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THE NOONER for January 24, 2016
As I predicted, the House of Representatives has shut down for the week because of The Big Dig, which means that Congress will get 100% of a normal week's worth done. Sort of like Rick Santorum's poll numbers. They have increased 100% from 0% to 0%.
Meanwhile at this hour (except for the Early Bird subscribers), the large Nooner staff is cheering on the Broncos. Anyway, with gameday starting shortly, I'll be quick!
AGUA?: As snowpack deepens, drought concern lingers [Aaron Orlowski @ OCR] - "Halfway through the winter, more water is stored in California’s snowpack than is usual for this time of year – signaling that maybe, just maybe, this could be the year the drought eases."
MIXED MESSAGES: Economic health a mixed bag [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Since 2007, for instance, the San Francisco Bay Area, with 20 percent of the state’s population, has generated well over half of the state’s employment growth. Conversely, Los Angeles County, with a 25 percent of the population, has produced less than 10 percent of the new jobs. There obviously is an ethnic component to that contrast. The Bay Area is largely white and Asian, while Los Angeles is mostly Latino, a group with overall low educational and income levels."
THE GAS CHAMBER: Fast-acting methane from Aliso Canyon leak is boosting global warming [Tony Barbosa @ LAT] - "In three months, one failed well at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon storage field has spewed more greenhouse gases than any other facility in California. At its height, the leak more than doubled the methane emissions of the entire Los Angeles Basin and surpassed what is released by all industrial activity in the state."
HOLY S***: "So far, the leak has generated as much greenhouse gases as driving a car than 5 billion miles, or around the earth 200,866 times."
My sister lives 18 miles from the site of the leak and can smell it. This is one of the largest natural gas "reservoirs" in the U.S., where gas is pumped down into underground vacuums, often where oil had been previously pumped out.
It's one of those things necessitated by our use of gas ranges, gas-fired heat, barbecues, and Chinese food. But, as shown over the last month, there's also a huge risk. Sacramento is primarily served by an underground storage facility in Lodi. Just not something we think about until a disaster happens.
Meanwhile, SoCalGas has been ordered to shut down the well permanently.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Brian Johsz, director at the Chino Valley Fire District!
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Two Maps That Illustrate California's Growing Opioid Epidemic | The Sacramento Bee
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Jessica Hice @ sacbee.com
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Steve Van Zant in 2008 when he was a principal in Carlsbad.
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