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Resnicks rock UC Davis, commit $50mil for Ag innovation center
Lynda and Stewart Resnick's giving spree to California universities isn't quite over.
October 13, 2022
Amid worst-ever drought, Calif.’s top water agency is focused – on fighting racism
When did California's top water agency change from a bureaucracy administering water rights to an arbitrator and avenger of unrelated injustices? When Californians got too tired to call the agency to account.
October 6, 2022
Newsom caves to Biden, signs UFW-led election bill – with some adjustments
The UFW suffered body blows that left its membership as "statistically zero." Pressure from Washington and Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature on a controversial, UFW-led union election bill may revive the farmworker union's fortunes.
September 28, 2022
Madera Co. approves penalties for excess groundwater extraction
Madera County farmers who extract more groundwater from their wells than they are allocated are set for stiff…
September 28, 2022
Westlands spearheaded Delta restoration project. Now, it faces puzzling ‘greenlash.’
If California's environmental goals get met, does it really matter if a key contributor is a long-time nemesis of special interest groups? For Westlands Water District, kinda.
September 26, 2022
Will Madera Co.’s SGMA rebellion offer blueprint – or warning – for reckoning with farm water restrictions, costs?
One of Madera County's three critical water sub-basins is pushing back on sky-high fees to pay for state-mandated water conservation. Here's why they're mad as hell.
September 25, 2022
‘Buy American’ bill a common sense move to keep U.S. food producers flourishing
A bill on Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk "ensures that our schoolchildren access nutritious, American-grown foods produced under the strictest safety standards in the world," writes State Sen. Anna Caballero (D–Salinas).
September 20, 2022
Newsom pushes back on Biden pressure to sign UFW election bill
Nobody – but especially Joe Biden – puts Gavin Newsom in a corner, Gavin Newsom said in a recent TV interview.
September 14, 2022
“Triple dip” La Niña on the horizon for drought-stricken Calif., U.S.
Meteorologists have predicted that a “triple-dip” La Niña is expected to occur through the remainder of 2022 and possibly into early 2023.
September 12, 2022
Biden calls on Newsom to sign UFW-backed elections bill
The UFW-backed proposal has garnered significant support from Washington, but hasn't appeared to move support from Gov. Gavin Newsom.
September 6, 2022