Monday, July 13, 2015

Due process

Judge faults state's process of curtailing water rights

In a significant ruling that could hinder California's ability to order mass water cutbacks, a judge told state drought regulators Friday they can't slash the water rights of four Central Valley irrigation districts until each had a chance to defend itself. GARTH STAPLEY / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Los Angeles Times & Sacramento Bee

A Superior Court order issued Friday raises questions about the state's process of curtailing water rights. The judge told state drought regulators Friday they can't slash the water rights of four Central Valley irrigation districts until each had a chance to defend itself. A temporary restraining order bars the state from enforcing the curtailment on the grounds that the state had violated the district's constitutional right of due process.

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Ballot measure threatens Delta tunnels plan

Sacramento Bee

Signature gatherers paid by a wealthy Stockton-area farmer have started circulating an initiative to force large public works projects — Gov. Brown's water tunnels included — to go before voters for approval. The measure is expected to quality for the November 2016 ballot, and proponents of the project are reacting with alarm.

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San Joaquin River revival pushes deadlines back

Fresno Bee

Years late, the first major project of the San Joaquin River restoration is closer to liftoff with a $326 million price tag and a load of political baggage. The construction of a channel in west Fresno County around Mendota Dam is expected to begin in 2017 — four years after it was supposed to be finished. The bypass and channel widening won't be completed for a decade, officials estimate.

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