Nature’s Mountain Snowpack “Reservoir” Still Lacking; Third Manual Survey Confirms Shrinking Water Content
Posted by: thepinetree on 03/04/2015 07:53 AM
Sacramento, CA...The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which Californians rely on heavily during the dry summer months for their water needs, continues to disappoint this winter. Despite the snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Range over the weekend that gladdened ski and snowboard enthusiasts, it was not enough to offset weeks with no snow at all. Today’s manual survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at the Phillips snow course in the mountains 90 miles east of Sacramento found 0.9 inches of water content in the snow, just 5 percent of the March 3 historical average for that site. Electronic readings by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today indicate the water content of the northern Sierra snowpack is 4.4 inches, 16 percent of average for the date. The central and southern Sierra readings were 5.5 inches (20 percent of average) and 5 inches (22 percent) respectively. Statewide, 103 electronic sensors found today’s snow water equivalent to be 5 inches, 19 percent of the March 3 multi-decade average. When DWR conducted the season’s first two manual surveys on December 30 and January 29, the statewide water content was 50 percent and 25 percent respectively of the historical averages for those dates. The snowpack’s water content this year is historically low for early March. Only in 1991 was the water content of the snowpack lower – 18 percent of that early-March average. Manual surveys of 180 snow courses this year reveal even less water content – just 13 percent of the early-March average, the lowest in DWR’s records for this time of year. The difference between electronic and manual surveys is explained by the higher elevation of most electronic sensors, where they receive more snow than manyof the lower-elevation snow courses...
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest Largely On White House Position On Netanyahu's Visit
Posted by: thepinetree on 03/03/2015 07:23 AM
Washington, DC...MR. EARNEST: Good afternoon, everybody. Happy Monday. I hope you had a restful weekend. March certainly strolled in like a lion; hopefully the lamb is going to appear here sometime soon, I hope. Jim, do you want to get us started with questions today? Q Sure. Thanks, Josh. I wondered if the President had a chance to watch Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to AIPAC and if you all have a reaction....
Calaveras County Water District Highway 4 Corridor Committee Meeting
Posted by: thepinetree on 03/03/2015 07:30 AM
Mjurphys, CA...A Calaveras County Water District Highway 4 Corridor Committee Meeting will be held on March 5th from 6-8pm in the Native Sons Hall. This meeting is an update on efforts of Tuolumne - Stanislaus integrated regional water management programs and opportunities to pursue state grant funding under propositions 1 & 84
Runner Sponsors Legislation to Refund Illegal Taxes
Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 02/28/2015 11:52 AM
Sacramento, CA...Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner announced today he is sponsoring legislation to extend common sense protections to taxpayers. Assembly Bill 867, authored by Assemblyman Donald Wagner (R-Irvine), would require the state to provide a full refund to all individuals who paid a tax later declared unconstitutional or illegal....
The Calaveras County Council Of Government Board To Meet March 4th
Posted by: thepinetree on 02/26/2015 09:14 AM
San Andreas, CA...The CCOG Board will be back in action on March 4th at 6:30pm in the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas. The agenda is enclosed.. The Appaloosa & Hwy 4 Intersection, financial reports & much more. The agenda is enclosed....
FCC Adopts Internet Rules Without Prior Public Disclosure
Posted by: thepinetree on 02/26/2015 11:03 AM
Washington, D.C. – Ending lingering uncertainty about the future of the Open Internet, the Federal Communications Commission today set sustainable rules of the roads that will protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation’s broadband networks. The FCC has long been committed to protecting and promoting an Internet that nurtures freedom of speech and expression, supports innovation and commerce, and incentivizes expansion and investment by America’s broadband providers. But the agency’s attempts to implement enforceable, sustainable rules to protect the Open Internet have been twice struck down by the courts....
BOE to Consider Lower Excise Tax Rate for Gasoline Rate Could Drop from 36 to 28.5 Cents Per Gallon
Posted by: thepinetree on 02/23/2015 12:54 PM
Sacramento, CA...Members of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will vote on whether to lower the excise tax rate on gasoline by 7.5 cents during its February 24, 2015 meeting at 5901 Green Valley Circle, Room 207, in Culver City. If adopted, the 28.5 cent excise tax will become effective on July 1, 2015 and last through June 30, 2016. Currently, drivers pay 36 cents per gallon in state excise tax. State law requires the Board to set the rate for the coming fiscal year by March 1st of each year, following a complicated formula known as the “fuel tax swap.” More information and a video explanation of this process is available here...
President Obama's Weekly Address: We Should Make Sure the Future Is Written by Us
Posted by: thepinetree on 02/21/2015 06:31 AM
Washington, DC...PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hi, everybody. At a moment when our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, we’ve still got to do everything we can to help workers and businesses succeed in the new economy – one that’s competitive, connected, and changing every day. One thing we know for certain about businesses in the 21st century is that they’ll need to sell more goods and services Made in America to the rest of the world.
Agenda For Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting 2/24/2015 9:00 AM
Posted by: thepinetree on 02/19/2015 09:20 AM
San Andreas, CA...The 2015 Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will be back in action next Tuesday. Some of the agenda items are:Approve amendments to Conflict of Interest Codes for Vallecito Union School District. Adopt a Resolution approving the Second Amended and Restated Central Sierra Economic Development District Joint Powers Agreement and authorizing the Board Chair to sign on behalf of the County. Receive the 2014 Annual Report of the Calaveras County Fish & Game Commission. Adopt a Resolution supporting CALNET Broadband projects in Calaveras County. These items and many more will be discussed next Tuesday along with the every exciting public comments section of the meeting. The full agenda is enclosed....