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California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of State Authority over Mining! – September 2016, The New 49ers. "Now that the California Supreme Court has ruled, my best guess is that any prospector using a motor to remove or process streambed material within 100 yards of an active waterway without a permit (which is not being made available), if caught, is likely to be successfully prosecuted." Link includes link to memo by miner's attorney James Buchal

California governor signed climate change mandates and farm labor overtime after 8 hours, CFBF Friday Legislative Review 9/13/16

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review posted 8/17/16: climate change mandates with no oversight, bills that regulate cow farts and chase dairies out of California, overtime bills that would end up reducing hours that farm laborers would work, wool, stolen bee hives, water control board stuff and more...

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/1/16. Proposed bills on climate change mandates, regulations on livestock methane emissions that would "drive dairies out of California", put solar power projects on "not less than 100,000 acres" permanently retired farmland, pay overtime to farm workers for over 8 hours work, expand forest thinning for fire protection, stockponds, water transfers, ground water wells, more...

California Senate approves sweeping gun-control measures, Fox News 5/19/16

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/10/16. "AB 2757 would require agricultural employers to pay overtime premium pay (at a rate of 1.5 times an employee’s regular rate of pay) to their employees after 8 hours in any work day, and 40 hours in any work week; premium pay at the rate of two times the employee’s regular rate of pay for any work after 12 hours in a day; and will repeal the agricultural exemption..."  "AB 2700 (Rudy Salas, Jr., D-Bakersfield) passed out of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on consent on April 6. AB 2700 requires the CPUC to update the criteria it uses to prioritize renewable energy projects..." KBC NOTE: Why would they create more renewable energy projects while California governor wants to destroy Klamath River hydropower (the ultimate renewable energy) dams serving 70,000 homes?

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 3/11/16. "The State Water Board submitted the emergency regulation they adopted in January to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) this week. The emergency regulation requires all surface water right holders and claimants to report their diversions annually..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative and Governmental Update 2/5/16. Includes doubling pay on holidays for some jobs, and Calif. Water Board news, including Tribal Resolution No. 2010-0062 "AUTHORIZE FUNDING FROM THE CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND (CWSRF) TO THE YUROK TRIBE (TRIBE) ... 'Western Rivers Conservancy submitted an application to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program on behalf of the Yurok Tribe (Tribe) for the acquisition of approximately 22,237 acres of forest land in the Klamath River watershed...A credit review was completed on November 4, 2010, recommending a maximum CWSRF financing amount of $18,750,000 for the project, assuming a 25-year term at a zero percent interest rate...' "

California farm economy surprisingly resilient amid drought, SacBee, posted to KBC 5/31/15. "An estimated 800,000-plus acres will sit idle this year"

Jobless rates in N. California counties remain high. Statewide, Modoc had the 47th highest unemployment rate, H&N, 3/25/15 KBC NOTE regarding federal management of our counties: KBRA permanently would downsize agriculture, OWRD is tying surface water to groundwater and has shut off water even to private Oregon irrigation wells, timber harvest is still curtailed, decimating schools, communities and economies in the region, further decimated by severe wildfires burning forests, communities and wildlife.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 2/20/15: water storage, groundwater rights, Cal/OHSA, ...

Feinstein shuts off California water talks until 2015, Fresno Bee, posted to KBC 11/23/14

California - Water Bond Proposition 1
* Water Bond Drowning in Pork Spending, YouTube 5 minutes by David Spady,  Americans for Prosperity California, October 2014
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Prop 1 Water Storage Bond Facts by Rex Cozzalio October 26, 2014
* Prop 1 Stop the Pork by Rex Cozzalio
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Klamath Basin Dams Resolution by the Siskiyou County and South Siskiyou County California Federated Republican Women 3/15/09
*Urgent Bulletin and Groups opposing Prop 1 by Richard Marshall, Jerry Bacagalupi, and Loise Gliotto Oct. 2014

Calif. water agency wins damage suit against feds. Judges conclude that the government owes additional damages for failed water deliveries, H&N 8/5/14. "Judges concluded that the government owes additional damages for the Bureau of Reclamation’s failure to deliver enough water to the Stockton-based Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District."

