Daily News Roundup for Thursday, Semptember 3, 2015
Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:
California's Katrina is coming // Wired
"California's always been for dreamers. Dreams of gold brought the forty-niners. Easy seasons and expansive arable acreage brought farmers, dreaming of an agricultural paradise. Fame, natural beauty, and the hang-loose cultural mosaic have brought dreaming millions to the state where summer never seems to end.
"The summer dream has become a nightmare drought. But the years-long dry spell isn’t what keeps engineers, economists, and state water planners awake at night. No, they worry about the network of levees at the crux of California’s plumbing—a massive freshwater confluence called the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta."
"Fish vs. farmers. Tribes vs. agribusiness.
"It might seem easy, summarizing the conflict over the Trinity River in Northern California. But amid record drought, this long-running and singular battle has become a case study about the difficulties in balancing Western water use."
"Ending years of litigation, hunger strikes and contentious debate, California has agreed to move thousands of state prisoners out of solitary confinement under the terms of a landmark lawsuit settlement.
"Corrections officials, who have long used indefinite isolation to control violent prison gangs, will cease the practice and return nearly 2,000 inmates to the general population, according to the agreement announced Tuesday."
"In another stab at pee-policing, The Chronicle’s Matier & Ross report that San Francisco is spending $1 million a year for “potty-sitters” to ensure that the city’s public toilets are kept available for people who need a restroom and not a place to shoot up or turn tricks.
"The potty police — who are being paid up to $16 an hour — sprang out of the “Pit Stop” program that Public Works began last year. It included rolling out three portable toilets that could be moved from neighborhood to neighborhood and staffing two of the 24 toilets maintained by the French outfit JCDecaux."