“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
From The Sacramento Bee, in California Sketches by Stephanie
“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
“The Department of Water Resources also briefed the Commission
on how the SWAP might inters