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San Diego Unified To Announce New School Water Testing Plan

San Diego Unified School District is expected to announce new water testing policies Thursday in connection to the lead-tainted water found on several local campuses. The three-year program will involve testing all water outlets used for human consumption at district facilities. The sampling project will include early childhood education facilities and central offices, which were excluded from testing earlier this year. Water was at tested at 207 schools on district property beginning in April. Results showed 19 percent of the schools had some level of lead in the water.


San Diego Researchers Estimate Damage From ‘Big One’ Along Rose Canyon Fault

It may not have the name recognition of the San Andreas fault, but San Diego’s Rose Canyon fault is still capable of inflicting heavy damage, according to a new assessment by local researchers. The Rose Canyon fault cuts through La Jolla into downtown San Diego, running beneath heavily populated areas with lots of older buildings. The local chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, EERI, has been studying what the effects of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake would be along this fault line.

Why It’s Legal To Pump Untreated Canal Water Into Californians’ Homes

It takes Humberto Lugo several minutes to explain how the home he is standing in front of actually gets its water. It’s a small, stucco house dwarfed by an expanse of dusty farm fields that sit mostly fallow in September, awaiting the next planting of winter vegetables. An irrigation canal runs by the front of the property, and brings water not just to the surrounding farms but also to homes.

San Diego Unified Showcases New Standards for Campus Water

Water fixtures at a school that tested for high levels of lead have been fixed and testing is continuing at other campuses throughout San Diego Unified, district officials said at a Thursday news conference that also highlighted new standards to protect students.

“As parents and community leaders, we understand the issue of lead exposure for children is more than a school issue,” school board President Richard Barrera said.

BLOG: California Legislature Passes Big Bills On Last Day Of Session

In the final hours of this year’s legislative session, which ended after 2 a.m. Saturday, key immigration and affordable-housing bills passed out of the Legislature, as did a $4 billion parks and water bond, which the governor has said he will sign. It will appear on a June 2018 ballot. A clean energy bill did not get a vote in the Assembly, however, and an Internet privacy bill also remained stuck in committee.

3 Things to Watch as the City Ponders a Major Power Switch

It’s fair to say that public power agencies are taking the state by storm. They are known as community choice aggregators, or CCAs. Dozens of cities across the state are talking about parting ways with their local power companies. Eight other local governments, mostly in Northern California, already have.

Local Businesses, Civic Leaders Form Group In Opposition Of Community Choice Energy

A group of San Diego business and civic leaders announced Thursday they have formed a coalition to question a move toward community choice energy, which would allow San Diego’s municipal government to acquire power separately from the local utility. The Clear the Air Coalition includes former Mayor Jerry Sanders, currently president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Frank Urtasun of Sempra Energy, and Joe Panetta, who leads the life sciences industry trade group Biocom, among others.

San Diego Explained: What We Still Don’t Know About a Major Water Project

Water agencies across California are preparing to vote on a massive new water project, but unanswered questions remain. Known as WaterFix or the twin tunnels project, it’s designed to ensure that water keeps coming south through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, a series of waterways and wetlands fed by snow melting in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Says Whittier Narrows Dam is Unsafe and Could Trigger Catastrophic Flooding

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that the 60-year-old Whittier Narrows Dam is structurally unsafe and poses a potentially catastrophic risk to the working-class communities along the San Gabriel River floodplain. According to an agency report based on research conducted last year, unusually heavy rains could trigger a premature opening of the dam’s massive spillway.

OPINION: Affordable, Reliable Water for California

This week the California Legislature is considering two critical water bills that will reduce water waste and improve drought planning. Senate Bill 606 (Hertzberg/Skinner) and Assembly Bill 1668 (Friedman) deserve the legislature’s full support.