Ongoing California drought wreaks significant economic damage. Crop, job losses take heavy toll on state, H&N 7/16/14.

In dry California, water fetching record prices, Capital Press 7/2/14. "...growers would ultimately pay $775 to $980 an acre-foot.."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/27/14. Proposed bills: unlimited tax increases, renewable resources, GM labels, private property tree harvest regulations, funds to clean up illegal pot farm pollution, billions$ for climate change, river "protection," & "sustainable...", groundwater management, minimum wages, paid sick leave mandates...

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/16/14. Proposed bills for billions of $ for groundwater and water management and control, bill to label genetically modified food products, disclosure of extreme fuel costs from California's carbon taxes, more...

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 5/9/14: school districts to impose unlimited tax on property owners, honeybee access, registering stockponds for livestock and irrigation, $18 billion for water projects and conservation, immigration laws, labor laws...

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/2/14: Sunset date on Williamson Act, regulatory requirements on fuel, cutting tree without permit on your own property, funds for marijuana farm cleanup, animal antibiotics, GMO labeling, employers to provide paid sick leave, employees to wage lien on employers property if they claim (without proof) they weren't fully paid, billions$ for Clean Water Act desires, groundwater management plan agencies, registration of animal stockponds,

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review Proposed bills: 4/25/14 Pesticide application regulations, GMO food labeling, budget increases for Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources Board, over $4 million to Department of Education, $19 million plus $2 annually to pay FWS overdue tax bills (FWS has $ to buy private land, then they don't pay their decade-overdue taxes), employees could file lean on their employeer's property if they claim they weren't paid, $8.5 billion for clean water, protect rivers, climate change, Delta Sustainability and water storage, Groundwater management, more.

Siskiyou, Modoc jobless figures worse than state’s. Counties’ unemployment rates improve, but still lag behind California averages, H&N 4/22/14. "...the unemployment rate in Siskiyou County dropped from 15.5 percent in February to 14.9 percent, while the drop in Modoc County was from 13.5 to 12.9 percent. In comparison, the California unemployment rate dropped during the same period from 8.5 to 8.4 percent, while the national average shifted from 7.0 to 6.8 percent."

Growers of thirsty pot are under fire in drought-struck California, H&N, posted to KBC  3/31/14. "...authorities have found widespread damage, including miles of irrigation lines, propane tanks, and rat poison and other toxic chemicals that end up in streams..."
Rat poison left outside illegal pot plantations threatens spotted owls: "The (Hoopa) tribe has received a $200,000 grant from Fish and Wildlife ... to cleaning up as many as five pot plantations identified on the reservation" H&N 5/29/13
For more illegal Klamath River Basin pot crops, go to KBC News CROP page.

Calif. drought has migrating salmon hitching truck rides, H&N 3/26/14. "California began hauling 30 million young Chinook salmon hundreds of miles toward the Pacific Ocean in tanker trucks to save the fishing industry after a record drought left rivers too low for migration... The hatchery fish that typically migrate through the Sacramento River Delta to the sea are key to the state’s $1.5 billion commercial and recreational fishing industry, according to the Nature Conservancy" KBC NOTE: In Klamath, the Dept of Interior wants the Klamath hydroelectric dams destroyed which provide water for 70,000 homes, water storage, and fish hatcheries. They refuse to haul the fish. Here for their KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The DOI fired the Bureau of Reclamation's top ethics scientist Dr. Houser because he was a whistleblower, stating that the science does not support dam and hatchery destruction

Jobless rates stagnate in Northern California, H&N 3/26/14. "In Modoc County, the rate for February was 13.2 percent while in Siskiyou County the rate was 15.3 percent. The California average for the month was 8.5 percent while the national rate was 7 percent."

