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Re: “Birdland Jazzista Social Club Hopes to Establish an Oakland Music District

Hate to see Birdland leave Berkeley - Mike is one great guy and I wish him much success in the new location!!

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Posted by Mike Hudson on 04/20/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “California's Thirsty Almonds

Philip Bowles - what will we have left after the draught if we keep growing these export crops and kill everything else in the process? Yes everything we export takes water, to a degree, but AG gets 80% of the managed water while the rest of our citizens, including their businesses and industries only take 20%. The cost/benefit as far as water goes is WAY off balance when you compare any other export to AG exports. And I'd rather eat broccoli grown in CA than have some German pastry chef put almond paste in his strudels - but in order to irrigate the almonds, our farmers will fallow the broccoli. I think that's just plain wrong.

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Posted by Mike Hudson on 03/09/2014 at 9:52 PM

Re: “California's Thirsty Almonds

David Pafford failed to mention that almost none of the almonds end up in our grocery stores. They get shipped around the world. CA grows in the neighborhood of 80-90% of the entire planet's almonds - wow. I have a slightly different opinion: We DO have enough water for AG, urban use AND our very economically important Salmon Fishery. What we don't have is the 4 Million acre feet that these almonds use up - we could also do with a few less grapes since we're at it.....
When our fields go fallow this year and our staple foods are not grown, that's not because of the drought, it's because the available water will be used as life-support for a totally unsustainable amount of perennials that are grown almost exclusively for export.

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Posted by Mike Hudson on 02/22/2014 at 10:47 PM

Re: “California's Thirsty Almonds

The only thing the author forgot to mention is that in California today, agriculture is growing around 1 MILLION acres of Almonds. That's an area larger than Rhode Island and almost the size of Nebraska.
Excellent reporting though in my opinion.

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Posted by Mike Hudson on 02/05/2014 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Another Fish Species on the Brink

Paul Oleary,
It really hasn't been such a great year for salmon. The greatness of our catch this year came from an unprecedented high price we were offered for our catch - up to $9/Lb. That's up about $6 from last year's $3/Lb..... so of course our fishermen are stoked, they made money for the first time in quite a number of years now. There were no major schools of salmon out there like we had about a decade ago, but yes, the numbers of salmon are on the upswing - at least that's what we hope. What's killing our salmon is the same thing that's killing our stripers, and the author did a good job portraying that.

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Posted by Mike Hudson on 11/07/2013 at 1:24 PM

Re: “New Rules Threaten Small Fishermen

Total Bogus!!!!
Don't believe a word that comes from EDF.
The groundfish fisheries on the West Coast have essentially been shut down for the last decade because of past overfishing by the large trawlers. The closed Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) that stretches from a depth of about 180' all the way to the drop-off of the continental shelf today holds more rockfish than ever before. NMFS has to open this area back up to fishing according to laws prescribed in the Magnusson/Stevens act. This area should be opened up to sustainable harvest by local hook and line fishermen who have been hurting for a long time, but instead, via catch shares, the government is gifting 90% of these fish to those who caused the problem in the first place. The people will lose these fish forever!!!! Follow the money and you'll find Sam Walton, owner of WalMart on the board of EDF...... WalMart wants your fish!

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Posted by Captain Mike on 01/29/2011 at 7:27 AM

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