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California Governor Declares Historic Drought Over — For Now
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Thirsty California lawns faded to brown from a lack of water in four extraordinarily dry years have revived to bright green in neighborhoods across the state.
california  drought 
april 2017 by amerberg
New California attorney general Xavier Becerra to lead state's Trump pushback
Becerra, who will replace Kamala Harris, is primed to take on the state’s court battles against Donald Trump on climate change and immigration
trump  california  2016  immigration  climate 
december 2016 by amerberg
Soylent CEO charged over defiance of permits and codes for 'unsightly' container home
Soylent CEO Rob Rhinehart is charged with unpermitted construction and grading and zoning violations for a container home in Montecito Heights.
soylent  housing  california 
july 2016 by amerberg
Why The California Delegation Has Created Such A Ruckus At The DNC
We’ll be reporting from Philadelphia all week and live-blogging each night. Check out all our dispatches from the Democratic convention here. PHILADELPHIA — Sp…
democrats  2016  california 
july 2016 by amerberg
UC Berkeley chancellor under investigation for alleged misuse of public funds, personal use of campus fitness trainer
UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is under university investigation for the alleged misuse of public funds for travel and the personal use of a campus fitness trainer without payment, the Los Angeles Times has learned.
Berkeley  scandal  california 
july 2016 by amerberg
Donald Trump tells Californians there is no drought
California suffered one of its driest years in 2015. And last year the state hit its driest four-year period on record.
california  drought  trump  president  2016  conspiracy  elections 
june 2016 by amerberg
Donald Trump uses Alex Jones as an actual news source
That crazy story Trump peddled about how there's no California drought? You can trace it to an InfoWars conspiracy
california  drought  2016  trump  elections  president  conspiracy 
june 2016 by amerberg
Gov. Brown's "as of right" housing proposal could have sweeping Bay Area changes - San Francisco Business Times
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed sweeping statewide legislation that would allow new market-rate projects with at least some affordable housing onsite to be approved "as of right," with big ramifications for the Bay Area.
sf  california  housing 
may 2016 by amerberg
How Satellite Technology Can Help California's Water Woes
Images of the current El Nino (left) and a big one from 1997/8 It's raining hard here in Southern California for the second day in a row. After four years of drought its a welcome change, but is also causing problems. Again today my cell phone sounded an alarm for flash [...]
water  drought  california 
january 2016 by amerberg
The New York Times
Our­ parents had wide open spaces all around. We still had nature within reach. Now what?
california  natural  history 
october 2015 by amerberg
The New York Times
Yes, it’s a cliché. I’m going to work for a start-up, to try to change the world and not just write about it.
food  foodies  california 
september 2015 by amerberg
Chipotle Sued In Class Action For Claiming Its Menu Is GMO Free
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Chipotle Sued In Class Action For Claiming Its Menu Is GMO Free.
gmo  restaurants  california  law  label 
august 2015 by amerberg
Scientist warn Hayward fault expected to produce large quake
Scientists warn the Bay Area can expect a much larger quake "any day now" from the fault that produced Tuesday's 4.0-magnitude earthquake in…
Berkeley  california  earthquake 
july 2015 by amerberg
2,500 Tons of Rock Fell Off Half Dome and Nobody Noticed
Last week, a 5 million slab of rock slid off the face of Yosemite's Half Dome and came crashing to the valley floor.
park  california 
july 2015 by amerberg
There are a few loopholes and questions around the tough, new law.
vaccines  california  law  health 
july 2015 by amerberg
Earthquake Facts
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards
earthquake  science  california 
july 2015 by amerberg
Your Contribution to the California Drought
The average American consumes more than 300 gallons of California water each week by eating food that was produced there.
food  agriculture  drought  california  water 
may 2015 by amerberg
Here's the Real Problem With Almonds
The nut apologists missed some important facts.
agriculture  drought  california  water 
april 2015 by amerberg
Seriously, Stop Demonizing Almonds
We have seen the real cause of the California drought, and it’s one crunchy inch tall. One gallon of water to grow a single nut? BAN THEM ALL, writes everyone. But almond outrage is misplaced. We shouldn’t stop eating any fruit or vegetable due to how much water it takes to grow it. Especially when there actually is a crop that’s stealing California’s water.
california  drought  agriculture 
april 2015 by amerberg
One Californian’s Response to That “Kill the Gays” Measure: The Intolerant Jackass Act
Last Friday, I wrote about California attorney Matt McLaughlin’s bizarre quest to have all gay people in his state executed. In February, McLaughlin paid $200 to file a ballot measure called the Sodomite Suppression Act, which, if passed, would require that gays “be put to death by bullets to the head...
law  humor  gay  california 
march 2015 by amerberg
California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?
Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well.
california  drought  water  weather 
march 2015 by amerberg
Odds increasing that huge quake will hit California
The chances are increasing that a major quake — far larger than Loma Prieta — will hit California within the next 30 years, while the odds are decreasing that somewhat smaller but still dangerous jolts will strike in the same period, the state’s leading earthquake scientists warned Tuesday. [...] there is now a real possibility that the Bay Area’s ever-dangerous Hayward and Calaveras faults, which have each ruptured separately in the past, could in the future rupture together, said Andrew Michael, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park and one of the authors of the USGS report. The findings resulted from the work of more than 100 seismic scientists who weighed the evidence from studies of more than 350 fault segments in the San Andreas system, which stretches from Humboldt County to the Mexican border, and applied massive new lines of evidence they had accumulated from past quakes since their last official forecast in 2008. The experts zeroed in on specific California regions where earthquakes pose the most dangers and assessed their probabilities for future damaging quakes. In the Bay Area, the evidence shows that a quake with a magnitude of about 6 — the size of August’s Napa quake — is virtually certain to strike within the next 30 years, while the probability that an even larger one with a magnitude of roughly 6.7 is extremely high, or 72 percent, according to the report.
earthquake  california  safety 
march 2015 by amerberg
The unintended consequences of California's chicken cage law
California’s law mandating roomier cages for egg-laying chickens is driving growth in the pasture-raised egg market
eggs  california  law  animals  food 
march 2015 by amerberg
Los Angeles has Cancer
and driving less isn’t going to cure it
california  culture  cars  transportation 
february 2015 by amerberg
Measles outbreak: California legislation proposed to repeal 'opt out' provision of vaccination law
Two state senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation to repeal California's controversial 'personal belief exemption' that allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their child against preventable diseases. The legislation will also require schools to notify parents of school immunization rates.
california  vaccines  science  disease  health 
february 2015 by amerberg
Asian Citrus Psyllid is Spreading in California
Home, landscape, and structural pest news from the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
citrus  california  disease  agriculture  science 
january 2015 by amerberg
Fewer California kindergartners skip vaccinations after passage of law that makes it harder
LOS ANGELES — Fewer California parents opted out of vaccinations for their children entering kindergarten last year following the adoption of a law that makes it harder to go without the shots, state figures show
education  california  vaccines  law 
january 2015 by amerberg
Learn to live with drought — eat more lentils
A cheap, healthy source of protein, rich in fiber, folate, vitamin B1 and amino acids, lentils are one of the world’s oldest crops: Grown and consumed around the world, lentils have long been a staple food for laboring and agricultural people, and they come in a rainbow of varieties: from French Green to Harvest Gold to Black Beluga. The hardy legumes have natural allies in vegetarian and immigrant communities, and their star has risen along with Meatless Mondays and ethnic cuisine. [...] in the late 1980s, the farm crisis hit the American heartland, and these farmers got squeezed between low prices for grain and high prices for fossil fuel-based fertilizer. [...] they are content without irrigation, even in areas that frequently see droughts. Unlike most commodity crops, which are bred to take nutrients out of the soil, lentils put nutrients back in. Organic lentils save everybody from the problems associated with synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, from the emissions caused by its manufacture to the marine dead zones formed when fertilizer runs off into the watershed. These farmers have built multiyear crop rotations around legume fertility and, as a result, the farmers have proven uniquely resilient to drought and the early manifestations of climate change. In the course of transforming their approach to agriculture, these farmers banded together to build common infrastructure and share knowledge about their experimental farming systems.
organic  agriculture  food  water  california 
january 2015 by amerberg
Parents Who Shun Vaccines Tend To Cluster, Boosting Children's Risk
Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated live near others who do the same, a study finds. That increases the risk that children will become infected, even if they've had their shots.
vaccines  disease  science  california 
january 2015 by amerberg
The Anti-Vaccine Movement Says Measles Isn’t Dangerous. Oh, Yes, It Is.
