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Full commission ‘engaged’ in CPUC hearing on Cal Am desal project

The Monterey County Herald
By Jim Johnson, August 23, 2018

In a sign of how seriously the state Public Utilities Commission is taking the debate over the future of water supply on the Monterey Peninsula, all five commissioners attended a CPUC oral argument hearing on California American Water’s proposed desalination project in San Francisco on Wednesday. Several of those who attended the hearing said three of the five commissioners asked a number of questions of the parties to the desal project proceeding, and all five appeared “engaged and interested” in the issue. Read more at http://www.montereyherald.com/environment-and-nature/20180823/full-commission-engaged-in-cpuc-hearing-on-cal-am-desal-project

Fishermen, tribal members, and enviros band together to advocate more water flow

Red, Green, and Blue
By Restore the Delta, August 22, 2018

A coalition of environmental organizations, Northern California Indian tribal members, and commercial and sportfishing organizations held a press conference yesterday at California’s State Capitol to advocate for strong salinity standards and unimpaired San Joaquin River flows as part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s Water Quality Control Plan updates for the Bay-Delta (Phase I). Read more at http://redgreenandblue.org/2018/08/22/fishermen-tribal-members-enviros-band-together-advocate-water-flow/.

Advocates urge water board not to choose ag jobs over salmon jobs (extinction isn’t an option!)

Red, Green, and Blue
By Dan Bacher, August 21, 2018

One day before the State Water Resources Control Board’s hearing on increased flows for the San Joaquin River and its three tributaries was held in Sacramento on August 21, Jonas Minton, Senior Water Policy Advisory for the Planning and Conservation League, expressed exactly what is at stake in the board’s decision. Read more at http://redgreenandblue.org/2018/08/21/advocates-urge-water-board-not-choose-ag-jobs-salmon-jobs-extinction-isnt-option/.

Time is Running Out on Decades-Old Conservation Fund

Public News Service California
By Suzanne Potter, August 17, 2018

Conservation groups are speaking out, asking Congress to renew what they say is an important public lands program before it expires on September 30th. California alone has received almost $2.5 billion from the Land and Water Conservation Fund since it was established 53 years ago. Read more at https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-08-17/public-lands-wilderness/time-is-running-out-on-decadesold-conservation-fund/a63729-1

‘Three Californias’ plan is dead — and not coming back

The Tribune
By Taryn Luna, August 09, 2018

The proponent of a plan to split California into three states said a court decision to remove the measure from the November ballot “effectively put an end to this movement.” Tim Draper, a wealthy investor behind the three California plans, wrote in a letter dated Aug. 2 that he does not intend to appeal the California Supreme Court’s decision from last month. Read more at https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/state/california/article216415560.html

Plan to split California into three states barred by state Supreme Court

Curbed San Francisco
By Adam Brinklow, July 19, 2018

On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court issued an order removing from the November ballot a voter initiative to divide California into three new states. The measure was the brainchild of Silicon Valley capitalist Tim Draper. Read more at https://sf.curbed.com/2018/7/19/17590594/california-supreme-court-three-californias-cal3-split-divide

Lawsuit Challenges 3 California Ballot Measure

North Coast Journal
By Kimberly Wear, July 13, 2018

A lawsuit filed with the California Supreme Court this week is challenging the placement of a controversial initiative to divide the state into three on the November ballot less than one month after it was signed off on by the Secretary of State’s Office. According to a San Francisco Chronicle article, the Planning and Conservation League — a nonprofit lobbying group that focuses on environmental and development issues — contends the measure goes beyond the scope of the initiative process by proposing to “revise” the California Constitution, essentially by doing away with it, not just change state law. Read more at https://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2018/07/13/lawsuit-challenges-3-california-ballot-measure

California’s three-way split: Lawsuit may take matter out of voters’ hands

San Francisco Chronicle
By Bob Egelko, July 11, 2018

A proposal to split California into three states qualified for the November ballot last month, but it might not go before the voters after all. Opponents led by the Planning and Conservation League filed a lawsuit Monday in the state Supreme Court, saying, if carried out, Proposition 9, drafted as a mere change in state laws, would actually “revise” the California Constitution — in fact, abolish it — something that can’t be done in a ballot initiative. Read more at https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/California-s-three-way-split-Lawsuit-may-take-13067886.php

Opponents sue to nix ballot measure to split California in 3

Chicago Sun-Times
By Sophia Bollag, Associated Press, July 10, 2018

Opponents of an initiative to split California into three states asked the state Supreme Court to pull the measure from the ballot, arguing it’s too drastic a change to state government to go through the normal initiative process. A lawsuit filed Monday by the Planning and Conservation League argues major changes to the state’s government structure require approval from two-thirds of the Legislature before going under consideration by voters or a state constitutional convention. Read more at https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/planning-conservation-league-sue-ballot-split-california/

In reversal, Santa Clara Valley Water District may provide $650 million to Brown’s Delta tunnels plan

Woodland Daily Democrat
By Paul Rogers, Bay Area News Group, April 28, 2018

In a dramatic reversal of its stance just six months ago, Silicon Valley’s largest water district has scheduled a vote Wednesday on a plan to commit up to $650 million to Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Read more at http://www.dailydemocrat.com/article/NI/20180428/NEWS/180429822 


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