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Split California into 6 States
Feb. 20, 2014 Supporters of a plan to divide California into six sates can begin collecting signatures to get the proposal on the ballot.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the proposed ballot initiative – known as Six Californias – could move forward Tuesday.
Under the plan, from venture capitalist Tim Draper, most of the Bay Area would be considered “Silicon Valley.” Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties would become part of “North California.”
Valid voter signatures are needed from 800,000 to put the measure on the ballot statewide.
Even if voters approve the plan, it would face an uphill battle in congress.
“If the federal government approves the proposed creation of six new states, all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California would end, with its assets and liabilities divided among the new states. Decisions by appointed commissioners and elected leaders would determine how taxes, public spending, and other public policies would change for the new states and their local governments,” reads the summary from Bowen’s office.
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Plan to split California into 6 states gains ground
Feb 22, 2014 A plan to divide California into six separate US states is closer to a November ballot.
The initiative sponsored by Silicon Valley Tim Draper claims political representation of California population and economies has rendered the state nearly ungovernable.
Feb 18 the California Secretary of State said proponents may begin collecting petition signatures.
The proposal aims to split the state into 6 smaller state governments, while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns.
In 2012, California was tied with Russia and Italy for 8th place in world GDP rankings.
Voters overwhelming approved dividing California in two in 1859, but Congress did not act due to the Civil War.
UH OH! Yet another excuse for martial law by King Hussein Obama.
As many as seven dead, including gunman, in shooting rampage near Los Angeles
7 June 2013 As many as six people were killed and two to three others injured Friday when a gunman clad in black went on a rampage through Santa Monica, Calif., before being shot to death in the library of a community college, authorities said. Another individual, described as a "person of interest," was in custody, they said.
The shootings took place just three miles away from where resident Barack Obama was scheduled to attend a fundraising event. The Secret Service said the incident was believed to be unrelated to the resident’s visit.
Police had not yet identified the gunman or established a motive for the bloodshed.
Santa Monica Police Department Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said that investigators were combing as many as three crime scenes as the assailant cut a violent path from a private residence on a suburban block to a library on the campus of Santa Monica College, a two-year school just a short drive away from the Pacific Ocean.
Authorities initially responded shortly before noon to reports of a blaze at a home fewer than 20 blocks away from the campus. Responding officers found two people believed to have been fatally shot by the gunman inside the flame-engulfed structure, Seabrooks said.
The gunman is believed to have moved west toward the college, firing at passing vehicles and leaving as many as three dead. More shots were fired when the gunman attempted to carjack a passing vehicle, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
Marta Fagerstroem, a student at the college, told NBC Los Angeles that she was on a bus that was stopped at a red light when the gunman stepped out from the passenger side of the car and fired five or six shots at the bus.
"This guy just steps out with a big rifle and starts shooting," Fagerstroem told the station. A woman in the back of the bus was bleeding from her head, she said.
Attempting to evade officers, the gunman ran onto the college campus and entered a library, where he shot at multiple people, police said. As students scattered, officers entered the library and shot and killed the gunman, the said.
Dr. Marshall Morgan of the Reagan UCLA Medical Center said in a news conference hours after the shootings that one of three victims -- all women -- brought to the trauma center with gunshot wounds had died. One other was still in surgery and another was listed in serious condition, he said.
Three other patents were brought to UCLA Santa Monica with relatively minor injuries, he said.
The principal suspect has yet to be identified by authorities, Seabrooks said. He is described as a male Caucasian between the ages of 25 and 30. He was dressed head to toe in black and sported what authorities said appeared to be a bullet-proof vest.
Seabrooks said little about the "person of interest" except to say, "We are not convinced 100 percent that the suspect who was killed operated in (a) solo or a lone capacity."
Obama was in Santa Monica for a Democratic National Committee event at a private home at 2 p.m. (5 p.m. ET). A spokesman for the Secret Service said the agency was aware of the incident but said it was being treated as "a local police matter at this point."
Tour bus crashes near Los Angeles, 8 dead
Feb 4, 2013 California tour bus flips, several people killed
8 killed and 38 injured Sunday when a tour bus careened out of control going down a Southern California mountain road, struck a car, flipped and plowed into a pickup truck.
Jordi Garcia, manager for InterBus Tours, said that the bus brakes failed.
The accident occurred east of Los Angeles and left State Route 38 littered with debris, the bus sideways across the two lanes and its front end crushed.
At least 8 and perhaps 10 were dead, and 38 transported to hospitals.
The bus driver said the bus suffered brake problems as it headed down the mountain. It rear-ended a sedan and flipped, then struck a pickup truck pulling a trailer.
Some passengers were ejected from the bus.
5 dead in Santa Monica shooting rampage
7 June 2013 Five dead and several others injured after a gun rampage in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California.
2 victims were the gunman's father and brother.
The attack began at a house and ended on a college campus where police say they shot the gunman in the library.
Police initially put the death toll at six, but later revised it to five people dead, including the shooter.
The gunman was in his late 20s and had been carrying an assault-style rifle, say witnesses.
resident Barack Obama was at a fundraiser not far from where the shooting unfolded just before noon on Friday.
The gunman, dressed in black and wearing an ammunition belt and bullet-proof jacket, began by firing shots at the house.
The property was then engulfed by fire although it is not clear how the blaze started.
Police seek gunman's link to college
June 8, 2013 Santa Monica shooting
Detectives probing the Santa Monica shooting rampage that left five dead are trying to determine why the gunman wanted to be driven to Santa Monica College.
Rampage was not a "school shooting" and that the violence occurred in many places and happened to end on the campus.
But a woman who was carjacked by the alleged gunman said he specifically asked to be taken to the college.
The gunman's first victims were his father and brother, whose bodies were found in a burning home, appeared to be tied to a family dispute.
Santa Monica gunman previously hospitalized for mental health
The gunman's rampage began at a home in this beachfront city, where two were found dead inside. Then he carjacked a woman and fired at a public bus. It all ended when police shot him dead at Santa Monica College as students studied for finals, a mile from the house.
His blood trail, however, left four people dead Friday in Santa Monica, which abuts Los Angeles and is renowned for its liberal openness.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Saturday that the gunman had suffered mental health issues. A couple of years ago, he was hospitalized for treatment after allegedly talking about harming someone, according to the official.
It's not clear whether the state government or his family committed him for treatment or whether he committed himself. It's also unclear under what circumstances he was released.
Authorities have found no link to domestic or international terror, the official added.
The gunman has been identified, but his name won't be released until authorities reach his family members, who are believed to be outside the United States, city Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said Saturday.
The gunman and a family member had been enrolled in the college as recently as 2010. The gunman, 23, would have turned 24 on Saturday, Seabrooks said.
Police had contact with the gunman in 2006, but because he was a juvenile then, authorities couldn't release further information Saturday, Seabrooks said.
FedEx truck-bus crash kills 10
April 11, 2014 10 killed when truck crosses median, rams into students bus in California north of Sacramento.
A FedEx truck crossed a median and slammed head-on into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.
The collision killed both drivers, 5 students and 3 chaperones.
The reason the FedEx truck crossed the median remains under investigation.
At least 34 people were taken to local hospitals.
The impact sounded like a series of explosions, caused both vehicles to burst into flames.
The fireball and towering black smoke were captured by the cellphone cameras of others in nearby cars.
was in critical condition as of about 3 a.m.
Tractor-trailer truck in flames before it crashed into students' bus
April 12, 2014 A FedEx tractor-trailer truck was already in flames when it crossed a median and slammed into a bus carrying students in Northern California, CNN affiliate KOVR reported, citing two witnesses.
The truck clipped a car occupied by Joe and Bonnie Duran before it slammed into the bus Thursday evening, killing 10 people -- five high school students, three chaperones and the drivers of both vehicles. More than 30 people, mostly teenagers, were taken to local hospitals.
Bonnie Duran told the affiliate the truck was on fire before it hit the bus.
Oil spills onto Los Angeles streets
May 15, 2014 A ruptured Glendale, Los Angeles oil pipe caused a massive leak as 50,000 gallons of crude oil spilled onto streets, the Los Angeles Fire Department reports.
The leak from a 20-inch pipe was first reported around midnight, and the oil line was remotely shut off.
The oil spill covered a half-mile area, and is knee deep in some spots.
Gushes of oil was seen spurting straight up into the air, cascading down on a nearby business.
The Gentlemen's (gay) Club nightclub nearby were affected by the spill.
This filthy joint services gay males in all forms.
I love how God judges!
San Diego California wildfires force evacuations
California gov Jerry the clown Brown declares state of emergency as 9 wildfires spring up around San Diego
I was going to report this yesterday, but the evac order was lifted.
Thousands of people in California have been forced to flee after wildfires hit San Diego county on Wednesday.
A major fire engulfed the coastal town of Carlsbad, north of San Diego.
Further north, blazes also caused evacuations at a nuclear plant and a military base.
Months of drought have made California particularly prone to fires this year.
The biggest concern late Wednesday was in San Marcos north of San Diego.
BBC is slanted but has great photos and maps.
Depletion of Central Valley’s groundwater may be causing earthquakes
For years, scientists have wondered about the forces that keep pushing up California’s mighty Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, causing an increase in the number of earthquakes in one part of Central California. On Wednesday, a group of scientists offered a new, intriguing theory: The quakes are triggered in part by the pumping of groundwater in the Central Valley, which produces crops that feed the nation. “These results suggest that human activity may give rise to a gradual increase in the rate of earthquake occurrence,” said the study published in the journal Nature. “During wet periods of time when the fault is loaded down, the forces that are keeping the fault clamped down are greater. It inhibits the sliding of the fault,” says Colin B. Amos, assistant professor of geology at Western Washington University. Using new GPS data, the scientists found that mountains closest to California’s thirsty Central Valley were growing at a faster-than-expected rate compared to nearby ranges. The growth spurt — about 1 to 3 millimeters a year — was enough to lift them by half a foot over the last 150 years. Groundwater is very heavy, and its weight depresses the Earth’s upper crust. Remove the weight, and the crust springs upward — and that change in pressure can trigger more small earthquakes, the researchers said. “It reduces the forces that are keeping the fault clamped together — leading to more small earthquakes during dry periods of time,” said Colin B. Amos, assistant professor of geology at Western Washington University, the study’s lead author.
Other scientists studying a seismically active area of southern Monterey County near Parkfield observed that there tend to be more earthquakes during dry months than during wet months. The number of earthquakes there every year has roughly doubled between 1984 and 2005. “During wet periods of time when the fault is loaded down, the forces that are keeping the fault clamped down are greater. It inhibits the sliding of the fault,” Amos said. But the question as to why earthquakes have been increasing in Parkfield over time has been a mystery. The groundwater theory introduced by Amos and his colleagues gives one possible answer. “Over the long term, because we’re losing more groundwater, it could give rise to more seismicity by reducing these overall forces,” Amos said. Groundwater has been slowly depleted in the Central Valley to quench the thirst of farms and cities since the mid-1800s. That irrigation has already caused dramatic changes. In the 1930s, water diversions prompted the disappearance of Tulare Lake, once the largest body of fresh water west of the Mississippi, which was 60 miles across. Over the last hundred and fifty years, the Central Valley’s groundwater reserve has lost about 38 cubic miles of water — enough to drain Lake Tahoe. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Central Valley aquifers supply about 20% of the nation’s groundwater needs, making it the second-most-pumped aquifer system in the United States. The Central Valley produces one-quarter of the nation’s food, including 40% of its fruits and nuts.
The study published Wednesday does not suggest the next Big One to hit Los Angeles or San Francisco will be caused by human activity, Amos said. “Large earthquakes are going to occur on the San Andreas fault no matter what we do,” Amos said. But what is important is the idea that human activity could trigger more seismic movement. “It’s really opening up a possibility that humans are changing stresses on faults,” Amos said. “It’s a simple realization that human use of groundwater is having small but perhaps measurable impacts on the San Andreas Fault.” U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough, who was not affiliated with the study, said the idea that groundwater depletion can trigger earthquakes is very plausible. Hough went a step further than the researchers, saying it’s possible that smaller earthquakes in the Parkfield area could eventually trigger larger earthquakes that head south toward Los Angeles. “If you raise the rate of little earthquakes, you also raise the probability of a bigger earthquake,” Hough said. Parkfield was the starting point of a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit the San Andreas fault in 1857. The fault unzipped south for nearly 200 miles, down to the San Gabriel Mountains and ending near Wrightwood. That fault was so massive that shaking lasted from 1 to 3 minutes, trees were uprooted, and buildings were destroyed. “As near as we can tell, the foreshocks were in the Parkfield area,” Hough said. “It won’t necessarily happen that way” again in our lifetime, she said. “But the fact that it did happen once means that it could happen.” Hough said further study was needed to determine whether groundwater depletion in other areas could also trigger earthquakes. The part of the San Andreas Fault around Parkfield is fairly weak — meaning not much change in pressure is needed to loosen the fault and cause earthquakes. In contrast, sections of the San Andreas closer to San Francisco and Los Angeles are much stronger and more locked. Steve Ingebritsen, hydrogeologist with the U.S. Geological Survey who was also unaffiliated with the study, called the theory “an interesting hypothesis from a credible group of investigators that will drive more research.” He called the suggestion that groundwater depletion could lead to more earthquakes “somewhat controversial” and that more study is needed elsewhere in California and around the world to see if the findings can be replicated. – LA Times
Never seen Santa Ana winds in May
May 16, 2014 California unprecedented wildfires, fierce winds lead to firenadoes.
Carlsbad, there's just enough time to grab and go
Unruly wildfires keep barreling across the region, destroying homes and spawning "firenadoes" -- funnels of flames that look like tornadoes.
With 10,000 acres of land already devoured, thousands of homes are still in jeopardy as at least six fires rage in the San Diego area.
California's burning – and half the US is now in drought
If you live in the US, there is a 50 per cent chance your area is abnormally dry. According to the National Drought Monitor, half of the country is now in some level of drought, and almost 15 per cent is in "extreme or exceptional" drought. The sustained dry spell may explain why wildfires have broken out earlier than expected in California.
Man arrested for arson in Cal fire as Marine families flee Camp Pendleton.
8 out of 9 San Diego fires suspicious
Muslim jihad claims credit for Arizona wildfires
July 2013 - Palestinian jihadists claimed credit for starting the Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters.
WILDFIRE JIHAD August 2012
Muslim terrorists told to start wildfires, including California.
Inspire (Muslim magazine) on jihad forums inspiring Western terrorists to start forest fires in the U.S.
It specifically included directions for building an ember bomb.
Cal Fire blames wildfires on lightning strikes.
California shooting kills 6
May 24, 2014 KEYT-TV I do not count the killer as one of the 6.
6 people were shot and killed in a drive-by shooting near a college campus in Santa Barbara, California.
Written and videotaped preliminary evidence indicates that this was a premeditated mass murder.
The killer exchanged gunfire with deputies and then drove off and crashed into a park car.
Deputies found him dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
The shootings occurred at 9 crime scenes.
Suspected California Gunman Identified as Son of Movie Director
Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old man suspected of having gone on a killing rampage Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara, may have done so out of intense frustration at his rejection by women, which he detailed in shocking online videos.
Alan Shifman, an attorney for Rodger's father, Peter Rodger — an assistant director on the blockbuster "Hunger Games" movie series — confirmed to NBC News on Saturday that Rodger was the man suspected of having killed six people and wounded seven others Friday night as he stalked the streets of Isla Vista, an unincorporated community adjacent to Santa Barbara about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The gunman also died following the shooting spree, but the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office doesn't know whether he died in a shootout with officers or from a self-inflicted wound. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered in the vehicle, investigators said.
"It's obviously the work of a madman," Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said at a news conference early Saturday.
The Rodgers family is cooperating with investigators, said Shifman, who said it was Rodger's own parents who alerted authorities to the distressing videos their son posted to YouTube — videos in which Rodger, a student at nearby Santa Barbara City College, complains that his college years have been torture because he could never get a date.
In the chilling videos, nine of which were posted Thursday, he vows "retribution" and "revenge against humanity" — specifically against the residents of a sorority house, all of whom he threatens to kill.
"I'm 22 years old, and I'm still a virgin. I've never even kissed a girl," Rodger says. "College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. But in those years, I've had to rot in loneliness. It's not fair.
"If I can't have you girls, I will destroy you," he says, sometimes laughing at his own audacity. Afterward, he promises, "I will take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there."
"You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one — the true alpha male," he boasts.
Peter Rodgers' attorney told NBC News that Elliot Rodger lived with a form of Asperger syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum. There is no known link between Asperger's and violent behavior.
Before he and his family moved to the U.S. in 1996, Peter Rodger was an acclaimed film photographer in Britain, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported. His wife — Elliot Rodger's stepmother — is Soumaya Akaaboune, an actress who appeared in "Green Zone" in 2010 with Matt Damon and stars in the French version of the "Real Housewives" television series.
The Hollywood connection eerily recalls a similar rampage in the same town 13 years ago, when David Attias, the son of director Dan Attias — whose credits include "Entourage" and other well-known TV shows — ran down and killed four people with his car near the university after having being spurned by a woman.
A memorial to those four victims sits in a park in the center of Isla Vista.
Hollywood director’s son murders 6 before killing himself
May 27, 2014 A 22-year-old gunman, who killed six people before taking his own life in California, was the son of a Hollywood director. Elliot Rodger stabbed three people to death and then shot another three near the campus of the University of California.
Rodger opened fire on bystanders from his car and then on foot, which eventually ended when he killed himself after a shootout with police. The incident happened in the town of Isla Vista, near Santa Barbara. Aside from the six people he killed, 13 people were also injured in the attack, including eight who were shot.
Police are now studying a YouTube video that shows a young man identifying himself as Elliot Rodger. The video had been posted hours before the shooting spree. During the clip, the young man demonstrates his hatred of women and popular kids.
In addition to the video, the 22 year-old had prepared a 141-page manifesto laying out his plan for the killings, starting with luring potential victims to his apartment.
Peter King Exploits California Shooting, Calls For Expanded Background Checks (But Shooter Passed Background Check)
Rep. King ignored the fact that Elliot Rodger, the man behind the murder spree, passed the background check needed to buy the firearm he used in the shooting
I In the wake of Friday's horrific murder spree in Santa Barbara California, Congressman Peter King (R-NY) called for expanded background checks. What Rep. King ignored is that Elliot Rodger, the man behind the murder spree, passed the background check needed to buy the firearm he used in the shooting.
Like the Democrats exploiting the horrible attack to push their anti-gun agendas, King, a Republican, joined the charge of politicians calling for a review of gun control legislation on Sunday.
King, a longtime advocate of stricter gun control policies, told the Washington Post that the incident reinforces the argument for expanding background checks for gun owners.
“This tragedy demonstrates once again the need to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill,” he said.
Uhm...there's already a FEDERAL LAW for that!
King added that any effort to convince House leadership to bring gun control legislation up this summer will be "very difficult," saying gun control advocates in Congress need to "focus the discussion" surrounding mental illness and access to firearms.
The Republican said his party should not give up efforts to thwart powerful gun advocacy groups, according to the Washington Post.
“Even though this issue may not be popular in particular congressional districts, if we want to be a national party, we ought to be looking closely at it,” he said.
King was either unaware or purposely ignoring some of the facts of the case:
Rodger passed the background check needed to buy the firearm used in the shooting, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CNN. The official said nothing had been found in the gun trace to indicate Rodger shouldn’t have qualified to buy a gun.
