Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday Must Reads: California Ranks 49th in Kids’ Economic Well-Being; Oakland Council Puts Off Compost-Trash Issue

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 9:40 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. California ranks second to last — ahead of only Mississippi — in terms of the economic well-being of children, the Chron$ reports. According to the 2015 Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 23 percent of children in the state were living in poverty in 2013, the most recent year in which data was available. Only Mississippi was worse with 34 percent of kids living in poverty.

click to enlarge Sabrina Landreth.
  • Sabrina Landreth.
2. The Oakland City Council put off dealing with the controversy over the city’s new composting rates for restaurants and other commercial businesses — which are higher than trash rates, the Trib$ reports. New City Administrator Sabrina Landreth is working with Waste Management, the city’s trash hauler, to devise a solution to the problem.

3. The Berkeley City Council has adopted a new system for requiring downtown developers to offer “significant community benefits” with their projects, the Trib$ reports. Developers can offer a package of benefits or pay a flat fee to the city.


4. The State Water Board has proposed a $1.58 million fine against the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District in Byron for taking water from the delta after the board had said it could not, the SacBee$ reports. The state notified the irrigation district, along with dozens of other so-called “senior rights holders,” on June 12 that it could no longer divert surface water.

5. New bipartisan legislation would allow firefighters to destroy hobby drones if they interfere with aerial firefighting efforts, KQED reports (h/t Rough & Tumble). Another bill would increase fines on drone owners. The legislation comes in response to a freeway fire in Southern California in which firefighters were delayed by drones that were flying over the blaze.

6. And Donald Trump now has a commanding lead in the polls among Republican presidential candidates, the Washington Post$ reports.   

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