Proposed ballot measure to build more California dams, desalination projects likely to be withdrawn due to lack of money and signatures

Despite California’s drought, a proposed statewide November ballot measure to speed up the construction of new dams and other large water projects — and provide billions of dollars to fund them — has fallen short in its fundraising goals and is likely to be withdrawn by early next week. The initiative would require that 2% of California’s general fund, or about $4 billion, be set aside every year to expand water supplies. Those could include new dams and reservoirs, desalination plants, recycled water plants and other projects such as upgrading canals and pipes. The measure also would streamline permitting for those projects. But the campaign has failed to gain momentum and is far short of the nearly 1 million signatures needed by the end of April to qualify for the ballot. Organizers say to have any chance, they must raise $10 million by Feb. 1 to hire paid signature gatherers and ramp up efforts. As of Wednesday, they had raised only $165,000, nearly all of it from Central Valley farmers. “We haven’t been able to find big donors who have been willing to come in…

Who to contact to get a third I-5 lane on the priority list: Roadshow

Q: I keep reading complaints about Interstate 5. Who can we contact about improving I-5 and other California highways? The governor uses a helicopter and doesn’t know the problems of ordinary citizens who are driving. Perhaps a letter-writing campaign would help get California’s elected officials to prioritize fixing our highways, using part of the state budget surplus. Robert Hull, Scotts Valley A: Folks, it’s time to take action and pepper state elected officials with letters and emails about how bad the stretch of I-5 between Northern and Southern California has become as traffic has increased. I-5 is just two lanes wide in each direction. Readers report many problems with this highly traveled road. Q: Driving continuously in the right lane, given the horrible state of California roads and I-5, in particular, is essentially asking for destroyed suspension, wheels and tires, not to mention the need for a neck and back specialist. Ed Oates A: Here’s what you need to do, if you agree with these and other frustrated I-5 drivers. Contact the 13-member California Transportation Commission (CTC) with your recommendation that a third lane needs…

How the 49ers have learned to finish strong after early-season wobbles

The 49ers are still stinging from the one that got away, and believe they are built to finish. Finishing games is more of a concept than something printed in black and white in a football manual and distributed by coach Kyle Shanahan. It can be complementary or specific to a phase of offense, defense or special teams. It can be a play made by an individual or something situational set up by superior coaching. Whatever it is, the 49ers didn’t have it when it mattered most on Feb. 2, 2020 in Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs. They had it in the divisional round when they pulled out a 13-10 win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Next up are the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. It’s the last step to take before getting a chance to ease the pain of what happened in Miami two years ago. “It’s all about the finish. We’re still getting haunted by the Super Bowl,” safety Jimmie Ward said. “The last six minutes we lost the game. Coach Kyle…

Sarah Palin dines outdoors at restaurant two days after it’s revealed she tested positive for Covid-19

By Sonia Moghe | CNN A Manhattan restaurant where Sarah Palin was spotted dining indoors while unvaccinated over the weekend confirmed that the former Alaska governor returned to dine outdoors on Wednesday, just a few days after testing positive tor Covid. At issue are current local guidelines that advise people who tested positive to remain in isolation for five days after their positive test. “Our goal has always been to incentivize isolation for those testing positive for Covid and providing them multiple resources,” a New York City Hall spokesperson said. “That being said we hope that anybody who has Covid is isolating for their own safety and the safety of all new Yorkers and find it highly irresponsible that Sarah Palin refuses to do so.” Palin, who is in Manhattan for her defamation trial against the New York Times, tested positive for Covid-19, a federal judge presiding over her case said Monday, delaying the start of the trial. It’s unclear what day Palin first tested positive. “She is, of course, unvaccinated,” said US District Judge Jed Rakoff Monday, according to Reuters. CNN has reached out…