Final California Water Action Plan, by Cal EPA, CDFA/Calif. Dept of Food and Drug, and California Natural Resources Agency, 1/14/14. Page 11: "The administration will work with Congress to secure the necessary federal authorizations for the agreements and secure the necessary funding for removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River and funding for the necessary basin restoration."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 1/10/14: "...the $217.8 billion in unfunded retirement liability, goes unaddressed again this year...Governor included $618.7 million to begin implementing the California Water Action Plan...The minimum illumination in these (night farm) work areas “shall be 10 foot-candles” ...AB 1437, which goes even further than Senator Hill’s bill and eliminates the use of antibiotics for disease prevention purposes unless there is a documented outbreak...Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014 (AB 1331) would authorize the issuance of $6.5 billion in general obligation bonds in five separate categories. The five categories include $1 billion for Water Quality and Clean and Safe Drinking Water, $1.5 billion for Protecting Rivers, Lakes, Streams and Watersheds, $1.5 billion for Climate Change Preparedness for Regional Security, $1 billion for Delta Sustainability, and $1.5 billion for Water Storage for Climate Change."

New Calif. law requires gun registration; Buyers of rifles, shotguns affected by new regulation, H&N 1/2/14.

November sees job loss in Modoc, Siskiyou counties, H&N 12/26/13. Unemployment 10.3% in Modoc, 11.8% in Siskiyou

California gun owners warily eye rifle, shotgun database requirement, Sacramento Bee 12/16/13

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 9/1/13. Power marketing, incidental take for farmers regarding ESA, minimum wage to $10, limits on farmers checking to see if laborers are legal, Cal/OSHA enforcement, forest management, bobcat trapping bans, ...

WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA!
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 6/28/13. Fertilizer tax, makeup of irrigation district boards, California Coastal Commission could fine citizens...FB/ Farm Bureau opposes,  minimum wage increase, if employers check if citizens are legal they can lose their business license if the check is not mandated federally causing all their employees to lose their jobs, penalties for employers not providing health insurance for their employees, some mandatory unionization of farm employees.                 
California -
Governor seeks to delay freeing 10K Calif. inmates, SacBee 6/28/13
California - Emergency Rulemaking Approved for Suction Dredge Mining, CDFG 6/28/13. "...the use of any vacuum or suction dredge equipment for instream mining purposes is prohibited."

Groups sue to reclassify species; more may be listed, CFBF, posted to KBC 5/21/13. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protections for three amphibians that live in the Sierra Nevada, and proposed to designate more than 2 million acres of land as critical habitat for the species..."

We Can See Where This Is Going, Families Protecting the Valley 4/29/13. CENTRAL VALLEY - "Farmers don't have to believe in conspiracy theories.  History is their reality.  They've seen Lucy pull the football away at the last minute too many times."

Modoc, Siskiyou unemployment up, H&N, posted to KBC 1/4/13. "The Siskiyou rate, which was 12.7 percent in October, jumped from 14.2 percent in November to 15.9 percent in December. The Modoc rate rose from 12.9 percent in November to 14.4 percent in December."

California is in the final stages preparatory of rolling out control over water. It follows the classic global Agenda 21 pattern, 1/16/13 from Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong

CALIFORNIA - Back to Bad Bills, CFRW, posted to KBC 1/12/13: gun law, college tuition, and Governor Brown's increased spending.

Modoc County unemployment rates were up in November to 12.8%, Siskiyou County 14%, according to Klamath Falls Herald and News 12/26/12.

Cal-Fire Protection Fee (tax) refuted by Siskiyou farmer Rex Cozzalio 12/17/12. Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown. "This is NOT a supplementary tax willingly voted upon by the affected tax base for specifically provided beneficial services. Instead, this is a premeditated raping of an unequally represented affected minority by a benefitting bureaucracy that believes such selective injustice will be unopposed by the unaffected majority, regardless of ethics or breach of law."

CALIFORNIA - Judge backs high speed rail over farmers, CBS News 11/16/12.

Opponents urge landowners not to ignore fire fee bills, Capital Press 10/24/12.

