The myths used to needlessly delay the Cadiz water project, debunked – Los Angeles Times

California is world-renowned for its protection of natural resources, and its environmental laws are America’s strongest — far more stringent than their federal equivalents. In fact, the rigor of California’s environmental process has caused many high-profile projects to seek legislative exemptions from state review. So when a critical infrastructure project makes it through California’s environmental permitting processes and is upheld by all levels of the state’s courts, it’s a big achievement.

For nearly a decade, the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, which will create a new water supply for 400,000 people and thousands of jobs, has followed the entire California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review and approval process from start to finish — public comment periods, public hearings, board approvals and litigation, all of which concluded last year, when the 4th District Court of Appeal sustained every approval of the project and concluded that it could be operated safely and sustainably.

So it’s disappointing that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and her allies, including state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), continue to perpetuate a series of myths about the Cadiz project as part of a campaign to derail it, including in a recent op-ed article for the Los Angeles Times. Here are just a few examples of the most common myths:

• Feinstein and Friedman claim the project would be “an environmental disaster” that could “destroy the Mojave Desert.” However, independent experts, public agency decisions and 12 state court opinions have concluded that the Cadiz project is no such threat to the Mojave Desert or the surrounding ecosystem, including the springs, flora, fauna and aquifer. In their op-ed, Feinstein and Friedman cited an old U.S. Geological Survey estimate of the area’s water recharge rate, prepared in 2000 for a different project. They fail to acknowledge that this out-of-date estimate was evaluated during the project’s CEQA review process and set aside in light of actual, measured data not previously available to the USGS. What’s more, the project’s use of groundwater was ultimately limited by San Bernardino County to a specific amount — 0.3% of total storage, annually — and to a hard floor in the water table, making the recharge rate moot. It is arithmetically, physically and legally impossible for the Cadiz project to do what Feinstein and Friedman claim it could do, given the county’s strict conditions and court-approved management provisions.

Stephen Cadiz – Former Transport Minister says Ocean Flower 2 Presence Locally, an Embarrassment. – Power 102 FM

There are many questions today on the presence of the Ocean Flower 2 in Trinidad and Tobago’s waters.

The passenger ferry is now in T&T’s waters and its owner Bridgeman Services Group Limited says the vessel is here for “a pre-planned dry-docking” following its repositioning from Asia.

However reports indicate that Bridgemans has also put in a new bid for the sea bridge and had a representative present during public tenders opened by the Port Authority of T&T yesterday.

Former Transport Minister Steven Cadiz says the presence of the Ocean Flower 2 in T&T’s waters is now the symbol embarrassment that is the failed procurement process for vessels for Trinidad and Tobago.

He said that Ministry’s handling of the presence of the vessel also raises important questions.

Cadiz fishing sector attends Dubai fair – FIS

SeaFex fair. (Photo: SeaFex)

Cadiz fishing sector attends Dubai fair

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 02:50 (GMT + 9)

Representatives of the Cadiz fishing sector are present in Dubai to participate in SeaFex, the fair dedicated to the sea inside the World Trade Center, that is taking place in this emirate these days.

Specifically, eleven companies and entities moved to this attractive Asian client’s place. These include Petaca Chico, Fishermen’s Association of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Organization of Artisanal Producers of Lonja de Conil, Organization of Aquaculture Producers in the Open Sea of ​​Conil, Local Action Group of Coastal Fishing Cadiz-Strait, Federation of Fishermen’s Association of Cádiz, Organization of Tuna Fisheries Producers, Southgate Advisors, Naturix Esteros Andaluces and Aquafarm.

The activity is organized by the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge, through Extenda and has benefited from Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI). Fairs like this, explained the Board, are an opportunity to attract new customers, improve business opportunities and establish business synergies.

As for SeaFex fair in Dubai, it covers the entire fish and sea product industry and has an extensive database of quality buyers from the international market. It is one of the meeting places for producers in the Middle East and North Africa, hence its strategic importance.

This year, the event is celebrating its sixth edition. In 2016, the SeaFex Dubai fair served as a platform for 110 international exhibitors, who presented their firms and products in a fair of 11,562 square metres.

In this edition, this event brought together more than 13,000 professional visitors, who came to inform themselves and to know the different companies of the sector and the different products of the sea that they offer, as well as all type of innovations referring to the industry.

