The Senate Natural Resources Committee approved the measure. Kathryn Phillips with the Sierra Club says the measure is better than the proposal now on the fall ballot.
“It’s greater on making sure there’s accountability,” says Phillips. “It’s greater on making sure that we’re putting money into things that will help people in Southern California, Northern California, Central California and help protect the environment along the way.”
This bond measure would spend one billion dollars on restoring the Delta and a billion more on groundwater cleanup. Storm water conservation and other water projects would also receive funding.
Not included in this water bond are earmarks for dam projects and other conservation programs favored by the agricultural industry.
The bond has passed the Assembly and now goes to Senate Environmental Quality Committee.
California is tapping into reserves to pay for the cost of fighting wildfires.
The official portrait of Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been unveiled and historian says Schwarzenegger’s image reflects the changing nature of gubernatorial portraits.
UPDATED: Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debated Thursday night. Watch a replay here, or listen to a reply at 9 a.m. Friday on the News Station, in place of Insight.
California’s earthquake early warning system is up and running – but there’s no money or infrastructure to distribute alerts to the general public yet. A conference at UC Berkeley Wednesday discussed the issue.
The California Legislature is expected to adjourn its two-year session just past midnight Friday. It's an early end to what has so far been a surprisingly calm final week.