The week that was, 10/4-10/2009

Posted on | October 11, 2009 | 2 Comments

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Credit: David M. Carroll, via Yankee Magazine. Click on the image to be taken to Yankee Magazine


With its limited appeal to lovers of swamps and turtles, it’s hard to imagine how David M. Carroll’s beautiful new book, his fifth, will find enough buyers to earn its advance, much less turn a profit. — October 4, 2009 Seattle Times review of David M. Carroll’s “Following the Water — a Hydromancer’s Notebook”

Was it really possible that power of such magnitude — diverting water supplies, building suburbs, playing a central role in the fastest growth any American city has ever seen — could be exercised from the offices of a newspaper publisher? — October 4, 2009 New York Times review of  the PBS documentary “Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times”

[Las Vegas] is probably the poster child for the most unsustainable city in the world. — former Las Vegas Sun environment writer Launce Rake interviewed by UC Berkeley water economist David Zetland, October 8, 2009

Dust storms over Eastern Washington October 4, 2009. Source: NASAVisibility dropped to zero in parts of eastern Washington on October 4, 2009, as a large dust storm blew through. — Earth Observatory

The Utah Medical Association has examined the draft Snake Valley water deal, and the doctors’ prognosis is not a happy one. They conclude that putting a giant straw into the aquifer below the valley to pipe water to Las Vegas could kill the plants in the eastern Great Basin, leaving the toxin-laden soils to blow across Utah in great dust storms. That would be dangerous to Utahns’ health. — Salt Lake Tribune, October 7, 2009

…the dead zone off the Northwest is one of the few in the world — and possibly the only one in North America — that could be impossible to reverse. Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2009

The Governor and legislative leaders have been conducting closed-door negotiations on a major water deal for weeks. I thought I’d offer a layperson’s road map to help analyze a deal whenever it comes together and is made public... October 10, 2009, “Recovering Legislator,” San Francisco Chronicle

Lawmakers offered only lukewarm reactions to their meeting with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Saturday, despite the governor’s claim a day earlier that they were on the verge of a historic breakthrough on water. Associated Press / San Francisco Chronicle, October 10, 2009

“The California Latino Water Coalition, often described as a grassroots group representing the Latino community, was born in a closed-door meeting of Gov. Schwarzenegger and local officials at Selma City Hall on March 21, 2007—and was “suggested” by the governor himself, according to a coalition brochure. — Capitol Weekly via Aquafornia

Arnold Schwarzenegger's breakfast, via Twitter

Arnold Schwarzenegger's breakfast, via Twitter

When I first read the news last spring that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had named S. David Freeman as his deputy mayor for environmental and energy programs, I was sure that H. David Nahai’s tenure as general manager at the city utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, would be short. — op ed by energy consultant Richard Nemec in the Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2009

The DWP has not been a model of transparency in the current management shuffle. Its oversight board called a special meeting Tuesday to deal with the changes, but held it in a Boyle Heights youth center away from the customary downtown boardroom. Although such meetings are public, they are usually also accessible through a teleconferencing hookup, but there was no such link this time. I would like to have heard the discussion about Nahai’s exit and Freeman’s return. — op ed by energy consultant Richard Nemec in the Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2009

…”not to exceed six months.” Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Board President Lee Kanon Alpert at an October 6, 2009 “special meeting” at the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center describing the tenure of S. David Freeman, appointed temporary general manager after the abrupt resignation of David Nahai

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A bargain … given the huge amount of attention you can expect to get from any guests who may use your facilities Hip toilets are wearing these,” Thirsty in Suburbia, October 6, 2009

About 100 landslides have struck the region since the weekend… —Philippines landslides kill 160 after fresh floods,” The Guardian, October 9, 2009*

… 41 people were killed when 34 houses were buried late Thursday. — New York Times on Philippines landslides, October 9, 2009

US Geological SurveyFast-moving debris flows generated from recently burned areas are particularly dangerous because they can occur in places where flooding or debris flows have not been observed in the past and can be generated in response to very little rainfall — Emergency Assessment of Postfire Debris-Flow Hazards for the 2009 Station Fire, San Gabriel Mountains, Southern California, US Geological Survey, October 6, 2009

Rain likely Wednesday October 14, 2009.National Weather Service for Los Angeles

After the Centaur crashed, the spacecraft was supposed to fly through the debris kicked up by the impact. The spacecraft’s nine instruments were designed to detect the presence of water, if it’s there. … the mission appeared to go according to plan, except for the fact that no plume showed up on camera. — Los Angeles Times on NASA’s moon crash, October 10, 2009
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Obama is going to have to move climate change to the top of his agenda — quickly.Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, October 5, 2009

… we refuse to accept the argument that the United States cannot lead the world in addressing global climate change. — US senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), New York Times op-ed, October 10, 2009



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2 Responses to “The week that was, 10/4-10/2009”

  1. David Zetland
    October 11th, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

    HOLY COW!

    “The California Latino Water Coalition, often described as a grassroots group representing the Latino community, was born in a closed-door meeting of Gov. Schwarzenegger and local officials at Selma City Hall on March 21, 2007—and was “suggested” by the governor himself, according to a coalition brochure.

  2. Gayle
    October 11th, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

    What’s a “hydromancer?” Not sure I want to know! Wonder if they passed that title by the folks in marketing!

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