Thursday, March 3, 2016

Torpedoed

California revenue bond vote measure takes a beating

The initiative, sponsored by wealthy Stockton-area farmer Dean Cortopassi, is widely seen as an attempt to derail the Brown Administration's Delta Tunnel project, which would be funded by revenue bonds. U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE

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Sacramento Bee & Capital Public Radio

Democratic legislators and officials, business and labor representatives, and water suppliers took turns Wednesday flailing a November ballot measure that would require voter approval of major state revenue bond issues of more than $2 billion. If the measure is passed, critics said, using bond financing for critical public works projects, including emergency work after a natural disaster, would become more difficult.

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Caltrans launches roadway clean water initiative

Sacramento Bee

California highway officials on Wednesday launched a clean water campaign, "Protect Every Drop" aimed reducing the amount of pollution that flows off of people's cars into streams, rivers, lakes and the ocean. The three-year-long campaign is being guided by a steering committee that includes Caltrans, the state water board and the California Stormwater Quality Association.

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New plant could 'flip' how Fresno gets its water

KVPR Fresno & Fresno Bee

Fresno leaders have officially broken ground on one of the biggest public utilities projects in the city's history. The $159 million plant will have the capacity to initially treat 54 million gallons of water daily. "It's a great program for recharging the aquifer," Thomas Esqueda, public utilities director, said.

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