Some other facts: Rodger's parents, who called the police about his instability, recognized Rodger’s mental illness. A gun was not the only weapon in Rodger's murder spree; he began by stabbing three men repeatedly at his home, and tried to kill people with his car.
Western Megadrought: Folks, This is No Ordinary Dry Spell
As the drought conditions throughout the Western United States continue to worsen, photos released from Lake Powell along the Colorado River show that the massive reservoir is less than half full. This marks a record low for the man made lake formed by a dam that is supposed to produce 4.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year, and provide water for some 20 million people. The record water levels are the result of nearly 14 years of drought.
America’s Western States have been hammered with dry conditions for over a decade now, and with no real signs of it relenting. 14 years is truly abnormal, and there’s no telling how bad this is going to get. We really don’t have any reference point, because the West was settled in a relatively wet period of time compared to the rest of its history. According to paleoclimatologist Edward Cook, we’re facing what he’s calling a “megadrought”. Recalling tree ring data that can often show drought conditions in the past, he’s claiming that dry periods like this have lasted significantly longer in our history.
“Indeed, pretty scary, One lasted 29 years. One lasted 28 years. They span the entire continental United States” and that “Two megadroughts in the Sierra Nevada of California lasted between 100 and 200 years”
Think about that. If this truly is a megadrought then in the best case scenario, we may be facing another 15 years of these conditions, and there is nothing we can do about it. While global warming alarmists may claim these events are proof of their theory, these incredibly long dry periods took place before those supposed “greenhouse gases” were even being produced by humanity.
Nonetheless, there are some serious implications for United States as an economic power. A total of seven states are facing the brunt of this drought, including the economic and agricultural powerhouses of our nation, Texas and California. So far 76 percent of the Golden State is facing “extreme drought” with the other 24 percent facing exceptional drought. Add that up. No other state is facing a drought over 100 percent of its area.
Since the Central Valley provides a third of America’s produce, California’s drought could prove to be a devastating blow to the grocery bills of the rest of the nation. This means that while the price of meat continues to climb, trying to cut back by buying more produce may not help as much as we’d like. And this valley, which is considered one of the most valuable and productive agricultural regions on earth, is facing some serious long term strain.
Much like the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer in the Midwest, the ground water of the of the Central Valley has been overdrawn for many years. This aquifer has been so abused for so long, that it actually causes the ground level to sink, roughly 11 inches per year in some places. The area around Mendota California has sunk 30 ft since 1925, but for the people living there, that may be the least of their concerns. According to a weather.com article from last week:
“The consequences are staggering near towns like Mendota. Dried-up fields blow dust into the sky. River beds and canals, once full of water, are now full of dead weeds and rattlesnakes. Fruit orchards along Interstate 5 look like burned piles of firewood. Workers who used to make a living picking fruit and working machinery now stand in government supported food lines to feed their families. No water means no jobs.”
How long can this continue? Even if there’s enough water to last for several decades, it’s still a matter of fact that we’re running out, and the most productive regions of the United States are facing agricultural collapse. Even without the drought, there is a definite point in time in our future, when America will no longer be the breadbasket of the world, and it will likely occur within our lifetimes.
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Central California wildfire burns out of control, threatens 100 homes
A wildfire burning west of Yosemite National Park in central California threatened more than 100 homes on Tuesday as it raged out of control in brush left bone dry by severe drought, state fire officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wildfire burning west of Yosemite National Park in central California threatened more than 100 homes on Tuesday as it raged out of control in brush left bone dry by severe drought, state fire officials said.
The blaze, which erupted on Monday afternoon, has already charred more than 900 acres and was burning on the southeastern shores of Lake McClure in Mariposa County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
More than 100 homes were ordered evacuated ahead of the flames, which were only 20 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.
Approximately 500 firefighters were working to contain the blaze, including crews from Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and dozens of local fire aids.
Nearly half a dozen air tankers and several helicopters have been brought in to combat the fire aerially, in addition to crews building containment lines and putting out hot spots on the ground, Berlant said.
California’s fire season has been particularly severe this year, with the state’s ongoing drought, one of the worst in history, playing a substantial role in the size and number of wildfires sparking across the state.
Since Jan. 1, Cal Fire has responded to more than 1,500 wildfires, nearly double its five-year average over the same period. The department has hired additional seasonal firefighters across the state and has bolstered fire equipment earlier in the season than normal.
“The fire is still under investigation so we haven’t determined exactly what sparked it, but the drought is affecting how quickly it’s been able to grow,” Berlant said.
“These are conditions we would typically see in the summertime because the grass and the brush are just so dry. We are making progress despite how dry and fast moving this fire is.”
Santa Barbara rabbi on front lines in wake of deadly rampage
May 28, 2014
UCSB Hillel Rabbi Evan Goodman consoles and counsels school’s large Jewish population after Elliot Rodger murdered six on campus Friday
JEWS / Israel - The apple of GOD's Eye
California Bill Modernizes Birth Certificates for Gay Parents
A California bill that allows gay parents to identify as “parent” instead of “mother” or “father” on birth certificates was passed by the state assembly. The bill also allows multiple people to be listed as parents on birth certificates, with no limit given.
The bill seeks to adhere to the shifting definition of family in society.
“The definition of a family needs to be more flexible, and same-sex parents should not be discriminated against when filling out a birth certificate,” said Democrat Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez.
Critics fear that the bill will cause confusion for children of gay parents.
Brad Dacus, religious liberty attorney for Pacific Justice Institute said, “It creates greater confusion with regards to the identity of a mother and a father and the role that they play.”
The bill will “prove, undoubtedly, to be a huge disservice to the healthy development of children,” he continued.
The legislation will next be presented at the state senate the Christian Examiner reports.
Dacus believes that other states that have legalized gay marriage will soon propose similar pieces of legislation.
Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast
June 12, 2014 Bill Gertz
Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast. U.S. fighter jets intercept Bear bombers near Alaska and Northern California.
Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska, with two of them coming within 50 miles of the California coast.
Two US F-22 jets were scrambled and intercepted the bombers over the Aleutians.
The other 2 nuclear-capable bombers flew southeast and entered the U.S. northern air defense zone off California.
Two US F-15 jets were deployed and intercepted them.
Russian subs are always off our east and south coasts
California Wildfire Burns Through $4 Million in Two Days
A wildfire near Bakersfield, California, fed by heavy winds and dry conditions, had burned through 2,600 acres Monday, and more than $4 million has been spent fighting the flames since they sparked last week.
The fire, which started Friday, prompted officials to order residents of 500 homes near Sequoia National Forest to evacuate, according to the Kern County Sheriff's office. The number of evacuated buildings had not changed since first implemented Friday, but 1,000 buildings were threatened by the fire, said Tom Efird, a battalion chief with the Garden Valley Fire Protection District.
Firefighters made "tremendous progress" laying down fire lines and containing the fire overnight, but those efforts could be undone by winds that were predicted to exceed 20 mph on Monday, Efird said. The fire was 10 percent contained on Monday morning.
The humidity also remained dangerously low on Monday, and the fire was being fueled by parched timber and grass, according to fire officials.
Still, "with everyday we’re getting increased confidence," Efird said, pointing out that the wildfire was the only large fire in California, allowing for crews to focus a huge amount of resources on fighting the flames from the air and the ground.
More than 1,000 firefighters were devoted to containing the fire, and "we've had a tremendous amount of air assets that have helped us hold this fire in check," Efird said.
Two houses were lost in the blaze and one was damaged, but “we don’t see that number going up,” Efird said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to the Kern County Fire Department.
First published June 16th 2014, 8:32 am
California wildfire tamed, New Mexico blaze surges
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — Residents were told they could return to some 1,000 mountain homes on the southern end of California's Sierra Nevada range as firefighters stunted the growth of a wildfire, one of several wildland blazes making problems for western states.
All evacuation orders were lifted Monday night after firefighters had the blaze near Lake Isabella northeast of Bakersfield 50 percent contained, U.S. Forest Service officials said.
The blaze has destroyed three houses, damaged another and forced hundreds to flee their homes. At least two of the burned houses appeared to be abandoned, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.
One other home was damaged by the fire, which charred more than 4 square miles of trees and brush in and around Sequoia National Forest and also threatened power lines and communications facilities.
On Tuesday, firefighters will look to build lines all the way around the blaze, and helicopter water drops and expected calm winds overnight could have them off to a strong start.
"We're hoping we're going to have some good news in the morning," fire spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman said. "It'll depend on how much they can get done and what the wind does."
Meanwhile on the New Mexico-Arizona border, residents of two Native American communities were forced to leave their homes as strong winds fanned the flames of a wildfire burning in the Chuska Mountains.
The fire ballooned to more than 17 square miles, forcing Navajo Nation police to issue an evacuation order for parts of Naschitti and nearby Sheep Springs. About 400 people live in the area, and fire managers said more evacuations could be possible.
The fire was burning unchecked across dry pinon, juniper and brush. Gusts grounded all air support and hampered other efforts to directly attack the fast-moving flames.
"We just can't afford to put anybody in front of this thing," said fire spokeswoman Arlene Perea. "That's the main thing: protecting life."
Authorities did sweeps of sheep herding camps in the hills and evacuated some people. The fire has since burned through those areas, Perea said Monday.
As tribal police worked to notify residents whose homes are scattered among the hills, radio stations aired alerts and Naschitti chapter employees and others spread word of the approaching fire through social media. The chapter house and the community's schools were evacuated Monday afternoon.
In northern Arizona, a 12-acre wildfire that broke out in Oak Creek Canyon was 25 percent contained. The fire that broke out Monday afternoon was just north of a blaze that charred 31 square miles last month in the scenic canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff.
Russian warplanes investigate Magnetic Anomaly near USA borders
June 13, 2014 Sorcha Faal (read but DISCERN this site. Its a garden, pull the weeds, keep the fruit.)
Russian concerned over magnetic anomalies, related to the rapidly shifting north magnetic pole.
Russian planes electronically swept for magnetic anomalies from Alaska to California warns that a catastrophic event may be nearing.
They came within 50 miles of California.
This magnetic anomaly resulted in earthquakes in Yellowstone and the Brooks Range mountains in Alaska.
The disturbed magnetic zone caused 2 US military aircraft to crash.
Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast June 12, 2014
California's Catastrophic Drought Just Got Worse—a Lot Worse
How bad is California’s devastating drought? Just in the past week, the percentage of the state identified as being in “exceptional drought”—the most severe category—jumped from a quarter to a third.
The government-funded United States Drought Monitor classifies the entire state as in drought, and as of Tuesday, nearly 77 percent of California was in “extreme drought,” which is just one notch below exceptional drought.
Here’s a map of California’s drought-afflicted areas as of June 10.
Here’s the map as of June 17.
This map from June 2013 looks deceptively reassuring—no red spots!—but even a year ago, nearly the entire state was experiencing moderate to extreme drought.
Before the turn for the worse this week, the situation in the Golden State was already dire. “California topped the U.S. with 70 percent of its rangeland and pastures rated in very poor to poor condition on June 1,” stated a June 5 report from the Drought Monitor.
In the last 24 hours, for instance, only two spots in California received any rain—Stockton and Vandenberg each got 0.01 inches, according to the state Department of Water Resources.
So, Californians must be emptying swimming pools, letting their lawns go brown, and forgoing flushing their toilets, right?
Not quite. While farmers have seen their irrigation allotments from state and federal water projects cut to near zero, coastal Californians seem oblivious to the browning of their proudly green state.
Gov. Jerry Brown in January asked Californians to cut their water consumption by 20 percent, a request roundly ignored. Water use fell just 5 percent between January and May, according to a state survey, while water consumption in the environmentally conscious San Francisco Bay Area declined only 2 percent.
It’s not as if Californians don’t know the drought drill: short showers, no car washing, and, yes, don’t flush that toilet every time. Landscaping is one of the biggest water hogs, so rip out the lawn and replace it with native and drought-tolerant plants.
I just did, and my local water district is even paying me to de-suburbanize my Berkeley backyard, though the subsidy appears to be little known.
But as the drought intensifies, a crackdown is looming. Santa Cruz County recently imposed mandatory water restrictions, and the state is considering doing the same.
Tuberculosis outbreak at Sacramento high school
July 2, 2014 A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February.
4 more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB.
4 others relatives and friends of the student with active TB bringing the total to 9 known cases.
Symptoms of active TB can include a persistent cough and fever. Active TB is contagious if its in the lungs and accompanied by a cough.
The county sees about 90 active TB cases a year, though most of those are adults.
450 students and staff are considered at high risk.
Of those, 116 have tested positive for TB.
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California drought will lead to earthquakes
August 18, 2014 California faces an unprecedented water crisis. And there is an additional threat, the increased likelihood of earthquakes.
California underground aquifers are plunging to record lows. All throughout the Central Valley, more water is being pumped out of the ground than is being put back in, causing the ground to shift.
The subterranean landscape beneath the earth is literally separating from the land on top throughout California. The California Coast Ranges are rising by 3 millimeters per year, or roughly an inch every 10 years.
The water table throughout the area is rapidly dwindling. This means that the water that normally holds down the lithosphere is becoming increasingly lighter, resulting in a land separation that has made the ground more prone to seismic activity.
In the Central Valley, a similar phenomenon has been documented in relation to when the most water is drawn from underground aquifers to nourish crops. In the late summer and early fall, the Parkfield section of the San Andreas Fault system typically experiences increased seismic activity, which is also the time when the most water is drawn.
California’s Record Heat Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen... Yet
If hot thermometers actually exploded like they do in cartoons, there would be a lot of mercury to clean up in California right now.
The California heat this year is like nothing ever seen, with records that go back to 1895. The chart below shows average year-to-date temperatures in the state from January through July for each year. The orange line shows the trend rising 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.
The sharp spike on the far right of the chart is the unbearable heat of 2014. That’s not just a new record; it’s a chart-busting 1.4 degrees higher than the previous record. It’s an exclamation point at the end of a long declarative sentence.
The high temperatures have contributed to one of the worst droughts in California's history. The water reserves in the state’s topsoil and subsoil are nearly depleted, and 70 percent of the state’s pastures are rated “very poor to poor,” according to the USDA. By one measure, which takes into account both rainfall and heat, this is the worst drought ever. (See the chart below.)
While the temperatures are extreme, they’re not entirely unexpected. The orange trend line above is consistent with rising temperatures across the globe. Average surface temperatures on Earth have warmed roughly 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, according to NASA. The eastern half of the U.S. has had an unusually cool 2014, but it's a lone exception compared to the rest of the planet.
The International Panel on Climate Change, which includes more than 1,300 scientists, forecasts temperatures to rise 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. That puts California's record heat well within the range of what’s to come, turning this “hot weather” into, simply, “weather.”
Drought and famine
Sept 1, 2014 California water infrastructure collapse.
Many of California underground aquifers are now the go-to for watering food crops. In some areas, these aquifers have dropped by 100 feet, an unprecedented decline that would likely take several decades or longer to fully recharge.
Lake Shasta is the largest water reservoir in Calif.
The black horse in Revelation 6
Central California residents rely on bottled water as wells run dry
Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville, many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water.
Roughly 300 homes have received a three-week supply of bottled water after Tulare County officials discovered their wells had gone dry.
In all, county officials distributed 15,552 1-gallon bottles of water, and have been filling a 2,500-gallon tank with nonpotable water so residents can flush toilets and bathe.
And the problem could be worse because many believe the number of people whose wells have gone dry is "grossly underreported," said Michael Lockman, manager of Tulare County's Office of Emergency Services.
If it wasn't for a local nonprofit group, county officials probably wouldn't have known that the residents were in dire need of water because they didn't ask for help, said Denise England, senior administrative analyst with the county's Water Resources Department.
"It was really surprising," she said.
County officials say East Porterville residents are typically very private, and for whatever reason, distrust the government.
Lockman said some residents fear their landlord will evict them because their well went dry or are afraid the county's Department of Child Support Services will take their children away because they no longer have water -- a rumor the county has been working to dispel, he added.
"We are really trying to get the message out that we are just here to help," Lockman said.
In one case, county officials found up to 14 people living inside one home with an empty well.
It wasn't until after February that, as the drought wore on, many residents started looking to expand their wells, but the demand created a huge backlog among drilling companies. Now, a typical wait can be 12 to 18 months, Lockman said.
Drought apocalypse begins in California as wells run dry
NaturalNews) Water wells in central California have begun to run dry, reports the LA Times. (1) "Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville [that] many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water."
Tulare County has confirmed their wells have run out of water, and so far hundreds of homes have no running water.
According to the LA Times, rumors are also spreading that Child Protective Services officials will begin taking children away from families who have no running water, although the county claims the rumor is false.
It begins: the collapse of California's water aquifers
With this news, it is now official that the collapse of California's water aquifers has begun. With each passing month and year, more and more wells will run dry across the state as California plummets into the desert conditions from which it once sprang.
Extreme drought now covers 82% of California, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. (2) Fifty-eight percent of the state is in "exceptional drought."
During the unfolding of this drought, California farmers and cities have siphoned unprecedented volumes of water out of the state's underground aquifers. This is called "fossil water" and it can take centuries to regenerate. Once this fossil water is used up, it's gone.
35-year "megadrought" may be on the way
"The southwestern United States has fifty percent change of suffering a 'megadrought' that lasts 35 years," reports the Daily Mail. (3)
"They say global warming has meant the chance of a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a 'megadrought' – one that lasts up to 35 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century."
One scientist is quoted in the story as saying, "This will be worse than anything seen during the last 2,000 years and would pose unprecedented challenges to water resources in the region."
Unless politicians become magical wizards and figure out a way to create water out of nothing, what all this really means is that cities of the American southwest will not be able to support present-day populations. A mass migration (evacuation) out of the cities will be necessary sooner or later.
California's water deficit will lead to ecological and economic collapse
In an almost perfect reflection of California's state budget deficits, the state is also running an unsustainable water deficit. It is a mathematical certainty that when you remove far more water from the aquifers than is being replenished, the amount of water remaining in those aquifers will eventually reach zero.
This "zero day" water reality is still psychologically denied by most Californians. If the reality of this situation were widely recognized, California would be experiencing a glut of real estate inventory as millions of homeowners tried to sell their properties and evacuate the state. The fact that the real estate market has not yet collapsed in California tells us that Californians are still living in a state of denial about the future of their water supply.
Even as California's water supply collapses by the day, local farmers and towns have few options other than drilling for more water. "Drill! Drill! Drill!" is the mantra of the day, creating an 18-month backlog for well drilling companies. Each new well that's drilled must seek to go deeper than the previous wells which are running dry. It's a literal race to the bottom which can only end in catastrophe.
Then again, a willful acceleration toward catastrophe is merely a sign of the times when it comes to human civilization. There is almost no area in which humans have ever achieved balance: not in fossil fuels, metals mining, fossil water exploitation, debt creation, industrial chemical contamination, ecological exploitation or even global population. It's almost as if the human race is determined to destroy itself while racing to see who can achieve self destruction first.
Wildfire near Yosemite forces evacuations
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — An evacuation order for 300 homes near Yosemite National Park remained in effect Saturday as firefighters battled a wildfire scorching about 300 acres in Central California.
Cal Fire reported that firefighters have contained about 25 percent of the blaze. The fire broke out Friday afternoon.
An additional 400 homes are being advised to evacuate. No damage has been reported. One minor injury was reported, but Cal Fire didn't provide details.
The area is about 15 miles southwest of Yosemite. A portion of state Route 49 that leads into the park has been closed.