August UNEMPLOYMENT: Herald and News 9/25 and 9/29, 2012:
Klamath County 11.7% .
Siskiyou County13.5 %
Modoc County, 12.8%

PRESS RELEASE: HJTA Files Class Action Lawsuit against Fire Tax; Class Action could qualify 825,000 property owners for a Fire Tax refund, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association October 3, 2012

Jerry Brown signs bill banning open display of unloaded rifles, Sac Bee 9/28/12.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update, 9/4/12. "This is the final recap of legislation acted upon in the final hours of the legislative session on Friday evening and early Saturday morning. Other issues acted on during the final month of the legislative session were included in previous issues of the Friday Review." KBC Editor: Calif. farmworker overtime failed, converting thousands of acres of farmland to solar facilities failed, allowing CDFG to fine Fish and  Game "believed" violations up to $10,000 failed...more

Petition to the Calif. Fish and Game Commission by CBD / Center For Biological Diversity to list grey wolves as endangered in Calif,  March 2012. KBC Editor: One wolf strayed into Calif. this past year, so CBD attorneys and CDFG are gearing up with models, wolf habitat, studies and planting wolves by our children, livestock and puppies.

Opponents keep fighting as fire fee bills sent out, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/15/12.

California Coyote Tale, International Liberty, posted to KBC 6/29/12. "The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor's dog, then bites the Governor...."

* California Farm Bureau Federation governmental and legislative update 6/29/12. Status of bills: demanding farmers to provide cool water every 10' and shade every 200', demanding overtime for farm workers after 8 hours, ending hunting certain predators with dogs, acquiring prime farmland for green energy production, giving Cal Dept. Fish and Game authority to fine people $20,000 if CDFG "believes" someone violated a code or regulation, limiting use of certain traps, .....

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update 6/22/12: Water, Land, Transportation
CFBF Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update 6/15/12: farm labor overtime, minimum wage, heat illness, farm labor contractors

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review - legislative and governmental update, posted to KBC 6/8/12: heat illness legislation, discrimination, metering, coho permits, more power to CDFG, marijuana on public lands, predator hunting restrictions, regulations and limits for trappers.

KBC News: the following has been thoroughly researched and documented by Marcia Armstrong 5/31/12:
Part 1 - Siskiyou County: How Water and Land Use Regulations and Litigation Are Destroying Us, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia H. Armstrong, 5/31/12. Background on Siskiyou County and its Economy. "Sixty-three % (63%) of the land base in Siskiyou County is in Federal (or state) ownership...In the year 2000, the average unemployment rate for the year was 7.5%. By 2008, it had risen to 10.2%, rising again to 15.8% in 2009. In March of 2012, the unemployment rate was 18.7%, ranking Siskiyou 50th out of 56 counties in the state."

Part 2 - The Global Agenda –IWRM - a Blueprint for Control, by
Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia H. Armstrong 5/31/12.

N. California jobless figures worsen, H&N, posted to KBC 4/7/12. "February (unemployment) rates at 16.7 percent in Modoc County and 18.8 percent in Siskiyou County." KBC NOTE: Our country used to support American timber harvest, mining and agriculture. Federal agencies and environmental groups have shut down roads and timber harvest, banned mining, and spent billions of dollars to eliminate agriculture in our region.

Jerry Brown changes high-speed rail plan, lowers cost by $30 billion, Sac Bee 3/30/12

Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects, DFG, posted to KBC 3/1/12. "Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved $17.9 million in grants funding to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat..." Pit River, Watsonville, Willow Creek, Stanislaus County.

House Passes Nunes Water Bill, Families Protecting the Valley 3/1/12. "When farmers agreed to the river restoration in 2009, it was because they were promised they would get the river water back when it got to the Delta. But, the NRDC, a party to the agreement, reneged on the deal and sued to shut off the pumps because of the Delta Smelt. Instead of getting the water back, farm water flowed to the sea. Was that a water grab? Yes. Farmers are just trying to grab their water back."

SB 810, mandatory California's Medicare for All, failed today. 1/31/12

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 1/20/12. KBC NOTE: Included is a bill, which failed, to LABEL genetically modified fish. Our state has reduced fishing, eliminated suction dredge mining, and plans to destroy 4 hydroelectric dams on the Klamath river and hatcheries which produce millions of fish, in the guise of superiority of "wild" fish.  Obama then bails a genetically modified salmon firm.  And by the way, Obama's food Czar was Monsanto's legal representative. So wiping out the Klamath hatcheries could conveniently be replaced by Obama's pet "Frankenfish."

