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County Uses Renewable Energy Ordinance to Kill 50 Union Jobs

Inland Employement Numbers Better Than Expected

The first time San Bernardino County applied its Renewable Energy Ordinance, the result was a loss for solar energy and skilled workers in the middle of an economic crisis. The ordinance was used to deny Clean Focus Corporation its application to build a job-creating solar generation facility on 23 acres …

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Voters to decide water plan

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Faced with one of the worst droughts in California history, state legislators voted Wednesday to put a major water plan on the November ballot. If approved, the $7.5 billion measure would represent the largest investment in decades in the state’s water infrastructure: it would build reservoirs, pay for water-saving technology …

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Water levels at Lake Mead hit record lows

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Lake Mead is at its lowest level since the 1930s, when Hoover Dam was built and the lake was first filled in. Federal officials are preparing to release a new projection on the lake, which currently at 39 percent capacity, according to an Associated Press report. Lake Mead is currently …

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Liberal (ever-so-slightly) Riverside

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Riverside a bastion of liberalism? Well, not quite. But the city did rank as mildly left-of-center politically in a study conducted by Professors Chris Warshaw of MIT and Chris Tausanovitch of UCLA, the results of which appear in this month’s edition of American Political Science Review. Both academics brought together …

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Radical water-saving legislation being considered

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Legislators in Sacramento are working with Gov. Jerry Brown to craft legislation that would regulate groundwater pumping for the first time in the state’s history. Farmers and cities that tap into California’s underground aquifers – the state’s largest source of water – historically have had no limits on how much …

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Upgrade of home water fixtures would save water

Inland Empire Nursery to Reduce Water Use

California can do much to ease its drought crisis by upgrading older homes with modern fixtures, according to an official with the California Building Industry Association. “More than half of the state’s 7.5 million homes were constructed before 1980, which means they are still equipped with old fixtures that use …

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