There were also no reports on any immediate effects on the park.
Later Friday a second blaze broke out 15 miles to the south in the community of Oakhurst. Nearly 300 alert calls telling residents to evacuate were sent out, the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department said, but they were canceled when the blaze's progress was stopped at 5 acres.
Meanwhile in far northern California, a blaze that broke out nearly four weeks ago grew to nearly 130 square miles.
A red flag warning for dangerous fire conditions near that blaze was extended to Saturday night, but it has yet to damage any homes or buildings. It's 25 percent contained.
Some homes in the Happy Camp area were under evacuation orders, but it wasn't clear how many.
San Francisco Quake shifted fault 18 inches
September 04, 2014 Quake directed its energy toward Napa, shifted 1 side of fault 18 inches north.
August Northern California earthquake explains why Napa suffered so much of the damage.
The 6.0 magnitude quake hit Aug. 24 from an epicenter about 5 miles south of Napa. Scientists have determined that most of the energy pushed north, up to Napa and the Napa Valley.
Napa Valley lies on sedimentary deposit rather than bedrock so the shaking was longer and harder.
The quake injured 100 people.
Los Angeles issues 'heat alert' as temperatures soar
Los Angeles health officials on Friday issued a special "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits across the region.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles health officials on Friday issued a special "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits across the region.
With California already baking under a record drought that has brought acute water shortages, forecasts called for temperatures to reach more than 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and even higher in some surrounding communities.
"Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated," Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the city's interim health director, said in issuing the heat alert.
Gunzenhauser said some 60 "cooling centers" would be open at libraries, recreation centers and other community buildings throughout the weekend, offering shelter to residents suffering from what is predicted to be sweltering heat.
He cautioned residents that small children, the elderly and pets should not be left alone in homes or vehicles with no air conditioning and said schools should take precautions during sporting events.
"When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke," Gunzenhauser said.
"Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days," he said.
California is in its third year of a devastating drought that has forced farmers to leave fields unplanted and left communities reliant on well water with little to drink.
Mandatory conservation measures forbid actions such as letting sprinklers drench driveways and concrete walkways while watering the lawn, using a hose without a shut-off valve to wash a car and using drinkable water in fountains that do not recirculate it.
Some communities have banned residents from filling their swimming pools, and in Southern California, residents have removed 2.5 million square feet of turf from their front and back yards, replacing water-thirsty grass with drought tolerant plants and other landscaping.
California fires north and south bring evacuations
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Northern California destroyed two homes while a much larger blaze proved stubborn amid high temperatures and dry brush in Southern California.
Dozens of homes were evacuated because of the fires Saturday, officials said.
The Northern California blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m. in the Sierra Nevada foothills about halfway between Sacramento and Reno and grew to 250 acres, destroying two homes and three outbuildings, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
By evening all evacuations were called off and the fire was 20 percent contained, Berlant said.
The burned homes were in Alta Sierra, a community of some 6,000 people about five miles south of Grass Valley.
In Southern California, firefighters coping with high temps sought to contain a wildfire that forced people to flee about 30 homes near the Cleveland National Forest.
The fire, which burned through about 2 ½ square miles of dry canyon brush, was only about 10 percent contained, said Deanne Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Emergency Operations Center.
Both heat and smoke advisories were in effect for the area, with temperatures forecast to reach as high as 105 degrees between Sunday and Tuesday.
More than 700 firefighters, aided by six helicopters and five planes, were battling the blaze.
"The fire is making a couple of uphill runs," Orange County fire Capt. Mike Petro said Saturday.
The flames sent up a towering column of smoke that could be seen for miles.
Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.
About 90 to 100 homes in the area were without power Saturday, and Thompson said authorities had opened several cooling centers for people needed to escape the heat.
The Cleveland National Forest sprawls over the rugged peaks of the Santa Ana Mountains, straddling the Orange and Riverside county line southeast of Los Angeles.
Southern California fire 20 percent contained
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Southern California was 20 percent contained on Sunday but more than 200 homes remained evacuated near the Cleveland National Forest, authorities said.
More than 1,000 firefighters and fire personnel were battling the 2 ½ square mile blaze that broke out Friday in Orange County's Silverado Canyon.
Six firefighters have suffered minor injuries, many of them heat-related as temperatures reach triple-digits, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.
"It's extremely rugged terrain and another extremely hot day," Concialdi said.
A heat wave is expected to last through Tuesday in Southern California, and a smoke advisory was in effect for parts of Riverside and Orange counties. The Cleveland National Forest sprawls over the rugged peaks of the Santa Ana Mountains, straddling the Orange and Riverside county line southeast of Los Angeles.
In Northern California, a 250-acre wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills has destroyed two homes, and three outbuildings, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The fire about halfway between Sacramento and Reno was 20 percent contained late Saturday.
The burned homes were in Alta Sierra, a community of some 6,000 people about five miles south of Grass Valley.
Hurricane Odile California
Sept 15, 2014 Hurricane Odile to impact Baja California through Tuesday.
Odile made landfall near Cabo San Lucas on Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane with 120 mph winds, making it the strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in Baja California and tracks northward.
This rain should help the fires.
Hundreds evacuate from 2 California wildfires
OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Two out-of-control wildfires in California forced hundreds of residents to flee from their homes on Sunday, including one near a lakeside resort town that has burned 21 structures, authorities said.
The blaze, sparked shortly after 1:30 p.m. near Bass Lake in Central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of 400 homes, Madera County Sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said flames damaged or destroyed 21 structures. The Fresno Bee reports one neighborhood was hit especially hard, with several homes turned to ash and smoldering embers.
"This is gut-wrenching," CalFire Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson told the newspaper. "It makes you sick."
The fire started off a road outside of Oakhurst, a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park, and made a run to the edge of Bass Lake. Stoked by winds, it quickly charred at least 320 acres, CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.
The area is a popular destination throughout the year. There were no reports of the blaze affecting the park.
"We have a lot of full-time residents as well as renters and people with vacation homes here," Stuart said.
The destructive fire led Gov. Jerry Brown to secure a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover 75 percent of the cost of fighting the fire, state officials said.
Further north, a wildfire about 60 miles east of Sacramento forced the evacuation of 133 homes. El Dorado County Sheriff's officials said residents of another 406 homes were being told to prepare to flee.
Berlant said the blaze started in a remote area Saturday, but exploded on Sunday when it reached a canyon full of thick, dry brush. It has blackened 4 square miles, and was 10 percent contained.
Meanwhile in Southern California, evacuation orders for 200 homes in Orange County's Silverado Canyon were lifted late Sunday as firefighters contained 50 percent of a wildfire.
The residents were evacuated after the fire broke out Friday. The U.S. Forest Service downgraded the fire's size from 2 ½ square miles to 1 ½ square miles due to better mapping of the blaze.
Six firefighters have suffered minor injuries, many of them heat-related as the region baked under triple-digit temperatures.
A heat wave was expected to last through Tuesday in Southern California, and a smoke advisory was in effect for parts of Riverside and Orange counties.
Berlant said crews were making progress on two wildfires that broke out Saturday in Northern California.
A wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills about halfway between Sacramento and Reno burned 250 acres, destroyed two homes and three outbuildings. The burned homes were in Alta Sierra, a community of some 6,000 people about five miles south of Grass Valley.
A 417-acre blaze in Mendocino County destroyed five structures and five outbuildings, according to CalFire. It was 50 percent contained.
Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews were battling about a dozen major wildfires across California on Tuesday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest.
Three years of drought in the most populous U.S. state has forced farmers to let fields lie fallow and left communities reliant on well water, with bone-dry brush fueling wildfires in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).
This year's wildfire season, which typically runs from May to October, was on track to be the most destructive on record, according the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
Authorities gave the following details.
About 350 acres in the north of the state have been burned, more than 100 buildings have been destroyed or damaged and more than 1,000 people have been from their homes in three small communities near Interstate 5 and U.S. 97, Cal Fire said. Both roads were closed. The fire was only 15 percent contained.
More than 1,000 firefighters were battling the 8,600-acre blaze in dense forest and steep terrain in El Dorado County. Nearly 250 homes were under a mandatory evacuation order, while residents of another 400 houses were advised they could voluntarily leave, the county sheriff's office said.
Cal Fire reported one injury associated with the fire, which was 5 percent contained and more than doubled in size on Monday.
Further south, about 320 acres east of Yosemite have burned since wildfires started Sunday and more than 30 homes were burnt to the ground, Cal Fire said.
Some 1,000 residents in and around the foothill community of Oakhurst and near Bass Lake were evacuated. Flames were 35 percent contained by Monday evening.
More than 1,000 firefighters backed by nine helicopters had been working to try to contain the roughly 1,000-acre fire, which broke out on Friday in the Cleveland National Forest and spread rapidly the next day.
The fire was largely contained by Monday evening.
Authorities near Los Angeles had lifted an evacuation order on Sunday after the wildfire had forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as it swept through drought-parched woods.
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In Oregon, residents on opposite ends of the state were warned they may need to evacuate as high temperatures fed two growing wildfires on Monday.
Outside Portland, a campground and Recreational Vehicle (RV) park were closed by a fire that grew to 1,200 acres overnight.
The Red Cross said about 20 campers and RV residents had sought help at an emergency shelter.
The blaze threatened 168 homes and Governor John Kitzhaber ordered state crews to help local firefighters, his office said.
In southwest Oregon, another fire was threatening 10 homes plus critical communication infrastructure, fire officials said. No evacuations were ordered, but homeowners were put on standby to depart.
Governor signs first California groundwater rules
Governor signs bills to regulate groundwater use for first time in drought-parched California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday overhauling the state's management of its groundwater supply, bringing it in line with other states that have long regulated their wells.
Groundwater makes up nearly 60 percent of California's water use during dry years. But it is not monitored and managed the same way as water from reservoirs and rivers.
Supporters of the legislation say the worst drought in a generation inspired them to rethink the state's hands-off approach to tapping wells, which has led to sinking land and billions of dollars in damage to aquifers, roads and canals.
"This is a big deal," Brown said at the signing ceremony in his office. "It has been known about for decades that underground water has to be managed and regulated in some way."
The package signed into law requires some local governments and water districts to begin managing their wells, and it authorizes state water agencies to intervene if necessary. It also allows for water metering and fines to monitor and enforce restrictions.
SB1168, SB1319 and AB1739 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, passed in the final days of the legislative session over objections from Republican lawmakers and Central Valley Democrats.
The opposition was driven by agricultural interests that are increasingly dependent on pumping from wells as reservoirs dry up and government water allocations plunge in the drought. They say the legislation was rushed and punishes well-managed agencies while infringing on property rights.
"While there is legitimate concern about the over-drafting of some groundwater basins, this massive expansion of state authority will not solve the problem," said Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare.
Brown said in a signing message he would push for legislation next year to streamline resolutions in disputes over groundwater rights.
Unlike other states that treat groundwater as a shared resource, California property owners have been entitled to tap water beneath their land since the Gold Rush days.
Lawmakers supporting the groundwater overhaul say the existing system pits farmers against each other in a costly race to dig the deepest wells, resulting in depleted aquifers.
Brown cautioned that years of disagreements and arguments are ahead in regulating groundwater.
The new laws, which take effect in January, target areas where groundwater basins are being depleted faster than they are being replenished to be sustainable by 2040. It gives local land planners two years to create a groundwater sustainability agency, which in turn has up to five years to develop a plan for managing wells and pumping.
The state Water Resources Control Board would step in and develop plans for communities that fail to abide by these rules.
"It isn't all about laws and bills," Brown said. "It's about actually implementing the laws we have on the books."
Wildfires rage across drought-hit California
Los Angeles (AFP) - As many as 6,000 firefighters were battling a wave of wildfires raging across California, which is gripped by a historic drought and near-record temperatures.
Thousands of residents have been evacuated and buildings ravaged in at least one of the fires in northern California, while southern California has been hit by power blackouts as people turn their air conditioning up to full blast.
There are currently 12 major fires across the vast western US state, including near the town of Weed, where flames damaged or destroyed over 100 buildings including the local church.
"Since last year there are much more fires because of the drought," CalFire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith told AFP, adding that there have been 200 more fires this year compared to the same time last year.
On Sunday, about 1,000 people were evacuated near Yosemite National Park in central California. The blaze that began near Bass Lake burned 330 acres (133 hectares) in a matter of hours.
California, baking in temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (nearly 40 degrees Celsius), is in the third year of its worst drought for decades, devastating its largely agricultural Central Valley in particular.
In southern California, near-record temperatures for a sixth straight day led to a surge in electricity use, triggering outages which left some 7,000 people without power.
California often faces fierce fires in the summer and fall, but wildfire season began early this year, with the extreme drought of recent months generating dozens more blazes.
New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size, scorching more than 100 sq m (259 sq km) of drought-parched timber and brush.
More than 3,800 firefighters battled to stop the march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around just 10 percent of the flames, officials said.
The blaze raced across some 43,000 acres of forest late on Wednesday and had burned more than 73,000 acres of state land in the El Dorado National Forest northeast of Sacramento.
No buildings have been destroyed since the blaze erupted on Saturday, but the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said about 2,800 people had been evacuated from the area and 12,000 homes and 9,000 other structures remained under threat.
Fire officials said a break in the heat wave that has baked much of California for a week, higher humidity and cloud cover helped firefighters make progress.
Officials cautioned, however, that forecasts of high temperatures and low humidity on Friday or Saturday could fan the blaze into a more active state.
Prosecutors in El Dorado county charged a man with arson on Thursday in connection with the King Fire, saying in a criminal complaint that he "willfully and maliciously" set ablaze forest land in the area.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency late on Wednesday in response to the King Fire and a blaze farther north, putting all state resources at the disposal of his Office of Emergency Services.
This year's California fire season, which traditionally runs from May to October, is on track to be the most destructive on record, state officials say. The most populous U.S. state is suffering through a devastating three years of drought, which has dried out brush and trees, helping fuel the flames.
In the El Dorado National Forest, a popular destination for outdoors enthusiasts, numerous campgrounds and Highway 50 were closed, and two shelters were opened for residents forced to flee their homes.
Two firefighters suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Lannette Rangel.
The fire was burning largely unchecked in steep canyon terrain along the south fork of the American River and Silver Creek, north of the community of Pollock Pines.
Crews halted the advance of another fire hundreds of miles to the north in the Cascade range on Tuesday, but not before 150 buildings were lost in the town of Weed near Mount Shasta and the Oregon border.
Police said two churches and a sawmill were among buildings damaged or destroyed in the historic logging town of 3,000 people.
Huge Northern California wildfire keeps growing
POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — As an expanding wildfire in Northern California kept nearly 3,000 people from their homes, teams sought to find out how many structures had already been lost to the huge blaze, authorities said.
While officials confirmed that several structures have been damaged or destroyed in the King Fire, dangerous conditions have so far prevented them from determining an exact number or how many of them were homes, fire spokesman Mike McMillian said.
The fire some 60 miles east of Sacramento grew to more than 128 square miles Saturday, and gathering thunderstorms could either help or harm the firefight with moisture or wind, authorities said.
The blaze began one week ago, and a man accused of starting the blaze is being held on $10 million bail. It is just 10 percent contained.
More than 5,000 firefighters — from as far as Florida and Alaska — are helping California crews battle the blaze that has not only consumed grass and brush, but swaths of extremely dry tall timber.
"That's what makes it difficult for a direct attack," McMillian said. "The main fuel that is burning is the tall timber. We're making some progress, but it is slow going in some areas as we're trying to construct more contingency and control lines."
About 100 evacuees have been allowed to return home, but some 2,700 remain under evacuation orders, Cal Fire said in a statement.
Also of concern are possible wind gusts of up to 30 mph that could push the fire, which has spread from the north to the south, state fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said.
"That would open up a whole new area for it to burn in," Tolmachoff said.
The fire has spread to the Tahoe National Forest northwest of Lake Tahoe, McMillian said. Also, the fire is threatening a key University of California, Berkeley research station that his home to scores of experiments on trees, plants and other wildlife.
Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, pleaded not guilty to an arson charge Friday in El Dorado County Superior Court.
Authorities have not said what evidence they have linking Huntsman to the fire, by far one of the largest of about a dozen fires burning statewide.
Meanwhile, a wildfire in the town of Weed near the Oregon border was fully contained Saturday after burning 479 acres and destroying 143 homes. Another wildfire that destroyed 37 homes near Yosemite National Park was 93 percent contained.
Some California wells run dry amid drought
EAST PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of domestic wells in California's drought-parched Central Valley farming region have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water to get by.
Girl Scouts have set up collection points while local charities are searching for money to install tanks next to homes. Officials truck in water for families in greatest need and put a large tank in front of the local firehouse for residents to fill up with water for bathing and flushing toilets.
About 290 families in East Porterville — a poor, largely Hispanic town of about 7,000 residents nestled against the Sierra Nevada foothills — have said their shallow wells are depleted. Officials say the rest of Tulare County has many more empty wells, but nobody has a precise count.
Other Central Valley counties also report pockets of homes with wells gone dry and no alternative water service.
"When you have water running in your house, everything is OK," said East Porterville resident Yolanda Serrato. "Once you don't have water, oh my goodness."
With California locked in its third year of drought and groundwater levels dropping, residents and farmers have been forced to drill deeper and deeper to find water. Lawmakers in Sacramento passed legislation to regulate groundwater pumping, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this past week.
Three days later, Brown signed an executive order that provides money to buy drinking water for residents statewide whose wells have dried up, while also directing key state officials to work with counties and local agencies to find solutions for the shortages.
The State Water Resources Control Board had already allotted $500,000 to buy bottled water for East Porterville residents, said Bruce Burton of the board's Drinking Water Program.
But many East Porterville residents, like Serrato, say all they want is to get a glass of water from the kitchen sink. Her well dried up nearly two months ago, she said, making life challenging for her husband and three children.
To bathe, they each have to fill a bucket from a 300-gallon tank in the front yard, carry it inside and pour water over their heads with a cup. They've lived in their home for 21 years, she said. "It's not that easy to say, 'Let's go someplace else.' "
East Porterville sits along the Tule River, which starts high in the mountains and runs through the unincorporated town. Typically, river water permeates the sandy soil under the community, filling up wells as shallow as 30 feet deep. Not this year. Drought has caused the river to run dry, along with the wells.
Tulare County spokeswoman Denise England said East Porterville needs to get connected to the nearest water main in neighboring Porterville. That could cost more than $20 million and take up to five years, if the project didn't hit political snags, she said.
England said counting the number of dry wells is difficult because people don't come forward fearing their children will be taken away if their home lacks a safe water source, or they believe that their home would be condemned, making them homeless.
Officials have had to combat these rumors, she said, adding, "We're blindly feeling our way through this."
In the meantime, charities have stepped up. Local schools, businesses and a religious group in Cincinnati, Ohio, donated water to the community.
Elva Beltran's Porterville Area Coordinating Council has provided 46 homes with 300-gallon tanks, which are filled each week. The group has pallets of donated bottled water and stacks of blue buckets waiting to be distributed.
Beltran said every day a new family comes in seeking help. "They're hurting," she said. "We need water like we need air."
A local bank donated $50,000 to Self-Help Enterprise, so the housing nonprofit can provide more homes with water tanks.
Community development program director Paul Boyer said people have been creative, using solar bags to heat water for bathing and putting tanks in trees to increase water pressure. Boyer said it will be more difficult when it turns cold this winter.
"Families every night dream about water," Boyer said. "Every day they're thinking about how they're going to deal with water."
