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2008-10-30 18:00:16

The head of California's Metropolitan Water District says the state's planned water allocation raises the "very real" possibility of shortages next year. "We are preparing for the very real possibility of water shortages and rationing throughout the region in 2009," MWD General Manager Jeff Kightlinger said in a written statement Thursday. The Los Angeles-based MWD acts as a wholesaler to water districts in Southern California, which rely heavily on water imported from the northern half of...

2008-09-02 21:00:11

California voters are often under the impression that once they OK a bond issue, that's it. Construction on whatever the bond is to build will start forthwith. Well, it's not necessarily so. In fact, it's not usually so. There are times, plenty of them, when the money sits around for years - sometimes a decade or more - before anyone decides how to spend it. Meanwhile, of course, the cost of anything to be built goes up as interest payments on the bond money go out. Which brings us to...

2008-09-02 18:00:13

By East County Times Antioch MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING DAUGHTER: Antioch police are searching for a Filipino man after his daughter accused him of sexually assaulting her in the family home since 1994. The 22-year-old woman told police on Tuesday that her father, 41- year-old Ismael Monasterio Parazo, routinely raped and molested her while Parazo's youngest daughter, now 10, lay on the bed next to him, officials said. The names of the victims, as is common practice, have not been...

2008-08-23 21:00:13

ALMOST 20 years ago, the usually verdant Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate, suffered through a drought so severe that a ban on all new construction was considered, along with strict water rationing. Things were worst there, but the rest of the state also had serious problems, as many cities passed laws against daytime lawn watering and "drought police" made rounds to enforce those regulations along with rules against watering down walkways, sidewalks and driveways. Several wet...

2008-08-03 06:00:14

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 3--Southern California's biggest water agencies are putting down roots in the Yolo Bypass. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Westlands Water District are buying land and jointly planning restoration projects in the bypass to protect their access to water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, officials told The Bee. The agencies are the two largest diverters of Delta water, contributing to the decline of...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Thomas D. Elias Almost 20 years ago, the usually verdant Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate, suffered through a drought so severe that a ban on all new construction was considered, along with strict water rationing. Things were worst there, but the rest of the state also had serious problems, as many cities passed laws against daytime lawn watering and "drought police" made rounds to enforce those regulations along with rules against watering down walkways, sidewalks and...

2008-08-03 00:00:13

FRESNO, Calif. _ Fresno, Calif.'s federal court has delighted liberals lately with decisions slapping down the auto industry, siding with the homeless and twice favoring fish over farmers. The high-profile decisions and their far-reaching effects drew the ire of politicians, the wrath of the agriculture industry and general scorn from local conservatives. One letter to the editor published June 12 in The Bee criticized the homeless settlement and urged U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger...

2008-08-01 00:05:00

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--The state and federal owners of massive water export pumps in the Delta have asked a judge to grant them additional time to prepare a new operating plan to protect threatened fish. The state Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation face a Sept. 15 court deadline to deliver a new biological opinion on their operations to protect the Delta smelt. The document, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

2008-07-23 03:00:35

I can't prove it, but I'd be willing to bet that the delta formed by the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers is not exactly top of mind for most Californians, if they know about it at all. The marshy triangle south of Sacramento is home to relatively few people. And while thousands drive past it every day on Interstate 5, and houseboaters and fishermen ply its waters on weekends, the delta and its bleak future have made a better topic for policy geeks than dinner table...

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2008-07-19 00:05:00

A federal judge has concluded that California's water operations are driving some salmon runs toward extinction -- but he declined to intervene. The order, issued late Friday by U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno, contained both good news and bad news for environmentalists and commercial salmon fishing advocates, representatives of those groups said. Although they did not win immediate measures to protect the fish, the judge's conclusions mean regulators will be forced to impose...