Dean Florez

23 Flips | 4 Magazines | 6 Likes | 40 Followers | @deanflorez | Chief Instigator | Member, California Air Resource Board | CEO, Balance, Inc. | Past CA Senate Majority Leader | Harvard MBA | UCLA Bruin

Seriously, Stop Demonizing Almonds

We have seen the real cause of the California drought, and it’s one crunchy inch tall. One gallon of water to grow a single nut? BAN THEM ALL, writes …

The world's fifth-largest food supplier is almost out of water

How devastating? Earlier this month, the title of a Los Angeles Times op-ed published by Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor at UC Irvine, got right to the point: California would run out of water in a year.<p>This headline—as Famiglietti himself …

California just got a serious wake-up call amid its historic drought

Standing in dry, brown grass at a site that normally would be snow-covered this time of year, Brown announced he had signed an executive order requiring the State Water Resources Control Board to implement measures in cities and towns to cut the state's overall water usage by 25 percent compared …

Our View: Stop the sniveling about farming getting a pass on water regulations; Agriculture has had restrictions in place for some time: Water’s lack of availability

For starters, let's be clear: This is an opinion piece. If you're hoping to inform yourself about California's water situation, you should keep in …

Brown defends not requiring water cuts for California farmers

In a nationally televised interview Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown defended his decision to largely target urban areas rather than agricultural users with his historic order to curb water use.<p>During an appearance on the ABC news program "This Week," Brown told host Martha Raddatz that farmers …

Water

California Gov. Brown Defends Scope of Water Restrictions

Brown pushed back against the idea of applying water restrictions to the farming industry<p>California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended the scope of new mandatory water restrictions in the Golden State, pushing back against the idea of applying them to the farming industry, which uses the bulk of …

How you might be contributing to California’s water woes

In the wake of California Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to enact mandatory restrictions on the use of water given the state's ongoing, historic drought, people nationwide have become obsessed with almonds. Not in the sense that people are buying and eating lots of almonds, mind you. In the sense that …

California should stretch urban supplies before cutting water for farms

A 25 percent cutback in urban water use – as Gov. Jerry Brown imposed last week – is less a hardship on California residents than an adjustment to a …

Carly Fiorina Right About Environmentalists and California Drought Woes, Farm Groups Say

The water wars have begun.<p>Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is blaming "overzealous …

How the Drought Is Changing California Forever

Cambria, a seaside hamlet of vacation homes and wine bars, offers a glimpse of how far Californians must go to conserve water as the most populous …

Are almonds and other nuts really drought villains?

When we set out to do our water footprint for food calculator, we wanted to provide a tool that would allow viewers to understand the water costs of food in a consumer-friendly way. Hence, the plate idea was born.<p>Nuts aren't typically considered a side to a main meal, so we excluded them from the …

6 industries hurt by the California drought

As California’s current drought is now in its fourth year, Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order requiring that cities and towns reduce …

California regulators defend farmers' access to water in drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state’s $45 billion agriculture business.<p>Pushback from top water regulators came in response …

For ‘New York Times,’ online education remains a branding opportunity

Last month's announcement that The New York Times Company would launch an education initiatives may have had a familiar ring to it. The company has …

What If Education Honored Students' Individuality ...

Instead of trying to treat kids the exact same way.<p>As standardized testing became the norm, an unfortunate byproduct was the loss of student …

Today California Community Colleges Grab the Brass Ring: the 4-Year Degree

https://medium.com/@deanflorez/the-10-000-degree-announcement-california-community-colleges-grab-the-brass-ring-4-year-degrees-8c856c5cbcf7<p>The …

College & University

Gamification Is On Track To Take Over Your Classroom

It’s easy to knock computer games as a distraction, but a growing number of educators are seeing the potential in their ability to keep students engaged. The result is a gamification of learning that is on track to become a cornerstone of the classroom.<p>Gaming encourages many of the behaviours we …

Gamification: Companies Of All Sizes Are Using This Strategy To Win Customers And Pummel Competitors

But the always-on digital and smartphone age has vastly expanded opportunities for gamification.<p>In a recent report from BI Intelligence on the mobile gamification, we explain how gamification represents the fusion of four trends: the explosion of social media usage, the mobile revolution, the rise …

Will Competency-Based Education displace the college degree?

Let’s begin the New Year with two, salient 2014 facts destined to drive educational policy and technological innovation in higher education …