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Posted on February 12 at 2:52 p.m.
Been to Lake Cachuma (or what used to be Lake Cachuma) recently? OMG!
Anyone who thinks reactivating our desal plant is a panic reaction has no grounding in reality! So called "environmentalists" are concerned about the loss of some microscopic aquatic bugs, while the land becomes more severely parched from this prolonged drought. Any sense what that does to land-based creatures (like man?)
I have no problem restructuring water rates to force agribusiness to conserve water (currently pay pennies on the dollar that residential customers do, leading to flooding fields to grow rice -- CRAZY!)
And no problem with restricting new building permits either, ESPECIALLY more housing developments by the Towbes Group, which consistently got permits during the last drought. How do you think that happened?
But we must have more water now! We actually should be drawing up plans for 2 additional desal plants for the central coast beyond the mothballed one. Can't rely on the State.
On Water Bosses Butt Heads Over Desal Plant
Posted on November 20 at 1:23 p.m.
Could be several more years of drought. There's no choice but to pay for reopening the current desal plant, and probably build several new ones. Hoping for rain won't quench thirsts and flush toilets. Drought tolerant lawns alone will have some but minimal effect.
As part of the total response, political leaders need to fully reevaluate water pricing for residential customers vs. ag. Last time I checked, ag was paying pennies on the dollar compared to residential and other business customers -- with zero motivation to conserve. Rice paddies in the Central Valley -- makes no damn sense!
On Cost Creep Lurks Over Desal Plant
Posted on November 10 at 1:03 p.m.
This is the third year of the drought with no obvious end in sight. Our ground water is seriously depleted. It's ludicrous to spend $2.5 over 5 years studying ways to get us water. Fighting between all these insular agencies wastes time and will get us nowhere. It's a regional problem!
While conservation and recycling are critically important, not tapping into the water off our shores immediately is insanity. We should be building multiple new desal plants TODAY, not "considering" whether to reactivate a singe older plant sometime in the future.
Israel has water because they realized years ago they couldn't count on nature to provide life-giving water. The local water districts should immediately join forces and provide us the hard facts about the cost of such a venture. Then they need to fast-track construction ASAP.
Politicians talk and talk. Leaders act.
On Drought Emergency Persists Despite Trick-or-Treat Rains
Posted on June 3 at 8:50 a.m.
It's exactly because this druggie is a burglar and animal torturer/killer that she should have been sentenced to prison. This is absolutely a first-strike violent felony!
Dudley's correct about the VERY high correlation between those who abuse animals and those that seriously hurt people. But I'm sickened by these pseudo-prosecutors who plea-bargain monsters out of prison to save a buck. Where is the appropriate outrage and desire to protect the rest of us?
Would ANYONE reading this feel comfortable with this freak as their neighbor?
On Cat Killer Pleads No Contest
Posted on May 29 at 11:50 a.m.
Well beyond arguments for or against a desal plant, RHS makes a powerful point. Through agreements from the 1800s, Big Ag uses water at pennies an acre-foot. Retail customers and other businesses paid >$60 per acre-foot 10 years ago, and retail rates have risen precipitously since then.
There's zero incentive for Big Ag to ration water -- it's too damn cheap for them. A recollection from our last major drought was observing corporations shutting down their huge computer chip plants for lack of water, while Big Ag flooded the desert to make rice paddies. We closed down an industry that made billions for the State to benefit one that made a few hundred thousand. That's insane.
On Desalination Plant: Ace-in-Hole or Pipe Dream?
Posted on May 29 at 9:22 a.m.
"...wonton disregard for the earth our children will inherit." Uh, perhaps our children don't want a desert landscape produced to make you feel good about yourself for theoretically saving some microscopic bugs living at the bottom of the ocean?
Love the radical pseudo-environmentalists shoving their ideologies down others' throats because the "little people" are too stupid to make their own decisions.
You call mine a "Fox news mentality"? Rarely watch Fox, but if they promulgate people choosing to have adequate water to drink and keeping our land fertile over microscopic bugs, sign me up!
Posted on May 29 at 9:05 a.m.
"What remains unknown, however, is whether the deputies had checked the Department of Justice gun registration files, which were easily accessible to them, before speaking to Rodger. And if they did, whether they asked him about his guns. Nor is the department releasing specifics of his mother’s concerns. These details remain part of what the Sheriff’s Office spokesperson describes as an “ongoing investigation.” As such, they remain off-limits to public review. What Brown explained instead is that Rodger presented himself to the deputies in a convincing manner and did not appear to pose an imminent danger to himself or others; the latter is the requirement under state law for the involuntary detention of the mentally ill."
Parents don't call police to say junior hasn't called home for a bit. They call because they're scared to death of what their kids might do. On that basis alone, this disturbed young man should have been taken to a local ER for a full medical and psychiatric evaluation. Knowing about his writing and his guns should have magnified the need. It was not done, with tragic consequences.
Sheriff Brown has failed to provide his deputies with adequate training for such challenging situations. Instead of getting help from well-trained licensed professionals, they relied on their poorly-trained instincts -- he seemed like a nice guy. The terrible consequences are now obvious to us all.
On Could We Prevent the Isla Vista Shooting?
Posted on May 29 at 8:19 a.m.
Only in the never never land of California radical leftist politics could crazy hacks try to stop a community from getting adequate water supplies in order to save microscopic bottom-dwelling bugs.
It would be funny if the water wasn't so vitally important in this third year in a row of sub-normal rain. But who's laughing? These are the same insane morons that recreated a desert in the Central Valley from the most agriculturally productive area of the US in order to save a bait fish. I'm nauseous!
Posted on April 17 at 8:55 a.m.
$80 Million for a new, "mission-themed" jail? Uh, perhaps the sheriff should visit Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. He puts convicts in tents in the desert wearing pink undies, and has 'em working for their meals of slop.
Sheriff Joe's recidivism rate is much better than elsewhere in country, where prisoners get fancy digs, weight rooms and law libraries, which they use to sue their victims. This instead of an "additional 228-bed, 52,000-square-foot recidivism-reducing wing". Gimme a break!
On Big Plans for the Big House
Posted on July 1 at 9:33 a.m.
Impressive "coverage" for an important topic, critical to the financial viability of the county. Let's see:
1) No background history - check!2) No specific county financial information - check!3) No information comparing public vs. private pension contributions - check!4) No information concerning which county agencies are the worst offenders - check!5) No discussion about the huge budget deficit the county faces - check
Note to editor: Next time, send a reporter.
On Grand Jury Examines Government Salaries, Benefits, Pensions