The Root of California’s Water Woes

  We all know water is a big problem in California.  It becomes very complex - but the root of the problem is simple:  most of the water in California falls on the northwestern third of the state, and the vast majority of the people and agriculture are far away.  There are no natural delivery …

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More Regs and Taxes on Farmers

Every business person in California is painfully aware of the cost of doing business in such a highly regulated state, and the appearance that some state agencies have a strong bias against agriculture just adds to the pain.  This last year, the state made things even worse when they added a slew of costly new …

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The Emperor of the United States

  California is known for some pretty odd characters. It started in the early days; the crazy time of the 49’ers brought out some outrageous personalities. One of the biggest was Joshua Abraham Norton - The Emperor of the United States. Norton was an Englishman that grew up in South Africa. He was a successful …

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The Heritage of our National Parks

  On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100. We have many people to thank for the preservation of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and nearly 400 other sites that tell the story of North America.  The roots of the National Park system are deep - all the way back to 1832, when …

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