Monthly Archives: April 2019

Tools of the Trade, Hydropower

Informative article about a new, giant lathe from Water Power Magazine. An excerpt. Voith has installed one of the largest, state-of-the-art vertical machining tools in North America – the Vertical Turning Lathe (VTL) – at its York, Pennsylvania plant. In … Continue reading

Posted in Shasta Auburn Dam, Technology, Water

Sacramento Among Worst Transit Agencies

I think most of us already knew that, but documentation comes from this New Geography article. An excerpt. The Antiplanner has often called San Jose’s Valley Transit Authority (VTA) the nation’s worst transit agency (with some competition from DC Metro). … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation

Sacramento, Eco Friendly, High Ranking

Sacramento is in the top ten, according to this story from Care2. An excerpt. You might try to live an eco-friendly lifestyle at home. But how green is your community? According to a Pew Research Center survey, roughly 59 percent … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism

Wasted Water

For a graphic illustration from the Water Alliance, go here, https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaWaterAlliance/photos/a.10152087834203548/10157060187303548/?type=3&theater  

Posted in Shasta Auburn Dam, Water

Less Air Pollution, Less Tule Fog

That’s good news—win-win—as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. An excerpt. The thick, dense “tule fog” that descends on the Central Valley – and sometimes drifts over to the San Francisco Bay Area – has been decreasing over the last … Continue reading

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Homeless Clean-Up Team

Wonderful story from Sacramento News & Review about a great strategy helping the homeless help themselves that is working. An excerpt. For Mary Buck, Sacramento’s Downtown Streets Team is a reason to get up in the morning. Buck, who slept … Continue reading

Posted in Homelessness

California & Hydroelectric Power

A very good article about it from the Water Power Magazine. An excerpt. Against a backdrop of diminishing environmental standards at the federal level, America’s states are taking the baton. In September, California’s outgoing governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law … Continue reading

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Housing First Gone Terribly Wrong

The Housing First strategy—get people into housing then deal with their problems—for dealing with the homeless, is one we support, but it has to be done right, with adequate available support through the entire process, which, apparently was not done … Continue reading

Posted in Homelessness

Seattle is Dying

That is the title of a brutal documentary about Seattle’s homeless and I urge you to view it. It is an hour long and parallels some of what is going on here in Sacramento. The link to it is the … Continue reading

Posted in Homelessness

California Environmentalism, Part II

Wow, looks worrisome, according to this article from New Geography. An excerpt. Can the California grid handle the charging challenges for the EVs the state is promoting to be on the grid? The knee-jerk reaction to going green as fast … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism