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West Coast Politics and Finance Reporter — Bloomberg News

Reporter, West Coast politics and finance, Bloomberg News

Nestle Bottled-Water Plan Draws Fight in Drought-Stricken Oregon — Nestle SA's plan to bottle Oregon's spring water is stoking a fight with lawmakers and environmental activists who say a corporation shouldn't be allowed to profit from a natural resource as drought spreads across the state.

Calpers Forms $764 Million Asian Infrastructure Partnership — The California Public Employees' Retirement System is forming a $764 million partnership with Australian firm QIC Ltd. to invest in infrastructure projects in Asia. The largest U.S. public pension intends to steer money to water, power, transportation and energy projects, the Sacramento-based fund said Wednesday in a news release.

California’s Brown Signs International Climate Change Pact — California Governor Jerry Brown signed a pact with 11 U.S. and international states, including Catalonia in Spain and Mexico's Jalisco, aimed at curtailing temperature increases caused by carbon pollution. The group of subnational governments agreed to cut emissions 80 percent to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 or reach a per-capita annual emission target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050, Brown's office said in a statement Tuesday.

Washington’s Inslee Declares Statewide Drought Emergency — Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday declared a drought emergency, citing historically low snowpack and dwindling rivers. The arid conditions are threatening crops and fish and could cause more wildfires as snow drops to 16 percent of normal levels and 78 percent of streams run below average, according to a statement from Inslee's office.

California’s Surging Revenue Lets Brown Increase Spending — California Governor Jerry Brown said an expanding economy has channeled an additional $6.7 billion in revenue into state coffers, allowing him to boost proposed spending next year to a record $115 billion. Most extra money will go to schools, Brown said Thursday at a Sacramento news conference where he released a revised budget for the year that begins July 1.

ACLU Seeks U.S. Probe of Hollywood, Alleging Bias Against Women — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking U.S. and California civil-rights agencies to investigate alleged bias against women in the Hollywood film and TV industry. The organization's Southern California chapter and the national ACLU Women's Rights Project are providing data to the agencies that they say reveal dramatic disparities in the hiring of women directors in TV and on big-budget films. The ACLU also supplied anecdotal accounts from 50 women directors.

Drought Transcends State Lines as U.S. West Turns Ever-More Arid — The record drought plaguing California isn't limited by lines on a map. Arid conditions caused by dwindling rainfall and snowpack are stretching across the West. In Washington's Yakima Valley, popular for growing wine grapes and beer hops, officials are cutting off water to about 1,700 farmers for three weeks starting today.

Rand Paul Courts California Tech Elite With San Francisco Visit — Presidential candidate Rand Paul began his courtship of California's technology community on Saturday, promoting his support for privacy rights, a smaller government and adherence to the Bill of Rights. "Some people want to know what in the hell is a Republican doing in San Francisco?"

Brown Warns Drought Means California Must Adapt to Drier Future — California Governor Jerry Brown said residents must reconcile themselves to a more arid way of life to endure a historic drought. "Things are changing," Brown told a gathering of water district officials in Sacramento on Wednesday after regulators for the first time required urban water cutbacks.

California Imposes Mandatory Restrictions to Ease Record Drought — California regulators approved rules that for the first time require mandatory water reductions across the state as a historic drought gripping the region enters its fourth year and conservation efforts fall short of targets. The state's 411 urban water suppliers must cut use by 8 percent to 36 percent, with some of the deepest decreases imposed on wealthy communities that haven't reduced their consumption enough.
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