The truth is that Cadiz has much to say about the export of fish and shellfish. According to data from Extenda, Cádiz, with EUR 90 million, covers 62 per cent of all Andalusian exports in this sector. In addition, latest statistics reveal it represents a 26.6 per cent growth in sales volume.

The most exported products by Cadiz are frozen fish, with 40 million, 45 per cent; followed by fresh or chilled fish, with 29.7 million, 33 per cent; and frozen, dried or brine molluscs and crustaceans and invertebrates, with 17.1 million, 18.9 per cent.

The main destinations of the fish and seafood from Cadiz have been the Italian market, with 16.7 million, 18.5 per cent; followed by Portugal, with 14.1 million, 15.6 per cent; and Mauritius, with 12.2 million euros, 13.5 per cent. Fourth is Seychelles, with 9.4 million, 10.4 per cent; Japan, with 8.1 million, 9.1 per cent; Madagascar, with 5.8 million, 6.5 per cent; United States, with 3.9 million, 4.3 per cent; Côte d’Ivoire, with 3.2 million, 3.6 per cent; Ecuador, with 2.6 million, 2.9 per cent; and France, with 2.2 million, 2.5 per cent.

In 2016 (last full year), the number of Cadiz companies exporting fish, shellfish and their processed products was 101, of which 44 are regular exporters (more than four years exporting), which accounted for 84 per cent of sales.

Source: La Voz de Cádiz


Cadiz, KY woman killed in crash in Arkansas – WPSD Local 6

LONOKE COUNTY, AR (ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE) — A Cadiz, Kentucky woman was killed in a crash in Arkansas early Tuesday morning.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says the crash happened just before 3:00 a.m. on Interstate 40 in Lonoke County.

The paper says 28-year-old Taylor Renfrow of Cadiz was driving west on I-40 when she rear-ended another car. Her car then skidded and caught on fire.

Renfrow was taken to a hospital in Little Rock. Her passenger, 31-year-old Caroline Renfrow died at the scene.

Cadiz, KY woman killed in crash in Arkansas – WPSD – WPSD Local 6

LONOKE COUNTY, AR (ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE) — A Cadiz, Kentucky woman was killed in a crash in Arkansas early Tuesday morning.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says the crash happened just before 3:00 a.m. on Interstate 40 in Lonoke County.

The paper says 28-year-old Taylor Renfrow of Cadiz was driving west on I-40 when he rear-ended another car. His car then skidded and caught on fire.

Renfrow was taken to a hospital in Little Rock. His passenger, 31-year-old Caroline Renfrow died at the scene.

La Liga 123: Toche downs Cadiz – Football Espana

Cadiz lost their top spot in La Liga 123 after suffering their first defeat of the campaign at Real Oviedo thanks to Toche’s second half strike.

The 34-year-old striker, formerly of Panathinaikos and Deportivo La Coruna, netted the only goal of the game at the Estadio Carlos Tartiere to fire Las Oviedistas to 6th.

Numancia are now top of the table on goal difference after an impressive 3-0 victory over Sporting Gijon – Pablo Valcarce netted twice along with Alberto Escasi’s strike.

Valladolid rise up to second after a 2-1 home win over Granada – who are still without a win this season, although this was their first defeat.

Newly-promoted Cultural Leonesa are the fourth team who lead the way with 10 points from 5 game following a 3-2 home victory over Huesca.

Lugo made it back-to-back victories thanks to a last minute winner from Iriome Gonzalez in a 2-1 victory at home to Real Zaragoza, while Rayo Vallecano secured a scoreless draw at Sevilla Atletico, who are yet to taste victory.

Osasuna striker Quique netted against former club Almeria in a 2-1 victory for the Pamplona-based team, with Sebastian Coris netting the winner after Fidel’s opener for the Andalucians.

Elsewhere, Reus held Lorca to a 1-1 draw while Barcelona B secured a draw at Alcorcon by the same scoreline.

Gimnastic defeated Albacete 3-1 while last year’s defeated playoff finalists Tenerife crashed to a 2-0 loss at Cordoba.

Image via @RealOviedo

NPA rebels attack solar farm in Cadiz City –

BACOLOD CITY – Suspected communist rebels fired at and damaged at least 90 solar panels of the biggest solar farm in Southeast Asia located in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental about 10:20 p.m. on Thursday.

Cadiz City Mayor Patrick Escalante said the guerrillas damaged at least P2.250-million worth of panels.

