Politics & Government

Nursing Homes

Nursing home magnate rocks Humboldt County with plans to close three of the area’s six facilities

In coming days, California regulators will decide whether the state’s largest nursing home operator can stop accepting patients at three of his skilled nursing facilities in Humboldt County and begin closing the homes. Rockport Healthcare Services, the management company for Los Angeles nursing home magnate Shlomo Rechnitz, said the move was prompted by a staffing crisis. If approved, the county would lose more than half of its skilled nursing beds.

Water & Drought

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

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 say they have no choice given cuts in surface water deliveries. But the drilling has exacted a substantial human cost in some of California’s poorest rural communities.
Ryan Sabalow The Sacramento Bee
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