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California Harvest much Smaller than Normal across Crops

One commodity after another is feeling the impact of the state’s epic water shortage. The great Sacramento Valley rice crop, served in sushi restaurants nationwide and exported to Asia, will be smaller than usual. Fewer grapes will be available to produce California’s world-class wines, and the citrus groves of the San Joaquin Valley are producing fewer oranges. There is less hay and corn for the state’s dairy cows, and the pistachio harvest is expected to shrink.

An estimated 420,000 acres of farmland went unplanted this year, or about 5 percent of the total. Economists at UC Davis say agriculture, which has been a $44 billion-a-year business in California, will suffer revenue losses and higher water costs – a financial hit totaling $2.2 billion this year.

Calculating total job losses related to the drought is difficult, especially in an industry in which many workers are transient and much of the work is part time. The state Employment Development Department, drawing from payroll data, said farm employment has dropped by just 2,700 jobs from a year ago, a decline of less than 1 percent.

By Dale Kasler
The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown signs bills to help veterans, create OC cemetery

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed 21 bills to help and recognize military veterans, including a measure to help create the first veterans' cemetery in Orange County.

Other bills signed protect veterans' rights to healthcare, education and shelter.

The cemetery bill by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) requires the California Department of Veterans Affairs to work with local governments to design, develop, construct and equip a veterans' cemetery in the former Marine Corps Station El Toro in Irvine. The state agency will apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for the creation of the cemetery.

“Local veterans, many of whom risked their lives on foreign soil, deserve an honorable place that will provide their families and communities a true and lasting opportunity to pay their respects,” Quirk-Silva said in a statement in support of AB 1453.


Jerry Brown asks for Yes votes on Props 1 and 2

Proposition 1 will invest $7.5 billion in our water supply. From funding water storage and modernizing our current system to protecting our rivers and lakes, it's a lean, smart, and efficient plan to manage our precious water supply. And it's supported by Democrats, Republicans, unions, farmers, and environmentalists.

Proposition 2, the Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act, has a long, fancy name, and a lot of confusing legalese -- but it will do something really very simple. When we have a budget surplus, we'll save some of it for when we have a lean year. It'll help us smooth out the "boom-bust" budgeting that has damaged our state's finances over the years.

California has made incredible strides in the last four years, and these propositions will help lock in that progress -- and keep us on the right budgetary path into the future.

Jerry Brown via email

Arrested 10/21/12 for surfing Martin's beach

Surfrider scored a huge victory in its legal battle against billionaire and venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, to restore beach access at Martin’s Beach in San Mateo, California. Khosla will be required to seek a permit from the California Coastal Commission for any gates, signage and other access-blocking development at Martin’s Beach.

While this is a huge victory for upholding the Coastal Act and protecting beach access at Martin’s Beach, the battle is far from over. Litigation could go on for years!

We need your voice in this battle, too. Stand with Surfrider right now to urge state decision makers to ensure public access.

It's simple – just sign the petition.

Every voice matters. No matter where you live – in California or not – your voice will make a difference. Just like Austin, pictured above, whose simple act of trying to access Martin’s Beach resulted in an arrest. His arrest and his voice put Surfrider’s campaign into high gear.

The battle to open up Martin’s Beach is one of many that Surfrider is working on along our coastlines. We hope you'll stand with our network of activists who are constantly defending our right to enjoy our oceans, waves and beaches.

The phrase “constant pressure, endlessly applied” embodies the DNA of Surfrider and our grassroots volunteer network – we won’t quit fighting until the gates are open at Martin’s Beach or anywhere access is illegally closed.Won’t you stand with Surfrider to pressure the State Lands Commission to act now?

Together we can open the gates at Martin’s Beach, but only if you stand with us.

Thanks for all you do to protect our oceans, waves and beaches,

via email The Surfrider Foundation

L.A. City Council Votes for $15.37 Min Wage for Workers at Big Hotels

The City Council voted 12 to 3 on Wednesday to impose the wage requirements on large hotels, handing a major victory to organized labor and a defeat to business groups. Lawmakers said the measure would pull thousands of hotel workers out of poverty, helping them provide for their families.

“We will change lives by increasing what people are making,” said Councilman Paul Koretz.

Councilman Bernard C. Parks spoke against the measure, saying wage initiatives should not be “just for a specific union or industry or business.” He said his South Los Angeles district cannot afford to see more workers lose their jobs.

from KTLA

The Fickle El Niño of 2014

Prospects have been fading for an El Niño event in 2014, but now there's a glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback.