The well belonging to Vickie Yorba, 94, dried up in February. She now relies on a donated water tank in front of her small home that she and her late husband bought 66 years ago. A neighbor with a deeper well ran a garden hose to Yorba's home.
She is proud of how sparingly she uses water, likening it to the little used during trips she and her husband took years ago to the mountains.
"It isn't hard," she said. "Not if you know how to camp."
Wildfire rages in California
Sept 23, 2014 Los Angeles - California firefighters were battling a wildfire that is larger than Las Vegas, with the US state officially facing one of its worst years for the blazes in recent memory.
Nearly 7,500 firefighters are struggling with the so-called King Fire east of Sacramento, which has forced almost 3,000 people to evacuate.
The wildfire is only 35 percent contained and is threatening thousands of buildings and homes.
California is currently in the third year of its worst drought in decades, with flames fanned by high winds in tinder-dry forests. Some 95 percent of the fires are found to be caused by humans, whether by accident or design.
Five major blazes are currently raging across California, including the King Fire, which was started on September 13, allegedly by an arsonist, in El Dorado County, and has so far burned 362 square kilometers (140 square miles) -- an area bigger than Las Vegas.
The US state recorded 4,974 wildfires between January 1 and September 20, according to a spokeswoman for CalFire.
That compares to an average of 3,951 fires in the same period over the last five years, said spokeswoman Alyssa Smith.
Fight against California fire is 2nd most costly
Sept 24, 2014 PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year.
State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Wednesday the King Fire east of Sacramento has cost more than $53 million since it began nearly two weeks ago.
Berlant said that figure ranks behind the $86 million that has been spent to tame a still-burning fire in the Klamath National Forest along the California-Oregon border.
However, those figures are nowhere near the more than $127 million spent to stop the Rim Fire last year in Yosemite National Park.
More than 7,600 firefighters are currently battling the King Fire that has stretched into Nevada and destroyed 12 homes and threatens another 12,000.
The fire is nearly 40 percent contained.
Strong winds fan flames of ever-growing King Fire
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More than 7,000 firefighters are trying to stop the "King Fire" blaze in California, but officials say wind conditions are making it extremely difficult. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Northern California fires may offer a grim preview for Southland
Northern California is bearing the brunt of wildfires that have destroyed scores of homes and consumed huge swaths of land. The state has seen 1,000 more wildfires so far this year compared to the average, many of them in northern forest areas left bone-dry by the drought.
But Southern California is about to enter its traditional fire season, and officials worry that the destruction to the north offers a grim preview of what's ahead.
"Conditions are ripe, and it only takes one day of hot, dry weather with Santa Ana winds for a large wildfire to cause destruction," said Daniel Berlant of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
It's a race we run every fall: What comes first, the rains or the Santa Anas. The dice are loaded this year for Santa Anas ... and who knows how intense or benign it will be. - William Patzert, a climatologist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service released Wednesday only added to the concern. Northern California typically gets 30% to 40% of its rain in the next three months, but meteorologists said they see largely dry conditions ahead. The drought outlook is similar for the south.
Much of California is susceptible to wildfires, but fire behavior differs by region.
In Northern California, many of the big fires have occurred in remote forest and wildland areas, ignited by summer lightning storms.
Typically, these forests get plenty of rain in the winter and fall, giving them a defense against the lightning fires. But the drought has left the areas unusually dry, allowing fires to spread much more quickly into rugged terrain that is difficult for firefighters to reach.
"Once they get started, it's a matter of what has to burn," U.S. Forest Service fire ecologist Neil Sugihara said.
Many of these forests have not burned in decades, leaving thick stands of dry foliage. The Happy Camp Complex fire in Klamath National Forest, the largest on record this year in the state, has been burning dense forestland since lightning struck more than a month ago.
Fires have consumed 366,285 acres of national forest in Northern California this year, compared to 84,109 acres during the same period in 2013. Those fires have already surpassed the five-year average for lost forest acreage in the entire state, which is 214,391 acres.
In the last two weeks, nearly 200 structures have been burned from the Oregon border to the outskirts of Yosemite.
So far this summer, Southern California has been fortunate. In contrast to the northern part of the state, the vast majority of fires are started by humans and spread by dry, hot Santa Ana winds.
Fire officials said they have seen fewer fire starts than normal, and moderate wind conditions. Some heat waves have even come with a little humidity.
"And even though we've had red-flag warnings this summer, you still need that igniter," said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. "Basically, we've had less igniters in our area."
Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Rick Flores said the county "has been pretty lucky.... We've had little starts here and there, but we've put them out pretty quickly."
But strong Santa Ana winds generally begin developing in October and can last through December. In wet years, the hot, dry conditions are tempered by fall and winter rainstorms. But forecasters don't expect much of that this year.
"It's a race we run every fall: What comes first, the rains or the Santa Anas," said William Patzert, a climatologist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "The dice are loaded this year for Santa Anas … and who knows how intense or benign it will be."
Officials cited the Silverado Canyon fire in Orange County two weeks ago as an example of how a small fire can get out of hand. It was started by metal sheeting that a homeowner put up to protect a backyard vegetable garden from small animals. The sheeting essentially acted as a magnifying glass during the intense heat, sparking a fire that ran up the hill and grew to almost 1,000 acres.
Moisture levels in Southern California's brush and leaves are at critically low levels and that fueled the fire's spread, said George Ewan, a wildland fire defense planner for the Orange County Fire Authority.
"Even though the vegetation is alive, it'll burn like it's dead. All those hillsides would burn like it's covered with dead vegetation," he said.
Firefighters got some breaks that slowed the spread of the Silverado Canyon fire and prevented widespread destruction. The fire occurred during extremely hot temperatures, but the winds were relatively calm. The fire also moved away from homes and into the Cleveland National Forest.
A fire in the hills of Orange County has room to spread fast. The last major blaze was in 2008, when the Freeway Complex fire in Santa Ana Canyon burned more than 30,000 acres.
"So we've had plenty of chance for the vegetation to grow back and burn," Ewan said. "The first thing that grows back is grass and weeds ... you have what we call 'flashy fuels.' It grows fast, dries fast and burns fast."
It's already been an unprecedented year for fire officials across the state. Last week, more than 66,000 firefighters were battling 10 major California fires. Officials knew the year was going to be stressful when a major fire erupted in January in Humboldt County, one of the wettest regions in the state. Earlier this spring, a number of brush fires swept through San Diego County when a surprise wave of strong winds hit half a year earlier than expected.
"That peak period of time is now, and is still ahead of us," Berlant said. "The largest of the fires, the most destructive of the fires, typically occur in Southern California."
Rain helps efforts to control huge California fire
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Wet weather was helping firefighters gain control of a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, authorities said Thursday.
The King Fire, burning east of Sacramento, grew slightly overnight to nearly 150 square miles. But containment also increased and now tops 40 percent, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention.
The rain will "will bring up the humidity, bring the flames down a little, and give the firefighters more opportunity to do more direct fire lines," CalFire spokesman Jerry Rohnert said.
The rainy weather, which is much needed in drought-stricken California, was expected to continue through Saturday. It should help contain the fire but could also lead to mudslides that could make firefighting more dangerous, Rohnert said.
More than 8,000 firefighters, some coming from as far away as Alaska and Florida, were battling the blaze, which has destroyed 12 homes and threatens another 12,000 near the town of Pollock Pines.
Evacuees from Swansboro, a mountain community of about 400 homes, were allowed to return Wednesday night. Some 2,800 people overall had been evacuated, but it wasn't immediately clear how many remained.
Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, has been charged with starting the King Fire. He has pleaded not guilty to arson and remains in jail on $10 million bail
The King Fire has become the second priciest blaze in California this year, costing more than $50 million to fight since it began nearly two weeks ago. The state spent more than $85 million fighting a fire in Klamath National Forest along the California-Oregon border.
The blaze is one of nearly 5,000 wildfires in California this year, a 26 percent increase compared to an average year of about 3,900.
California burns -- and there's worse to come
Los Angeles (AFP) - Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western US state is battling near-record numbers of blazes.
And the normal fire season has only just begun.
Nearly 7,500 firefighters are currently struggling to douse the so-called King Fire east of Sacramento which has forced almost 3,000 people to evacuate as it rages across an area bigger than the city of Las Vegas.
But while this is fairly typical for an ordinary year, it is far from the first of the season.
"Already this year California responded to nearly 5,000 wildires, where in an average year that number would be closer to 3,900," said Daniel Berlant of California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire.
"There has been a significant increase in fire activity due to the fact that conditions are so dry from the drought," he told AFP, noting that "historically, California experiences its largest and most damaging wildfires in the fall months.
"So we're just now getting to the peak of fire season."
Blazes have been erupting for months. In May, thousands of residents had to leave their homes due to a surge of fires which triggered the partial evacuation of a military base and a tourist amusement park.
In July and again in August wildfires forced more than 13,000 evacuation orders near California's landmark Yosemite National Park, disrupting vacations for some of the millions of tourists who visit every year from the United States and abroad.
In all there have been 1,000 more wildfires than average, and 700 more than last year, which was already the worst for a decade, according to CalFire.
"In our west, wildfire season now stretches most of the year," President Barack Obama said in a speech on climate change to the UN General Assembly earlier this week.
- Reservoirs at historic lows -
Talk of climate change certainly rings true in California, which is baking in the third straight year of an intense drought -- the worst for up to a century, according to Governor Jerry Brown.
The drought has devastated farming in the Central Valley, known as the nation's food basket, but which is struggling to grow crops and raise cattle on parched soil.
Water reservoirs are at historic lows. They are typically filled in the spring by melting snow from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. But last winter was one of the driest on record.
Most of the fires so far this year have been in the north of the state. But as the summer ends firefighters in southern California are bracing for worse to come as the real season gets under way.
After a whole summer virtually without rain, forests and canyons are as dry as they can get -- just in time for the so-called Santa Ana winds which blow down from the desert in the fall and winter.
"As we look into the next couple of months, unfortunately we do not see any significant rain... that means that conditions are only going to get drier," said CalFire's Berlant.
"As we get into October that's typically when we see Santa Ana wind events and so those strong winds, coupled with the already tinder-dry conditions, lead to an elevated fire danger," he added.
Other experts say much will depend on how soon the Santa Ana winds blow up, and how much rain falls in the critical next few months.
NASA climatologist William Patzert told the LA Times: "It's a race we run every fall: what comes first, the rains or the Santa Anas... The dice are loaded this year for Santa Anas.
"And who knows how intense or benign it will be."
HAARP Pink alert over Western United States
HAARP Status at Maximum Alert
Sept 26, 2014 Imminent Threat?
HAARP graph will be offline til mid October
WHY? debka.com is also offline til mid October.
HAARP is at pink alert over western American states. This indicates high atmospheric unrest, a huge weather threat is about to hit or possibly a earthquake.
accuweather.com shows a lot of rain in that sector.
HAARPs description - Pink alert is associated with tornado outbreaks and/or major severe weather events that cause widespread damage. This also can be strong hurricanes and blizzards.
HAARP Red Alert Aug 14 2014 - Chemtrails
HAARP graph will be offline til mid October
Eruption at Mammoth Lakes coming?
70 Earthquakes in 1.5 Hours
Crews Clear Roads following Mount Shasta Mudslide
Mt. Shasta mudslide
Mt. Shasta mudslide blamed on drought, melting glacier
California prolonged drought is believed to have caused a massive mudslide on Mt. Shasta over the weekend after meltwater from a glacier sent torrents of debris and mud down the mountain.
COULD this have been HAARP?
US Military planes crashing, magnetic anomaly
California to expand contraceptive coverage, eliminate co-pays
By Bob Egelko
Updated 7:41 pm, Friday, September 26, 2014
Health insurance policies in California will have to cover all federally approved contraceptives for women by 2016 without charging co-payments under legislation signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, countering trends in other states and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The bill, SB1053 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, expands state laws that required coverage for most birth-control drugs and devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The new law mandates coverage for all FDA-approved contraception, prohibits co-payments and includes managed-care Medi-Cal plans, which are not expressly covered by current laws.
“No woman in California will any longer face the prospect of a health plan second-guessing or overruling the medical or family planning needs she and her health care adviser deem best for her,” Mitchell said in a statement Thursday after Brown signed the bill.
She said she hoped the law would be a model for other states looking to preserve contraceptive coverage in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in June that allowed private employers to deny coverage to female employees based on the employer’s religious objections to birth control.
The ruling was based on federal law, not the Constitution, and does not apply to states like California whose laws require insurance coverage for contraception. Current state laws and SB1053 allow churches and other religious institutions to withhold contraceptive coverage, but the exemption does not apply to other employers.
A number of states have responded to the ruling by seeking to limit access to contraceptives, while also enacting restrictions on abortion and abortion providers. California has some of the nation’s strongest abortion-rights laws.
[color=blue]**Now where have we seen this script before?
Mitchell’s measure passed both houses on party-line votes. It was supported by reproductive-rights groups, labor unions and some physicians’ groups, but opposed by the insurance industry, which said it would increase costs and premiums. The California Catholic Conference also opposed the bill.
Brown also signed legislation Thursday that will prohibit state prisons from sterilizing inmates for the purpose of birth control. SB1135 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, followed disclosures by the Center for Investigative Reporting that doctors in the prisons had sterilized 148 women between 2006 and 2010 without the required state approval, and in some cases without the women’s consent.
Earthquakes reported near Mammoth Mountain volcano
September 26, 2014 A flurry of small earthquakes rumbling near the Mammoth Mountain Volcano, have been categorized as "volcanic unrest" by the United States Geological Survey.
Nearly three dozen earthquakes ranging from magnitude 2.6 to 3.8 have swarmed the area, northeast of Fresno, California, over the last two days.
Earthquake swarms in this region are not uncommon. David Shelly, a seismologist with California Volcano Observatory, said this swarm is "bigger than we've seen recently, but normal in the area." He adds they are keeping a close eye on the movement, "but in the larger scheme of things, it's within in the range of activity over the last several decades."
Mammoth Mountain is in an area called the Long Valley Caldera. The center of the caldera has been uplifting slowly over the last several decades and seismologists continuously monitor it. "We think there is fluid coming up from the crust triggering the earthquakes," said Shelly.
Mammoth may have been excited by the Alaska and Napa quakes this month.
Water rationing hits California: limit of 50 gallons per person per day or face fines of $500
Monday, September 29, 2014
NaturalNews) Millions of Californians are about to be hit with strict water rationing -- daily "allocation" numbers that represent the maximum amount of water you're allowed to use for any purpose. Households that exceed the allocation limit will face stiff fines of hundreds of dollars per violation.
"In July, the State Water Resources Control Board passed stage one emergency regulations, giving powers to all local water agencies to fine $500 per violation," reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 
Keep in mind that these are only "stage one" emergency regulations. Stages two and three have yet to be invoked and will only become more severe.
The amount of water each household is allowed by water districts will be determined by government employees viewing satellite imagery of private properties, then calculating how much water that property should be allowed to use.
"Using census records, aerial photography and satellite imagery, an agency can determine a property's efficient water usage," says the SGVT.
50 gallons per person, per day
In some districts, water rationing allocation is also based on the number of persons who are known to be living at each address based on U.S. Census data. The Irvine Ranch Water District allows 50 gallons of "indoor" water consumption per person in the home. As explained on the IRWD website: 
The indoor water allocation is 50 gallons per person per day and depends upon the number of residents in a home. Water allocated for landscape irrigation depends upon the type of home.
As the IRWD website explains, those water consumers who the government deems to be "wasteful" will be charged 160% or higher rates for water consumption. This is on top of the $500 fines for each violation, as has now been approved by the state.
The 50 gallons per person per day is the maximum allocated amount for all indoor water use, including laundry, showering, toilet flushing, drinking, washing dishes and hand washing for hygienic purposes.
According to the EPA, the average U.S. citizen currently uses 100 gallons per day, with 70 of those gallons consumed indoors.  The largest users of indoor water are toilets, showers and clothes washers.
Not yet called "rationing" because the word isn't socially acceptable
Interestingly, the water rationing that's about to be enforced in California isn't being called rationing. Instead, California's doublespeak wordsmiths have decided to call it an "allocation-based rate structure" (which simply means that after you hit your ration limit, you are harshly penalized for any additional consumption).
In explaining why California citizens will be heavily penalized with fines if they exceed their water rationing allocation, all sorts of elaborate doublespeak terms are now being used such as "strong price signals" and "conservation response."
Here's how the IRWD explains water rationing to its customers without using the term "rationing":
Allocation-based rate structures are the foundation of IRWD's Water Shortage Contingency Plan. This rate structure allows IRWD to quickly respond to limited supplies through strong price signals, which result in the greatest conservation response from our customers.
Translation: If we aggressively penalize people for exceeding their water allocation, they will seek to stay within the limits for the same reason that people try to avoid speeding tickets -- nobody wants to pay the fines!
Landscape watering limited to two days a week
Some California water districts are also enforcing unprecedented restrictions on water use for "outdoor watering" applications.
The Irvine Ranch Water District, for example, has publicly announced its intention to "...implement mandatory outdoor water use restrictions that restrict outdoor watering to two days a week." 
California homeowners being paid big bucks to remove grass in "Remove Green. Receive Green" program
The California drought is so bad that some California homeowners are even being paid cash to remove their lawns.
The IRWD Turf Removal Program advertises the slogan "Remove Green. Receive Green" and explains there is no limit to the amount of money a person can be paid under the program. 
What's interesting about this Turf Removal Program is that it essentially pays people to restore their yards to the way they should have been constructed in the first place. Green lawns in desert regions are one of the most idiotic things modern humans have ever come up with, with green golf courses in desert regions taking the top prize for sheer environmental stupidity.
Where it's all headed
Water conservation efforts are greatly needed in California and should be applauded. On the other hand, they only postpone the inevitable -- a mass migration out of the American southwest as the water runs out across entire regions.
Tearing up your front lawn and replacing it with agave and desert spoon plants doesn't nullify the fact that much of California is wildly overpopulated to the point of long-term non-sustainability. Even if each person in the state were restricted to just 25 gallons a day, the water would keep dropping in Lake Mead (which is already perilously close to outflow restrictions that will impact California and Arizona).
The only way the current population of Californians can live in harmony with the regional water resources is if most of the people stop taking showers, stop flushing toilets and stop doing laundry. Unfortunately, this practice is currently limited only to a few UCLA campus frat houses and hasn't yet caught on with the rest of the citizenry.
Crop yields already in a state of collapse
Honestly stated, the modern-day lifestyle that many people equate with California living simply isn't sustainable. As a result, a collapse of the water infrastructure has already begun. That's why the crop yields have also collapsed this year , with the Sacramento Bee reporting:
While many crops have yet to be harvested, it's clear that the drought has carved a significant hole in the economy of rural California. Farm income is down, so is employment... Economists at UC Davis say agriculture, which has been a $44 billion-a-year business in California, will suffer revenue losses and higher water costs -- a financial hit totaling $2.2 billion this year.
That financial hit is only going to get worse, and the implosion of crop production will only accelerate. "Roughly one-fourth of California's rice fields went fallow this year, about 140,000 acres worth, according to the California Rice Commission," reports the Sacramento Bee.
And the worst part is that farmers have been tapping into underground aquifers in order to grow their crops this year. But that water is irreplaceable in any human timeframe, and when it's all used up, it's gone for good. California's agriculture industry has yet to come up with a way to grow food crops without using water. Until they do, the food producing potential of the entire region is headed for accelerated collapse.
