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 depends on gas tax revenues to maintain its roads. But that revenue is declining. Now the state is looking for volunteers to try out a new funding method, but volunteering could cost you money.
California lawmakers are considering imposing limits on short-term online rental services like Airbnb. A Senate committee took up the issue today.
California Governor Jerry Brown is calling on local water agencies to adjust their pricing structures as a way to promote conservation. But a state court ruling issued today could undermine those efforts.
California’s system of water rights is coming under scrutiny as the state’s drought gets worse. Today Governor Jerry Brown indicated there may be some changes coming to the century-old system.
Governor Jerry Brown has declined to say whether he supports a bill that would extend Medi-Cal to some undocumented immigrants in California.