The image shows Kelvin waves of high sea level (red/yellow) crossing the Pacific Ocean at the equator. The waves can be related to El Niño events. Green indicates normal sea level, and blue/purple areas are lower than normal. Data are from the NASA/European Jason-2 satellite, collected Sept. 13-22, 2014. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Libertarian Non-thinker

He opposes all property taxes for homeowners, in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, red-light cameras, the federal healthcare law and random drug tests.

Adding to his image as a political outlaw, he risks being arrested for his views.

When Wyllie’s driver’s license expired three years ago, he refused to renew it and has driven illegally since. It is his way of protesting Florida’s participation in the federal REAL ID act, a post-9/11 law requiring motorists to produce extensive proof of identification that Wyllie says is too intrusive.

Wyllie is a third-generation Pinellas County resident, a 1988 graduate of Dunedin High and self-employed IT consultant for car dealers who earned $48,000 last year. Once a Republican, he became a Libertarian in 1996, and he and his wife, Dawn, have two sons.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article1980288.html

Irvine Company Completes Open Space Master Plan...

Whether it's philanthropy or extreme wildfire risk...
the Irvine Company Gives up on two huge long-planned developments in East Orange County Foothills

More stuff

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 — Culminating more than 50 years of open space master planning on the historic Irvine Ranch, the Irvine Company today announced a major land gift of 2,500 acres near Orange and Anaheim Hills now approved for 5,500 homes that instead will be donated as open space. Press Release

For us in the NE corner of OC, this is major.

Pulitzer Winners: These Acts, Save One, are No Longer Shocking

This is not the one that is still shocking.

This one might seem shocking — but if I tell you that the man about to have a bullet calmly shot into his brain was a top assassin of the native revolutionary movement, the Viet Cong, tasked with carrying out its own version of the U.S.’s “Operation Phoenix” program of assassination of South Vietnamese Army leaders and their families, recently including of Gen. Loan’s top aides and his family, perhaps you will feel differently about it. Perhaps you won’t — and, if so, good for you. But if you were ever going to make a case for summary execution, this situation would be it — at least if you favored the South Vietnamese government. A major, well-identified, brutal killer of not just enemies but their families, during a startling and crippling wartime offensive, without a realistic possibility of trial — I don’t like it, but I can understand it. And yet this photo did more than any other to break the spirit of Americans back home, because witnessing the reality of a summary execution was simply over the top.

In Orange County, in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere, this sort of thing just isn’t that shocking anymore. What ought to be shocking is the stakes. Based on witness statements consistent with autopsy reports, Michael Brown was summarily executed on the streets of Ferguson for essentially pissing off a police officer. (No, it wasn’t over his stealing cigars or having ingested marijuana sometime over the previous six weeks.) And people in Ferguson and nationwide say that he had it coming.

In Anaheim and I’m sorry to bore you all with this but in about ten weeks it may put Orange County squarely in the news again — we have the death of a young man who had allegedly shot at police and (maybe) briefly but ineffectually threatened a family while running away. He was hid in or behind an isolated trash dumpster not that far away, where a police dog located him and gunfire rang out — very possibly entirely coming from the police, although the soon to be dead boy was morally and legally culpable — leading to the injury of that K-9 officer. And The Walt Disney Company’s favored candidate for Mayor, Lucille Kring, said that his summary execution — like what you see up there in that photo — was “a good result” and the way it should go because it “saved us the cost of a trial.” (She later retracted the statement because it looked bad. If she wins in the wake of Ferguson, it will, I promise you, look worse.)

By Greg Diamond – August 20, 2014
Lots more

DPOC seeks a Field Director to handle GOTV for November Elections


In 2014, Orange County is host to two of the most important legislative district races in California. The Democratic Party of Orange County will run robust a field campaign starting in late August and leading up to the November 4th election to help get out the vote in our priority races.

Our coordinated campaign efforts are tightly integrated with local campaigns to ensure maximum use of our volunteers for the entire Democratic ticket. We are working with campaigns, unions, progressive organizations, and community leaders to ensure that we elect Democrats up and down the ticket in November.

Position Summary

The Democratic Party of Orange County is seeking a Field Director on behalf of our endorsed candidates across the county. The Field Director will be responsible for implementing local field, voter identification, and voter engagement programs for the Democratic Party of Orange County.

The Field Director will work directly with the Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator in implementing the coordinated campaign plan, including voter identification, engagement and turnout through direct canvassing and phone banking. The Field Director will also maintain contact with our community allies to ensure our outreach goals are met.

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