Regional jobless rates jump, H&N, posted to KBC 1/27/12. "Rates in Siskiyou County rose from 16.8 percent in November to 18.3 in December, while in Modoc County the increase was from 13.4 to 14.4 percent.

Sham Science Vindicates Sham Scientists! Families Protecting the Valley 1/9/12.  "If we told you the President of Resolve is the former Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, you might have some doubts about how neutral they would be. Not surprisingly they found no evidence of misconduct."

Jerry Brown appointees help approve higher rural fire fee, Sac Bee 11/10/11.

Federal agency congratulates itself for illegal delta smelt biop, Families Protecting the Valley, posted to KBC 10/29/11. "

San Diego Superior Court Upholds California Fish and Game Commission Regulations Pertaining to Marine Protected Areas, Rejects Arguments of Coastside Fishing Club, Somach Simmons and Dunn 10/25/11

California approves carbon trading to combat global warming, SacBee 10/20/11

Gun Control, Firearms AB 144, Calif. bills signed by Governor 10/10/11. "The bill would, subject to exceptions, make it a misdemeanor to openly carry an unloaded handgun on the person or openly and exposed in a motor vehicle in specified public areas and would make it a misdemeanor with specified penalties to openly carry an exposed handgun in a public place or public street, as specified, if the person at the same time possesses ammunition capable of being discharged from the handgun, and the person is not in lawful possession of the handgun, as specified..."

CALIFORNIA - Jerry Brown signs California Dream Act, SacBee 10/9/11. "The program's expansion is expected to cost the state $23 million to $40 million annually...legislation would encourage illegal immigration and force students who are in the country legally to compete with undocumented immigrants for public resources.

"California: A Morality Tale in Three Parts" - a speech U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock gave to the Council for National Policy, posted to KBC 10/8/11.

Obama Interior Department Rife with zealots, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 9/27/11.

Central Valley - Judge throws out parts of salmon, steelhead plan, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 9/25/11

Angry federal judge (Wanger) rips 'false testimony' of federal scientists, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 9/24/11

Federal Court Eviscerates Obama Administration's California Water Policy, Congressman Nunes Newsletter, and Letter from Congressman Devin Nunes to Secretary Salazar, 9/22/11

Judge: Salmon protections too costly to water users, Contra Costa Times 9/21/11.

U.S. District Court: 2009 salmonid biop found to be unlawful, Central Calif district court decision 9/20/11

California - California's poverty rate highest in more than a decade, SacBee, posted to KBC 9/15/11
National - News Alert: U.S. poverty rate rises to 15.1 percent, Washington Post, posted 9/15/11

To: The Honorable Members of the California Redistricting Commission, from Frank Tallerico,  retired Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools July 7, 2011

California water rules rile farmers - Would mean radical changes for industry, Monterey County Herald, posted to KBC 6/25/11

California Democrats may benefit from redistricting, H&N 6/11/11. "California's new voting districts could put Democrats within reach of as many as five more seats in Congress and enough in the state Legislature for the two-thirds majority..."

Re-district lines are a sham, by Liz Bowen, president Scott Valley POW/Protect Our Water 6/10/11.

California: Brown proposes prison reduction plan: "Corrections chief Matthew Cate said the state must immediately begin overhauling the prison system to meet a November deadline to lower its head count by more than 10,000 inmates."

Water and Power Subcommittee to hold Fresno Field Hearing on the Man-Made Drought in CaliforniaHouse Natural Resources Committee 3/21/11

Calif Budget Committee voted to eliminate funding for fairs, 2/17/11

Unemployment rate up in Northern California counties. LaMalfa named to committees. H&N, posted to KB C 2/1/11. "December indicate 16.1 percent of people in Modoc County and 19 percent in Siskiyou County were unemployed..."
"Calif. Senator LaMalfa is "
vice chairman of natural resources; vice chairman of elections and constitutional Amendments; agriculture; budget and fiscal review; governance and finance; veterans affairs; joint legislative audit; and the joint committee on fisheries and aquaculture."

