For many of us, dealing with our dismal transportation system has become a way of life. We must build into our daily routines the expectation of sitting in traffic, taking longer routes to our destinations to avoid jams and looking out for potholes all along the way. Not only that, but much of the state has little or no access to adequate public transportation.
After years of drought, winter’s rain- and snowstorms generated close to a normal supply of water for California. As winter turned to spring, the Bureau of Reclamation announced allocations to farmers.
As described in The Bee’s April 25 story “Lawsuit claims Delta fish harmed by relaxed water standards,” the Natural Resources Defense Council, Bay Institute and Wildlife Defenders are shopping for a federal court decision that would strip California of having the final say about its water resources.
Last year, a state appellate court ruled that when Fresno Unified School District hired a construction company to consult on a middle-school project and then awarded it a no-bid contract to build the school, it violated state conflict-of-interest laws.
California’s Legislature voted to enact a $15 per hour minimum wage for our state. It is indexed to inflation to automatically increase when prices rise, and has a political offramp if the economy collapses, in the unlikely event the governor would cut the wages of the poorest Californians in a downturn.
There’s no doubt, we live in an unpredictable world. Our lives can change at moment’s notice without warning. A drunken driver, sexual assault, workplace violence or being at the wrong place at the wrong time can permanently alter your life.
The recent rains and snowfall in the Sierras have been welcomed signs of improving drought conditions here in California. While much more will be needed to make a lasting impact, it is easier to hope for an end to the drought when rain is falling.
Through wider adoption of existing best practices, such as those used here in the Valley, dairy farmers around the world can begin achieving the greater production efficiencies that California farming families have developed over generations and continue to develop for a sustainable future.