Monthly Archives: December 2009

Rains soak California, drought ends, snowpack returns.

Over the past few weeks California has felt the positive effects of warmer temperatures as tropical moisture mixed with a seasonal cold front to end the drought across the state.  Snowpacks increased across the Sierras and moderate rains soaked the land from San Diego to Shasta.

It has happened just in time for water restrictions to be lifted for the upcoming growing season.  As commissions begin to rule against fish intake valve concerns some sanity can start coming back to our markets. 

In Carlsbad, CA environmental groups tried to claim false concerns about sea creatures getting caught in intake valves to stop a local desalinization plant.  Filtration and intake systems do not endanger species.  However, the process of purifying water does require a filter so the purpose of a desal plant is to make sure nothing gets through.  Does it cause species to go extinct?  Absolutely not.

By keeping the water restrictions high and supplies low the government is driving up water rates across the state, even without a natural drought.  This same policy is being applied to our electricity supplies as the water crisis is used to justify dismantling dams that generate clean, cheap, hydroelectric power.  As California’s resources are squandered the government goes deeper and deeper into debt, taxing the people more and more each day with rate increases, fees, and regulations. 

The economic impact continues.  Less and less money is made available to the private sector.  Total tax receipts decrease because economic activity slows to a crawl.  This then fuels higher deficits until the government goes bust once the wealth of the people is gone.  But a simple solution is at hand.  If only our Governor and President would act.

As the Obama Administration tries to figure out ways to create new jobs, it fails to recognize that its own socialist government controls are eliminating  jobs and wealth on a massive scale.  The nonsense leftist idealogues who think making a profit is a bad thing are about to find out what happens when you continuously lose the taxpayers money. 

If the leaders of our nation were strong they would end the water restrictions turn the pumps on, fill the reservoirs, guarantee ten times more than the 5% allocation at a minimum, and let the economy flow.  Once the water guarantees are in place the banks can loan on the land, this will spur agribusiness activity, employ more workers, and bring value back to our real estate.  A simple solution which only requires a common sense approach to the problem and not mountains of debt.

This simple solution only requires one thing.  Political leaders standing up to the false claims of environmental organizations and the foreign interests who run them.  The people already know the truth, and it isn’t inconvenient at all.  We will stop the command and control policies of Obama’s tyrants and czars.  Lisa Jackson of the EPA does not have the authority to give President Obama dictatorial power.  If they continue to try to overturn our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, we will hold them accountable for the damage they are creating.  

Indeed the water crisis in California, is just a small sample of the command and control philosophies of the environmental police state.  In a recent 60 minutes interview one of the Delta Smelt’s advocates actually made this comment:  “don’t plant crops that have to have water every year.”  If there is anyone on this earth that knows how to plant crops that can go one year with water then one year without then you will have a great career working for the tyrants in Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA.  Until then it is time for the people of this state to stand up against the bureaucrats who are intentionally destroying our farms, jobs, and real estate values.  In 2010 we will take our country back from the politicians who are as corrupt as corruption can be. 

California has enough water for everyone.  It is corrupt politicians who want to bankrupt small businesses across the state who need to be made extinct.  They are the new endangered species.  California’s people will make sure of that in the next election.

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Department of Water Resources announcement. Tighter water restrictions, government’s drought to continue.

The following release (below photo) was issued by the bureaucrats who have decided to use the government to bankrupt family farms and raise water rates across the state under the fraudulent excuse of saving the fish.    

These very low estimates of future water supplies reflect the ongoing and increasing impact of the federal restrictions on pumping water through the Delta.  Last year at this time DWR’s initial allocation was 15 percent.  This year, the state and federal reservoirs are higher than they were last year and Northern California has received 90 percent of its normal precipitation, yet DWR’s allocation is only five percent.  The reason for this reduction has a lot to do with the limitations on moving water and the fact that the additional restrictions that were imposed on behalf of the salmon (not an endangered species) are taking full effect for the first time this year.  

So the water is cut off for a fish we serve in every restaurant in the country; a fish that is farmed.  This is outright tyranny. 

The government is continuing to use its authority to intentionally depress real estate values, raise water rates, and raise electric rates across the state.  They will continue to reduce supplies of basic necessities to wipe out generations of wealth.  All Californians will be effected.  

It is time to investigate the corruption in our government agencies starting with DWR Director Lester A. Snow.  See his quote below where he actually blames a non-existent drought for the complete mismanagement of our water systems by the Schwarzenegger Administration.  It is time to get rid of the negligent bureaucrats who have embraced Marxism, the global warming fraud, and the climate change hoax.  They are either insensitive or ignorant of the financial impacts of this announcement.  

property values drop from government water restrictions

Sacramento, Calif. December 1, 2009 – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial allocation of five percent of total contracted water deliveries to the State Water Project (SWP) contractors for 2010. Five percent is the lowest initial allocation percentage since the SWP began delivering water in 1967. 

“The Legislature took a major step forward earlier this month to address the state’s water needs by heeding Governor Schwarzenegger’s call and passing the most comprehensive water package in California history,” said DWR Director Lester A. Snow. “Nevertheless, on the heels of a three-year drought, we need to prepare now so that we have adequate water supplies for homes, farms and businesses.” 

The previous low for an initial allocation as a percentage of SWP contractors’ requests was 10 percent in 1993, but that number was increased to 100 percent during the year as supply conditions improved. The initial figure for 2009 of 15 percent was increased to a final allocation of 40 percent in May. 

The historical average of final SWP allocations as a percentage of initial requests over the past 10 years has been 68 percent. 

The initial allocation is a very conservative estimate of what DWR expects it can deliver as a percentage of SWP contractors’ initial requests for contracted water deliveries for a calendar year. 

This year, the contractors have requested 100 percent of the maximum contractual amount allowed — 4,171,996 acre-feet. While the initial 2010 allocation is only five percent of that amount, actual deliveries are expected to increase during the year once actual hydrologic and water supply conditions are known. SWP contractors provide water to more than 25 million California residents and more than 750,000 acres of farmland. 

The initial allocation figure reflects the low carryover storage levels in the state’s major reservoirs, ongoing drought conditions and federally mandated environmental restrictions on water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect endangered fish species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

The Department of Fish and Game’s most recent survey indexes indicate that all four Delta pelagic fish species (Delta smelt, Longfin smelt, Striped bass and Threadfin shad) are at their lowest-ever population levels. 

DWR will continue to monitor water supply conditions and drought impacts to identify any necessary supplemental response actions this year and will move aggressively to plan for a potentially dry 2010 in coordination with other state, federal and local agencies and the water community. 

The announcement is part of the Department’s effort to implement Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Drought Executive Order (S-06-08) directing DWR to help local water districts and agencies proactively address these conditions.

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