Archive for April, 2008

It takes a village

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This morning, as I do every other week, I picked fruit with Village Harvest. We pick fruit from backyard trees and small local orchards, and distribute it to the needy via local food pantries, meal programs, and community service agencies. This morning. we were lucky to have with us students from Pinewood School in Los […]

He didn’t even use the “p” word

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Senator Joe Simitian’s bill to get moving on “alternative conveyance” (remember what that means?) was shelved today, according to the Sacramento Bee. Assemblymember Lois Wolk is quoted as saying: “We don’t know what will fix this yet … so to leap to the conclusion that it is a conveyance facility and to focus attention on […]

Envision San José 2040

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The task force for the new San José master plan met tonight at City Hall. On the agenda was water: water quality, water supply and floodplain management. The City’s Environmental Services Department gave an excellent presentation on watershed protection, then followed basically the same presentation on water supply as I saw at Thursday’s joint City-District […]

The Merc was there, too

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Today’s Merc has a very brief article about Thursday’s joint meeting between the SCVWD Board and the San José City Council. Mostly it dwells on Mayor Reed’s opening remarks about the fragility of the Delta. Nice that they’re paying attention.

Aquafornia

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Aquafornia is an excellent water blog. I especially recommend this masterly summary of California’s water situation.

It’s called “alternative conveyance”

Friday, April 25th, 2008

And the Mercury (really the AP)

Leaving the Initiative

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Last week, The Fresno Bee reported that farm organizations are split over Proposition 98, just one of the eminent-domain-reforming measures on the June 3 ballot. At issue is a single paragraph that would prohibit government from taking private land for the “consumption of natural resources.” The language is meant to keep cities from taking water […]

The Way to San Jose

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

This morning saw a joint meeting between the SCVWD Board and the San José City Council. The study session dealt with three issues: water supply, water conservation and recycling. The presentation is available here. It was a very heartening meeting. All of the participants were engaged and cooperative. The council members wanted to be sure […]

Scott Herhold on the District Act

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Despite the fact that the amended District Act was recently passed 7-0 in the Assembly Local Government Committee, Scott Herhold is trying to keep the issue alive in today’s column in the Merc. I’d much prefer it without all of the “teenager-kegger” sniggers. The County oversight of the District was mostly theoretical, anyway; it’s not […]

Per aspera ad astra

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

This is the third time I’ve seen the groundwater charge presentation, and I keep coming back to the chart of the projected increases. Here it is again: How many entities feel confident enough to get up and say “You’re going to be paying almost 10% more per year, every year, into the foreseeable future”? I […]

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