The rebels, who were armed with hand grenades and high powered weapons, fired from outside of the perimeter fence, said Escalante.

No one was hurt, he added.

The close to P10-billion Helios Solar Energy Corp.  solar farm in Barangay Tinampa-an, Cadiz City, was developed through a partnership between Gregorio Araneta Inc. and Soleq, one of Southeast Asia’s largest solar independent power producers, whose mother company is Equis.

The 132.5-megawatt solar generation facility with 427,392 solar panels sitting on a 176-hectare property was inaugurated last March.

NPA rebels were suspected to have perpetuated the attack as part of their extortion activities, the mayor said.

They reportedly tried to extort money from the firm, he said.

A police report said an unidentified group of 17 armed men speaking Hiligaynon and Cebuano was seen headed for the solar farm by witnesses.

The report said about 109 pieces of live ammunition were fired by rebels from different high powered weapons, including M-16 rifles, M79/M203 grenade launchers.  Police recovered two firing pins of hand grenades at the scene.

Damaged in the attack were 90 solar panels and one CCTV camera, the report said.

The mayor said the Army and police were meeting Friday afternoon to beef up security in the province.

He added that action needs to be taken to assure the security of investors.

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Will anti-water pumping legislation be brought back from the dead? – Sacramento Bee

Late last week, we suggested watching this space for possible revival of Assembly Bill 1000, legislation to halt a controversial water-pumping project in the Mojave Desert that’s being pushed by the politically connected firm Cadiz, Inc.

The bill pits supporters, including Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom against the heavy lobbying of Cadiz, which successfully blocked the bill in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The move was celebrated by Cadiz, which issued ads thanking Senate leader Kevin de León and Senate colleague Ricardo Lara, chair of the committee. There also were robocalls carrying a similar message of gratitude. Brown and Feinstein aren’t the only ones displeased with the bill’s stoppage, particularly given the Trump administration’s steps to speed things along. Sia, a pop star with ties to Palm Springs, sent a tweet late Friday asking de León and Lara to “Please #preserveCA and let the CAleg vote on #AB1000.”

With two days left in the legislative session, sources said the political jockeying to revive the bill are in full swing, suggesting that some of Lara’s measures had been “held hostage” in the Assembly until a deal could be reached to bring back AB 1000, though that account was disputed by others. The practice of holding bills is not uncommon in the closing days of business at the Capitol, where one house will often sit on prominent proposals to ensure they get their bills back.

Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Los Angeles, the author of AB 1000, tells us she expressed to Senate leadership her desire to bring back the measure before the end of session, but added “I have not heard of anything that I know of to be credible.”

Because of the Legislature’s new 72-hour rule, she noted, the bill could no longer be amended and still pass this year. Friedman added that she has not been a part of any negotiations, which generally include leadership and the governor’s office: “It’s not up to me.”

MORE SIGNATURES? Carl DeMaio, a leader in the effort to recall Sen. Josh Newman for his vote to raise gas taxes to pay for road repairs, says his coalition wants to repeal the taxes through a constitutional amendment rather than a standard ballot initiative. The difference? The group will need 580,000 signatures rather than 360,000 signatures, but DeMaio believes the higher threshold will prevent Sacramento officials from somehow getting around it. “We always saw this as a one-two punch, the recall, and then the statewide initiative to repeal the car and gas tax,” DeMaio said by phone Wednesday. Separately, Assemblyman Travis Allen has been working on his own gas tax repeal.

THREE CHEERS: Gov. Jerry Brown attends the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Medal of Valor ceremony recognizing officers and staff in Elk Grove.

DREAM ACT: Will California Republicans help pass a Dream Act, legislation giving legal status and protecting from deportation more than 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children? Reps. David Valadao and Jeff Denham, Republicans who represent contested districts in the Central Valley, are coming out for the legislation, with Valadao contending that the young people, known as Dreamers, make significant contributions to society.

BERNIECARE: Meanwhile, California House Democrats are joining the state’s junior senator, Kamala Harris, by co-sponsoring the House version of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bill to expand Medicare to all. We must make healthcare affordable and universal,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, who is on the shortlist of Senate aspirants should Feinstein choose not to run for a fifth term in 2018.

CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Allen, also a Republican candidate for governor next year, who turns 44. Democrat Jerome Horton of the state Board of Equalization is 61.