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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sacramento

How Donald Trump’s Doublespeak Really Works—And Is Highly Calculated

One of the obligations of a presidential candidate is to commit to policy solutions. You review a public problem, decide what you will do about it in office, and report in detail how you will address the problem. Instead, Trump practices what one might call “multiple-choice communication.”

June 7, 2016

California Dreamin’ With Donald Trump And Alex Jones

The theory that California’s water shortage is all the fault of the Environmental Protection Agency is, like most conspiracy theories, grounded in an actual fact. The EPA has, in fact, caused 800,000 acre-feet of water annually to be flushed into San Francisco Bay to maintain its marine ecosystem.

June 5, 2016

Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Water For His California Ranch

The water utility points the finger at “Magnum, P.I.” star Tom Selleck — and they say they hired a real P.I. to prove it.

July 9, 2015

To Encourage Californians To Conserve, A Tweak In Wording Can Help

Fighting California’s drought is a bit like running a political campaign, complete with carefully calibrated messages crafted with polling data.
Even details like colors are used for maximum effect.

July 5, 2015
California, American Lung Association, Air Quality, Smog, Pollution, Environment, Health, Drought, Automobiles, Asthma

California Climate Plan Has Inland Condemning Coastal Elitism

“Families losing their jobs cannot afford solar panels on their homes when they can no longer afford their homes because they have no job.”

June 23, 2015

Southern California Saying Goodbye To Lawns

The Southland is expected to tear out the equivalent of more than 2,100 football fields of grass — or more than twice the turf removal goal Brown set for the entire state in his emergency drought order.

May 23, 2015
Leftover snow has been proposed as one way to help California citizens weather the drought. Photo: Washington State Department of Transportation via Flickr

Drought Inspires Creative Suggestions To Address Water Shortage

With the drought threatening every aspect of Californians’ lives — including how long they stay in the shower and what food they eat — a raft of creative ideas has been floated.

May 18, 2015

House Passes Water Bill, But Drought Solutions Still Under Debate

The House on Friday passed a big energy and water spending bill that showcases the continuing federal discord over how to handle California’s drought.

May 1, 2015

Drought-Stricken California’s Wealthy Pay Up To Keep Lawns Lush

“How would we feel if you could pay extra to smoke on airplanes? When we decide something is a bad idea in general for society, we don’t want the rich to be able to buy their way out of it.”

April 16, 2015

Farming Moves North With the Temperatures

This is no endorsement of climate change — let’s make that clear — but rising temperatures are breathing new life into northern agriculture.

April 14, 2015

Southern California Water Wholesaler Plans To Ration Water To Cities, Districts

Faced with dwindling regional reserves and a fourth year of drought, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is expected to vote next week to ration imported water that it supplies to 26 water districts and cities, something the agency has done only twice before.

April 7, 2015

California Gov. Brown Orders Cities To Cut Water Use By 25 Percent Due To Long Drought

The directive comes as one of the most severe modern droughts drags into a fourth year.

April 2, 2015

Sweeping New California Groundwater Pumping Rules Signed Into Law

California will regulate its groundwater for the first time.

September 17, 2014

In California’s Drought, People Speak Up About Water Waste

By Thomas Peele and Andie Waterman, San Jose Mercury News The expanse of verdant lawn ringing a large vacant construction site in Santa Clara, California, sets off Brian Johns. For Vickie Chang, it’s the city of Albany’s sprinklers that spray her when they go off each night along her street. And Dave Pearce is peeved […]

September 9, 2014

Crippling California Drought Levels Off, Latest Map Shows

By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times After months of worsening drought across California, conditions appear to have leveled off, at least for now. According to the latest assessment released Thursday, more than 80 percent of California continues to suffer extreme drought conditions — a figure that has remained unchanged now for roughly two weeks. Things […]

August 14, 2014

Strong El Nino, Which Could Bring Soaking Winter Storms To California, Fizzling Out

By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — A powerful El Nino that had been emerging in the Pacific is fizzling out, evaporating hopes it will deliver a knockout punch to California’s three-year drought. A new report from scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decreases the probability of an El […]

August 7, 2014

California Water Agency Wins Damage Suit Against Feds

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has delivered a big victory to a small water district in California’s parched San Joaquin Valley. Judges concluded that the government owes additional damages for the Bureau of Reclamation’s failure to deliver enough water to the Stockton-based Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District. […]

August 4, 2014

Obama Promises Money For Drought Relief; Now The Hard Part Begins

WASHINGTON — The easiest part of the Obama administration’s response to the California drought is now over. The White House has provided money, commitments and a presidential visit. But the money is limited, the president is moving on, and the commitments will soon be tested on Capitol Hill and deep within the federal bureaucracies. “How […]

February 14, 2014