Washington, DC...I join the people of the United States in expressing our deepest condolences to all of those affected by today's earthquake in Nepal, including the families of those who died in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh. We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support. Ambassador Bodde has issued a disaster declaration in order to immediately release an initial $1 million for humanitarian assistance. USAID is preparing to deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team and is activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts and assist with assessments of the situation...
Presidential Weekly Address: Fighting for Trade Deals that Put American Workers First
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/26/2015 08:16 AM
Washington, DC...Hi, everybody. I’ve talked a lot lately about why new trade deals are important to our economy. Today, I want to talk about why new trade deals are important to our values. They’re vital to middle-class economics -- the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules...
Stop Draining New Melones for Environmental Purposes ~ By Calaveras County Republican Party
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/24/2015 07:38 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Severe drought conditions plague California and the governor has mandated that residents conserve water. Meanwhile, two entities, the Bureau of Reclamation (which is responsible for storing our water) and the California State Water Resources Control Board (which is responsible for monitoring our water resources) have chosen to ignore these challenging drought conditions and release billions of gallons of water from New Melones Reservoir for Environmental Purposes!
Save Our Water - Water Releases During Record Drought ~ By Congressman Tom McClintock
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2015 09:09 AM
Washington, DC...California is now in its fourth year of the worst drought on record. Hydrologists estimate it is the worst drought in 1,200 years. The Sierra Snowpack today is just six percent of normal. Many of our reservoirs are nearly empty. One of our largest, the New Melones Reservoir on the Stanislaus River, is at just 22 percent of its capacity – with the rainy season now officially over. Water rationing is now in effect in many communities. Many Californians face $500 fines if they take too long in the shower or spill a gallon of water on their sidewalks...
State Issues Draft of Emergency Drought Regulations
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2015 10:20 AM
San Andreas, CA...If the latest draft of statewide water restrictions is approved, the Calaveras County Water District would be required to reduce its water use by 32 percent this year, when compared to the same time period in 2013. This is up significantly from the initial draft, which called for a 25 percent cutback. While the District is supportive of Gov. Edmund G. Brown’s efforts to reduce statewide residential water use by 25 percent during this unprecedented fourth year of drought, it’s important to achieve that goal through ground-tested policies and equitable regulations....
Presidential Weekly Address: Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/18/2015 07:41 AM
Washington, DC...Hi everybody. Wednesday is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and protect this precious planet we call home. And today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change. 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century. This winter was cold in parts of our country – as some folks in Congress like to point out – but around the world, it was the warmest ever recorded.
Caltrans Honors 183 Fallen Highway Workers and Reminds Motorists to Be Work Zone Alert
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/16/2015 11:26 AM
Sacramento, CA...At its 25th annual Workers Memorial at the State Capitol, Caltrans today honored 183 employees who lost their lives while on the job since the 1920s. Current and past employees, families of the fallen and many partners, including the Federal Highway Administration, California State Transportation Agency, California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Motor Vehicles, California Transportation Commission and the California Office of Traffic Safety all gathered to honor the legacies of those who gave their lives to build, maintain and keep California’s transportation system safe...
SR 4 and SR 49 Gateway and Corridor Study - Public Meeting #2. Take The Updated Survey!
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/15/2015 06:42 AM
On April 8, 2015 the second public meeting for the SR 4 and SR 49 Gateway and Corridor Study was held at Bret Harte Union High School. At the meeting a presentation was given to inform the public of the outcomes from public meeting #1 and reviewed alternatives for land use and transportation improvements in the study area. This survey contains maps and images that were shown at our public meeting. Please take 15-20 minutes to share your feedback which will provide critical information for us to understand your vision for the future of Angels Camp. We appreciate you comments!
Senator Gaines Fire Tax Bill Passes Out Of Committee
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/14/2015 05:41 PM
Sacramento, CA...In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced today that his Senate Bill 250, which would lengthen the time homeowners have to pay or protest the annual $152.33 fee, passed out of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance with unanimous, bipartisan support and is now on its way to the Senate Committee on Appropriations...