FROM Heather Cooley
Despite the Drought, California Sees Record Farm Revenues As California’s drought drags on, we’ve been hearing stories about farmers in crisis mode: fallowing fields, digging deeper wells, and irrigating crops with wastewater from oil drilling operations. But a recent report by the Pacific Institute in Oakland seems to turn all that on its head. The report finds that California’s agriculture industry had record revenues in the past two years. Not only that, farmers last year hired more workers than ever before—417,000.
Overcoming the Drought with Desal As the drought continues, desalination is making a comeback in our state. At least 16 areas on the California coast are either building or considering desalination plants. A big new plant in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, will be coming online this fall. The plant cost a billion dollars to build and will provide some 50 million gallons of water a day, or about 7 percent of the water used by the residents of San Diego County. Decades ago, Santa Barbara built a desal plant that opened in 1992 only to mothball it six weeks later, because rain returned to the area. Now the city is planning to bring the plant back online. Is desal the solution to California’s drought?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”