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  1. Preserving Scarce Water Resources

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    In the midst of the worst statewide drought in centuries surprisingly few Californians have reported that the drought has “personally affected them to a major degree.” Although drinking supplies in some rural communities are being threatened, many of the state’s major urban centers have yet to impose stringent water use restrictions. And, in water-starved Southern California, water managers are cautiously optimistic about the region’s ability to weather the drought. But how did Southern California, which historically relies on a large share of imported water, become so drought-tolerant? And, if limited water supplies are the new normal, what more needs to be done to keep our pipes flowing? (more…)

  2. Governor’s Budget Highlights

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    California Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for the state earlier this month. While the state’s fiscal fortunes have improved [PDF], the governor’s spending proposals strike a measured tone, with a focus on building up the state’s reserves and making deferred payments to schools that were hard-hit during the recession. The budget underscores the governor’s support for two major infrastructure projects – implementation of the Statewide Water Action Plan (including a fix for the Bay Delta) and financing for high speed rail. It also includes funding for green projects and throws support behind an economic development tool that may fill the void left by redevelopment’s demise. (more…)

  3. From a Thirst for Growth to a Thirst for Security

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    Image from Praveen: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14471472@N00/8315334410/

    Image from Praveen: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14471472@N00/8315334410/

    The LA Aqueduct turned 100 earlier this month. This gravity-fed engineering feat set the stage for Los Angeles’ explosive growth in the 20th Century and the celebration of its centennial has spawned a slew of articles, celebrations and news stories. Separating fact from fiction may not be as gripping as watching Chinatown, but we hope that a few more Southern Californians may have learned just how far those drops coming out of their tap have traveled to quench their thirst, or water their California-friendly landscaping. (more…)

  4. Water Politics and the Art of Legacy-Making

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    A few months back, we noted that California was a state in serious need of a vision. Considered ungovernable by some, the Golden State has no shortage of problems. Governor Jerry Brown is weathering a slow recovery from a severe economic downturn, and a policymaking system that is often beholden to the whims of a disjointed electorate. These significant hurdles tend to complicate the task of legacy-making. In spite of this, Governor Brown has decided to stake his gubernatorial claim to fame on the promise of two massive infrastructure projects. (more…)