Walters: California governor’s vacillation on vaccinations, Phase 2

Is California — and its politicians — ready for VAX War II? More pointedly, is Gov. Gavin Newsom ready? Three years ago, the Capitol was wracked by one of the most heated conflicts in its history — legislation to make it more difficult for parents to exempt their children from mandatory vaccinations if they attended public schools. A bill sought to close a loophole that allowed doctors to approve exemptions without specifying reasons, leading to doctor-shopping by anti-vaccination parents. Hundreds of opponents besieged the Capitol, claiming that the legislation would violate parental rights and require vaccines that could trigger autism or other adverse reactions. The measure’s author, Sacramento Sen. Richard Pan, and other backers were accosted and threatened and on the final night of the legislative session, someone in the Senate gallery threw a cup of what authorities said “appeared to be blood” onto the Senate floor. Eventually, the bill passed and was signed by Newsom in his first year as governor, but he engaged in some bizarre political theater before finally acceding. As the bill was moving through the Legislature, Newsom suddenly demanded a number of…

Water Main Break Floods Streets, Garages In Hollywood Hills

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A water main break flooded the streets of a neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills in the early morning hours Thursday. Jan. 27, 2022. (CBSLA) The pipe break occurred at around 1:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of Cahuenga Boulevard, near Odin Street, just off the 101 Freeway. An Uber driver carrying three passengers got stuck in the water. The driver and passengers had to get out of the car and wade their way through the water. Some garages were also flooded. California Highway Patrol has blocked the northbound Highway 101 offramp to Highland Avenue for at least eight hours. The cause of the break was not confirmed.

On Television

I can’t speak for anyone else — well, maybe I can — but I’ve been watching a lot of television. For most of a lifetime, of course, but especially in, oh, the last two years or so, I’ve been hooked on the thing. By which I refer to episodic television, in case that distinction was unclear. As glad as I have been to be granted access to first-run movies in abundance via streaming services, the supply has started to become diluted and diminished, much like our collective patience and stability in the face of the ongoing plague. The movie industry continues to struggle to adapt, attempting to predict or influence some sort of return to normal, while continuing to succumb to internal rifts and outmoded thinking. And so, for no good reason, we find ourselves lumbering into the traditional down-season of movie distribution. The fields aren’t exactly fallow but it takes more wandering to find sustenance. Which is only one excuse to turn to television — maybe not even an excuse. It’s become almost an aphorism that movies are the domain of the director, while…

“The Golden Rule”

Editor: I have been thinking about words and meanings and mentionings lately. We have an interesting habit in our world of using quite harsh and derogatory words in quick and clever and glib and mean ways. I could go through the alphabet and find a derogatory word that begins with each letter. You can, too. Yet just because we know a derogatory word, it does not mean we ought to use it toward one another (Mailbox, Jan. 20). Let’s step out of the mudslinging and the one-upsmanship in our communication, please. One of my terrific teachers who taught me about writing and speaking recommends that one look in the mirror and read aloud, or say out loud, something they want to say to someone else. Hearing it with your own ears and seeing yourself say it with your own eyes makes a difference. Are you talking to me? Remember the Golden Rule. Thanks for reading this out loud or not. Joanne McGarry, Arcata…

‘Glossing’

Editor: Last week’s Journal contained an insert from Redwood Coast Energy Authority that described its programs and projects for clean, renewable energy. Among the renewable energy resources listed is biomass — the black sheep of renewables. Burning biomass produces nearly a quarter of our electricity supply. It also emits approximately 284,000 metric tons of CO2 every year. That is close to 75 percent of all vehicle emissions per year in the county. People concerned about climate change would be thrilled if we could somehow figure out how to reduce vehicle emissions by 25 percent here. Abandoning biomass electricity would accomplish so much more. I was glad to see that RCEA has apparently removed biomass electricity from their upgraded REpower mix, and now can truly say it’s carbon-free. They can’t say that about their regular power mix, which is promised to be “100 percent net zero” by 2030. Most people don’t understand that term. They would be surprised to realize the high carbon emissions are entailed by RCEA’s contract to keep burning biomass into 2031. Adopting biomass energy to replace fossil fuels has been a spectacular…

Masking Life

I The Face producer of expressions holder of in and out looks through which life pours screening entire existences II The Face presenter of plot lines wrinkles in the story viewpoints of the eyes blue brown gray green III The Face connector of Beings assessor of feelings embracer of contacts deliverer of rejects IV The Face now a protector masked against strife a connections reflector holding onto life V The Face eyes speak hold one another above ever-bigger masks saying what isn’t said Nina Haedrich…