mike Luery
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —It's a television ad that runs just 30 seconds, but its implication that immigrants are draining resources during the California drought has critics contending its message is divisive and untrue. "I think those ads are disingenuous," said Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens. "They serve to further divide us as Californians."
  • Goodnight, California

    06/17/2015 4:24:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 16, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>I offer another chronicle, a 14-hour tour of the skeleton I once knew as California.</p> <p>An acquaintance had also emailed and reminded me that not far away there was a mound of used drip hose on the roadside. That mess proved to be quite large, maybe 1,000 feet of corroded and ripped up plastic hose. I suppose no scavenger thinks it can be recycled. I promise to haul it away this week. One must be prompt: even a small pile attracts dumpers like honey to bees. They are an ingenious and industrious lot (sort of like the cunning and work ethic of those who planted IEDs during the Iraq War). My cousin’s pile across the road has grown to Mt. Rushmore proportions. Do freelance dumpers make good money promising to take away their neighborhood’s mattresses and trash without paying the $20 or so county dumping fee? And does their success depend on fools like me, who are expected to keep roadsides tidy by cleaning up past trash to make room for future refuse?</p>
  • New NASA data show how the world is running out of water

    06/16/2015 12:50:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 83 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | June 16 at 2:01 PM | By Todd C. Frankel
    Drought-stricken California is not the only place draining underground aquifers in the hunt for fresh water. It’s happening across the world, according to two new studies by U.S. researchers released Tuesday. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers – in locations from India and China to the United States and France -- have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category. “The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet...
  • California Water Cuts Leave City Days Away From Running Out Of Water

    06/16/2015 1:06:42 PM PDT · by Mariner · 50 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | June 16th, 2015 | Nick Janes
    MOUNTAIN HOUSE (CBS13) — The community of Mountain House is days away from having no water at all after the state cut off its only water source. Anthony Gordon saves drinking water just in case, even though he never thought it would come to this. “My wife thinks I’m nuts. I have like 500 gallons of drinking water stored in my home,” he said. The upscale community of Mountain House, west of Tracy, is days away from having no water. It’s not just about lawns—there may not be a drop for the 15,000 residents to drink. “We’re out there looking...
  • Man-Made Drought: A Guide To California's Water Wars

    06/13/2015 4:40:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    investors.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | REP. DEVIN NUNES
    In the summer of 2002, shortly before I was elected to Congress, I sat through an eye-opening meeting with representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council and several local environmental activist groups. Hoping to convince me to support various water restrictions, they argued that San Joaquin Valley farmers should stop growing alfalfa and cotton in order to save water — though they allowed that the planting of high-value crops such as almonds could continue. Then, as our discussion turned to the groups' overall vision for the San Joaquin Valley, they told me something astonishing:
  • Number of Starving Sea Lions in California 'Unprecedented' (killed by "Global Warming," they say)

    06/09/2015 7:49:58 AM PDT · by pabianice · 24 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 6/9/15 | Drake
    "... Clues to Causes It's clear that the pups' main problem is a lack of food, rather than disease, but it's less certain what's wiping out food supplies from year to year, and whether the problem will persist. This year, the most likely culprit is that warm water blob, which has disrupted food webs and might also be killing masses of seabirds. But that blob wasn’t there during the earlier strandings, when oceanographic conditions looked much more normal..."
  • Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown cuts back on bathing, drinking water amid drought crisis

    06/08/2015 12:33:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/08/2015 | By Jessica Chasmar
    California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is doing his part by cutting back on showering and drinking water as the state continues to battle extreme drought. “I didn’t take a shower this morning,” the 77-year-old Democrat told reporters Friday after a meeting with Silicon Valley mayors in San Jose, Bloomberg reported. “We’ve installed a low-flow system and we’re using it quite carefully and quite sparingly.” Mr. Brown said he continues drinking coffee and wine but has reduced his water consumption.
  • Jerry Brown: ‘I Didn’t Take a Shower This Morning’

    06/08/2015 12:25:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 8, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    California Gov. Jerry Brown is attempting to implement the state’s first-ever mandatory water cutbacks, among voluntary measures, and he is leading by example: “I didn’t take a shower this morning,” he told reporters in San Jose last week. Brown also said that he has cut back on drinking water, though he continues to enjoy coffee.
  • Scott Walker Backs Constitutional Amendment Allowing States To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

    06/07/2015 2:53:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | June 7, 2015 | Amanda Terkel
    WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday that he supports a constitutional amendment that would bar the Supreme Court from granting marriage equality rights nationwide. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision this month that could grant, for once and for all, same-sex couples the right to wed across the country. But Walker said on ABC's "This Week" that he would support amending the constitution to protect states that still want to ban same-sex marriage. "I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman," Walker, a prospective GOP presidential candidate, said. "If the...
  • EPA: Uh, Fracking Isn't Bad Afterall

    06/05/2015 1:13:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    After years of unfounded hysteria from so-called environmentalists, the media and Hollywood that fracking causes drinking water contamination, the Environmental Protection Agency just issued a major blow to anti-fracking activists. A new report from the EPA, based on a study sanctioned by Congress, shows drinking water contamination only results if fracking wells aren't built or maintained properly, which is a rarity. "We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States. Of the potential mechanisms identified in this report, we found specific instances where one or more of these mechanisms...
  • Jerry Brown turns on liberal environmentalists, rejects California fracking ban

