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November 20, 2022



Two smart things in one California week. Not sure I can stand much more of this!

The Biden administration on Monday announced preliminary approval to spend up to $1.1 billion to help keep California's last operating nuclear power plant running, even as officials turned down a request for financial aid to restart a closed nuclear plant in Michigan. The Energy Department said it was creating a path forward for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant on California's central coast to remain open, with final terms to be negotiated and finalized. The plant, which had been scheduled to close by 2025, was chosen in the first round of funding for the administration's new civil nuclear credit program, intended to bail out financially distressed owners or operators of nuclear power reactors.

PG&E is taking actions to seek re-licensing while also continuing to plan for the eventual decommissioning of the plant, Hosn said. The seaside plant located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco produces 9% of the state’s electricity. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said continued operation of Diablo Canyon beyond 2025 is “critical to ensure statewide energy system reliability” as climate change stresses the energy system.

Read more at: https://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article269044372.html#storylink=cpy

What the heck. It's ONLY 9% of the whole state's juice......


You have to wonder how often Kurtis Alexander can write essentially the same article over and over for the Chronicle before someone puts two and two together and calls for a stop to the development madness, especially the stupid RHNA housing "requirement"?

Despite this week’s blast of rain and snow, California water managers say reservoirs run by the state, including massive Lake Oroville, likely won’t provide much water for cities and farms next year as a fourth year of drought looms.

The California Department of Water Resources announced Thursday that it expects to meet just 5% of water requests from urban and agricultural contractors supplied by the State Water Project, many of which are in the Bay Area.

With last year’s deliveries from the state also only at 5% of what was requested, record conservation by residents on top of a greater reliance on local reservoirs and water purchases has kept the city (of Napa) from running dry.



Or we can just stop drinking water.


A woman for Brisbane gets it--today's Comicle letters to the editor:

Water for housing scarce

The newspaper is filled with unending stories about the drought and new housing. But I have yet to see an article on how we are going to supply water to all these new homes and residents.

If new housing was designed for the unhoused and low-income residents, that would be a good thing. But most new housing is designed to bring in new people from elsewhere primarily.

If we are worried about our water supply now, what happens with all the new housing? How about an article to connect the dots?

Sherry Goodwin, Brisbane
And this guy from Belmont is also connecting the dots even if he does buy into the "housing crisis" meme:

I am confused and irritated with the recent Daily Journal articles about the Metropolitan Transportation Commission considering additional penalties for driving on our already-funded freeways and the surrounding cities that are going about their merry ways encouraging and authorizing large commercial and residential developments.

Are there any overriding authorities to scrutinize the decisions made by individual municipalities to review the relevant environmental impact studies that seem to focus only on local plans? The MTC, of which I am not a fan, seems to be in a reactive mode and will just penalize those who have no choice but to use the roads.

Yet, cities including Millbrae, San Mateo, San Carlos and Redwood City proudly announce new massive developments with resulting high-tech workers but omit to consider adequate housing or feasible transportation for these workers. Is anyone in our bloated, distributed government structure connecting the dots?

Where is the Association of Bay Area Governments? Our critical housing shortage is caused by well-paid biotech and high-tech employees, thereby driving out folks in the service segment. The latter are conveniently brandished as underrepresented and, if lucky, are mollified with promises of affordable housing. From my perspective as a 40-year plus San Mateo County resident, our respective and collective governance is either callous or totally ignorant. They waste their time on political diversion such as reach codes, sea-level rise, climate change and equity but are unable or unwilling to address the real issues and carefully avoid third-rail problems that face us.

Dirk van Ulden




They keep building housing and don’t worry about water availability.

When are the cities going to push back on this glut of housing which will lead to water shortages, pollution, traffic?

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