Newsom scales down controversial Delta twin tunnels plan

“We are grateful to Gov. Newsom for listening to the people of the Delta, and California, and putting an end to the boondoggle WaterFix, twin tunnels project,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, a non-profit group in Stockton that has opposed the plan for a decade.

Barrigan-Parilla said that her group will work with state officials now to improve Delta water quality and to promote regional “self-sufficiency” for water, meaning more local supplies rather than pumping water hundreds of miles across the state.

The Mercury 2/12/2018

AP National: Mayor came home to try to improve poor California town

León, 45, was a reluctant and unlikely leader for one of the state’s poorest cities. Huron is home to a large Latino population where mostly seasonal work leaves 2 in 5 residents in poverty and only about a quarter of adults have high school degrees.

He graduated from the local high school, earned a degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and spent the bulk of his career as a clean air advocate and champion of environmental justice in nearby Fresno before returning a couple of years ago.

“I came back home not because we have the good coffee shop, not because we have the nice plaza to hang out at or the trails to walk around, but because my community deserves that, and I want to make it exist,” Leon said.

AP National - 10/19/2018

Green Raiteros Connects Rural Californians to Vital Services

Huron, CA (October 12, 2018) – Today marks the official launch of the Green Raiteros ridesharing program in California’s San Joaquin Valley. A ribbon cutting ceremony here today included music, food, regional elected officials, a Raitero driver and client, and representatives from Latino Environmental Advancement & Policy Institute (LEAP), EVgo, as well as other entities who have helped make this service possible.


Who Should Pay To Fix The Oroville Dam?

Early estimates for repairs to Oroville’s main and emergency spillways are falling between $100–$200 million. That price will likely go up as the full extent of the damage is evaluated by engineers and geologists working for the California Department of Water Resources. One thing nobody disputes is that this essential component of California’s water infrastructure must be repaired as quickly as possible.

This urgency raises an important question: Who should pay?

KCET - 2/22/2017

Delta Tunnel Planners Should Learn From Seattle's Expensive Goof

Engineers will converge in Los Angeles from November 6-9, during the election, for the Cutting Edge 2016: Advances in Tunneling Technology conference. California, it seems, is a hotspot for industrial tunneling these days.

International tunneling firms will wine-and-dine political leaders in hopes of landing extremely profitable contracts, like the proposed Delta tunnels, while Californians are fixated on the elections.

So before the conference begins, let’s review some recent West Coast tunnel history.

KCET Commentary 11/2/16