When the citizens of California truly wake up and realize where this is all headed, real estate prices will utterly collapse, leading to a collapse of local property tax revenues and the economic devastation of towns and cities. Many of those once-thriving towns will inevitably return to the desert from which they sprang.
Goodbye First Amendment: California school bans books by Christian authors
It seems that some "educators" are engaging in what can only be called a war on Christianity. Citing a report by the Pacific Justice Institute, Truth Revolt said Friday that a charter school in Temecula, California, thumbed its nose at the Constitution and the Supreme Court when it recently targeted and banned Christian-based books from its library. It also singled out books by Christian authors and publishers.
The Pacific Justice Institute said it received a complaint from a parent shocked to see the list of banned reading material. Among the books deemed inappropriate by the school was "The Hiding Place," the well-known account of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom, who hid Jews from the Nazis because of her strong Christian beliefs. Newsbusters said ten Boom's story has "inspired millions." But the school disapproves because it was written by a Christian, and that is simply unacceptable in today's politically-correct environment where evil is rapidly replacing good.
On August 22, PJI attorney Michael Peffer sent a cease and desist letter to the school, informing administrators that by targeting Christian-themed books, they are violating students' First Amendment rights. Peffer, PJI said, cited "long-established Supreme Court precedent that strongly disapproves of school libraries removing books based on opposition to their content or message."
But the school ignored the letter and doubled down on its censorship. According to Truth Revolt, Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer, the superintendent of Springs Charter Schools, said the school does not "allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves."
“It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors," said PJI President Brad Dacus. "Indeed, some of the greatest literature of Western Civilization comes from people of faith."
"Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?" he asked. "What about the Declaration of Independence that invokes the laws of nature and nature’s God?”
But Hermsmeyer ironically denied the school is discriminating against Christians, Todd Starnes said at Fox News. According to Hermsmeyer, the school has not "discriminated against Christian authors or publishing companies who create secular educational materials."
"The way I see it – book banning is just one step away from book burning," Starnes added. "And I don’t mean to pour gasoline on the fire, but we all know what regime did that," he said, referring to the Nazi regime.
PJI called on the school to immediately reverse its policy of banning books based on their Christian content. It also said it is prepared to take legal action if the school continues to violate the Constitution.
Triple-digit fall temperatures roasting California
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While people in some other parts of the country are watching the leaves turn a kaleidoscope of fall colors as they contemplate unpacking winter clothes, California is roasting under an autumn heat wave.
As high temperatures were ranging from the low 100s in Southern California to the 90s in the normally more temperate San Francisco Bay Area on Friday, National Weather Service forecasters warned it was just a warm-up for what lies ahead this weekend.
"We're looking for it to peak tomorrow," said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service, adding that some high-temperature records could fall Saturday. In the coastal city of Santa Maria, three hours north of Los Angeles, Friday's 100-degree reading tied a record for the date set in 1985.
SO WHY IS IT SO HOT, ANYWAY?
Blame the Santa Ana Winds, those chameleon-like gusts that start out icy cold in the Great Basin region of Utah and Nevada, but by the time they race across deserts and down mountain canyons and arrive in Southern California they are hot as ... well, you know.
HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO OTHER AREAS?
Usually during a heat wave Southern Californians can tell themselves, "Well, it's hotter in Arizona and Death Valley." Not this time. By mid-afternoon Friday, it was 99 in Long Beach, the same as the temperature in Death Valley, California, which calls itself the hottest place on the planet. It was 95 in Phoenix.
SO JUST HOW UNUSUAL IS THIS?
Unusual but not unprecedented. Although temperatures for this time of year are normally in the high 70s, it reached 108 in Los Angeles on Oct. 3, 1987, and again the next day. "It's hot but not record-breaking hot," says Seto. Not yet, anyway. LA's Woodland Hills neighborhood could surpass 108 degrees Saturday.
HOW ARE AUTHORITIES RESPONDING?
Los Angeles County is opening dozens of cooling centers at places like libraries and community centers. The Long Beach Unified School District sent its 76,000 students home an hour early on Thursday and Friday to get them out of class before the hottest part of the day. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is urging people to set thermostats at 78 degrees. With wildfire danger high across much of the state, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has beefed up many of its firefighting crews from three to four people and stationed extra equipment in strategic locations. "We've got wind, heat, the perfect combination, everything in alignment for a potential brushfire," fire Capt. Rich Moody said Friday as he and his crew patrolled a Southern California hillside.
HOW ARE SOME PEOPLE HANDLING THE HEAT?
Perry Mann, who dresses as a pirate and poses for pictures with tourists on Hollywood Boulevard may have come up with the most innovative solution. On Thursday he packed his body with frozen water bottles and greeted people by telling them, "I'm frozen in ice from the Antarctic." When the ice melted, he drank it. When it ran out, he went home.
WHILE CALIFORNIA BAKES, WHAT IS GOING ON ELSEWHERE?
As Los Angeles County lifeguards prepared for hundreds of thousands of people to storm the beaches — "It should be like a summer weekend," said Chief Lifeguard Steve Moseley — New York's Fall Foliage report predicted that autumn leaves in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains could be at their most spectacular this weekend. Meanwhile, in Madison, Wisconsin, temperatures were in freefall. They dropped from highs in the 80s last week to the 50s on Friday, with a forecast for sleet or snow by Saturday.
UPDATE - California pilot dies in crash fighting wildfire
Air tanker crashes while fighting California fire
10/7/14 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — An air tanker fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park in Northern California crashed Tuesday, but there was no immediate word on the state of the plane or the pilot, who was the only person aboard, officials said.
The plane went down at about 4:30 p.m. within a mile of the park's west entrance, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said. Rescue crews were working their way through difficult terrain to reach the downed plane.
"What we're trying to do right now with the remaining light is to get some of our rangers to the scene," Gediman said.
The airplane is an S-2T air tanker, which is flown by a single pilot and has no other crew members. The tanker uses twin turbine engines and is capable of carrying 1,200 gallons of fire retardant, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
"Please keep our pilot in your thoughts and prayers," Berlant said in a statement.
He did not know the age of the aircraft or details on the pilot and the pilot's experience in flying the aircraft.
"We're still trying to determine all the vital details," Berlant told The Associated Press by phone. "We have not been able to confirm anything via the radio with the pilot."
It was unclear if the pilot was flying to or from the fire or was in the process of dropping retardant, Berlant said.
The fire began Tuesday afternoon near state Highway 140, which leads into the heart of the park. It had grown to about 130 acres by Tuesday evening and forced the evacuation of several dozen homes near the community of Foresta.
Latest Northern California wildfire destroys homes; residents flee
A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has destroyed at least two homes after moving across Interstate 80 and into dense wilderness.
The Applegate fire in Placer County started about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and has so far scorched about 380 acres. Hundreds of residents in Applegate, Weimer, Twin Pines and Heather Glen have been forced to evacuate, with at least 80 homes threatened by the fire, officials said. It was just 10% contained overnight.
The wildfire started as five to seven smaller spot fires along I-80 and, fanned by winds, quickly pushed into tinder-dry wilderness, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Gov. Jerry Brown secured a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant Wednesday to help cover the cost of fighting the blaze and rebuilding damaged communities.
Photos and video posted on Twitter, YouTube and local media outlets showed that at least two homes have already been destroyed. Berlant told reporters that the fire’s point of origin along the highway led officials to believe that it was human-caused, though it’s unclear if it was intentional.
“When you have a fire alongside the roadway, human activity of some type is typically the cause,” Berlant told KCRA-TV.
With Cal Fire’s fleet of S-2t air tankers grounded because of a crash on Tuesday in Yosemite National Park, the agency relied on federal aircraft to battle the blaze.
“What we’re seeing right now is this fire is spotting ahead of itself,” Berlant said. “Once firefighters start attacking one area, the fire spots in another direction and firefighters have to race and chase to that area to slow it down.”
The fire is one of two out-of-control blazes that Cal Fire has had to battle this week. The second, with the U.S. Forest Service as the lead agency, is on the edge of Yosemite National Park.
The rest of the state’s fires are either extinguished or nearly 100% contained, officials said.
EV-D68 California * 32 enterovirus cases
October 11, 2014 The only way to prevent its spread is through hand washing.
California has identified 32 cases of enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) statewide. All 32 patients were children ranging in age from a week old to 15 years old. On Oct. 3 there were 14 EV-D68 patients reported. EV D-68 emerged in the Midwest mid-August to a total of 691 people nationwide had a respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D-68.
Several are calling this OBOLIO as illegals brot it up to US states from South America thanks to Obama.
The virus has been associated, rarely in the USA, with severe breathing troubles and, even more rarely, with neurological symptoms, including polio-like muscle weakness.
Only one California case this year has involved partial paralysis: a child currently being treated at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
EV-D68 paralysis, death
October 2014 Officials Report First Confirmed EV-D68 Death.
Enterovirus D68 can cause paralysis, has spread to 43 states, 538 confirmed cases.
CDC investigating Entero virus link to limb paralysis in children.
The way CDC has LIED to us about ebola, any faith in CDC is misplaced.
EV-D68 aka OBOLIO
The actual number of EV-D68 infections is likely significantly higher since some health officials are not testing every suspected case.
Vaccinated children are getting this! (Natural News)
Less Than 60 Days Remaining Before Dozens of California Communities Run Out of Water
Chronic drought conditions throughout the West continue to wreak havoc on the general public, as well as farming operations, but in California, things are about to get much worse.
Some regions of the state are now within two months of completely running out of water, according to CBS San Francisco, which reported that communities in central and northern California could see their water supplies completely vanquished in less than 60 days.
“The areas in jeopardy include Colusa and El Dorado County. These are relatively small communities and they rely on one source of water,” the news site reported, adding, “Butte County north of Sacramento is getting hit hard.”
The water supply at the Big Bend Mobile Home Park near Oroville, which is home to some 30 families, has gotten so low that it is now turned off between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
“Hard when you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night,” resident Michelle Payne told the local news site. “I guess we’re not flushing.”
A single well supplies her entire community, and while there are other wells on the property, they have all gone dry.
At-Risk Towns Increasing by the Month
“There’s really nothing can you about it,” resident John Dougherty told CBS San Francisco. “I don’t water any plants… try to cut back on toilet usage… whatever we can do is what you gotta do… all we can do.”
“Pretty much anything that was alive weeks ago is dry, ‘cuz we haven’t been able to water,” added Payne.
Some area residents have taken to driving five or more miles to get drinking water from a spring box, both for their consumption and for their animals.
Statewide, the water shortages are increasing. In one month’s time, for instance, the Water Resource Board’s list of cities and towns at most risk of running out of water within two months has grown from eight to 12; the Big Bend Mobile Home Park is now on that list.
“There is some help on the way for the people here. The state just approved plans to drill a new well. It’s not clear when the work will begin,” CBS San Franscisco reported.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the western drought remains widespread, with California suffering the worst of it. Nearly all of the state is either suffering “Extreme” or “Exceptional” drought; most of the state is in the “Exceptional” category, which is the worst.
The center says dry conditions in the West are affecting more than 51 million Americans, or roughly 16 percent of the population.
‘It Will Take Substantial Snowfall’
As reported by Bloomberg News, California will continue to suffer chronic drought without substantial mountain snowfall this winter; snowfall that melts in spring replenishes the state’s water systems, but there has been a dearth of snowfall in recent years.
“All eyes will be turned to the winter because it is a really critical winter, not just for California but the rest of the West and the lower Great Plains as well,” Mark Svoboda of the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, told Bloomberg.
“For the majority of the West, the lifeline is the snow that falls in the Rockies, the snow that falls in the Cascades and the snow that falls in the Sierra,” he added.
Kevin Werner, the western regional climate services director with the National Climatic Data Center, told Bloomberg that the Western states of Arizona and New Mexico were able to experience some relief from their drought during the recent annual monsoon season. Also, they were relieved by a great deal of rain that fell from hurricanes Norbert and Odile. But that rain did not make it far enough north to have much impact, so snowfall remains vital for California.
“Most of our water, from 80 to 90 percent of it, falls in the form of snow in the winter time,” Warner told Bloomberg.
Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reported recently that, in California, some residents are now experiencing water rationing of just 50 gallons a day.
California bus driver quarantined after Ebola scare
(Reuters) - A Los Angeles bus driver was quarantined for several hours on Monday after a passenger wearing a surgical mask claimed he had Ebola, a county transportation official said.
The man, who was accompanied by a woman without any protective gear, boarded the Venice, California-bound bus and told the driver, "Don't mess with me. I have Ebola," said Los Angeles County Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales.
After a few minutes, the man dropped his mask and exited the bus with the woman, Gonzales said. The driver told the rest of the passengers to take the next bus, then drove the vehicle to a central bus yard.
"We consider it a high likelihood that it was a hoax," Gonzales said.
As a precaution, the driver was sequestered for two hours, then taken to a local hospital where he was examined and released in apparent good health, Gonzales said.
Gonzales said officials are reviewing surveillance video from inside the bus to help apprehend the man, and are treating the scare as a terrorist threat.
California’s Drought Is So Bad, They’re Shutting Off Showers for Surfers
Getting out of the water at my local surf break in Pacifica, a beach town just south of San Francisco, I went to rinse off my wet suit and surfboard at the oceanfront showers, only to find this sign: “Due to the drought the available shower heads are reduced. Please limit shower time.”
Yes, you can laugh that California’s epic drought is even hitting people who spend their time in the water. Or that, finally, urban dwellers are feeling the pinch of an environmental catastrophe that has devastated the state’s farms and ranches.
Yet the move by Pacifica to shut off showers at popular surf spots is a sign that coastal cities, where the bulk of California’s population resides, are belatedly getting serious about saving water. And a new report from the California Water Resources Control Board shows that such efforts are making a difference.
For instance, the North Coast County Water District, which serves Pacifica’s 39,000 residents, has cut its water consumption 26 percent in August compared with the previous year. That means on average, each Pacifica resident used about 2,434 gallons of water in August, compared with 3,283 gallons in August 2013.
That helped California cut statewide water consumption by 11.5 percent in August, up from 7.5 percent in July, and 4 percent in June compared to the previous year, according to the report.
That still falls short of Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 20 percent cut in consumption. And big cities like Los Angeles aren’t exactly drying up. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported that water use dropped by just less than 1 percent in August, while in San Diego water consumption inched up by nearly 1 percent. (San Franciscans are water misers in comparison, reducing consumption by 8.4 percent in August over the previous year.)
Still, water use in Southern California as a whole fell 7.8 percent in August, compared with 1.6 percent in July. Southland residents have filed applications to rip out 3.8 million square feet of their water-sucking lawns in exchange for rebates. Businesses, meanwhile, have applied for rebates to retire 7.5 million square feet of turf, the water board said.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive order requiring L.A. to cut water use 20 percent by 2017 and slash imported water 50 percent by 2024. He ordered city departments to reduce lawn watering and take other measures to cut consumption and said if Angelenos don’t voluntarily cut water use, then additional mandatory restrictions would be imposed on watering lawns, washing cars, and—gasp—filling swimming pools.
“Many more California communities are taking the drought seriously and making water conservation a priority—and residents are responding,” Felicia Marcus, chair of the state water board, said in a statement. “Increasing urban water conservation is definitely a good thing. The trend is terrific. However, while we can hope for rain, we can’t count on it, so we must keep going. Every gallon saved today postpones the need for more drastic, difficult, and expensive action should the drought continue into next year.”
In other words, California could go the way of Santa Cruz. The famed surf town 75 miles south of San Francisco does not import water and thus has enforced severe restrictions as supplies have dried up, giving each household a monthly ration of water and levying stiff penalties for exceeding that allotment.
For instance, a family of four gets 249 gallons a day—the average American uses about 100 gallons daily—and must pay $25 for every excess 748 gallons they use a month. If excess use exceeds 10 percent of the monthly allotment, the penalty jumps to $50 for every 748 gallons.
The result: Santa Cruz cut its water use nearly 30 percent in September, compared with the previous year, and consumption has fallen almost 20 percent just since May.
Needless to say, surfers can forget about showering at the beach.
14 California Communities Now on Verge of Waterless-Ness; Mass Migration out of California Seems Imminent
Unless California gets some heavy rain, and soon, the state’s roughly 38 million residents will eventually be up a creek without a paddle — or without a creek, for that matter. The latest media reports indicate that some 14 communities throughout the state are now on the verge of running completely dry, and many more could join them in the coming year if conditions remain as they are.
A few months ago, the official count was 28 communities bordering on complete waterless-ness, according to the Water Resources Control Board. Those that have since dropped off the list were able to come up with a fix, at least for now. The other 14, though, face an unprecedented resource collapse that could leave thousands of Californians with no other choice but to pack their bags and head to greener pastures.
“It’s a sign of how severe this drought is,” verbalized Bruce Burton, an assistant deputy director for the board, to the Los Angeles Times about some of the drastic measures being taken. For the first time ever, the water board has begun tracking communities throughout the state that are bordering on complete water loss, a situation that has never before occurred.
Most of the communities on the brink are located in California’s Central Valley, the “food basket” of America that The New York Times (NYT) once declared to be the nation’s greatest food resource. Most of America’s carrots are grown there, as are the bulk of salad greens, almonds and citrus fruits that we all take for granted — but that could soon disappear due to the continued drought.
‘Larger, More Sophisticated Communities’ Face Total Water Depletion
In some stricken areas, water facilities have been able to secure temporary supplies from neighboring communities as they figure out longer-term solutions. In Siskiyou County near the Oregon border, the city of Montague was actually able to construct a brand-new irrigation ditch to transport water from a lake 25 miles away, replacing an old ditch that had run dry back in April.
While most of the communities facing total water depletion are relatively small in size, with only a few thousand residents each, the prospect of larger communities also becoming affected is increasingly likely. Tom Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, says that, if the drought continues, many of the more iconic regions of California will suffer.
“If this drought keeps on going, some larger, more sophisticated communities are going to be in trouble next year,” he told the LA Times.
Mountains Shifting Due to Water Losses
It isn’t just that no new water is coming into California — underground aquifers and other former backup sources are also running dry. According to research published in the journal Science, the entire Western United states has lost an astounding 240 gigatons of water since 2013, an amount equivalent to 1 billion tons.
In spatial terms, this amount of water could be spread out across the entire Western U.S. in a solid 10-centimeter sheet, constituting about 63 trillion gallons, or enough to fill 75,000 football stadiums. This loss has not only altered the gravitational field of California, according to the study, but also caused mountains throughout the state to rise up out of the ground in some areas.
“100 percent of the state is in drought, with 82 percent of the land designated as in ‘extreme’ or ‘exceptional’ drought, the highest levels on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale,” explains the National Journal. “Thirty-seven million people are affected by the drought.”
California gets aid from Israel
October 31, 2014 - California signed an Agreement to receive aid from Israel.
The 3 year California drought has cost it $2 billion and left 500,000 acres of once productive farmland fallow. So California turned for help to Israel, the world expert on irrigation and water use.
Israel is the only country in the entire Middle East that is self sufficient in water. And they did it themselves, in a hostile environment. I hope California's Demoncrats remember whom their friends are when it comes to voting on Obama's anti-Israel, pro 'Palestine' agenda. An Israel pushed back to indefensible borders and under attack isn't going to be much help to the world in situations like these.
California's drought has reached Biblical-plague proportions. It's time for a drastic measure.
