Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources, left, leads his group out to measure snow levels near Echo Summit on Jan. 3, 2014. (Photo Credit: Steve Yeater/AP) Is our only option praying for rain? While it cant hurt, there are important lessons to be learned from our current dry circumstances about what the earthbound among us should and should not do to help California weather this and future droughts.Here are a few important ones: Conservation and Reduced Reliance on the Delta Work Despite the exceptionally dry conditions, vast regions of the State have no plans to impose water rationing or other mandatory conservation measures this year.The massive Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, serving close to 19 million people, has announced that it has enough water to serve its customers this year without requiring cutbacks in use, despite receiving only a 5% initial allocation from the State Water Project (its primary source of water imported from northern California).Similarly, the Contra Costa Water District in northern California does not expect to ration water to its Bay Area customers this year, despite warnings of very low allocations from the Central Valley Project, a key Contra Costa supplier from the Delta. Whats the secret of thesewater agencies that do not anticipate a problem meeting their customers water demands this year in spite of the record dry conditions?They planned ahead knowing that droughts are a regular and predictable occurrence in California, likely to increase in frequency and duration in a climate changed future and invested in sensible, local water supply measures that allowed them to reduce their dependence on fickle water supplies from the Delta. Both agencies invested heavily in water use efficiency and conservation measures that have reduced the demand for water from their customers things like high-efficiency showers, low-flow toilets, and drought-resistant landscapes.Contra Costas neighbor at the East Bay Municipal Water District which also expects to meet its customers needs this year without rationing says that such investments have reduced water demands by one-third of what they were 40 years ago. Both agencies have seen a significant increase in water recycling in their districts in recent years, with Orange County operating the largest water recycling plant of its kind in the world. Both agencies invested in significant storage capacity in the last couple decades, with Met building the 800,000 acre-foot Diamond Valley Reservoir, and Contra Costa more than doubling the capacity of the Los Vacqueros Reservoir in Brentwood. Both of these storage projects were built with little opposition and local funds, because they were projects that made sense from an economic and environmental perspective. As reporter Tom Barnidge of the Daily Democrat states: The lesson from all this is that conservation and planning works. Lets take that lesson to heart and expand aggressive statewide investments in conservation, recycling, stormwater capture, and sensible storage, as the Governors draft Water Action Plan proposes to do.
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California Catholics asked to pray for rain
Mexico was California's biggest single export market at $6.25 billion in September, October and November, followed by Canada at $5.21 billion, China at $4.08 billion, Japan at $3.34 billion and Hong Kong at $2.32 billion. "It's certainly a turnaround since earlier this year when things were not going so well," said Jock O'Connell, a trade specialist for Beacon Economics, a Los Angeles consulting firm. "But since the summer, things have picked up dramatically, and we've seen some unusually high export growth." In a new report, Beacon analyzed the California tapes export statistics from the U.S. Commerce Department. Statewide, manufactured goods rose 16.8% to $9.63 billion to lead the November numbers, while non-manufactured goods, primarily agricultural products and raw materials, were up 25% to $2.5 billion, compared with November 2012. Forty-five percent of the goods, measured by value, were shipped by air, while 32% went by ship and 23% traveled overland. Manufacturing exports for the first 11 months of last year totaled $153.5 billion, well ahead of the 12-month total for 2012 of $148.3 billion.
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California Dreamers: Education for All
Colin Dougherty the General Manager of Fresno's Catholic TV station will soon start running commercials to promote the idea. "A prayer for rain is essential right now because California is in a critical condition and again the Catholic bishops have spotted that and I think we're all noticing it right now and we've got to do something about it and a short prayer from everybody would send 38 million prayers to God to get it done." But growers are doing more than praying, they are demanding action. Mario Santoyo of the Latino Water Coalition is planning a bus caravan to the state capitol to see the Governor next week. Related Content More: ABC30 apps | News | Weather | Alarm Clock "The Governor needs to declare a drought emergency because that opens the door for the Federal government to come in here and figure out how they can help." Santoyo says Governor Jerry Brown needs to act so the Federal Government can turn on the pumps in the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta that divert water into the San Luis Reservoir. "Traditionally they've operated at a low level because they didn't want to upset the fishery agencies, well, we're at a crisis period and we need to be operating at a higher level, that's the kind of pressure the governor can effect on the federal government." But there may not be enough water this year to start those pumps anytime soon. Lloyd Carter of the California Save Our Streams Council says farmers and cities will soon feel the pinch.
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California exports jump to pre-recession levels
in high schools. (For example, have you tuned in to the national spelling bee contest?) However, undocumented immigrants have families who have not gone to college. They do not understand the college going culture and what it takes to succeed. Their study skills are low. And often, they are English Language Learners celebrity tape (ELL). We must continue to extend the unquestioned economic and social success of both the original community college vision of a century ago as well as that of the California Education Master Plan, by completing the promise of "education for all." Within California, the DREAM Act, or AB 540 (2000), allows all qualifying students, including US citizens, lawful permanent residents, as well as undocumented students the ability to pay in-state tuition (effective 2001). They must meet certain requirements, like having attended a high school in California for three or more years, that would establish their http://mitcheletay.sosblogs.com/Blog-b1/Farrah-Abraham-Celebrates-Birthday-At-Adult-Film-Convention-Mingles-With-Porn-Stars-b1-p23.htm role as bona fide members of our society.
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In newly solvent California, Dems propose free preschool
The bill comes at a time when a call for what is known as universal pre-K is gaining traction around the country. President Barack Obama had called for a broad expansion of public pre-school in his State of the Union speech last year, though the move stalled in Congress. More recently, New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, made universal pre-K a centerpiece of his campaign and highlighted it as a priority when he was sworn in last week. De Blasio has proposed raising taxes on New York's highest earners to pay for the program, something that would have to be approved by the state. CLOSING THE "ACHIEVEMENT GAP" As outlined by Steinberg in the bill introduced on Tuesday, the plan would ramp up over five years, gradually expanding an existing program aimed at children who turn 5 too late in the year to attend kindergarten.
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Brain-dead California teen gets surgery at new facility after court fight
Doctors at the new care center performed tracheostomy and gastrostomy surgeries, Christopher Dolan, attorney for the girl's family, said in a Twitter message on Wednesday. http://free.yudu.com/item/details/1541704/Farrah-Abraham-Thinks-Being-A-Feminist-Has-Somethi "She is doing very well, and now getting the treatment she should have gotten 28 days ago," Dolan said. "Doctors are optimistic that her condition has stabilized." The case has drawn international attention and the support of pro-life groups, including one founded by the family of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who died in 2005 after a 15-year battle over whether to keep her body alive in a persistent vegetative state. It was not clear when the procedures took place. On Monday, Dolan told a press conference that Jahi had "wasted away at Children's Hospital (and) that she might not make it." McMath was admitted to Children's Hospital on December 9 to have her tonsils removed and for other procedures to address sleep apnea. After the surgery, she went into cardiac arrest and suffered brain swelling. The hospital declared her brain-dead on December 12 and made plans to remove her from the ventilator, but her family has fought in state and federal court to keep her on life support.
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