“We call it a ‘yes meeting.’ Every idea’s good. Every idea’s valid. We don’t want to discourage anybody from commenting.” — Kendall Flint, task manager for public outreach, on the feasibility workshops conducted on behalf of the proposed South County Corridor Project (an opinion which applies to all public workshops in general)
Last Friday, lead state and federal agencies extended the public review period for the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) again. Originally released by the State of California for public comments on December 13, 2013, the due date was extended to an almost unheard of 180-day review. See Draft BDCP here. See Draft EIR/EIS here.
Longest. Public. Review. Period. Ever.
“I can remember 35 years ago when solar energy was associated with, I don’t know, bean sprouts and whatever else alternative people were doing in those days. Well, this is not alternative anymore.”
— Gov. Jerry Brown said at an event in San Francisco to promote electric vehicles and other alternative fuels
[photo via Shaun Wood/flickr]
Happy birthday Ansel Adams (20 February 1902 – 1984).
[“The Tetons – Snake River” photo via The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/flickr]
Kind of late notice, but if you have a few spare hours tomorrow night (5 December 2012), California Watch and The California Film Foundation are sponsoring a FREE screening of Sascha Rice’s documentary The Future State: California State Of Mind and panel discussion afterwards from 5:30-9:00 PM PST at the California Museum (1020 O St, Sacramento, California).
California has long embodied the American Dream: a place where creativity, innovation, and possibility prevailed. But today, public schools have gone from first to worst, universities are overcrowded and financially failing, roads are congested and crumbling. Water and environmental resources are shrinking as demand increases and pollution spreads. The political process seems to be stalled in a state of paralysis and the massive budget crisis has created real gridlock.
The event is FREE, but please register. The screening begins at 7:00 PM following an early evening reception.