FROM Jim Metropulos
Fish and Game Commissioner Criticized for Killing Mountain Lion Forty Democrats in the state Assembly have called for the President of California's Fish and Game Commission to resign. Daniel Richards has circulated pictures of himself with a dead mountain lion he killed on a hunting trip in Idaho. But in 1990, California voters made that illegal in California. Pictures of Richards and the dead cougar have gone viral and, in response to the calls for him to resign, the National Rifle Association put out a nationwide alert. Dozens of hunters and gun-rights advocates showed up yesterday at a Fish and Game Commission meeting in Riverside.
Will the Water Wars Never End? Cutbacks in urban water use, penalties for agricultural diversions, new dams and, possibly, a Peripheral Canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. These are some of the provisions of a massive water plan unveiled yesterday after months of negotiations behind closed doors. Democratic leaders in the Assembly and Senate said they had the momentum for a vote before the end of this week, but even supporters don't agree on just what the measure would really do.
Schwarzenegger and Feinstein Team Up on a New Water Bond Global warming is one threat to California’s water supply. Another is the fragile condition of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which irrigates thousands of acres of crops and supplies drinking water for two-thirds of Californians. Late last week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and US Senator Diane Feinstein—a Republican and a Democrat—proposed a 9.3 billion dollar bond for the November ballot.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."