“Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist Republican money man, wants to break the Golden State into six states. He’s even apportioned the counties and named the new states: Jefferson (of course), Northern California, Central California, Silicon Valley, West California and South California. Draper wants this proposal to go on the 2014 ballot as an initiative.”
“Since California’s inception, its residents have been trying to break it apart. Wikipedia notes 220 such proposals since statehood in 1850. …
“The latest whimsical plot for California meiosis comes from Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper, whose previous forays into initiative politics include a failed plan to allow for public school vouchers in 2000.
“The Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) was filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today, December 6, 2013. Copies are available at 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 5-100, Sacramento, CA 95814 and the documents will be electronically available on the BDCP website early next week.
“In the late 1950s, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation built a one-bowling-alley town and a bridge to support construction of Glen Canyon Dam, which would create America’s second-largest reservoir and fuel a postwar boom in the Southwest. Before the dam, there was no Page, no Lake Powell, no neon-buzzed loop of motels for the water skiers and houseboaters who would one day skitter across a huge new lake.
“On Sept. 13, 1963, the last bucket of concrete tipped 583 feet above the Colorado River, spilling both prosperity and perpetual controversy.
From The Sacramento Bee, in California Sketches by Stephanie Taylor:
“A mural of Chinese village scenes and calligraphy painted in 1880 adorns the entrance to the Bok Kai Temple in Marysville. … On the far wall, an altar is filled with sculptures representing Taoist deities, including Bok Eye, the God of Water to whom the temple, Bok Kai, is dedicated. …
“This sacred site is both artifact and active culture. Constructed as a bathhouse in 1857, the building was converted to a temple in 1880.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Voices on Water Blog:
“Last month, the ACWA Board of Directors voted unanimously and enthusiastically to approve a Statewide Water Action Plan (SWAP) for California. The vote capped an intensive five-month effort convened by ACWA with the goal of crafting a specific plan that could be broadly supported by water interests and serve as a sustainable path forward for California.
“Long-term water supply reliability and improved ecosystem health are the hallmarks of the plan. Submitted to Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct.
“The world throws away one-third of food produced yearly, making food waste the third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions behind those produced by the U.S. and China, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday.
“Legislators should finish next year a task they started in the just-finished session: crafting a more realistic water bond measure focused on the state’s most pressing water needs. California needs to ensure a reliable supply of water for the future, but asking wary voters to approve a bloated water bond is not a feasible way to reach that goal.”
“The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has released the Guide to Water-Related Collective Action, which provides a step-by-step approach to water-resource-related collective action. The Guide, finalized after a year of testing and research on a beta version, helps businesses develop strategy focused on effective, sustainable, and equitable external engagements related to water.
“Even as firefighters battle a gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park, environmental scientists are moving in this weekend to begin critical work protecting habitat and waterways before the fall rainy season begins.”
“Crews are continuing to inspect and repair two powers stations serving San Francisco that were damaged by the Rim fire.
“The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission was forced to shut down two of its three hydroelectric power station transmission lines that bring power to the San Francisco area because of the fire. On Friday, Gov.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The California Water Commission received an update today [August 21] on the ACWA-led effort to bring a broad array of water interests together to craft a Statewide Water Action Plan (SWAP). The goal of the SWAP is to produce a succinct plan with recommendations to the Governor for prioritizing specific near-term actions that can be broadly supported by the water community and can serve as a sustainable path forward in California.
“The Department of Water Resources also briefed the Commission on how the SWAP might inters