APR 20 2015

California’s Drought – Some Recommendations to Explore

California, Drought

California has a serious, ongoing problem with drought, and the state has many users competing for this finite resource. California Water Code Section 1460 establishes that “the use of water for the municipality or the inhabitants thereof for domestic purposes shall be considered first in right, irrespective of whether it is first in time.” If…

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APR 08 2015

California’s Drought – What Should Be Done Now?

California, California Drought, Climate, Climate change, Drought, Water Resources

Governor Brown’s approach to drought management in California is admirable, but flawed.  His order to “implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent” is an essential first step to capture the public’s awareness by engineering a socioeconomic drought, but his proposed solution addresses only a portion…

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JAN 03 2014

Some Comments on the CSB Chevron Regulatory Report Draft

California, Chemical Safety Board, Government, Industrial Accident, Infrastructure, Insurance, Liability insurance, Oil refineries, Petroleum in the Environment, United States

The safety case regulatory regime is touted as a “tripartite system consisting of active and equal participation from the regulator, workforce, and industry.” Indeed, a potentially, more socially beneficial regime would be a quadripartite system that includes the neighbors of the regulated facilities. The neighbors are often aware of problems that workers don’t or won’t…

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MAR 29 2013

Disasters as Mirrors

California, Chris Christie, Earthquake, FEMA, Hurricane

Federal Disaster Relief as a Percentage of Disaster Losses: Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and the Northridge Earthquake   The blustery grandiloquence of Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) demanding passage of federal Hurricane Sandy relief funding in the weeks before Congress approved its second and more significant portion of Sandy aid funding on January 29, 2013 was—to…

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SEP 06 2010

Average Total Compensation for All California Cities’ Municipal Workers

California, Public sector

Image via Wikipedia Recently, I decided to calculate the total compensation of California’s city public sector employees by city and rank them.  The results are interesting.   A table sorted by compensation follows : California cities compensation and expenditures ranked View more documents from casouth. Related articles by Zemanta Salary of $800,000 Sparks California Taxpayer Mutiny:…

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