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Gov. Brown declares drought emergency

Original post made on Jan 17, 2014

In declaring a drought emergency today, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for what is expected to be the driest year on record.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 17, 2014, 9:41 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Annabelle, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Come to Sharon Heights and see how the residents' watering runs down the streets . . .


Posted by Joseph E. Davis, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

When there is a drought, all we have to do is raise the price of water.

Ideally, everyone would pay the same price for water (farmers, city-dwellers, evil suburban lawn-waterers, and so forth). The price would go up when there was a drought, or if we need water to save the fishes, until a proper balance was reached between usage and capacity.

I know that is too sensible and simple for the fuzzy-thinkers and insufferable ninnys and nannys of California, so prepare for endless wailing and regulations about proper uses of water, filled glasses in restaurants, lawn watering hours, etc.


Posted by Fred, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jan 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Evil?? Every resident pays for every drop. Any idea how much Silicone valley uses and pollutes ground wells? Start with them. Been throught a 'drought' before. But insulting others is not very polite.


Posted by Let it flow, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Joseph:
I see 2 problems with your raising prices:
1. Prices will never come down when water is plentiful.
2. Who will tell the sheep when to water their lawns, shower and flush? Without the government telling them how to live they will be hopelessly lost.

Fred:
Silicon valley uses what they need and pays for it. How is it possible they pollute the ground water if our ever present government agencies are doing their job to protect us from ourselves? What are the EPA and countless county and state protectionist agencies doing to monitor our water? Probably nothing. More waste of tax dollars.


Posted by tom h, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm

This is the same Governor that is still looking at the possibility of allowing more fracking in CA. He is still willing to use our precious limited water to destroy what little water we have and to pollute our state. This is a clear sign as to who is running our state and national government BIG OIL and GAS. Like my 12 year old niece said. "He is so stupid that means anyone can be Governor" I said go for it!


Posted by Ike's congressional/corporate/industrial bribe complex, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Great example of a highly inaccurate debate frame - "How is it possible they pollute the ground water if our ever present government agencies are doing their job to protect us from ourselves? "

Interesting frame shift in light of the lack of inspections of the chemical tanks that polluted the river in West Virginia, and left more than 300,000 people without access to any water. Inspectors of all kinds are defunded constantly by the far right, and those W VA tanks were last inspected in 1991 (the far right politicians are then funded by those industries -- given that today is the 53rd anniversary of Eisenhower's famous farewell, we should be well aware of of the civilian version of Ike's military/industrial/congressional complex.)

Hardly is our government "ever present" in areas of critical importance, such as air, water and food. We should increase funding to the agencies that protect our food, air and water.

Most folks agree, unless you are one of those free market libertarians who think the free market will protect you. You know the type:

"the free market will decide who stays in business -- if the product is overpriced, or the service is inadequate, just go to another provider"

Yeah - if your water is polluted by an rarely inspected, sub-standard chemical plant, just get you water from another provider!!

Do not accept the corrupt frame offered by the far right, in this case a post from @letitflow

Inspections are WAY DOWN over the last couple decades, in almost every industry. Just ask the third of a million Virginians who can't even shower in the polluted Elk River watershed.

Web Link


Posted by Let it flow, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Ike's congressional/corporate/industrial bribe complex

Oh yes that "far right" group that is promoting dirty air, polluted waters and starving babies. If only we could rid ourselves of that corrupt evil group we could be ruled by the even handed left that will decide what care you can have, when you may speak and how much money you may keep. Centralized thinking is so much easier than individual thought.


Posted by Ike's congressional/corporate/industrial bribe complex, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Last I looked, Ike was a Republican.

As was the guy who signed in the EPA into existence, Richard Nixon.

But yes, today's GOP is "that "far right" group that is promoting dirty air, polluted waters..." by underfunding inspection agencies.

Look at West Virginia - last inspected in the 90's, the river polluted by the coal industry is the water source for 300,000 people.


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