There is some rain due in Northern California this week, and while it will be a welcome end to a record-breaking streak of winter days with no precipitation, it will not mean an end to the drought. After two previous dry years, and the extremely dry winter we’ve had so far, rivers and reservoirs are at roughly half of where they should be this time of year. The “snow pack”… Continue reading
There’s an old saying in politics that if you don’t have a seat at the table, you’ll end up on the menu. I think the meaning there is pretty clear: If you aren’t part of the process, the process will eat you up. And so today, when the California Capitol is already steeped in political theater with the Governor’s State of the State Address, I have to shake my head… Continue reading
How does your county compare to counties in the rest of California, or the nation, in terms of the economic recovery?”
That question is answered in an interesting and comprehensive analysis released today by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that examines the performance of all 3,069 county economies. The report is titled “County Tracker 2013: On the Path to Recovery.” NACo’s conclusion: As our county economies go, so goes the nation’s economy. Continue reading
Typically when you talk about water in California the only thing people agree on is that it’s wet. Other than that, well, it’s a topic full of opportunities for arguments. This year however, there’s something else most Californians agree on about water: We don’t have nearly enough of it.
Coming on the heels of several relatively dry years, the 2013-14 “wet season” is shaping up to be one of the driest on record. Lakes and reservoirs around the state are well below seasonal norms and the Sierra Snow Pack, California’s “savings account” when it comes to water, is holding only about 20 percent of the normal water content. If it continues, and most long term forecasts indicate it will, the lack of water in California could have severe impact in several different ways. Continue reading
Christmas and New Year’s are over, but this week, there is still great anticipation among the Capitol community to see what the Governor proposes in his 2014-15 state budget. For the first year in many,we are expecting a surplus rather than a deficit when the budget is revealed this Friday. While that is a far preferable situation, it still means there will be hard decisions to make, and, as always… Continue reading