California - Court Backs Illegal Immigrants, NY Times 11/15/10

CALIFORNIA - Sacramento Bee article this Nov 10: "...Legislative Analyst's Office projects that (California's) looming deficit is $25.4 billion..." KBC NOTE: The KBRA promises further downsize agriculture, Cal Fish and Game, along with environmental groups and the Karuk Leadership have managed to ban gold mining, ripping out 4 hydro dams on the Klamath River will destroy Siskiyou County economy, 3 of Obama's proposed new National Monuments will shut down millions of acres of land to resource use, Schwarzenegger signed away millions of acres in Calif to wilderness. Sept. 2010 unemployment rate for California 12.4%

(Calif) Governor signs $10 million Williamson Act bill, Siskiyou Daily 10/22/10

Smelt regulations violate Constitution, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/28/10

Delaying the $11 Billion Water Bond: What Does it Mean for the Delta? 8/12/10, by Somach, Simmons and Dunn

***Assembly passes ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public, Sacramento Bee, posted to KBC 6/4/10

Reps. Costa and Cardoza Take Aim At NMFS Biological Opinion, Congressman Costa Press Release, posted to KBC  4/30/10. "...tens of thousands of acre-feet of water are now flowing into the ocean.  Flexibility in implementation of the NMFS biological opinion would allow more of this sorely needed water to reach the Valley."

The Glory that Was San Joaquin, singer Joey Joseph, posted to KBC YouTube 4/30/10

California Unemployment 12.4 percent, Sacramento Bee, posted to KBC 1/24/10

"Turn the water on"   Alan Joey Joseph< Turn the Water On, YouTube video. Shut down Central Calif Farming, rip out hydro dams, hello?

Central Calif - Federal Fish Agency Refuses to Answer Any Questions On Scientific Basis for Its Restrictions on Water Deliveries, Family Farm Alliance, posted to KBC 1/15/10

ESA blamed for low flows (Calif. Central Valley), Capital Press 12/3/09

PacifiCorp will be filing a general rate case with the California Public Utilities Commission today for a rate increase, 11/20/09

‘It’s just depressing,' Calif Central Valley water shutoff impact, H&N 11/19/09. "His (Keppen's) organization also is part of a lawsuit demanding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service release its studies on what needed to be done to help fish species such as the Delta smelt, and there likely will be a push to suspend the Endangered Species Act in the region." (KBC Note: Dan Keppen supports the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which says, "NMFS and FWS expressly reserve the right to make determinations and take actions as necessary to meet the requirements of the ESA and implementing regulations." Our request for Mr. Keppen: Please explain to us why it's ok to enforce ESA regulations in Klamath Basin but not in Central California.

State Legislature approves comprehensive package to overhaul water system, including an $11-billion bond, LA Times, posted to KBC 11/6/09 (includes Klamath dam removal funds)
Money for Klamath dam removal included in California water bill, Oregonian, posted to KBC 11/6/09
Historic state water deal now up to voters, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 11/6/09. "The package would require state residents to cut water use by an average of 20 percent over the next decade and, for the first time, require water users to measure and report their use of underground water, ending California's status as the only Western state that does not regulate ground water."

11/6/09: U.S. Unemployment Rate 10.2%, Highest Since 1983, 10/21/09 Oregon was 11.5%, Calif.12.2%

California, Sacramento unemployment fall (to 12.2%), Sacramento Bee 10/16/09

PRESS RELEASE: Hastings Opposes Democrat Leaders’ Misplaced Priorities, Calls for Relief for San Joaquin Valley Farmers and Families, posted 10/16/09

Enviros now going after groundwater, Families Protecting the Valley 10/14/09 (KBC NOTE: in the closed-door negotiated Klamath Restoration Agreement, there is a map of the groundwater areas that will be controlled, from South near Alturas (Canby) Calif, West near Doris Calif, and North through the Upper Klamath Basin. We farmers have no access to the latest drafts that detail the mandates and regulations for our land and water and our deeded rights.)

