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San Joaquin Valley

Kern County: The Best Investment High Speed Rail Can Make

Cheryl Scott | Posted 02.15.2016 | Los Angeles
Cheryl Scott

If it's true that "what you see depends on where you sit," then we in Bakersfield and Kern County seem to have packed up all our belongings and moved ...

How Federal Policies Are Eroding The San Joaquin Valley Floor

Water Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has supported additional groundwater extraction in the San Joaquin Valley, where aquifer depletion is already damaging ...

Picnicking on the I-5

ilona saari | Posted 11.10.2015 | Travel
ilona saari

Well, it's that "over the meadow and through the woods to grandmother's house we go" time of year. Or, in my case from LA to the Bay Area, it's "over the meadow and through woods to a cousin's house we go" on the Interstate 5. Yeah, the I-5.

California's Drought Is About Economic Inequality

Citylab | Jenny Che | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business

This story was originally published by CityLab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Bulmario Tapia Madrigal doesn't want ...

A Common Motivation to Solve Climate Change

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Despite our very different experiences, every one of us is compromised by the effects of climate change. At some point won't we all see that we're aligned in a common cause?

Rein in California's Farmers to Solve the Drought? Not so Fast.

In the Gold Country | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
In the Gold Country

We've all been through droughts and come out the other side, breathed a sigh of relief, and turned our hoses back on. This one has a new factor, an uncertainty over whether this is a California drought with a limited life, or climate change and a look at the new facts of life in California.

A Road Trip for Public Transportation

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.18.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Sometimes I need a good road trip to think about public transportation. Last week I took a much needed working vacation by flying to Reno. A friend met me there and we started our adventure, by car, in the rapidly hipsterfying Midtown neighborhood.

Polluting Cars Out From Under Radar

Molly Miller | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Molly Miller

At 5 am as many as 500 cars and trucks are lined up outside the gates of the fairgrounds in Fresno, CA. Many of the people in the line even camped out here overnight to get something that might not normally be that thrilling... a tailpipe emissions test.

Spike In California Air Pollution Brings Reminder Of Bad Old Days

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green

By Sharon Bernstein KINGS COUNTY, Calif., March 27 (Reuters) - The brown haze over California's San Joaquin Valley breadbasket on some...

Farmer John Doubles Down

Carl Pope | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Californians are welcoming rain, but that hasn't stopped the astonishingly bold-faced water grab by San Joaquin Valley Republicans which would massively redistribute the state's water in the favor of Republican farming districts.

How Will The Golden State Face An Epic Drought?

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 03.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Dr. Reese Halter

There are at least three things to be aware of if you live in California (and elsewhere): A warming world is fraught with drought that begets wildfires, the cost of fresh water is far too inexpensive, and failing to plan ensures that you have planned to fail.

The Big Kill, Part Two

Glen Martin | Posted 06.28.2013 | Green
Glen Martin

Remember what happened on the Klamath River in 2002? You can be forgiven if you've repressed the memory: it was painful in the extreme, particularly ...

The Madness of King Jerry

Glen Martin | Posted 10.17.2012 | Los Angeles
Glen Martin

Recycling, conservation, desalinization plants and rain recovery systems for new residential and commercial projects will all help assure California's water security. A peripheral canal makes no sense economically or environmentally.

Matt Sledge

Community Colleges Tackle Skills Gap In Land Of High Unemployment | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.21.2012 | College

NEW YORK -- Cows love alfalfa. Feeding it to them, however, involves a complicated seed-supply chain running from the farms of California's Central Va...

Heating and Air Pollution

Marcelo Mena | Posted 12.18.2011 | Green
Marcelo Mena

What's the point of spending money on all clean technology, when it is clearly more cost-effective to clean up residential wood burning?

PHOTOS: A Jewel Of Conservation In California

Posted 11.11.2011 | Green

60 miles north of Los Angeles is the Tejon Ranch. At 269,000 acres, it is the largest continuous private landholding in California. Under threat f...

Can Central Valley Agriculture Work?

Berit Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Berit Anderson

I was surprised to discover that the culprit behind San Joaquin Valley's water shortage doesn't wear a suit to work or vote on legislation. It is the rare Delta Smelt.

10 Years After Laura Wilcox Murder, California Still Refuses to Use Law That Saves Lives, Saves Money, and Helps Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

The reason Laura's Law isn't working is that the state legislature passed the law but refused to see it gets used.

Agricultural Production in Central Valley Leaves Toxic Legacy for Locals

Erica Gies | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erica Gies

California's Central Valley is among the most productive agricultural regions in the world. But its bounty brings fertilizer and pesticide runoff, polluting water and tainting wells.

Rural Valley Smog Mystery Solved: Cattle Feed Emits Huge Levels Of Ozone

The New York Times | SINDYA N. BHANOO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The smog in California's San Joaquin Valley has puzzled scientists for years. Even though the region is largely rural and agricultural, its smog level...

Marching for California, Again

Gavin Riley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gavin Riley

We draw inspiration for the March for California's Future from the famous marches for justice in the 1960s and particularly the 1966 march from Delano to Sacramento by Cesar Chavez and the UFW.

A Crisis in Faith

Irene Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Irene Gonzalez

If I have learned anything during this March for California's Future, it is that people in the San Joaquin Valley have lost their faith and their hope along with their jobs and homes.

Why I March: To Preserve Allensworth

Doug Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Doug Moore

As we work to build a brighter future, we must not forget the past. That is why the March for California's Future is fighting to preserve California's great historic parks.

Paul Rodriguez -- A Latin King With a Thirst for Comedy, Water and a Cause

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

Before Paul Rodriguez called me yesterday, I expected the interview to be nothing more than a typical publicity plug for his stint this weekend at the Denver Improv.

The Water Debate We Are Not Having

Cynthia Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cynthia Koehler

Sooner or later California is going to change how it uses water. We can do it before we lose our fish, or after.