Last January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency following projections of severe drought. State bureaucrats and local officials jumped into action and mandated any number of water conservation tactics. While some have been relatively successful, most will do nothing. In fact, it appears that despite the drought, water use may have actually increased in the past year.
So, exactly how much do Californians value their decreasing supply of drinkable water? According to the California Water Service Company, it is valued at less than a penny per gallon. If water were plentiful, an almost-zero price would not be a problem, but under the current situation it is truly a catastrophe. The average American uses 100 gallons per day, Californians average 124, and in some regions of California up to 379 gallons per person per day. That sounds a bit outrageous for a state experiencing a drought of Biblical-plague proportions, doesn't it?
The solution to rectifying California's abysmal water conservation record might be found in California's agricultural sector. In just the past year, prices for irrigation water have risen from ten to almost 40 times last year's price. Those who have the water to spare can make a sizable profit by selling it to those who need it. Thus, because the value of water has significantly increased, every gallon is a precious commodity that is not wasted.
Allowing price to ration water may be a bitter political pill to swallow, but it makes economic and environmental sense. There are examples of this economic solution working in the past. Cities like Santa Fe, Tucson, and Fort Worth allowed price signals to govern water use — the more a household used, the more expensive water was to purchase. Consumers responded by conserving water. These measures worked so well utilities were forced to stabilize the sharp drop in revenue by reconfiguring rates. That is not a bad thing — especially during a drought as austere as California's.
But won't raising prices only hurt the poor and have little effect on those who have the money to afford it anyways?
Charging more for water need not create undue hardship for poor or lower middle class families. Establish a minimal per capita water use level and then charge progressive water rates so that any extra water used is billed at a higher rate. This allows consumers to choose if they are willing to pay for an extra long shower, to water their lawn, or to wash their car.
(The Hamilton Project/The Conversation US)
This solution would not even require much change in the way water is already billed. Typically, water usage is billed at three tiers of usage. For example, in Bakersfield, the price of water is as follows: $1.66 per 100 cubic feet of water for the first 1,300 cubic feet used, $1.80 per 100 cubic feet of water for the next 2,100 cubic feet used, and $2.09 for every 100 cubic feet of water used after that (a cubic foot of water is roughly 7.48 gallons).
That's only a difference of 43 cents from the basic rate to the charge for unlimited use. Why not increase the price of the second and third tiers by a dollar — or two or three for that matter? Doing so would have little effect on a family that expends the effort to conserve.
(The Hamilton Project/The Conversation US)
Take an average family of four, each using 100 gallons of water per person per day. Over the course of a month this family would use about 1,600 cubic feet of water. The first tier could be raised to 1,600 cubic feet and the second and third tiers adjusted accordingly. A simple adjustment of the water bill would ensure that any family, regardless of economic status, would be able to afford a comfortable level of water while being charged for any water usage above and beyond that base amount. This approach is fair to those struggling financially, but it also puts pressure on everyone to conserve a scarce resource.
Raise the price of water. Signal to consumers that it is a valuable and precious resource. Let consumers make their own decisions on how they allocate their resources in using, or conserving, water.
California falls short of water conservation goals
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The three-year drought gripping California has shrunk reservoirs, rivers, creeks and snowpack while leaving residents drawing heavily on underground aquifers to water everything from lawns to crops.
Farmers account for about 80 percent of water used in the state, but Gov. Jerry Brown has asked California households to save water as well. Here's a look at how it's going and what the problems are.
Q: How are California residents doing when it comes to meeting the state's goal for reducing water use?
A: Not as well as hoped. Gov. Jerry Brown in January declared a drought emergency, and asked Californians to cut residential water use by 20 percent. The latest figures released Tuesday by the state show that Californians managed to reduce their daily water use by only 6.7 percent in October compared to the same period last year. The closest the state's 38 million people have come to meeting the 20 percent goal was in August, when water use was down 11.6 percent year-on-year. Still, the state Water Resources Control Board said Tuesday that Californians have saved 90 billion gallons since June — enough water for 1.2 million people for a year.
Q: Why are Californians falling so short?
A: Water board officials said they're trying to figure out if the usage was caused by a lack of awareness about the drought; not enough enforcement of conservation guidelines; this year's hotter weather; or something else. Board members threw out ideas Tuesday ranging from asking the state Transportation Department to post stronger messages about the drought on flashing highway advisory signs, to looking at whether more penalties should be imposed on big water users.
Water board officials say some of the key problem areas are affluent communities in Southern California, where rainfall is always short but residents love their green lawns, golf courses and swimming pools. Californians in the south coast region managed to cut water consumption by only 1.4 percent in October, the weakest showing in the state.
Q: It's raining in California now, so why still worry about saving water?
A: California officials say the state would need 150 percent of its normal annual rainfall to recover from drought. As of this autumn, the state had marked its driest three years on record, the federal government's National Climactic Data Center said. Storms so far this rainy season have brought parts of the state closer to normal rainfall for this point in the year. But the most important reservoirs contain just 39 percent to 60 percent of normal water levels. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, one of the most critical sources for state water year-round, is also lagging. Before the Tuesday storms, the southern Sierra had gotten just 47 percent of its normal rain and snow so far, and the northern Sierra 79 percent.
Q: How hard is the drought hitting California?
A: Poorer, rural communities in the agricultural Central Valley are feeling some of the sharpest impacts. Hundreds of wells have gone dry as water tables recede, leaving families to rely on trucked-in water or even water collected for them by Girl Scouts. Some farmers say they've had to spend thousands of dollars more to dig deeper well or buy water, and some have seen almond and pistachio trees or other orchards shrivel. The drought has been hard on wildlife as well. State and federal officials last month, for example, said low water in creeks meant one kind of coho salmon in Northern California was apparently unable to breed at all this year. The officials had to move all year-old cohos in that creek to a hatchery to try to save the species.
Study: California Drought Worst in 1200 Years
This week's statewide rains have made little impact in relieving California's extreme drought. In fact, according to a new scientific study, this drought is the worst that California has experienced in 1200 years. Researchers studying tree rings concluded that "the current event is the most severe drought in the last 1200 years, with single year (2014) and accumulated moisture deficits worse than any previous continuous span of dry years."
The study, published as a research letter in the journal of the American Geophysical Union, was written by Daniel Griffin of the University of Minnesota and Kevin J Anchukaitis of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. By measuring tree rings from nearly 300 blue oaks, and comparing those measurements with data from older trees such as giant sequoias, scientists were able to generate estimates of rainfall for centuries.
As the San Jose Mercury News reported: "The researchers took core samples, which don't harm the living trees, of oaks as old as 500 years and oak logs dating back more than 700 years, the University of Minnesota's Griffin said. And they sanded down the wood with extremely fine-grain sandpaper, magnifying the rings 40 times under a microscope and measuring them to within one one-thousandth of a millimeter." The scientists then used similar data in the North American Drought Atlas to calculate temperature and rainfall conditions.
"Although there are 37 times over the past 1,200 years when there were three-year dry periods in California, no period had as little rainfall and as hot of temperatures as 2012-14, the scientists concluded," the Mercury News reported.
Meanwhile, Californians still hope that this week's storms herald the beginning of a recovery.
Massive fire downtown Los Angeles
December 8, 2014 - Massive fire downtown L.A. burns apartment complex, 2 other buildings damaged.
The fire destroyed an apartment tower under construction, damaged two other buildings and left two major freeways closed. 101 Freeway was closed in both directions, while the transition lanes between the 110 and 101 freeways were shutdown. More than 250 firefighters are battling the blaze at an apartment tower under construction. KTLA show a multi-level apartment complex under construction fully engulfed.
Whooping Cough Back With a Vengeance in California
Callie Van Tornhout was about a month old when her mother noticed that she'd developed a dry cough on a Sunday afternoon in January.
Soon the cough worsened, and Callie became pale and started throwing up, Callie's mother, Katie Van Tornhout told ABC News. By the middle of the week, Callie stopped breathing in her mother's arms in a pediatrician's waiting room and was rushed to the hospital.
On Saturday, less than a week after the cough first appeared, Callie died at 37 days old on Jan. 30, 2010. It wasn't until a few weeks later that tests confirmed the culprit: whooping cough.
That year, the country was in the midst of a major whooping cough outbreak, and all eyes were on California, which was experiencing its largest outbreak in 60 years. But the cough hit other states, too, including Minnesota and Callie's state: Indiana.
"The CDC was like, 'Didn't you have the TDaP vaccine when you were pregnant?'" Van Tornhout recalled. "We didn't know what that was."
California is again the the grips of a whooping cough outbreak, and this time it's even worse, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state is facing its worst outbreak in 70 years and has nearly 1,000 more cases than it did in 2010. As of Nov. 26, the state had 9,935 reported cases.
"The last time a series of outbreaks occurred across the country, California started the parade," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. "And so this is a harbinger we are fearful of."
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is caused by bacteria and considered cyclical because cases peak every three to five years. It's especially serious in infants, who are more likely to catch it. About 50 percent of all children under a year old who catch whooping cough need to be hospitalized, and up to 2 percent of them die, according to the CDC.
Since children aren't due for their whooping cough vaccine -- called TDaP -- until they are 2 months old, the CDC recommends it for pregnant women so they can pass along the immunity to their unborn children. Van Tornhout said her doctor never told her about it, but now she works as an advocate for Every Child by Two, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about vaccine-preventable diseases.
"If it can happen to my child, it can happen to theirs," Van Tornhout said, adding that neither she nor her husband were sick before Callie caught the cough. At first, she was afraid she gave the cough to Callie, but health officials told her that she and Callie likely picked up the bacteria at the same time.
Whooping cough vaccine was developed in the 1940s and is very effective, Schaffner said, but developed a sour reputation for side effects, including high fever, swelling of the lymph nodes and others. So scientists developed a new vaccine that was lumped in with the tetanus and diphtheria vaccines to make TDaP. The new vaccine effectively prevents whooping cough but its effectiveness weakens over about 5 years, making the population more vulnerable to the bacteria's cyclical nature without regular boosters, Schaffner said.
Dr. Jeff Duchin, who also chairs the public health committee for the Infectious Disease Society of America, said the latest outbreak in California is a sign of what's to come until a better vaccine can be developed. What's most important is to make sure pregnant women get vaccinated, he said.
"This is a new reality for us in public health," he said.
Indeed, the country's all-time lowest total number of whooping cough cases occurred in 1976 with 1,010 cases, according to the CDC. Although the numbers have fluctuated per whooping cough's cyclical nature and aren't as high as they were in the 1930s, there were 48,277 cases in 2012, according to CDC data.
Since 2010, Van Tornhout has had three more children, and she's had the TDaP vaccine while pregnant with all of them. Still, she said her pregnant friends and family members have told her they had to ask their doctors for the shot.
"I'm hoping that parents realize that it's an issue," she said. "It's not just happening here and there. It's all over."
New movie about a devastating earthquake that could hit California at anytime.
A giant earthquake hits California, destroys landmarks (the Hollywood sign).
Dont they have any good WHITE actors?
Tornado, mudslides triggered by powerful California storm
Pompeii in Southern California as a village is buried by a mudslide.
December 13, 2014 - Entire beachside community wiped away, west coast chaos, most powerful storm in 5 years threatens a FOOT of rain, flooding and hurricane-force 80MPH wind gusts.
Teenage boy and homeless man killed by falling trees in Oregon.
Thousands of homes lost power.
A foot of rain in California in 2 days.
Three homes swallowed by the Pacific Ocean in Washington.
Dozens of schools canceled classes in the San Francisco Bay area.
Airlines cancelled flights.
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit train system delayed as two stations closed.
Fear of mudslides led to evacuations in Los Angeles.
Tornado hits near downtown Los Angeles December 12, 2014
California Droughts Could Have Dangerous Ripple Effects
Epic droughts like the one gripping California for three years now may become more frequent in the future due to climate change, according to new research.
This will not only strain the drinking-water supplies for California's 38 million people, but will also induce a cascade of other hazards — including fires, floods and poor water quality — as populations continue to grow statewide, scientists say.
Despite heavy rains this month, 78 percent of California is still experiencing either exceptional or extreme drought, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. Unusually low snowfall across the state is largely to blame, scientists say. About one-third of California's water comes from snowmelt in the Sierra Nevada mountains, which stretch through the eastern part of the state for nearly 400 miles (644 kilometers).
"All this rain is great," Nina Oakley, a scientist with the Desert Research Institute in Nevada, told Live Science at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting earlier this month. "But really, the snow in the Sierra is what we are after for a good year to help bring us out of drought." [Video: California Drought Map Time-Lapse Shows Distressing Trend]
In April 2014, when the year's snowpack should have been at its peak, the California Department of Water Resources reported that levels were at only 18 percent of the average for that time of the year. One of the reasons snowpack was so low this year, Oakley said, was that California's winter temperatures have been increasing in recent years, resulting in less snow and earlier melting times in the spring.
This trend toward less snowpack is projected to continue this century as some climate models suggest that minimum winter temperatures will continue to increase across the state, Oakley said.
"And as we continue to have warmer temperatures and get less snowpack, it's going to have a big impact on California's water supply," Oakley said.
Drier conditions are also priming California's forests for larger and more frequent fires, especially along the fringes of urban areas, where more people are coming to the forests for recreation, according to Alicia Kinoshita, a professor at San Diego State University. Visitors to the forest may smoke, or make bonfires.
Aside from the direct dangers fires pose to the people and property in their paths, they also set the stage for compounding hazards in the future, including landslides, floods and poor water quality, scientists say.
For example, burnt plant material leaves a waxy residue on forest floors that is relatively waterproof, causing storm runoff to then flow over a forest floor without seeping into the ground, Kinoshita said.
"If you pour water on it, it will run right off like a parking-lot effect," Kinoshita told Live Science. This can lead to floods, or landslides, because the burnt tree roots just below the waxy layer offer poor support for topsoil, she said.
The waxy coating lasts for only about a year, but even rapid regrowth of vegetation after stormy periods can worsen the threat of fires if drought conditions return soon after, Kinoshita said.
"It's a good thing that we are getting all this rain, but there is this whole dynamic of, you get a lot of rain, then you get all this vegetation and then you get more fuel for the fires," Kinoshita said.
As forest fires singe the root systems of California's trees and weaken their ability to hold on to soil, California's water quality will also suffer as more soil gets into the drinking-water supply, said Tim Kuhn, a hydrologist for Yosemite National Park. Without ground cover to shield soil, rain droplets directly contact soil particles and mobilize heavy metals that can contaminate water, Kuhn told Live Science. Loose soil can also increases the turbidity, or cloudiness, of water, forcing water-treatment facilities to work harder to supply clean water and potentially shut down for a period during particularly large fires. [Yosemite Rim Fire Photos]
"Turbidity is a really big challenge because that's really fine sediment, and so it takes forever for that to settle out," Kuhn told Live Science. "It becomes a real treatment issue."
What to do
As both water stress and populations increase in the future, Californians will have no choice but to adapt and decrease their reliance on water, Oakley told Live Science. For the state's agriculture industry, this could mean cutting production of water-intensive crops, such as almonds and other tree nuts. For the public, this could mean installing water-saving appliances in homes, Oakley said.
Oakley pointed to the example of Brisbane, Australia — a drought-prone city where every private home now has low-flow toilets, and many water taps are automated to prevent unnecessary flow — as a good model of what Californians could strive for in adapting to drought.
"We have always had these drought cycles, and they are going to continue to happen," Oakley said. "And so what we really need to do with the increase in population is adapt."
America BAWKS at California egg prices
January 2015 - The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings. Farmers in Iowa, Ohio and other states who sell eggs in California have to abide by the same requirements.
To comply, farmers have to put fewer hens into each cage or invest in revamped henhouses, passing along the expense. California is the nation's largest consumer of eggs and imports about one-third of its supply.
If farmers cut back the number of chickens so they can comply with California's cage law, it could reduce the number of eggs available. DUH!
Some claim eggs come from China, at least at Walmart. I have no idea.
Farmers in dry California decry decision involving appeals
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider appeals by Central Valley farmers and California water districts that want to pump more water from a delta that serves as the only home of a tiny, threatened fish.
The decision lets stand a 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to safeguard the 3-inch-long Delta smelt, a species listed as threatened in 1993 under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The plan restricts the amount of water that can be pumped out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and sent south to Central Valley farmers and water districts.
The smelt only lives in the delta - the largest estuary on the West Coast that supplies much of California with drinking water and irrigates millions of acres of farmland.
Farmers contend that under the smelt regulations, vast amounts of water from the Sierra Nevada snow pack are sent through the delta and into the ocean, exacerbating hardships endured by the growers in the three-year drought.
Farmers say their economic interests have been ignored while officials protect the fish. Roadside signs throughout the Central Valley decry the lack of leadership while warning of a second Dust Bowl.
"I'd like to see a little more common sense put into it," said Jim Jasper, an almond farmer who appealed to the high court. "Agriculture has been overlooked."
Because of the drought and restrictions to protect smelt, Jasper said he had to cut down one-fifth of his almond trees last year. The 70-year-old farmer who runs Stewart & Jasper Orchards in Newman anticipates taking out some of his citrus crops if the drought persists.
Many farmers such as Jasper did not get any irrigation water last year from a federal system of canals and reservoirs, forcing them to rely on diminishing groundwater or rip out trees.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco last year largely upheld the previous Fish and Wildlife Service biological opinion that restrictions were needed on the use of massive pumps that move water through the state's system of canals to deliver it to farms and cities in Central and Southern California.
Katherine Poole, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, welcomed the Supreme Court decision on Monday. The smelt's decline signals the poor health of the massive estuary, she said, adding that a thriving delta benefits farmers and the millions of people who rely on it for drinking water.
"We need to keep this estuary healthy and functional for everybody," Poole said. "The smelt is telling us that we're not doing a good enough job of that right now."
Earthjustice attorney Trent Orr said the court's decision is a victory for the Endangered Species Act.
"Contrary to their claims, there have been no reductions in water allotment for protection of this species," Orr said. "The drought is what's causing a water shortage, not the smelt."
The ruling was no surprise to Marcia Scully, general counsel of the huge Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies 19 million people with drinking water. The district is one of several that joined the appeal.
"The water agencies understood the long odds," she said, noting that the Supreme Court takes up less than 1 percent of appeals. "We will continue to work with the regulatory agencies to improve the underlying science in the delta."
The Supreme Court's decision on this aspect of the Delta smelt plan can't be appealed further, but attorney James Burling, who represents Central Valley farmers at the Pacific Legal Foundation, said he will continue to challenge the unfair application of the federal environmental law at every opportunity.
"It may take a while," he said. "But eventually we'll have other opportunities to get issues dealing with the Delta smelt back to the Supreme Court."
Burling said the smelt ruling resembles a 1978 Supreme Court decision blocking completion of a Tennessee dam that threatened the endangered snail darter fish.
Congress later amended the endangered species law to give federal authorities more flexibility to include economic and technical feasability.
However, Burling said the law is being used now to favor the smelt, without consideration of the economic hardships.
California helicopter crash kills 2 Marines
January 25, 2015 - Two Marines died after their helicopter crashed in 29 Palms, California.
Southern Calif. winds
Santa Ana winds over 89 mph toppled power poles in Southern California, leaving thousands without electricity in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles.
The Santa Anas are generated during cooler months when westward currents reach fierce speeds as they squeeze through Southern California mountain ranges, lowering humidity and making vegetation susceptible to fire. Calif expects 11-foot-high surf. Winds blew 2 kayakers out to sea off the coast of Malibu.
