Jul 31, 2012
7/25/2012 | Opinion Editorial
From State Assemblyman Jim Nielsen
Governor Brown has chosen to initiate “Water War Two.” The first was his proposal to build a Peripheral Canal around the Delta that was roundly rejected by the voters in 1982. The governor staked his first tenure as governor on this dream, a dream that he now resurrects as, literally-a “Pipe Dream.” The governor is poised to propose a $24 billion system of twin tunnels to convey water from the Delta to the thirsty south and to save the Delta.
I was one of the statewide leaders of the battle to defeat the original peripheral canal. As a farmer and legislator who has represented part of the Delta and almost all of the Sacramento River and its watershed, I know such a conversion is dangerous and unnecessary. It was in the 1980’s and it is more so now.
State and federal officials acknowledge problems and have concerns but offer that these can be addressed as the project is being built. Astounding, foolish! What prudent person would sign a blank check like that?
An official at the state resources agency suggests, “We decided to embrace scientific uncertainty regarding the facilities operation, water flows, habitat restoration, and the response of fish.” Embrace scientific uncertainty? Despicable, disastrous! It is frightening how even science is ignored because it is inconvenient. These folks are trifling with future generations and with our pocket books.
The Legislature spent cumulatively thousands of hours addressing the vast complicated elements of a water plan, striving to balance quality and supply. Though thoroughly discussed, a peripheral canal or tunnel was not a part of the plan. Many concessions were accomplished to ensure a balanced plan that ensured water supply, quality and addressed the concerns of Californians from all parts of the state. Most significant to me was elevating human needs for water, which for a long time legislatively and in some courts have been seen as secondary to those of fish and other environmental uses.
Ominously over the past couple of years the Resources Agency has proceeded to acquire farmland in the Delta for this tunnel project. Delta farmers were the first to suffer the arrogance of government having its way without specific statutory or fiscal authority and certainly without scientific or environmental review.
During the formation of the 2009 water plan distrust and uncertainly were exhaustively addressed. Working with the Northern California Water Association and the Regional Council of Rural Counties I was able to write and secure vital Area of Origin projection language in the statute. We were able to limit the authority of the Delta Stewardship Council, the proponents of which were attempting to create a dictatorial “water czar” and a council with power to control water in California. Already, this council and its leaders are demonstrating their bureaucratic arrogance by quietly trying to ignore those constraints and exceed their proscribed authority.
These are the worst fiscal times in California’s history and no time to contemplate either a $98 billion “Speed Rail” or a $24 billion “Peripheral Tunnel.” Neither of these wild dreams have sound scientific or fiscal foundations.
It is increasingly clear that, in so many cases, we cannot trust the agencies of government and as citizens we must assert our authority over “run amuck” agencies and leaders who would impose their vision on us.
I ask you to join me in strongly opposing these ill-founded proposals. It is time to formally organize in our communities to oppose the “Peripheral Tunnel.”
Assemblyman Nielsen represents the Second Assembly District, which includes: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama and Yolo counties.
Jul 31, 2012
We are planning a rally for tomorrow
(a nationally designated day for support of & at Chick-fil-A restaurants)
5 pm til ?
at the intersection of Highway 97 and Weed Blvd,
in support of Chick-fil-A and free speech.
No speakers, just a citizens’ rally with signs.
If you are considering attending I would like to hear from you.
Jul 31, 2012
According to experts, the drought hitting the U.S. this year is the worst since the 1950s. More than 60 percent of the country is experiencing drought conditions. And, while the brunt of the damage will be borne by farmers, all consumers will be affected.
Corn-growing areas have been hit especially hard. The result is that corn prices are at an all-time high, around $8 per bushel. Soybean products are also reaching high prices.
Consumers will be affected in three ways: at the grocery store, at the gas pump, and in their electric bills.
The biggest effect that consumers will feel is at the grocery store. Corn and food ingredients made from corn are used in 3/4 of all grocery products. So rising prices won’t be limited to canned and fresh veggies. Higher prices will be found throughout your grocery store.
You’ll begin to see some prices rise in the next six weeks, especially on fresh corn. But the big price shock won’t happen until the beginning of 2013. For 2012 the USDA forecasts all grocery prices increasing 2.5 to 3.5 percent. Beef and veal are predicted to go up 4 to 5 percent.
Corn and soybeans are a major feedstock for beef, pigs, and chicken. In fact, about 40 percent of the total cost of bringing beef to market is the feeding cost. Some experts disagree with the USDA and predict that beef, poultry, pork, milk, and eggs will be more seriously affected. Prices could rise 10 percent on these items.
What You Can Do
Use sales to stock up on meat this fall. Some farmers unable to buy expensive feedstocks will bring their animals to market early, which may lower prices temporarily. Take advantage of the opportunity, but don’t buy too much. Meat will not keep in your freezer indefinitely. Most ground meat will be good for three months; roasts and steaks for six months. Make sure to package meats properly for the freezer—store wrapping isn’t enough. Don’t forget to mark what’s in the package and when it went in the freezer.
