Desalination would seem to answer every prayer to fix California’s water shortages. But turning the sea into drinking water is not so easy. The state’s first major desalination plant, under construction in Carlsbad, is a major test for the industry and wary environmental groups.
The flat streets of Sacramento will host the opening day of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race before riders embark on a scenic downhill run from the Nevada City foothills to the wine country of Lodi.
SANTA CRUZ — Defense attorneys for a high-priced prostitute from Folsom, who accused of giving a Google executive a fatal dose of heroin on his yacht, say their client had also injected herself, clouding her judgment.
Faced with public concern about the risks of crude oil shipments, the Union Pacific railroad last month boosted its rail inspection program on mountain passes in California and the West, employing high-tech inspection vehicles with lasers to check tracks for imperfections.
It’s near-certain that California voters will decide in 2016 whether to extend the temporary sales and income taxes they passed in 2012. Meanwhile, hundreds of local tax and bond issues this year will take the temperature of voters vis-à-vis tax increases.