    06/03/2015 5:02:38 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 40 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/3/15 | v richardson
    An unusual schism has opened up on California’s politically dominant left flank, where Gov. Jerry Brown, a longtime favorite of the state’s environmentalists, has refused to give in to the climate change movement’s demand for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing. His stance comes despite the growing clamor in the aftermath of fellow Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision in December to allow a similar statewide ban of the revolutionary oil and gas drilling technique in New York. Hollywood stars and environmental activists badly want California to be next. The irony, of course, is that there may be no greener governor...
  • China may have edge in race to build California's bullet train

    05/21/2015 9:36:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/15 | Robin Respaut and Rory Carroll | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese state firms are poised to be strong contenders in the race to make high-speed trains that will sprint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, part of a $68 billion project to bring the service to the United States for the first time. While "bullet train" manufacturers from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and France are expected to be among those jockeying for the estimated $1 billion train contract, China’s ability to offer low prices and hefty financing appear to make it the one to beat, say lobbyists and industry insiders. Lacking experience in the technology, California...
  • Jerry Brown to Environmentalist Water Tunnel Critics: ‘Shut Up’

    05/07/2015 5:48:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/7/15 | Daniel Nussbaum
    California Gov. Jerry Brown had some sharp words for environmentalist critics of his proposed Sacramento River water tunnels. On Wednesday, Brown told critics of his $15 billion plan to “shut up, because you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about,” according to the AP. Brown’s office told Sacramento Bee blog Capitol Alert that the governor’s remarks were made in “jest.” But the sharp rebuke highlights the tension surrounding the pricey project, which would send water from the northern part of the state south by using a pair of underground water tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River...
  • VDH: How Jerry Brown Engineered California’s Drought

    05/01/2015 7:17:51 AM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies
    pjmedia. ^ | 4 2 15 | VDH and Ed Driscoll
    “You know, I believe people knew this was likely in the 1970s, but enviros stopped the necessary water projects,” Glenn Reynolds wrote as an aside in September while linking to an article titled “American Southwest has 80% chance of decade-long drought this century.” Today at City Journal, Victor Davis Hanson flashes back to when California enviro-leftists began the countdown on the state’s existence: Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent...
  • Kotkin: Jerry Brown is a Disaster–and California Business Elite Won’t Stop Him

    04/19/2015 12:07:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-19 | Joel B. Pollak
    Joel Kotkin, the noted liberal critic of California’s far-left government, says that Gov. Jerry Brown is leading California to ruin–and that the state’s business leaders share the blame by failing to speak out. In a new essay at the Daily Beast that summarizes much of his recent criticism, Kotkin says that while Brown’s father Pat brought the state progress and prosperity as governor (1959-1967), Jerry Brown “has waged a kind of Oedipal struggle against his father’s legacy.”
  • Big Idea: California Is So Over

    04/19/2015 6:43:42 AM PDT · by amnestynone · 68 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 04/19/15 | Joel Kotkin
    California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes. The water situation reflects this breakdown in the starkest way. Everyone who follows California knew it was inevitable we would suffer a long-term drought. Most of the...
  • Victims, Survivors of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Honored

    04/17/2015 1:06:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    People will gather in San Francisco this weekend to mark the 109th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. SNIP The only survivors are believed to be 113-year-old Ruth Newman and 109-year-old William Del Monte. It was not known Friday if they would attend the early-morning ceremony Saturday. Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White will attend.
  • Cities Push Back on Governor's Water Cutbacks

    04/17/2015 1:08:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    One water district manager says the plan fails to account for water-saving measures already in effect in some California communitiesCalifornia cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought. The State Water Resources Control Board's proposal to meet Brown's order has some cities slashing water use by more than a third, and it will be updated in the coming days. Dozens of affected agencies say the expected reduction targets are overreaching, unrealistic and unfair. Calif. Sets Water Use...
  • Delta tunnels: Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown's water plan

    04/11/2015 7:59:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    ContraCostaTimes.com ^ | 4/11/15 | Paul Rogers - Mercury New
    Gov. Jerry Brown has billed his $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta as a way to not just make it easier to move water from north to south, but also increase the reliability of water supplies and bring back salmon and other endangered species. But now the Brown administration is proposing a major and politically risky change: dropping a 50-year guarantee to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta's environment. A centerpiece of the project, the environmental plan included $8 billion to preserve 100,000 acres of wetlands and dozens of other restoration efforts. The dramatic course...
  • Even in 2015, the New York Times is still pretending that desalination does not exist

    04/06/2015 3:51:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 44 replies
    wordpress ^ | April 6, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Even in 2015, the New York Times is still pretending that desalination does not exist The New York Times just published this article on California’s water shortage:California Drought Tests History of Endless GrowthA punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been the state’s engine has run against the limits of nature.April 4, 2015LOS ANGELES — For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life — 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and...
  • California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth [NYT pretends desalination doesn't exist]

    04/05/2015 11:05:10 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 4, 2015 | ADAM NAGOURNEY, JACK HEALY and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    A punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been the state’s engine has run against the limits of nature. ... a punishing drought — and the unprecedented measures the state announced last week to compel people to reduce water consumption — is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been this state’s driving engine has run against the limits of nature. Can Los Angeles continue to dominate as the country’s capital of entertainment and glamour, and Silicon Valley as the center...
  • How Jerry Brown made the California drought worse and what can be done about it

    04/06/2015 12:36:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 04/04/2015 | Mark Whittington
    Victor Davis Hanson, noting the draconian water restrictions that Gov. Jerry Brown has imposed on California, suggested that Brown and his cohorts have only themselves to blame for the effects of the drought in a piece in City Journal on Thursday. When Brown was first governor, in the 1970s, he opposed a number of projects that might have brought more water to parched Californians. Brown also diverted water to fish and river enhancement that might instead have lessened the effects of the drought.As a result of Brown’s folly, California’s agricultural sector is in great peril. This peril will impact...