Begin to shift away from processed foods. They’re always more expensive than raw foods you prepare yourself. Plus, they’re full of ingredients made from corn or soybeans that will be increasing in price. Many prepared foods are quite easy to make yourself.
The drought will affect gas prices. According to the USDA, 40 percent of the entire U.S. corn crop is used to produce ethanol. This year refiners are required to buy a minimum of 13 billion gallons for blending into gasoline. So no matter how high corn prices rise, a large amount will go to making gasoline, which could make prices more volatile.
Fortunately, corn is only a small part of the cost of gasoline. Changes in the price of crude oil will likely have a greater impact on the price of gasoline. But reducing the amount you spend on gasoline is a good idea in any situation.
What You Can Do
Reduce the number of miles that you drive. Not only will you buy less gas, but you’ll reduce the cost of maintenance, lengthen the life of your car, and you might even lower the cost of insuring it.
Maximize the mileage you get out of every gallon of gas. You can stretch your mileage by the way you drive and maintain your car or truck. By treating the gas pedal gently, replacing air filters, and keeping tires inflated you’ll see an improvement in your MPG.
Many electric generating plants use water for cooling. With the drought, these plants don’t have enough water to run at max capacity. The result is that less electricity is generated and power companies pay more to produce or buy electricity. Some shortages may occur.
What You Can Do
Make sure that your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency. You’ll reduce your electric bill and the strain on the electric company, too.
Reduce the amount of heat that your air conditioner needs to remove from your house. Make sure your home is properly caulked and insulated. Draw drapes over sunny windows. Limit the use of ovens and clothes dryers. Consider the installation of attic vents or fans.
Keep your air conditioner working efficiently. Clean or replace inside filters. Make sure that air can flow around the outside air compressor. Shade the compressor if possible. Use fans inside your home. Bump your thermostat up a degree or two.
What You Don’t Need to Do
There’s no need to panic. Experts still expect this to be the 3rd or 4th largest corn crop in U.S. history. Some prices will go up, but in amounts that should be manageable for the average consumer. You may need to shift some money from other categories to your grocery budget. But you will be able to feed your family and drive your car, unless oil prices go crazy.
Gary Foreman is a former financial planner who founded TheDollarStretcher.com. Since 1996 the site has helped readers “live better…for less” and features nearly 10,000 time- and money-saving articles.
Jul 30, 2012
Yreka Tea Party Patriots
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Decision Life Church
Corner of Main and Oberlin — 1301 South Main St.
“Black Bear Commune Expose`” by Mark Baird
You won’t want to miss this one, it will be juicy!!!
Public Welcome. Contact Louise for more information at
Comment from John Menke Ph.D. —
We really need to be at Mark’s presentation since it directly connects with all that is going on in Siskiyou County — removal of the dam in Shasta Valley (lawsuit by the Riverkeepers on the Montague Water Conservation District), the ramping up of the Trinity River beginning August 15th by BOR, and the wolves reintroduction in Butte Valley by California Department of Fish and Game very likely.
Petey Brucker of the BB Commune is involved in all three. He and Mark Hampton and now Tom Cannon are conspiring to link the low flows this year in the Scott and Shasta Rivers with fish die offs by promoting ramping up the Trinity River beginning August 15, when the Klamath River will be way too warm for healthy salmon occupancy and no added flow out of Iron Gate Dam because BOR already dumped the water out of Upper Klamath Lake last winter creating low Upper Klamath Lake levels.
The Department of Water Resource watermaster called me in the last week of August in 2009 and told me “they are going to kill a bunch more salmon”.
That year when he called he said the Trinity River was up to over 2,200 cfs from a base of less than 700 cfs–that was a pulse 6-day event, not an extended ramp up like is planned this August, but the triggering of salmon will commence anyway as soon as the first new water (3,600 cfs this time) gets to the estuary.
The watermaster let me know that Brucker was doing his annual complaint that the Shasta Valley irrigators need to turn their diversions off in late August. Hampton who worked for CDFG at the time said the kegged up salmon in the canyon reach of the Shasta River were doing fine–lie!!!!!
Now Hampton works for NMFS and is not complaining about the ramp up flows in the Trinity River which he should.
The Hoopas should not be wanting to trigger salmon to leave the estuary until at least September 15th.
The Klamath is too inhospitable to salmon before that date, especially for large runs which are very likely this year. This whole affair is related to dam removal on the Klamath River and the trouble US DOI is in with the whistleblower Dr. Paul Houser.
Brucker chaired the Klamath Basin Fisheries Task Force Technical Workgroup for which I was the Siskiyou County representative in 2005-6.
The last meeting after Brucker thanked me for serving for the year as a volunteer, in the same breathe stated he was going to do everything he could to get wolves introduced to Scott Valley.
Well CDFG is starting with Butte Valley on the wolves because OR7 is there and available for planted females to be added and apparently that has happened already. This new director of Fish and Game moves fast and furiously at the end of Obama’s first term just in case.