Tuesday, July 11, 2017

'Hell or high water'

Oroville residents struggle with yet another disaster

A burned sign warns of fire danger at The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre Boy Scout camp Monday morning along State Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley. AL SEIB / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

State emergency responders said Monday that at least 17 structures so far have been destroyed by the uncontained Wall fire in Butte County, and five others have been damaged. Many of the properties bordered the area where residents were forced to leave this past winter when the spillway of Oroville Dam threatened to collapse. One couple tells how they did everything they could to guard against wildfire. It was not enough.

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Gov. Brown, lawmakers announce climate deal

East Bay Times

Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers late Monday announced a proposal to extend through the next decade California's landmark program to regulate climate-warming greenhouse gases — known as cap and trade — which is set to expire in 2020. Also unveiled was a separate bill to clean up the air in chronically polluted areas.

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House action expected on California water bill

Maven's Notebook

Action is expected this week on California water issues as the House will take up HR 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, authored by Congressman David Valadao. Valadao says his legislation will restore "water reliability to California communities by codifying the bipartisan Bay-Delta Accord." Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris oppose the legislation.

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