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Records Show Moldy Classrooms, Torn Up Roads

Last year, public employees in San Diego County built fences with public money at prices that made them say, “Yikes!” They grappled with “screw ups” — including repaving a street scheduled to be dug up for utility work the following week.The San Diego Union-Tribune found these problems and others by sifting through tens of thousands of emails requested under the California Public Records Act from 107 government agencies throughout the county.

Two fence bids caused a “yikes” email, one at the Padre Dam Municipal Water District in Santee and one at the Olivenhain Water District in Encinitas.

April Weather Looks to be Warm and Dry in Southern California

On March 25, NOAA released its outlooks for temperature and precipitation for the month of April. These outlooks were put together keeping in mind ongoing strong El Niño conditions — which were supposed to be highly favorable for breaking the back of the California drought, or at least refilling reservoirs to above cracked-mudflat levels.

While the country east of the Rockies will be grumbling about colder than normal temperatures, Southern California will continue to be warm and sunny. Sea surface temperatures will be warmer than average — so surfing and diving and general beach activity should attract crowds to the coast.

DWR Says March 30, 2016 Snow Survey Will Help Reveal California’s Water Health

California’s snowpack usually reaches its peak in the early spring each year near the first of April. Melting of the snowpack increases as the sun’s path across the sky moves a little northward each day and solar radiation intensifies on the ground.

Snowpack surveys by the Department of Water Resource (DWR) in late March and early April are indicators of how much water California will reap from the melting snowpack, which in normal years provides about 30 percent of the state’s water.