Oroville Dam

Walters: Forensic report confirms Oroville Dam lapses

<i>Click here if you’re having trouble viewing this photo gallery on your mobile device.</i><p>The verdict is in and California stands convicted of gross …

San Joaquin Valley

Jerry Brown Warns of Recession and Reveals His Final Budget

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>Gov. Jerry Brown moved to bolster California’s “rainy day” fund Wednesday when he unveiled the final budget proposal of his administration in Sacramento, asking the Legislature not to take the state’s economic stability for …

California

ENR's 2017 Year in Construction Photo Contest Winners

Engineering

What You Need to Know About the Mudslides

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>Mudslides wreaked havoc in Southern California Tuesday amid intense rainfall across the state, demolishing homes in Santa Barbara County and killing at least 15 people. Just weeks ago, many of those areas hardest hit by …

California

Oroville Dam: Emergency spillway erosion warnings date to 1948, 1961

Oroville – Geological surveys conducted in 1948 and 1961 for the Oroville Dam project found the hillside below the emergency spillway weir location …

Water

Department of Water Resources chief ousted after report blames Oroville dam crisis on lax safety culture

Grant Davis, director of the California Water Resources Department, was replaced Wednesday just days after an independent investigation of the Oroville dam spillway incident last year found that a flawed safety culture contributed to the disaster.<p>The agency said it replaced Davis with Karla Nemeth, …

Water

Monday’s rain sets all-time downtown Sacramento record

Here is the latest on the storm hitting the Sacramento region.<p><b>6:50 a.m.</b><p>A storm originating in the Gulf of Alaska delivered 2.38 inches of rain to …

Weather

Jerry Brown’s last budget: 19 billion reasons to smile and two big questions

Gov. Jerry Brown has 19 billion reasons to feel optimistic when he releases his last budget proposal this week.<p>Eight years after he took office in …

Kevin de León

Does Trump Deserve Credit for Strong Economic Numbers?

Click here to get the Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter delivered to your inbox.<p>With the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaking through the 25000 level and solid employment growth continuing, WSJ's Jerry Seib explains how much credit President Trump should get for the strong economic …

U.S. Politics

2017 was costliest year ever in U.S. for weather, climate disasters

Last year’s devastating floods and fires in California combined with hurricanes and other natural disasters to wreak unprecedented financial damage on the United States, the federal government reported Monday.<p>The nation endured 16 weather and climate events that inflicted $1 billion or more apiece …

Climate Change

US shatters record for disaster costs in 2017

<b>(CNN) —</b> 2017 was the costliest year ever for weather and climate disasters in the United States, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday, totaling $306 billion. The previous record year, 2005, saw $215 billion in disasters.<p>Highlighted by a string of hurricanes …

Weather

Can you be good without God? Boy Scouts face the question

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America rescinded its ban on gay members. Two years later, it voted to allow gay adults in leadership.<p>By 2017, the scouts …

LGBTQ

Oroville Dam: New report details what caused the near-disaster last year

The independent team of experts investigating the dramatic failure of the spillways last February at Oroville Dam that led to the evacuation of …

Water

Safety probe warns California's dam crisis a 'wake-up call'

SAN FRANCISCO — “Long-term and systemic failures” by California dam managers and regulators to recognize inherent construction and design flaws at …

Human error played a role in Oroville Dam spillway failure, report finds

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

State missed problems that led to Oroville Dam near-disaster, report finds

A much-awaited report on last winter’s spillway failures at Oroville Dam concludes that state water officials failed to spot long-standing problems at the reservoir, leading to the near-disaster.<p>The 584-page assessment prepared by a team of independent dam experts, released Friday, said design …

Taboola

Oroville Dam: Report places blame on decades of neglect, human error

Potential disaster in early 2017 was result of years-long systemic failure, says independent review<p>During the torrential downpours of early 2017, Butte County’s Oroville Dam—the tallest dam in the United States, which creates a reservoir capacity of roughly 3.5 million acre feet and generates …

A Deep Dive Into California's Recurring Drought Problem

Glen MartinFeel it yet? That dire sense of déjà vu? It probably depends on your livelihood or interests. If you’re a Bay Area boulevardier or the …

UC Berkeley

Wildfires, Political Unrest, Death Of A Mayor – Top Bay Area Stories In 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The year began with near biblical downpours and a crumbing dam and ended with the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed …

Mendocino County

Bay Area’s biggest stories of 2017: A firestorm, a mayor’s death and #MeToo

Image 1of/3<p>Caption<p>Close<p>It was a year of roaring wildfires and extreme weather that may become only more so, a year of divided politics playing out in …

Immigration

The weird and the wacky: a look back at 2017

As we tiptoe ever closer to the start of another year, a look back at the some of the strange goings-on we wrote about here seemed in order. It was a …

Monica Lewinsky

The record-breaking megadisasters of 2017, explained

Storms, fires, floods, and heat caused unprecedented destruction in 2017. Why?<p>2017 is about to become the most expensive disaster year in US history, costing nearly $400 billion in damages.<p>How did that happen? Consider some of the record-breaking weather events that came our way:<p>California was …

Climate Change

26 Photos That Show The Natural Disasters Humanity Faced In 2017

Hurricanes, wildfires and floods wreaked havoc.<p>For those in the United States, 2017 will probably always be associated with the record hurricanes that caused widespread damage in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In California, raging wildfires destroyed thousands of structures.<p>But around the world, …

LGBTQ

The 10 most incredible photos from an astounding year in weather

It was an incredible, devastating year in weather. From multiple major hurricanes to an unparalleled wildfire season, the final toll will be thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. Between these catastrophes, though, were a few glimmers of light in the form of a stunning wildflower …

Weather

50 things we learned — and some we wish we hadn’t — in 2017

Every New Year’s morning, we greet the dawn with a certainty that the year spread out before us will be peppered with setbacks and advances, tragedy …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

California's Thomas Fire torches record books, as 'normal' climate burns away

The freakish, "rainy-season" Thomas Fire in California has just burned itself into the record books. On Dec. 22, 2017 it officially became the …

Climate Change

The Flood That Could Change Everything - United States of Climate Change

On the first day the storm will seem just like the others.<p>But once the water starts falling on Southern California this time, it won’t stop. Not for …

Hurricane Harvey

The year in water 2017

<b>By Brett Walton</b><p><b>Circle of Blue – December 20, 2017</b><p>Two months ago, as winter in the Southern Hemisphere turned to spring, authorities in Cape Town grew …

Water

California needs more homes, but in the right places

California has a debilitating housing shortage that is driving up rents and home prices, fueling an increase in homelessness and handicapping efforts to attract and retain businesses. The state needs another 3.5 million homes by 2025 to meet population and market demands, according to one analysis. …

Housing

weather.com's Top 10 U.S. Weather Stories of 2017 | The Weather Channel

News<p>weather.com's Top 10 U.S. Weather Stories of 2017<p>By weather.com Meteorologists<p>less than an hour ago<p>weather.com<p>01:10<p>Thousands Still Lack Clean …

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