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Housing & Development

Water Scarce to Recharge Groundwater Basins, New Report Shows

A first-of-its-kind analysis of California’s water resources shows that bringing local groundwater basins into sustainable balance -- as state law demands – will require investments and innovations in integrated water management including conservation, storm water capture, recycling, desalination, water transfers, diversion, conveyance and storage.

FOIA Request Seeks Data on Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures at Steve Mnuchin’s Former Bank

Earlier today, two nonprofit groups submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about reverse mortgage foreclosures conducted against seniors by Financial Freedom, a reverse mortgage servicer previously owned by Steven Mnuchin, who has been nominated for the United States Treasury Secretary position by President Elect Trump.

Rep. Calvert Reintroduces the REBUILD Act

Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced the Reducing Environmental Barriers to Unified Infrastructure and Land Development (REBUILD) Act, H.R. 481. The legislation would cut red tape and reduce costs for infrastructure projects.

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier To Serve On Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he has been appointed to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 115th Congress. In addition, he will continue to serve on the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Rep. Peters Named to Influential Energy and Commerce Committee for 115th Congress

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) was selected by his Democratic colleagues to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee during the 115th Congress. The committee has jurisdiction over legislation and regulation pertaining to energy and the environment, healthcare, telecommunications, and interstate commerce, making it one of the most influential policy-making bodies in Congress.

Rep. Denham Re-Introduces “New WATER Act,” Requests Local Authorities to Increase Capture of Storm...

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today re-introduced H.R. 434, the “New Water Available To Every Reclamation State Act” (New WATER Act) to authorize a pilot project to help finance development of water resources infrastructure in reclamation states, such as California.

115th Congress Subcommittee Assignments Released

Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rodney Frelinghuysen announced subcommittee memberships for the 115th Congress. U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) will serve on the Agriculture Subcommittee, the Military Construction and Veteran Affairs Subcommittee, as well as the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Subcommittee

Congressman Lowenthal Named To House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today was named as a new member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) for the 115th Congress. “I am honored to represent not only my district and state, but all Americans as a new member on the T&I Committee,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “From bridges to airports, from ports to mass transit, our nation’s transportation infrastructure is the nervous system of a healthy economy.

Eshoo Legislation to Increase Energy Efficiency Passes House

Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger’s (R-IL) legislation to in crease efficiency of federal data centers passed the House by a unanimous voice vote. The legislation, the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act (H.R. 306), directs the Executive branch to harness information and communications technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use within the federal government
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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Free Up Credit Union Lending

U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Don Young (R-Alaska), and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced H.R. 389, the Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act. The bill ensures that loans to finance the purchase of small apartment buildings from both credit unions and banks are considered residential real estate loans:

Federal Analysis Downplays Fracking’s Threats to Public Land in California

Three years after a federal judge rebuked the Bureau of Land Management for ignoring the risks of hydraulic fracturing in California, the agency today issued a revised draft “environmental impact statement” that still fails to carefully evaluate fracking pollution's threats to public land along the state’s Central Coast.

Ruiz Appointed to Prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee

Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that he was appointed to the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee, an exclusive committee that deals with a wide range of that will be front and center in the coming months, including health care and energy policy. Dr. Ruiz will be the only Democratic physician on the committee
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LaMalfa Blasts Order from the Secretary of Interior to Cut California’s Water Supply

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order instructing the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to release 250,000 acre-feet of water per year from California reservoirs to address the endangered Delta smelt population. This proposal would significantly cut Californians’ access to water stored in Lake Shasta and would negatively impact many families and farmers around the state

Rep. Walters To Serve On Energy & Commerce Committee

Congresswoman Mimi Walters (California-45) released the following statement after being selected to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 115th Congress

Reps. Cook and Takano Introduce Bill To Ensure Fair Housing Benefit for Student Veterans

Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) and Rep. Mark Takano (D- California), introduced HR 245, the Veterans’ Education Equity Act. This bipartisan bill fixes a discrepancy in the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently determines Post-9/11 GI Bill housing payments for student veterans that prevents some veterans from receiving a fair housing payment.

Valadao Introduces Legislation to Improve Western Water Reliability

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, the first day of the 115th Congress, Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to modernize water policies throughout the entire Western United States, including in the State of California.

Snowpack’s Statewide Water Content Is below Average

Today’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada range found a snow water equivalence of 6 inches, which is 5.3 inches less than the average early-January snow water equivalence of 11.3 inches as measured at Phillips since 1964.

DWR Issues Update to State’s “Go-To” Groundwater Publication

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued an interim update to its Bulletin 118 series, California’s Groundwater, with key information to help local agencies meet requirements and deadlines under the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) enacted in 2014

More Than 700 Homeless Veterans Enrolled So Far in ‘Housing Our Heroes’ Campaign

Standing in front of an apartment complex housing veterans in North Park, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, City Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission President & CEO Richard C. Gentry today announced more than 700 homeless veterans have now been enrolled in

State Water Project Allocation Increased to 45 Percent

With reservoirs rising from December storms, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today boosted its early-season estimate of next year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply from 20 to 45 percent of most requests.

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AGUILAR RESPONDS TO TRUMP’S PLAN TO SLASH FUNDS SUPPORTING SAN BERNARDINO...

Rep. Pete Aguilar issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget,” which outlines the priorities of the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The president’s proposal would gut funding for critical federal programs affecting San Bernardino County residents, such as affordable housing, after school and summer programs, work-study aid, and transportation and infrastructure projects including the Redlands Passenger Rail, which is funded through the TIGER grant program

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Northern California Real Estate Investor Sentenced for Rigging Bids at Public...

A Northern California real estate investor was sentenced yesterday for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.