Measles is back. Again. An outbreak is percolating that was first documented in California and has spread to four other Western states and Mexico. An unknown person incubating a measles infection exposed an undetermined number of individuals at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, resulting in 53 cases identified to date. The...
california  science  vaccines  activism  disease 
january 2015 by amerberg
Disneyland Measles Outbreak Casts Spotlight On Anti-Vaccine Movement
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.
vaccines  activism  science  disease  california 
january 2015 by amerberg
Homeless Evicted From ‘The Jungle’ in San Jose
Thought to be the largest homeless camp in the country, the 75-acre site was home to about 300 people.
california  poverty  homelessness 
january 2015 by amerberg
High-Speed Rail Is a Waste of Time and Money
Construction work began in California on Tuesday for the nation’s first truly high-speed rail project, which will eventually connect San Francisco and Los Angeles. The promised travel time between the two cities is just three hours with top speeds up to 220 mph. (The current trip by Amtrak is 12...
transportation  transit  california  environment  climate  economics 
january 2015 by amerberg
Bay Area storm: North Bay gets first soaking as storm begins moving south
As expected, a major storm arrived in the Bay Area overnight and has dropped as much as 2 inches of rain in the North Bay, but the rest of the region is still waiting for the highly-anticipated “atmospheric river.”
weather  california  sf  storms  water 
december 2014 by amerberg
Shanley Kane
challenges the assumptions and practices of the tech industry.
culture  feminism  technology  california 
december 2014 by amerberg
Train of Storms to Drench Northern California Through Mid-Month
A long train of storms over the Pacific Ocean is on an express route to northern California and the coastal Northwest and will deliver rounds of drenching rain into the middle of December.
water  drought  california 
december 2014 by amerberg
Orinda: District hires private investigator, kicks live-in nanny's daughter out of school
The Orinda Union School District hired a private investigator to find out whether a second-grader actually lived in the city, determined she lived in Bay Point and kicked her out. The girl's mother, a live-in nanny in Orinda, and her employer are mad and fighting back.
education  race  california 
december 2014 by amerberg
L.A. mayor admits affair with TV reporter -
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa confirmed Tuesday that he is in an ongoing relationship with a television reporter, three weeks after sidestepping questions about whether he was involved in an extramarital affair.
politics  california  media 
november 2014 by amerberg
Conservation Biologists May Have Driven Two Species to Extinction
Species reintroductions are some of the most dramatic and compelling stories in conservation. Bringing back wolves, black-footed ferrets, condors, and other animals to landscapes that have lost them gives a satisfying sense of closure. Wrong righted; ecosystem healed. And the conservation biologists who undertake these reintroductions often emphasize that it...
nature  biology  california  science 
november 2014 by amerberg
Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides
From Yahoo News: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.
organic  food  agriculture  california  government 
november 2014 by amerberg
Rich, educated and stupid parents are driving the vaccination crisis
The most shocking and disheartening story you'll read in the Los Angeles Times today may be our piece on the stunning decline in vaccination rates among California's kindergarten-age children.
vaccines  culture  science  california  health 
october 2014 by amerberg
Viewpoints: Don’t shut out black residents from clean energy revolution
Current system on residential solar panels is unfair to African American neighborhoods.
energy  race  california 
october 2014 by amerberg
SB 697, California's "Yes Means Yes" law, is a terrible bill. But it's a necessary one.
california  culture  law  rape 
october 2014 by amerberg
UC regents award 20 percent pay raises to fix executive 'injustices'
Heralding what the University of California regents promise will be a new era of pay increases at the public university, the governing board gave 20 percent raises Thursday to their three lowest-paid chancellors - with some regents expressing regret that they could give so little. The lone "no" vote came from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a regent, who opposed the raises without comment. The salary increases came a day after finance executives told the regents at their meeting in San Francisco that academic quality is in jeopardy, thanks to years of budget shortfalls.
university  california  justice  money  income 
september 2014 by amerberg
The University of California Corrects “Injustice” by Paying Rich Executives Even More
When you think of the funding shortfalls in the once-majestic University of California system, you might think of “gigantic” tuition increases or the system’s only observatory being defunded. But what you probably didn’t know is that, according to the regents, one of the “injustices” in the 10-campus system is the embarrassingly low pay of its three...
university  california  justice  money  income 
september 2014 by amerberg
California Plans to Reduce Isolation of Mentally Ill Inmates
The state, adhering to a court order, is proposing to stop keeping most mentally ill prisoners in their windowless cells for 23 hours a day.
california  prison  mental_health 
august 2014 by amerberg
How the Napa Earthquake affected Bay Area sleepers
The Napa Earthquake was the strongest to hit Northern California in 25 years. See how it impacted the sleep of UP wearers in the Bay Area.
