Archive for March, 2008

Canary:Coal Mine::Delta Smelt:?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

You’ve got your charismatic megafauna, like polar bears, losing their Arctic pack ice habitat as the poles warm. Everyone loves polar bears. (Including me.) Then there are the tiny little creatures, the ones whose listing as endangered raises nothing but ire that such an insignificant mite could hold up human activity. Such as, say, the […]

About running

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I describe my experience of running in the 2003 recall election as “a performance art piece rather than a campaign.” One thing that I concentrated on was the experience of campaigning itself (such as it was.) I realize that the focus in different in this campaign (I actually want to win) but I still think […]

Speaking of the blogosphere

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I have a guest post up at San Jose Inside. Thanks to Jack Van Zandt!

Withering away

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I am running for a fairly obscure elected position. In fact, a common reaction when I tell people that I’m running for the SCVWD Board is, “That’s elected?” What public attention the Board has received has come about from coverage in the Mercury. Which is why I find the situation described by this article from […]

The age of aquarium

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

I’m off to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in a few minutes, for a spring-break visit to the new Splash Zone. But first, a couple of news stories. The report on the Sierra snowpack just came out, and it’s funny how our two local papers spin the news. The Mercury trumpets: Sierra Report: No 2008 Drought, […]

Delta blues

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Back to back SCVWD meetings. This morning’s highlights: a presentation on the Delta, brief discussion on filling vacant unclassified positions, and briefer discussion on the amount of time a Board member or the CEO must wait until coming back to work for the District as an employee. When I say that the Delta presentation was […]

I read the news today, oh boy

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I tried to think of something to add to this heartbreaking article last night, but I couldn’t, so I’m just posting the link here. Bats are dying off, and no one knows why, leading biologists to talk of their possible extinction. This article is closer to home, and another example of, if not unintended, then […]

Making plans

Monday, March 24th, 2008

This morning’s special Board meeting dealt with the District’s Capital Improvement Program, which is the District’s rolling five-year plan for large capital projects. Today’s meeting dealt with adding projects to the plan, but with the understanding that the budget process, which is about to begin, will be the final word on what actually gets built. […]

Hog Heaven

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Today, I took my family on a farm tour at TLC Ranch. Jim Dunlop and his wife Rebecca Thistlethwaite, raise pigs and laying hens in Watsonville. The animals are raised on pasture, fed organic feed, and, as ethicurians would put it it, have only one bad day in their lives. Jim now has 3,500 chickens. […]

Happy World Water Day!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

March 22 is World Water Day, declared as such by the United Nations, and focusing this year on sanitation.

Working to build a local, sustainable food system in San José