Schwarzenegger pushes lawmakers for water deal, Capital Press 10/9/09

Court orders government to pay for water losses; decision could open door for more districts to seek payment for water shifted to fish, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 10/7/09

People need to know about San Joaquin Valley, H&N letter 10/7/09.

Schwarzenegger Executive Order: ALL Californians to be vaccinated for swine flu! posted to KBC 10/21/09

(San Joaquin) River restoration: Ready for dry run, 9/29/09

California unemployment rate hits 12.2 percent, Sac Bee 9/18/09

Families Protecting the Valley, Westlands, CA water shutoff:
Click here to view Channel 30 Action News coverage
Click here to view the TV ad featuring FPV Executive Director Alan Autry

California unemployment rate hits 12.2 percent, Sac Bee 9/18/09

Statement from Thomas Birmingham Regarding "Water Hoarding", Westlands Water District 8/21/09.

California unemployment: 11.9 percent, Sacramento Bee 8/21/09. (KBC NOTE: Our governor favors removing Klamath River Dam agreement downsizing agriculture, voted to ban Calif. suction dredge mining, put thousands of acres into wilderness off limits to resource use, and Calif. just made a marine preserve decimating the fishing industry. Not to mention the 40% unemployment in Central Calif. for shutting off irrigation water to thousands of farms for a little fish. Unemployment?)

Calif. lawmakers shift focus to water problems, Capital Press 8/16/09
Sean Hannity in Central California where 1/2 million acres of farmland have been shut off from water over a little fish. 40% unemployment. HERE for video from 8/12/09.

Valley's ag, water economics a conundrum, Fresno Bee, posted to KBC 6/29/09

California lawmakers lose bid to change water rules, Miami Herald , posted to KBC 6/29/09

California unemployment rate hits record high, Sac Bee, posted to KBC 6/21/09

Biological opinion takes water from people, Capital Press editorial 6/11/09

Federal plan will protect chinook salmon, H&N 6/5/09

Farmers Losing Crops to Endangered Fish, FOX, posted to KBC 5/18/09

Calif. Central Valley - People or fish: Who gets water under ESA? by M. David Stirling, Guest comment 5/7/09, Capital Press.

April 2009 "Monthly Briefing" (PDF), Family Farm Alliance, including California Water March Draws 10,000.

As California water wars heat up, GOP congressmen say there's no real shortage, SacBee 4/24/09

Water system to get federal stimulus funds, CFBF 4/22/09. Lists where $260 million stimulus money will be spent.

Fresno County Farm Bureau issues statement on water supply for Fresno County’s federal water contractors, Press Release 4/21/09

Thousands rally for water supply solutions,  San Joaquin Valley, CFBF 4/22/09

Millions for Klamath, Trinity Fed stimulus dollars targeted for fish, dam-removal study, Triplicate, posted 4/17/09

Stimulus funds will pay to study dams, H&N 4/17/09

* Obama to Valley agriculture: Dry up, Fresno Bee 4/17/09. "The answer was a simple one from Salazar — the vast majority of this money won't be seen in the farmworker-dominated communities that are experiencing 40% unemployment because of drought conditions. But there was plenty of money for projects in Northern California for environmental uses."

Stimulus funds flow to N. Calif. rivers, Times-Standard 4/17/09

Schwarzenegger declines to endorse lifting ESA protections, Capital Press 4/17/09

< Mile-long parade draws thousands; ‘There’s plenty of water, but it’s going for fish’, Capital Press 4/17/09

California March For Water, April 14-17, near Fresno, Calif. NEW ANNOUNCEMENT

The Latino Water Coalition’s “March for Water” kicked off yesterday, by Dan Keppen, Family Farm Alliance 4/15/09

Interior chief says California water system outdated, Capital Press 4/15/09

Thousands join mile-long parade to protest water cuts, Capital Press 4/14/09

Thousands expected to march for water in California, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/12/09
NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: Calif. March for water, 4/12/09

Central Valley irrigators look to Klamath Basin for assistance, H&N 4/5/09. New California Central Valley website: www.ourvalleywatercrisis.org 

Another Empty Bucket, by Susan Sutton, April 2009

Republicans Call for Action to Address Man-Made Drought, Projections: Up to 35,000 Jobs Lost and 300,000 Acres of Farm Land Unused, House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee 3/31/09

Northern California counties post record-high jobless rates, H&N, posted to KBC 3/30/09.  

