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Advisory | On the Proposed Capital Improvement Project for Ventura Water Supply

Advisory | On the Proposed Capital Improvement Project for Ventura Water Supply

By Daniel Cormode  Mayor and Members of the City Council, Discussion of the City of San Buenaventura Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is scheduled for the City Council Meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019.  Included in the proposed CIP are capital improvement projects related to the water supply. To date, the Water Commission has not demonstrated proactive […]

Republic of Thirst, Part 3: ‘Creating’ New Water for California Through Innovation

Republic of Thirst, Part 3: ‘Creating’ New Water for California Through Innovation

By Joel Pollak “Republic of Thirst” is a three-part series made possible by a generous fellowship from the Robert Novak Foundation. Part 1 of this series explored current debates about the allocation of California’s scarce water resources. Part 2 explored whether the water supply could be expanded by building new reservoirs. Part 3 explores whether California might alleviate its chronic […]

Soda, water, guns, and tires: They could all be taxed if California Democrats have their way

Soda, water, guns, and tires: They could all be taxed if California Democrats have their way

BY ANDREW SHEELER It’s a standard California Republican talking point that Democrats want to raise taxes. And it’s true that Golden State Democrats have introduced, or plan to introduce, legislation that would raise or create several new taxes. If there’s one thing the proposals have in common, it’s that they all reflect some facet of […]

California’s First Snowpack Survey Shows Water Content Is Below Average

California’s First Snowpack Survey Shows Water Content Is Below Average

By Associated Press  At a Glance The snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California’s annual water needs. Water content in the Sierra snowpack is at 67 percent of average. California gets about two-thirds of its annual precipitation between December and March. Despite early-season winter storms dumping snow in California’s Sierra Nevada, the water content is only […]

Ventura | Assuring You Pay More💲

Ventura | Assuring You Pay More💲

  “I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.” —Thomas Jefferson Ventura Water will push the boundaries of the law as it tries to use Proposition 218 to raise money to meet the Wishtoya Foundation Consent Decree. […]

California State Board Votes to Approve Bay-Delta Plan, Restrict Water to Farmers

California State Board Votes to Approve Bay-Delta Plan, Restrict Water to Farmers

By Joel Pollak California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) voted Wednesday to approve the Bay-Delta plan, which will re-allocate water from farms and cities to the environment in an effort to restore dwindling fish numbers. The plan will require tributary rivers within the San Joaquin watershed to maintain an average water level of 40% of “unimpeded flow” […]

Water Hydrants Ran Dry as a Tsunami of Fire Chased Fleeing Californians

Water Hydrants Ran Dry as a Tsunami of Fire Chased Fleeing Californians

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter Paradise ran dry on water as waves of fire rushed toward people running from wildfires engulfing the small California town. Yet many citizens managed to escape before the blaze consumed their village. One fire outpost near the Sierra Nevada town recorded wind blasts of 52 mph on Nov. 8. A […]

Republic of Thirst, Part 1: Bay-Delta Plan Pits Fish Against Farmers — and San Francisco

Republic of Thirst, Part 1: Bay-Delta Plan Pits Fish Against Farmers — and San Francisco

By Joel Pollak Note: This is the first in a series of three in-depth articles on water policy and water politics in California, supported graciously by the Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fund Fellowship, a project of The Fund for American Studies (TFAS).  The sun dips low over a seemingly improbable landscape, less than an hour east of […]

Oxnard Rams Through New Committee Management System & 100% Clean Power “Default” Option

Oxnard Rams Through New Committee Management System & 100% Clean Power “Default” Option

By George Miller At the October 23, 2018 Oxnard City Council meeting, an alliance of City Council and staff members pushed through a new committee management structure/system, which they said would result in shorter meetings (disputed) , more public participation (disputed) and streamlined approval of votes- but also much less content/detail in regular council meetings.  […]

Local Businesses Encouraged to be Environmentally Aware

Local Businesses Encouraged to be Environmentally Aware

By Lori Denman The city turned green on the evening of the Ventura City Council meeting on September 17, as local environmentally conscious businesses were honored. Special Presentations The meeting that included all staff except for Mayor Andrews began by recognizing three local green businesses. The section of this City Council meeting was called “Green […]

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