Until people have the money to buy fresh food and the time to prepare it, not to mention time and energy enough to exercise, policymakers are likely to be frustrated with their attempts to employ simple solutions to this very complex problem.
The next president of California State University, Sacramento, comes to the Central Valley from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where he helped launch the transformation of a state university branch into an ambitious bilingual campus serving the entire border region.
The drought forces lawmakers to focus on antiquated notions about water. One such law might have made sense 64 years ago when there were 10 million Californians. With almost 40 million of us, it no longer does.
An out-of-control wildfire is just as much a natural disaster as a hurricane or flood. Just ask Californians who fled for their lives or saw their homes burn down in recent years. But that’s not how wildfires are handled in the federal budget, and it’s taking money away from worthwhile programs in our national forests and parks.
Amid the worst drought in at least a generation, and possibly the worst in modern California history, the state Water Resources Control Board today will consider tougher restrictions on outdoor watering by residential and business users.