Updated allocations show severe water shortages will remain, California Farm Bureau Federation, posted to KBC 3/27/09. " ...it's a human tragedy. Valley towns are drying up and farmers are buying food to distribute to people they used to employ and provide paychecks...nearly 256,000 acre-feet of water that would have been available for export south of the delta washed into the Pacific Ocean as a result of the new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion aimed at protecting the delta smelt. All of this points directly to a need to improve our system of capture and conveyance in order to avoid the year-to-year whipsaw of environmental and hydrological variance,"

California can't afford more water problems, Capital Press 3/26/09

Northern California counties post record-high jobless rates, H&N, posted to KBC 3/30/09

Delta Town Hall meeting in Walnut Grove (6/24/08) questions to regarding the taking of their irrigation water.
http://www.water.ca.gov/deltainit/docs/062408WalnutGrove.pdf

Lawmakers seek billions to expand, improve California's water supply, LA Times 2/27/09.

Schwarzenegger declares Calif. drought emergency, Capital Press 2/27/09

Water hopes drying up, Capital Press 2/27/09

Uncompensated Takings by Susan Sutton (regarding California Delta water takings) 2/25/09

Water Wars Wage in Fresno, KMPH Fox News26. 2/4/09, Lloyd Carter, CA. Board member of Water Impact Network and President of CA Save Our Streams council was on a panel debating Delta farmers and farm workers; "What parent raises their child to be a farm worker? These kids are the least educated people in America or the southwest corner of this Valley. They turn to lives of crime. They go on welfare. They get into drug trafficking and they join gangs."   (KBC Note: this is the anti-American mentality of well-funded groups trying to rewild the West and decimate our livelihoods, our people, our infrastructure (dams), and our farm supplies.)

(Calif.) State, local jobless rates soar (9.3) Sac Bee, posted to KBC  2/1/09
Calif. panel rejects new offshore oil drilling, Sac Bee, posted 2/1/09. "...House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other members of the California congressional delegation who also expressed concern that approving a drilling proposal could undercut their efforts to reintroduce the federal moratorium."

Feds distribute timber payments for rural counties, Capital Press 1/15/09

Local, state unemployment rises in November, Sac Bee 12/19/08.  

Center for Biological Diversity stops trout fishing in CA, Trout plants halted - it's a load of bullfrogs!, San Francisco Chronicle, posted 12/1/08

California jobless rate soars to 8.2%, SacBee 11/22/08.

California bans conventional egg production, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/5/08. "Many producers have said they will consider moving their operations to other states, or even to Mexico."

A move to secede on California-Oregon border, San Francisco Chronicle 10/5/08. "Locals complain that federal and state regulators have hampered the fishing and timber industries to protect forestlands and endangered species such as sucker fish and the spotted owl...folks in Siskiyou, Modoc and the other potential Jefferson counties could whack the red tape from both federal and state officials and get rid of the sales tax..."

(California) State, local jobless rates jump, SacBee 9/19/08.( KBC NOTE: So let's take 732,000 acres and make wilderness in Calif, shut down the west coast fishing because Sacramento River had a low run, decrease forest thinning and let the fires burn, destroying economies. Take more than  l100,000 acres out of farm land and ranches in the Klamath Basin and sell it to the feds to make swamps to decimate the ag communities in Klamath Basin. Why is there unemployement?)

California jobless rate hits 7.3 percent in July, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/17/08

Eminent domain abuse described by Annual Meeting speaker, California Farm Bureau AgAlert, posted to KBC 2/17/08

Tribes tangle over slots pact, SacBee 8/10/07

Fervor to ban light bulbs dims, Sacramento Bee, posted 6/18/07. Description by Fox News: Junk Science, light bulb lunacy posted 6/18/07

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