State Democratic Party Stops Partying in OC Long Enough to Endorse Fossil-Fuel Divestment

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Photo by flickr user Jenn Farr
Not from Refugio State Beach this week but Niger Delta in 2007.
Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) putting her Jimmy Choo (or heap big moccasin) in her mouth while addressing American Indians at her first big coming out as a U.S. Senate candidate was not the only moment of significance at the California Democratic Party convention in Anaheim this weekend past.

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Pump Documentary on Breaking the Oil Monopoly Rolls at UC Irvine TONIGHT

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Fuel Freedom Foundation
It's a gas, gas, gas ...
UPDATE, APRIL 27, 7:42 A.M.: Updating to remind that the documentary about oil dependence Pump screens at 6 this evening in Room 134 of Steinhaus Hall at UC Irvine. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/455308817958911/.

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Peter Heinrich Conrad Reinert Tied to Scams Involving Hybrid Cars, Anti-Counterfeiting

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RipOffReport.org
Keep reading before you buy in.
An Irvine businessman has been hauled into federal court and remains in custody for allegedly duping about 50 investors out of at least $3.6 million in scams involving technological "inventions" to thwart counterfeiters of state documents and increase gas mileage of any car to 150 mpg.

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How Much Water Will You Have to Save to Make Jerry Brown's Mandatory Drought Cut?

Categories: Environment, H2no

A draft of the new set of drought regulations that's supposed to help California reach Governor Jerry Brown's 25 percent water use reduction target is due to be released later today, and while I can't speculate on what's going to be on it (You can only have water in restaurants if you fight your server? No showering unless you own pre-1900 water rights?), I can tell you exactly how much water you have to save, and a few ways you can save it. So, how much water do you actually need to save? In like numbers? Well, that depends on where you live.

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Drought, Drought, Let It All Out, These Are the Dry News Things You Can't Do Without

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Mark Greening/Orange County Water District
That's purified from OC's amazing Groundwater Replenishment System (a.k.a. toilet to tap).
Notes from Year 4 of the California drought ...

Facing the worst drought in Burnt Golden State history and separate actions recently by Gov. Jerry Brown and provider the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to conserve water up to 25 percent, the Board of Directors of the Fountain Valley-based Municipal Water District of Orange County just voted to reduce imported water use throughout the county by roughly 15 percent July 1 through June 30, 2016, unless drought conditions improve.

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I Am a Mitsubishi i-MiEV Driver, and I Am a Range-Anxiety Addict

One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.

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Battery don't fail me now!
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society released a study in March that I thought sounded silly. "Understanding the Impact of Electric Vehicle Driving Experience on Range Anxiety" argued that consumers are still afraid of acquiring EVs because of the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. I figured the advancements in EV technology, including some models' on-board indicators of mileage remaining on the charge and locations of an ever-growing number of charging stations, would have stamped out the range anxiety cited in the report by "the world's largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals."

But I must confess that when I recall my recent week with a 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, I start getting the range-anxiety shakes.


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Most of OC Forced to Reduce Water Usage By 20-35% Except...Seal Beach?!

Categories: Environment

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Photo by Chris Victorio
Random water photo to at least get ONE smile from this godforsaken drought...

Yesterday, the California State Water Resources Control Board released a draft proposal that laid out a conservation plan for the indefinite future. Surprise, surprise: most cities in Orange County will have to cut back big-time, with nearly every local water district mandated to save water by 20 (mostly cities in North and Central County) to 25 percent (that's you, all of South County) compared to September of last year. The Control Board smacked down Newport Beach, the East Orange County Water and Yorba Linda Water districts, and--bizarrely--La Habra (who knew there was vegetation in La Habra?) with the highest mandated cut: 35 percent.

Only one OC city ranked in the lowest tier of forced conservation: 10 percent. And that 'burb was...Seal Beach?!


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UC Irvine Conference to Quench Thirst for Drought Research in NOT Open to Public

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Andre Casasola/Orange County Water District
Precious
UPDATE, APRIL 7, NOON: The state should've tapped the water in my bleary eyes while writing the original post because I scanned right over the part about it being a working researchers' conference that is NOT open to the public. So sorry.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 7, 6:35 A.M.: Is Governor Jerry Brown going too far or not far enough in ordering Californians to cut their water consumption by 25 percent? That will be among the hot topics of debate at UC Irvine on April 20-22, when top researchers, water managers and policymakers explore the latest drought findings and fast-moving policy.

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2015 Kia Soul EV Turns at Least One Cynic into a Hipster Hamster Lover

One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.

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Kia America
Soul Sister
What blew me away most about my week-long test drive of the all-electric 2015 Kia Soul EV was despite the boxy exterior, booming sound system and man-size hamster ads that scream BOOMPF-BOOMPF-BOOMPF, DOOIT-DOOIT-DOOIT, what stood out most was the quiet, ultra-smooth ride.


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OC's Worst Water Wasters (By Far): Villa Park and North Tustin!

Categories: Environment

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Don't do this though, Irvine

The New York Times released a wonderful California drought map earlier this week, detailing how much water the customers of each water district in the state spends per person (stop sleeping, Los Angeles Times... and us), and it gives us a great chance to take a critical look at Orange County amid the mandatory cuts Governor Jerry Brown ordered.

And what would you know! The County's worst offenders are the people who live in Villa Park and "North Tustin," the designation the area's snooty residents have given to what the rest of the county calls Lemon Heights and Cowan Heights

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