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Farmers say, ‘No apologies,’ as well drilling hits record levels in San Joaquin Valley

Two years after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever in the San Joaquin Valley farm belt. Farmers drilled about 2,500 wells last year, the highest number on record. That was five times the annual average for the previous 30 years. Farmers say they have no choice, given cuts in surface water deliveries.

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson 'more guarded' after pie attack

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said he's "a little more guarded" after former Occupy protester Sean Thompson hit him in the face with a pie during a Sept. 21, 2016, benefit dinner outside Sacramento Charter High School. Johnson responded by striking back at Thompson, said Chief of Staff Crystal Strait.

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Koons sculpture a ‘historic moment’ for Sacramento art

Shelly Willis signed for quite a package earlier this month. It was 18 feet tall, weighed 11,000 pounds and was worth $8 million. The delivery of artist Jeff Koons’ sculpture outside the new Golden 1 Center was the culmination of a nearly two-year journey in which Willis and others maneuvered political minefields, juggled the wants and criticisms of local artists, and raised the cash to support the largest investment in public art this city has ever seen.

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson 'more guarded' after pie attack

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said he's "a little more guarded" after former Occupy protester Sean Thompson hit him in the face with a pie during a Sept. 21, 2016, benefit dinner outside Sacramento Charter High School. Johnson responded by striking back at Thompson, said Chief of Staff Crystal Strait.
Jessica Hice jhice@sacbee.com
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson 'more guarded' after pie attack 0:58

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson 'more guarded' after pie attack

Golden 1 Center ticket holders get first view 1:13

Golden 1 Center ticket holders get first view

Farm-to-Fork Festival draws crowds to Capitol Mall 2:02

Farm-to-Fork Festival draws crowds to Capitol Mall

San Joaquin Valley farmers keep drilling, even as groundwater limits loom 3:49

San Joaquin Valley farmers keep drilling, even as groundwater limits loom