22 Marines hurt at base in California
February 13, 2015 - U.S. Marine Corps said 22 Marines were injured in a training exercise at 29 Palms military base in Southern California, when a fire extinguisher system accidentally discharged inside an amphibious vehicle. The Marines were taken to local medical facilities and are listed in stable condition.
California's Drought Exposes Long-Hidden Detritus
The message from park rangers, amateur metal detectors and regular fisherman at California's Lake Perris is unanimous: the water is lower than they've ever seen it.
The state's severe ongoing drought has affected everything from agriculture to urban life. Here, the impact is made visible: As the water level has dropped, sunken treasures, trash and forgotten boats have risen above the surface.
Last fall, rangers at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area and reservoir began spotting clumps of massive tractor tires peeking above the water on one section of the lake.
One park employee refers to the dozens of tires as "the serpent," because of the curving profile the tires create against the water, kind of like a Loch Ness monster made of rubber.
According to state park superintendent John Rowe, the appearance of "the serpent" — or the "tire reef," as it's more officially known — was not a surprise.
"It's been on all of our maps to begin with," Rowe says.
When Lake Perris Dam was built in the early 1970s, according to Rowe, old and worn-out tires from the heavy construction equipment were left over. So the state Department of Fish and Wildlife placed the tires in the water as a habitat for bass.
For 40 years, the tire reef fulfilled that mandate. The Riverside Press-Enterprise first reported the appearance of the tires, and local fishermen told the paper that the man-made reef had been a great fishing spot.
Under normal circumstances, the tires would sit deep under water.
"Typically, at high pool, that tire reef is under 30 feet of water, [or] 35 feet of water," says Rowe.
But the water level is now more than 40 vertical feet below normal.
The drought is not solely responsible for that dramatic drop: Problems with the dam forced the water level down about 25 feet in 2005. The drought is responsible for the remainder.
That receding water level has also revealed at least eight sunken, and forgotten, boats.
"All of the boats we're finding," Rowe says, are "well over 12 years old," and they likely went unreported at the time of sinking.
"We get a lot of boats, and a lot of trash, lawn chairs, stuff like that," says Officer Javier Garza, a ranger at Lake Perris.
Despite the drought, the recreation area remains open to boaters, fishermen and the occasional amateur metal detectorist.
Marty Gabriel, a retired truck driver, often comes down to Lake Perris with a metal detector and scoop, and has been visiting the lake since the early 1990s.
He says the drought has "cut down on the volume of people down here." But despite the expanding shoreline — which you might think is fertile territory for metal detecting — Gabriel says the treasures beneath the sand aren't that much more interesting.
He prefers the old, fuller Lake Perris.
"It is what it is," he says. "We definitely need rain, and they need to fix the dam to make this place usable again."
Dam repairs are currently underway, but park superintendent John Rowe says Lake Perris also needs the cooperation of Californians and mother nature.
"The message is conservation," he says, "and pray for rain."
California train hits truck and derails
February 25, 2015 - California commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed in Oxnard, Southern California after it hit a truck on the tracks. The truck was abandoned by its driver after it got stuck on the tracks.
3 rail cars turned onto their sides injuring 28 people in the fiery crash. The train's engineer was among the injured. The accident occurred 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The truck exploded into flames and 3 Metrolink rail cars derailed and toppled over, one other car derailed but stayed upright. Firefighters had to remove some victims from the cars.
The truck driver was found disoriented a mile away and arrested. The driver, Jose Alejandro Sanchez Ramirez from Yuma, Arizona, has been detained and hospitalised for observation. He has been charged with felony hit-and-run. He told police he wanted to turn right at a junction, but turned too soon and drove on to the railway tracks. He drove along the tracks before abandoning truck which was facing the train head-on when it was hit.
We're seeing more of this b/c this country is broke, and can no longer afford to decently maintain their infrastructure.
No, I don't think they're false flags or anything.
Teacher found hanged in Southern California high school classroom
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A teacher was found hanged to death in a Southern California high school classroom when students arrived on Monday, police and fire officials said, in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.
Jillian Jacobson, a 31-year-old photography teacher, was found by students in a classroom at El Dorado High School in Placentia, about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Los Angeles, said Lieutenant Eric Point of the Placentia Police Department.
"It's still under investigation by our detectives, however everything points toward suicide," Point said. He said that Jacobson, who was married, did not leave a suicide note in the classroom.
Jacobson was found hanging in the classroom when students who arrived for Monday morning classes found the door locked and asked a teacher to let them in, according to police and fire officials.
She was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics were unable to revive her, said Captain Steve Concialdi of Orange County Fire Authority.
Students were released early from school on Monday and some took to Twitter to express their anguish over Jacobson's death.
"4th period photo will never be the same. Rest in Paradise Mrs. Jillian Jacobson. You will not be forgotten," 17-year-old Matthew Wilson wrote on Twitter.
Will you ration now?
March 13, 2015 - California has about one year of water left.
California's devastating winter rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We're not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we're losing the creek too.
California turning Back Into a Desert And No Contingency Plans
March 17, 2015 Once upon a time, much of the state of California was a barren desert. And now, thanks to the worst drought in modern American history, much of the state is turning back into one. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century that the state of California had seen in 1000 years. But now weather patterns are reverting back to historical norms, and California is rapidly running out of water. It is being reported that the state only has approximately a one year supply of water left in the reservoirs, and when the water is all gone there are no contingency plans. Back in early 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the entire state, but since that time water usage has only dropped by 9 percent. That is not nearly enough. The state of California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of total water a year since 2011, and we are quickly heading toward an extremely painful water crisis unlike anything that any of us have ever seen before.
But don’t take my word for it. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jay Famiglietti “is the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech and a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine”. What he has to say about the horrific drought in California is extremely sobering…
As our “wet” season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We’re not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we’re losing the creek too.
Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir.
Statewide, we’ve been dropping more than 12 million acre-feet of total water yearly since 2011. Roughly two-thirds of these losses are attributable to groundwater pumping for agricultural irrigation in the Central Valley. Farmers have little choice but to pump more groundwater during droughts, especially when their surface water allocations have been slashed 80% to 100%. But these pumping rates are excessive and unsustainable. Wells are running dry. In some areas of the Central Valley, the land is sinking by one foot or more per year.
Are you starting to understand why so many experts are so alarmed?
For much more from Famiglietti, check out this 60 Minutes interview.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, essentially the entire state is suffering drought conditions right now. And as you can see from the map below, most of the state is currently experiencing either the highest or the second-highest classification of drought…
Nearly 40 million people live in the state of California at the moment.
What are they all going to do when the water is gone?
In some rural areas, reservoirs are already nearly bone dry. And in other areas, the water quality has gone way down. For example, in one Southern California neighborhood black water is now coming out of the taps…
Residents of a Southern California neighborhood are concerned about the fact that the water flowing out of the taps in their homes is the color black. That’s right; the water coming out of their faucets is indeed black — not gray, not cloudy — but black. Inky, opaque black water that the water company says is okay to drink.
Those who live in Gardena, California, are understandably skeptical when asked to consume water that strongly resembles crude oil or something emitted by a squid. The water reportedly also has an “odor of rotten eggs or sewer smell,” according to one resident.
Perhaps you don’t care about what happens to California.
Perhaps you believe that they are just getting what they deserve.
And you might be right about that.
But the truth is that this is a crisis for all of us, because an enormous amount of our fresh produce is grown in the state.
As I discussed in a previous article, the rest of the nation is very heavily dependent on the fruits and vegetables grown in California. The following numbers represent California’s contribution to our overall production…
-99 percent of the artichokes
-44 percent of asparagus
-two-thirds of carrots
-half of bell peppers
-89 percent of cauliflower
-94 percent of broccoli
-95 percent of celery
-90 percent of the leaf lettuce
-83 percent of Romaine lettuce
-83 percent of fresh spinach
-a third of the fresh tomatoes
-86 percent of lemons
-90 percent of avocados
-84 percent of peaches
-88 percent of fresh strawberries
-97 percent of fresh plums
Without the agricultural production of the state of California, we are in a massive amount of trouble.
And of course there are other areas all over the globe that are going through similar things. For instance, taps in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo are running dry as Brazil experiences the worst drought that it has seen in 80 years.
The world simply does not have enough fresh water left at this point, and that is why water is being called “the new oil”. The following comes from CBS News…
It’s been said that the wars of the 21st century may well be fought over water. The Earth’s population has more than doubled over the last 50 years and the demand for fresh water — to drink and to grow food — has surged along with it. But sources of water like rainfall, rivers, streams, reservoirs, certainly haven’t doubled. So where is all that extra water coming from? More and more, it’s being pumped out of the ground.
Water experts say groundwater is like a savings account — something you draw on in times of need. But savings accounts need to be replenished, and there is new evidence that so much water is being taken out, much of the world is in danger of a groundwater overdraft.
And if scientists are right, what we are experiencing right now may just be the very beginning of our problems. In fact, one team of researchers has concluded that the Southwestern United States is headed for a “megadrought” that could last for decades…
Scientists had already found that the Southwestern United States were at great risk of experiencing a significant megadrought (in this case meaning drought conditions that last for over 35 years) before the end of the 21st century. But a new study published in Science Advances added some grim context to those predictions.
Columbia University climate scientists Jason Smerdon and Benjamin Cook, and Cornell University’s Toby Ault were co-authors on the study. They took data from tree rings and other environmental records of climate from the Southwest and compared them to the projections of 17 different climate models that look at precipitation and soil moisture. When they made the comparison between past and future, they found that all the models agreed: the next big megadrought is coming, and it will be way worse than anything we’ve seen in over 1,000 years–including droughts that have been credited with wiping out civilizations.
Needless to say, along with any water crisis comes a food crisis.
Virtually everything that we eat requires a tremendous amount of water to grow. And at this point, the world is already eating more food than it produces most years.
So what is going to happen to us as this water crisis gets even worse?
California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought.
In an executive order, Brown ordered the state water board to implement measures in cities and towns that cut usage by 25 percent.
"We're in a historic drought and that demands unprecedented action," Brown said at a news conference in the Sierra Nevada, where dry, brown grass surrounded a site that normally would be snow-covered at this time of year. "We have to pull together and save water in every way we can."
The move will affect residents, businesses, farmers and other users.
Brown's order also will require campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to significantly cut water use; order local governments to replace 50 million square feet of lawns on throughout the state with drought-tolerant landscaping; and create a temporary rebate program for consumers who replace old water-sucking appliances with more efficient ones.
The snowpack has been in decline all year, with electronic measurements in March showing the statewide snow water equivalent at 19 percent of the historical average for that date.
There was no snow at the site of the Wednesday snow survey.
Snow supplies about a third of the state's water, and a higher snowpack translates to more water in California reservoirs to meet demand in summer and fall.
Officials say the snowpack is already far below the historic lows of 1977 and 2014, when it was 25 percent of normal on April 1 — the time when the snowpack is generally at its peak.
Brown declared a drought emergency and stressed the need for sustained water conservation.
The Department of Water Resources will conduct its final manual snow survey at a spot near Echo Summit, about 90 miles east of Sacramento. Electronic measurements are taken in a number of other places.
California mandatory water restrictions
April 2, 2015 - Gov. Jerry Brown ordered cities and towns across California to cut water use by 25% as part of a sweeping set of mandatory drought restrictions, the first in state history.
Brown asked for a 20% voluntary cut in water use a year ago, which was ignored.
The Sierra Nevada measured the lowest April 1 snowpack in 60 years.
California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
The move will affect residents, businesses, farmers and other users.
"We're in a historic drought and that demands unprecedented action," Brown said.
January 2014 Brown declared a drought emergency and urged all Californians to cut water use by 20%.
The order requires campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to significantly cut water use etc. The order also prohibits new homes and developments from using drinkable water for irrigation if the structures lack water-efficient drip systems. In addition, the watering of decorative grasses on public street medians is banned.
Critics said his order does not go far enough to address agriculture, the biggest water user in California. The order contains no water reduction target for farmers, who have let thousands of acres go fallow as the state and federal government slashed water deliveries from reservoirs. California farmers have already suffered deep cutbacks in water supply during the current drought.
USA Drought, fracking, and the food supply
DROUGHT USA, Water rationing * Mississippi, Colorado Rivers
California Jews attacked
April 10, 2015 - A Jewish family home in Mira Mesa California was defaced with swastikas during the Passover holiday, power lines cut before attack. When the father of 3 went outside to investigate, he discovered that his garage and vehicle had been spray painted with swastikas.
Swastikas mean someone wants to kill them.
California gas pipeline explosion, fire injures 15
April 18, 2015 - A construction crew accidentally ruptured a natural gas line in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured 5 people, 4 critically. The Pacific Gas & Electric pipeline was struck by a backhoe.
Chinese develops downtown Los Angeles
May 3, 2015 - A feisty female developer from China is leading the transformation of the L.A. downtown skyline.
Downtown Los Angeles real estate city within a city. A hotel and condominium tower, and 2 more condo towers for the second phase. As chief executive of Chinese development firm Greenland USA, I Fei Chang is overseeing $6 billion worth of real estate development in the U.S., making her one of the biggest developers in the country.
May 6, 2015 - Surf advisory warns that some waves may reach 15-feet, powerful rip currents could pull swimmers out to sea. Newport Beach, California is known for its powerful surf, but these waves are not standard for this area. They are from a major storm off the coast of New Zealand.
Lots of earthquakes across California -- is there a connection?
It was an ACTIVE seismic day in California, with small earthquakes rattling residents across Northern California and the Inland Empire on Wednesday morning.
Although conspiracy theories are tempting, earthquake experts said there’s no reason to think they’re connected.
Even the three quakes in Riverside County were too far apart to all be linked. The first two, a magnitude-3.7 and -2.7 that struck shortly after midnight, both were traced BACK to the San Jacinto fault zone. But the third temblor, a magnitude-3.1 near Corona at 9:11 a.m., occurred in a different fault zone.
Scientists are still STUDYING the details of the third earthquake, which occurred near the Elsinore and Whittier faults, Caltech seismologist Jennifer Andrews said.
As for the first two, it seemed like BUSINESS as usual for the San Jacinto fault zone, a major network of faults in Southern California.
"We see relatively small earthquakes [on the San Jacinto fault], but it's relatively ACTIVE," Andrews said.
Hundreds of miles north, in California’s East Bay area, three small earthquakes shook the Concord area Wednesday morning.
The first temblor, a magnitude-3.0, occurred at 7:01 a.m. Half an hour later, a magnitude-3.5 quake and a magnitude-2.6 quake hit within three minutes of each other, ACCORDING to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The three quakes were centered about two miles from Pleasant Hill, four miles from Walnut Creek and 51 miles from Sacramento.
Farther up the state, a 3.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Redding area at 11:30 a.m. The epicenter was about five miles from Shasta Lake and 149 miles from Sacramento, according to the USGS.
California quakes, oil spill
May 20, 2015 - A pipeline rupture dumped 21,000 gallons of crude on California coast into the Pacific.
A 4.0 earthquake caused a large oil spill from a ruptured pipeline along California’s Hwy 101 along the Refugio State Beach natural reserve. There has been a swarm of earthquakes due East of Santa Barbara and earthquakes at dormant volcanoes up the West coast.
Plains All American Pipeline brought in a company to begin cleaning up the spill.
Five pieces of evidence suggesting that California drought may be a HAARP-manufactured event May 21, 2015 10:05 am EDT
CALIFORNIA IS EMBROILED IN A CRISIS OF EPIC PROPORTIONS AS IT CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE THROUGH ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHTS IN STATE HISTORY
By Ethan A. Huff | Natural News
But emerging evidence suggests that the Golden State’s water woes aren’t a natural occurrence at all, and that a covert military operation involving “chemtrails” and other weather modification weaponry may be to blame.
A recent episode of The HAARP Report, which tracks the activities of the U.S. military’s so-called “High Frequency Auroral Research Program” (which the federal government falsely claims has been shut down), provides five pieces of compelling evidence from recently captured satellite imagery that points to deliberate weather modification as the cause of California’s drought.
You may have heard of “chemtrails” before — those unnatural-looking cloud trails occasionally produced by airplanes that don’t dissipate normally, and that end up blanketing the skies with a hazy muck. They differ entirely from water vapor contrails produced when water vapor condenses and freezes around small aerosol particles released from aircraft exhaust.
The following image shows a sky filled with chemtrails:
For years, many of those who’ve been paying attention have wondered what the purpose is of these clearly artificial chemtrails. Well, based on the extensive research findings by The HAARP Report, it seems as though these fake sprayings are helping to redirect and alter weather patterns — in this case, to steer rain away from California.
“Chemtrails create a hot air layer at 30,000 feet, capping inversion,” explains the report. “They [the powers that be] want that to overrun this low pressure area and prevent this low pressure from forming,” as low pressure is what produces precipitation, explains the report.
FUKUSHIMA: A COVER FOR HAARP AND CHEMTRAIL-INDUCED ATMOSPHERIC DAMAGE KILLING OUR PLANET
A HAARP Report video posted to YouTube on April 19, 2015, lists the following five pieces of evidence suggesting that California’s drought is a man-made attack on Californians:
1) Low pressure areas out in the Pacific Ocean that would normally move in a counterclockwise direction have been detected moving in an anomalous clockwise direction. The HAARP Report, highlighting exclusive imagery captured on April 10, 2015, shows a “burst” of clockwise, high pressure cloud movement that would never occur naturally, and that clearly suggests weather manipulation activity meant to break up cloud formation and prevent precipitation.
More on how this is accomplished through ionospheric heating is explained in the video report:
2) After breaking up the areas of low pressure that would have produced rain for California, HAARP’s weather weaponry and associated chemtrails generate areas of very dry air that, under normal circumstances, would be humid. Satellite imagery captured in the days following April 10 show this dry air sitting stagnant rather than rotating, breaking up the potential formation of thunderstorms.
3) As it turns out, HAARP’s weather manipulation machines can only operate when the D layer in the ionosphere has formed, which occurs after the sun has been up for three or four hours and ends in the evening. In the video, The HAARP Report shows how a storm that starts to pop up during this window of time is literally pushed to the right and destroyed. Dry air is pressed down, and once again the center is not moving in a counterclockwise direction as it should.
4) Looking again at a massive area of dry air brought about by HAARP and chemtrails, the report points out how satellite imagery of a ring of rising air and a central column of falling air captured at 10 a.m. in California on April 9 proves that a HAARP downburst sent high pressure descending air into the jet stream, once again preventing rain.
5) As this air descends, it just keeps getting bigger and bigger in the satellite imagery. And as it begins to reform, another HAARP downburst is observed on the north side of the front, with a signature clockwise flow around a high pressure area as it’s sent downward. Put simply, the developing storm was basically broken up by HAARP, where it later reformed around Mexico and sent rain over New Mexico and Texas rather thanCalifornia.
“Don’t think for a minute that this drought in California is natural. They’re using a variety of techniques to maintain this drought,” warns The HAARP Report.
“The oceans are dying because of increasing ultraviolet-B. The modern HAARP transmitters punch holes in the ozone layer, since they must drive a plasmoid from 30 miles high down to the jet stream… mixing the chemtrails vertically, which breaks down the protective ozone layer.”
“The Pacific is dying because the base of the food chain, phyto-plankton, are being killed by the high UV-B, created by ionospheric heaters. Radiation from Fukushima is killing the Pacific, but not as fast as the lack of plankton, which can’t survive the high UV-B. Fukushima is being used as a ‘cover’ for the excess UV-B caused by HAARP and chemtrails. That would explain the complete lack of action to stop the radiation from leaking into the Pacific.”
May 22, 2015 - A salmonella outbreak likely linked to raw tuna has sickened 53 people in nine states, 10 hospitalized. Most are in California, other states include Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The source is unknown, but most reported eating sushi containing raw tuna.
Salmonella is a bacteria, symptoms include diarrhea, cramping and fever.
Salton Sea, Calif
You on the west coast USA may want to pay attention.
Earth is moving along the entire coast canada south.
Amid California Drought, Toilet-to-Tap Program Gaining Support
In drought-stricken California, there is growing momentum for a program that recycles toilet water into drinking water. The program is known as "toilet-to-tap."
"It is the cleanest water we have in the state of California," Mike Markus, Orange County Water District general manager.
One of these purification plants, located in Orange County is expanding production from 70M to 100M gallons a day. "We're able to provide enough water for nearly 850,000 people a year," said Markus.
Waste water that would normally drain into the Pacific Ocean goes through a rigorous three-step purification process that includes microfiltration, exposure to UV light and hydrogen peroxide, which kills everything left behind.
Officials say the water treated at the Orange County plant exceeds state and federal standards. It's so clean, some people complain the water actually has no taste.
The purified water is pumped into underground reservoirs before it makes it to household taps.
"We can produce the water for less than the cost of imported water," said Markus, "and probably about half the cost of what it would take to desalinate seawater."
The big issue faced by the program is the public perception of drinking toilet water.
"The term that has been coined, 'from the toilet to the tap,'" said Yoram Cohen, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UCLA, "is omitting the fact that there is a lot of treatment in between, so it gives the wrong perception."
Maybe so, but is that enough to convince people to start drinking recycled toilet water?
California's largest lake threatened by urban water transfer
Calamity looms at California's largest lake as water transfers to coast accelerate
SALTON CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores. Flocks of eared grebes and shoreline birds bob up and down to feast on marine life.
An air of decline and strange beauty permeates the Salton Sea: The lake is shrinking — and on the verge of getting much smaller as more water goes to coastal cities.
San Diego and other Southern California water agencies will stop replenishing the lake after 2017, raising concerns that dust from exposed lakebed will exacerbate asthma and other respiratory illness in a region whose air quality already fails federal standards. A smaller lake also threatens fish and habitat for more than 400 bird species on the Pacific flyway.
Many of the more than 10,000 people who live in shoreline communities cherish the solitude but now feel forgotten. The dying lake must compete for water as California reels from a four-year drought that has brought sweeping, state-ordered consumption cuts.
Julie London, who moved to Salton City after visiting in 1986 from Washington state, hopes for help for the periodic, rotten odor from the lake that keep residents inside on hot, fly-filled summer nights. The stench in 2012 carried more than 150 miles to Los Angeles.
"Unfortunately, that's the only time anyone will listen because we don't have a voice," London, 60, said on her porch, one of the few that still lies a stone's throw from water. "You can scream all you want. Nobody cares."
San Diego now purchases more than one-quarter of its water from California's Imperial Valley, where fields produce runoff that delivers 70 percent of the lake's inflows. More water for San Diego means less for the Salton Sea.
In 2003, the state Legislature agreed to spearhead efforts to restore the lake to help seal the San Diego sale. California, which used more Colorado River water than it was entitled to, was under enormous pressure to go on a water diet after Sunbelt cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas clamored for their share.
The San Diego County Water Authority and other local agencies agreed to deliver water to the Salton Sea for 15 years while the state developed a long-term fix. This year, that water accounts for 10 percent of the lake's inflows.
With no fix in sight, the Imperial Irrigation District asked state regulators in November to condition San Diego sales on the state fulfilling its promise, citing the state legislation and the state's open-ended contractual commitment to pay for offsetting environmental damage.
The 2003 contract to sell water to San Diego for up to 75 years still deeply divides Imperial Valley farmers, who grow much of the nation's winter vegetables.
Imperial Valley gets nearly 20 percent of Colorado River water distributed in the western United States and northern Mexico — enough for more than 6 million households — but some growers fear cities will eventually suck their fields dry.
Bruce Kuhn, who cast the deciding vote for the San Diego sale as a board member of the Imperial Irrigation District in 2003, said he would have opposed the deal without the state's pledge to the Salton Sea.
Kuhn lost his re-election bid; revenues at his farm services business slid about one-third. "It cost me business and it cost me friends," he said.
The lake is often called "The Accidental Sea" because it was created in 1905 when the Colorado River breached a dike and two years of flooding filled a sizzling basin that today is about 35 miles long, 15 miles wide and only 50 feet deep. The lake, which has no outlet, would have quickly evaporated if farmers hadn't settled California's southeastern corner.
Viewed from the air, the Imperial Valley's half-million acres of verdant fields end abruptly in pale dirt. Colorado River water is diverted near Yuma, Arizona, to an 82-mile canal that runs west along the Mexican border and then north into 1,700 miles of gated dirt and concrete channels that crisscross farms. When gates open, water floods fields and gravity carries increasingly salty runoff downhill through the New and Alamo rivers to the Salton Sea.
The lake has suffered a string of catastrophes since tropical storms in the late 1970s destroyed houses, marinas and yacht clubs, ending an era of international speedboat races and glamor that once drew more visitors than Yosemite National Park. Botulism killed large numbers of pelicans in 1996.
Fish kills have happened regularly since nearly 8 million croaker and tilapia died in 1999. The water is nearly twice as salty as the Pacific Ocean, endangering remaining tilapia. Winds that stir hydrogen sulfide gas from the lake's bottom strips oxygen from surface waters where fish swim and creates stenches similar to rotten eggs.
The lake's fragile state was on display one spring afternoon as thousands of tilapia washed ashore. A white mist rising from the placid waters was evaporation. Great blue herons took flight, while American coots skimmed the surface.
"There are no other places for them to go," Chris Schoneman, project leader of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, said aboard a flat-bottomed vessel, one of a few boats fit to navigate waist-high waters. Residents say speedboats were last seen about four years ago.
A cluster of small, gurgling "mud pots" is tucked away on salt-crusted lakebed that was covered with water less than 10 years ago — evidence of magma from the earth's center rising through shifting tectonic plates. Another cluster in the lake's center produces bubbles that look as if a boiling cauldron lies beneath the surface.
Steam billows from about a dozen shoreline geothermal plants. They provide few jobs but land royalties — some paid to Imperial Irrigation District — have been touted as a potential solution for the lake.
The nonprofit Pacific Institute estimates that surface area of the 350-square-mile lake will shrink 100 square miles by 2030, salinity will triple over 15 years, and fish will disappear in seven years without intervention. San Diego's water purchases from Imperial Valley — which ramp up to 2021 — are to blame but low rainfall and water conservation also hurt.
Al Kalin, who farms 1,800 acres near the shore, installed sprinklers to replace flood irrigation and soil measurement devices that tell him when to water. His farm sits near one of several reservoirs that capture runoff for urban Southern California before it goes to the Salton Sea.
"We're kind of between a rock and a hard spot," said Kalin. "We've got to conserve water for the thirsty people, 17 million in Southern California. At the same time, there's concern about the Salton Sea because it's rapidly declining because of our conservation efforts."
Students at Desert Mirage High School in Mecca who have been strategizing after class how to bring attention to the Salton Sea shared stories with state regulators at a March hearing in Sacramento. Respiratory complaints are common in the small town of Latino farmworkers who fill a new Catholic church for Sunday Mass.
Jose Alcantara got involved for his mother, Blanca Sanchez, whose bronchitis worsened after she moved in 2010. She rushes to her car for her inhaler while picking crops and skips work when the air is bad.
"That's why I worry," said Alcantara, 17, whose family lives in a stucco apartment complex near fields of peppers, corn and citrus. "I don't want to see my mother in a casket."
Wildfire in drought-parched Northern California threatens small town
By Alex Dobuzinskis
(Reuters) - An out-of-control wildfire raging through a Northern California forest as the state battles a devastating drought has forced authorities to warn about 250 people to evacuate or prepare to leave their homes in a remote town, officials said on Friday.
The fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest follows an outbreak of lightning-sparked blazes in neighboring Oregon that prompted authorities to warn residents that drought and low mountain snowpack could lead to a destructive fire season.
California's so-called Saddle Fire has charred at least 880 acres (360 hectares) since a lightning strike sparked it on Tuesday, officials said.
The flames are tearing through forest land, much of it in areas scorched by a 2004 blaze that has left dead and downed trees on the ground which could provide ample fuel for the latest wildfire, said Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman Andrea Capps.
Also the area has many damaged trees with limbs at risk of falling, Capps said. Firefighters have not managed to build any solid containment lines against the wildfire.
"It makes it a really dangerous situation for our firefighters out in the field," she said.
Authorities placed a handful of residents on the outskirts of Hyampom, a town about 200 miles (320 km) north of San Francisco, under mandatory evacuation orders on Wednesday and told the rest of the town of about 250 people to prepare to leave if flames get near, said Trinity County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Lynn Ward. Those orders remain in place.
One front of the fire is just a couple miles north of the town, and if it advances to the southeast the blaze could destroy homes, Capps said. So far, the blaze has not destroyed any structures.
Nearly 200 firefighters are battling the fire, setting backfires to clear trees that could be consumed by the blaze and dropping flame retardant by helicopter, she said.
The wildfire is the first major Northern California blaze in an annual fire season that normally runs from June to September in that region, Capps said. It also is the nation's highest-priority wildfire, she said.
Since it began, the fire has advanced in the late afternoon hours when winds and heat increase and moisture levels drop, Capps said.
"We have lots of resources out there, we're feeling good about the people we have on the ground, we feel hopeful about being able to catch this in the next few days," she said.
California balcony collapse
June 16, 2015 - An apartment building balcony collapsed in Berkeley, killing 5 and leaves 8 others injured. Many of the injured have critical, life-threatening wounds.
Police received a call shortly before 1 a.m. - the balcony on the fourth floor of the building had disintegrated.
There was a party in the unit where the collapse occurred.
California UPDATE June 17, 2015 -
6 dead, 7 injured in balcony collapse
A balcony collapsed at an apartment building in Berkeley, Calif., killing 5 Irish students and one American student, and leaving 7 others injured.
California Has Never Experienced A Water Crisis Of This Magnitude – And The Worst Is Yet To Come
Things have never been this dry for this long in the recorded history of the state of California, and this has created an unprecedented water crisis. At this point, 1,900 wells have already gone completely dry in California, and some communities are not receiving any more water at all. As you read this article, 100 percent of the state is in some stage of drought, and there has been so little precipitation this year that some young children have never actually seen rain. This is already the worst multi-year drought in the history of the state of California, but this may only be just the beginning. Scientists tell us that the amount of rain that California received during the 20th century was highly unusual. In fact, they tell us that it was the wettest century for the state in at least 1000 years. Now that things are returning to “normal”, the state is completely and total unprepared for it. California has never experienced a water crisis of this magnitude, and other states in the western half of the nation are starting to really suffer as well. In the end, we could very well be headed for the worst water crisis this country has ever seen.
When I said that some communities in California are not receiving any more water, I was not exaggerating. Just consider the following excerpt from one recent news report…
The community of Mountain House is days away from having no water at all after the state cut off its only water source.
Anthony Gordon saves drinking water just in case, even though he never thought it would come to this.
“My wife thinks I’m nuts. I have like 500 gallons of drinking water stored in my home,” he said.
The upscale community of Mountain House, west of Tracy, is days away from having no water. It’s not just about lawns—there may not be a drop for the 15,000 residents to drink.
So what are those people going to do?
And what is this going to do to the property values in that area?
Who in the world is going to want to buy a home that does not have running water coming to it?
Other communities throughout the state are pumping groundwater like crazy in a desperate attempt to continue with business as usual. In fact, it is being projected that groundwater will account for almost all water used in the entire state by the end of this year…
Underground aquifers supply 35 percent of the water used by humans worldwide. Demand is even greater in times of drought. Rain-starved California is currently tapping aquifers for 60 percent of its water use as its rivers and above-ground reservoirs dry up, a steep increase from the usual 40 percent. Some expect water from aquifers will account for virtually every drop of the state’s fresh water supply by year end.
But of course this creates a huge problem. When the groundwater is gone, it is gone for good. Those aquifers took centuries to fill up, and now they are being drained at a staggering rate. In some parts of the state, aquifers are being drained so fast that it is causing thousands of square miles of land to sink…
Californians have been draining water so rapidly from underground aquifers that tens of thousands of square miles of land reportedly are sinking — so drastically that the shifting surface is starting to destroy bridges and crack highways across the state, according to a recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
So what is the solution?
Some of my readers have suggested that desalination is the answer. But the truth is that desalination is very expensive and it is really bad for the environment. The following comes from a recent Natural News article…
For those who are saying, “There’s no water problem in California! It has the entire Pacific Ocean right next door!”, you need to look into the catastrophic environmental destruction tied to ocean water desalination.
Not only does desalination use fossil fuels which emit the very same carbon emissions that the California government insists caused the drought in the first place, the desalination process itself pollutes the ocean with high concentration salt brine that kills marine ecosystems and destroys ocean life along the California coastline.
And that’s on top of all the Fukushima radiation that’s already causing a marine ecosystem collapse in many areas of the coast. Add more salt brine to the mix and you get a state where rich, self-entitled Hollywood celebrities demand their lush, green lawns at the expense of ocean life, climate change and the global ecosystem. If that happens, California will lose all credibility as a “green” state, and its wealthiest residents will be living an ecological lie.
Others have suggested that California can solve their water problems using “toilet to tap” technology…
Potable water reuse – or converting sewage effluent to heavily-treated, purified drinking water – is receiving renewed attention in California in the midst of the state’s four-year drought.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, “California water managers and environmentalists” are pushing the idea of recycled sewage water. Yet past efforts in the state to employ similar systems have stalled, as opponents have dubbed the concept “toilet to tap.”
How would you feel about that?
Would you be willing to have your family drink water that came from the toilets of your neighbors?
I don’t think that I could do that.
But something has to be done. It is not just the state of California that is experiencing a major water crisis. All over the world, underground aquifers are being drained rapidly. In fact, according to the Washington Post, 21 out of the 37 largest aquifers in the world “have passed their sustainability tipping points”…
The world’s largest underground aquifers – a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people — are being depleted at alarming rates, according to new NASA satellite data that provides the most detailed picture yet of vital water reserves hidden under the Earth’s surface.
Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period, researchers announced Tuesday. Thirteen aquifers declined at rates that put them into the most troubled category. The researchers said this indicated a long-term problem that’s likely to worsen as reliance on aquifers grows.
Sadly, this is just the beginning. There is a reason why experts refer to fresh water as “the new oil”. Without fresh water, none of us can survive. But we are very quickly getting to the point where there simply won’t be enough of it for everyone on the planet.
As for the state of California, it was once a desert and now it is turning back into a desert. As I mentioned earlier, the 20th century was the wettest century that part of North America had seen in at least 1000 years. During that time, we built enormous cities all over the Southwest that currently support millions upon millions of people. But now we are learning that those cities are not sustainable.
Self-driving cars have close call in California
June 26, 2015 - Two self-driving prototype cars had a close call on a Silicon Valley street.
Audi Q5 is designed to enable the vehicle to drive itself, with a person at the wheel as a backup.
As the Delphi vehicle prepared to change lanes, a Lexus RX400h cut off the Audi, forcing it to abort the lane change.
California suffers curse of their SIN
June 27, 2015 - California new $300 to $800 traffic ticket fines
Unable to pay in full, he missed a court date. The state took his driver's license and later impounded his car when he drove to work on a suspended license. Unable to make a living, Campbell ended up broke and homeless. It was $4,000 for 2 citations. It’s gotten so bad that Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for those owing money.
There was a Hollywood movie that came out recently called "San Andreas", a fictional movie about an 8.5m EQ that hit Bay Area, California.
Predictive programming, perhaps?
Helium leaking from Los Angeles faultline
July 1, 2015 - Geologists found helium leaking from the Newport-Inglewood fault in central Los Angeles increasing the potential damage of an earthquake. The results are unexpected for the area because the LA Basin is different from where most mantle helium anomalies occur.
California gas prices to soar this week
July 12, 2015 - Prices at the pump may soar 30 cents a gallon in the Bay Area and 50 cents in Southern California as refinery issues and a lack of imported crude oil.
Long Beach California without power
July 16, 2015 - A series of underground vault fires in the downtown Long Beach area left more than 4,800 customers without power and sent several manhole covers flying into the air, according to Long Beach Fire officials.
First gas prices soar, then manhole cover soar!
California I-10 bridge collapse
July 20, 2015 - Interstate 10 is closed completely and indefinitely.
Weird weather brings record rain, beach closures and a freeway washout.
I-10 is the major freeway connecting California and Arizona.
I-10 is the most direct route between Los Angeles and Phoenix.
Northern California wildfire jumps line, forces evacuations
RESNO, Calif. (AP) — More than 200 people were ordered from their homes Tuesday when a wildfire jumped a containment line east of California's Napa Valley wine country in one of several blazes burning across the state.
The week-old fire was given a burst of energy by rising temperatures, wind gusts and low humidity, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
A smoke plume was visible for miles.
The flare-up in the rugged, steep terrain of Solano County quickly consumed 150 acres. The fire has charred more than 10 square miles and firefighters had it mostly contained, despite the additional area that burned.
"With the winds picking up, they're challenging us," Berlant said, adding that firefighters have dug a secondary containment line. "We're hoping those lines will hold it where it's at."
Residents of 136 homes were ordered to leave, said Christine Castillo of the Solano County Sheriff's Office.
In the Central California foothills, helicopters and air tankers were attacking another fire burning near the tiny wooded communities of Bass Lake and Cascadel Woods north of Fresno.
Residents remained under orders to be prepared to evacuate because of the fire, which has charred nearly 3 square miles.
A boy acknowledged starting the fire by playing with a lighter to burn pine needles, Madera County District Attorney David Linn said, noting the boy tried to smother the fire with his clothes and his family fought it with water.
"As dry as the conditions are in the Sierra now ... they couldn't stop it," said Linn, declining to identify the boy, who remains at home because of his cooperation and could be charged next week.
In the Sierra Nevada foothills northeast of Sacramento, 50 homes remained evacuated because of a wildfire that ignited Saturday. As many as 1,800 homes were threatened by shifting winds, Berlant said.
Four firefighters were hurt Sunday while battling the wildfire. One had serious, non-life threatening injuries and remains hospitalized.
The firefighter was identified as Matt Aoki, a captain of the Los Padres Hotshots from Los Padres National Forest. Aoki has severe burns on his hands and face. He remained hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
The fire grew overnight to more than 3 square miles.
Temperatures throughout Northern California could hit 108 Wednesday.
California has seen more wildfires this year, but less acreage has been burned thanks to favorable weather and more firefighters who can quickly be dispatched to corral flames, fire officials say.
Since Jan. 1, about 5,200 fires have burned on state and federal lands, according to the U.S. Forest Service. That's 10 percent more than last year, but the 74,000 acres burned is 6 percent less.
Spurts of unseasonably rainy weather combined with the availability of hundreds of additional firefighters paid for with emergency drought funding have made a big difference, Berlant said.
So far this year, state firefighters have responded to nearly 3,900 blazes — a 41 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Cal Fire. The fires have burned 28 percent less area than last year.
Cal Fire's map of fire activities showed nine blazes across the state.