data  earthquake  california 
august 2014 by amerberg
Fire, injuries after 6.0-magnitude Northern California quake
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Napa County early Sunday, causing several injuries and sparking a fire at a mobile home park in Napa, authorities said. The quake, the largest in the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, struck 3 miles northwest of American Canyon at 3:20 a.m., the U.S. Geological Survey said. A fire at a Napa mobile home park destroyed four homes as firefighters improvised to put out the blaze, with a water main broken and unavailable. There was widespread damage in downtown Napa, with bricks, concrete chunks and broken glass littering the street and debris landing on parked cars. Emergency workers usually stationed there were moved to the sheriff's office. There were widespread reports of power outages, gas leaks and flooding in the North Bay, with at least 15,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers without power in Vallejo, Napa, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa and Sonoma. Erica Gregory, who was brewing coffee while working by herself at the 24-hour Shell gas station on Highway 29 in Vallejo, said items started to fly off the shelves when the quake hit. Officer Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, said a "roll call" of all police stations in San Francisco was conducted shortly after the quake hit, and that "all facilities reported no damage at this time, and operations continue normally." Bay Area police departments urged the public not to call 911 to seek confirmation that a quake had occurred.
california  earthquake 
august 2014 by amerberg
Taking the Long View: California's Environment in 2064
I don't think I'm the only one who's fallen out of the habit of expecting good times ahead. It's hard to imagine a utopian future for California when the state faces some of the toughest times in its history over the next 50 years. But really, if we're going to make a better future happen, what choice do we have but to imagine it first?
california  environment  predictions 
august 2014 by amerberg
Supreme Court Won't Hear Point Reyes Oyster Farm Case
In a day full of disappointing news coming out of SCOTUS, it's reassuring to know there are one or two things the highest court in the land can still get right.
courts  scotus  food  agriculture  science  foodies  california 
august 2014 by amerberg
Tears, hugs, shucking at Drakes Bay Oyster Co.'s final day open to public
The tears flowed like a cool Pacific current Thursday in West Marin as hundreds gathered to bid a final shuck to a century-old oyster farm on Drakes Estero. After years of unsuccessful wrangling with the federal government, Drakes Bay Oyster Co. closed its doors to the public Thursday afternoon after an emotional oyster toast, a lone bagpiper's rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" and plenty of hugs. After years of appeals, legal maneuverings and political interventions that stretched from Point Reyes to Washington, D.C., Drakes Bay's options appeared to run out Thursday when the lease expired. Business winding downThe wholesale operation will continue for at least a month, but the popular retail shop is closed forever, and the business is slowly winding down. Kevin Lunny, the owner, was tearful but resigned Thursday as he hugged countless well-wishers and tried to make sense of the political dealings that forced him to close his successful business. Gathering for final feastHundreds of people lined up at the retail shop Thursday with coolers, lemons, hot sauce and cold beer for a final feast. Michael Zwerling, owner of Santa Cruz radio station KCSO, called the Drakes Bay saga "the most important local issue of the last couple years," noting it invoked a complex stew of property rights, sustainable agriculture, small businesses and environmental laws.
agriculture  california  law  foodies 
august 2014 by amerberg
UC's Napolitano throws cold water on the online education craze
University of California President Janet Napolitano struck a rare blow for rational education practice this week by pushing back strongly against the craze for online learning courses. Online education isn't a panacea, she said; it's not for everyone, it's not cheap, and if it's done right it may not even save money.
education  california  university  internet 
july 2014 by amerberg
Could Fog Catchers Help Solve America's Drought Problem?
California's running out of water. This year's record-breaking drought--coming after two already dry years--has the state scrambling for the liquid stuff. Plans to seed clouds for extra snowfall are already in place. But do we really require storm clouds for water? Why not use fog?
water  california  weather 
july 2014 by amerberg
UC launches Global Food Initiative
University aims to help put the world on a path to sustainably and nutritiously feed itself.
food  agriculture  university  california 
july 2014 by amerberg
‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens
ISLA VISTA, CA—In the days following a violent rampage in southern California in which a lone attacker killed seven individuals, including himself, and seriously injured over a dozen others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mas...
guns  violence  US  culture  death  california 
may 2014 by amerberg
10 Percent of California’s Water Goes to Almond Farming. That’s Nuts.
DENAIR, Calif.—In California’s vast Central Valley, agriculture is king. But the king appears fatally ill, and no worthy replacement is in sight, as the area noticeably reverts into the desert it was little more than a century ago. Signs line the back roads here that run parallel to wide irrigation...
california  water  food  agriculture 
may 2014 by amerberg
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