“Even more pressure has been applied to the city [of Davis] this week and the water utility rates it approved earlier this year to pay for the surface water project.
“Not only was the city’s legal team denied a chance Wednesday to speed up the ruling on the lawsuit that’s been lodged against the rates — important for city officials because they want to approach lenders without litigation tied to the rates in order to pick up the best possible financing for Davis’ $111 million share of the surface water project — but it also learned Tuesday that an ini
“In a city with nearly 1,000 miles of sewer lines, the majority of which were built before 1970, the [San Francisco Public Utilities Commission] PUC is in a race to replace much of the city’s underground infrastructure before a catastrophic failure, while at the same time navigating a subterranean jungle of buried relics from San Francisco’s past.”
“California has just experienced one of the driest springs in nearly a century and water storage levels are dropping as the hot summer plods on.” David Guy, president of the Northern California Water Association, and Capital Public Radio’s Sacramento Region Reporter Bob Moffitt were interviewed about water issues.
“Over the past few years, the U.S. fracking boom has taken a great many people by surprise. Companies have been producing so much oil and gas that it’s now putting a strain on America’s energy infrastructure.”
The Assembly Appropriations Committee voted this week to approve Senate Bill 33 to remove obstacles to financing public works using infrastructure financing districts (IFDs). … IFDs use growth in property taxes to pay for public projects such as highways, water and sewer projects, flood control, libraries, and parks.”
“For a very long time in California, a small minority of voters — 33% plus one — have been able to block higher property taxes and new bonds to finance job-creating, lifestyle-improving public works such as local roads, sewers and firehouses.
“There has been plenty of coverage, including in the newspaper that Capitol Alert calls home, of the contentious questions swirling around Gov. Jerry Brown’s massive proposed water project. … But still pending is the question of a water bond measure that is politically tied to the project.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing titled ‘Oversight of Federal Risk Management and Emergency Planning Programs to Prevent and Address Chemical Threats, Including the Events Leading Up to the Explosions in West, TX and Geismar, LA’ on June 27.”
“State and local governments widely condition permit approvals on some kind of ‘mitigation’ – changing the design, enhancing some other piece of land or paying a mitigation fee.
“But in a narrow 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has now made such negotiations much less likely, making it easier for landowners to challenge these kinds of conditions and fees and leading to more litigation.”
“Interest rates have been inching up everywhere, sending America’s vast market for municipal bonds, a crucial source of financing for roads, bridges, schools and more, into its steepest decline since the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008.”