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California Prepares for Snow, Rain, Mudslides

Warnings have been posted for the risk of mudslides in areas that burned in last year’s wildfires, as bone-dry California looks forward to its best week of rain and snow this winter.

California mudslide license plate (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Don’t Expect Central Valley to Stop Sinking After Drought — Yet

Farmers in the Central Valley know that it will take three to four years for water to permeate down to the underground aquifers and start raising the land again. But environmentalists warn of a crisis due to the Central Valley still sinking after this year’s heavy rains, due to the use of groundwater during the five-year drought.

Central Valley aqueducts (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Jerry Brown’s High-Speed Rail Costs Under Scrutiny

Both Democratic and Republican members of the California State Assembly Transportation Committee discussed the financial risks and the estimated $64 billion dollar price tag for Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy-defining high-speed rail system in nearly three hours of discussions in Sacramento on Monday, focusing on concerns as to where the funding for the massive project will be found.

Brown at High-Speed Rail Groundbreaking (AP)

No Federal Water for CA Farmers Despite El Niño

The Pacific El Niño has battered California with much-needed rainstorms, leading to record rainfall in some areas–but state farmers are unlikely to see any water deliveries from federal agencies for a third straight year.

The Associated Press

El Niño: China, Facing Drought, Accepts U.S. Rice

China’s President Xi Jinping will sign an agreement to open up China’s rice market to U.S. exports as part of his economic charm offensive this week, after signing a $38 billion aircraft deal with Boeing in Seattle.

Rice (Romeo Gacad / AFP / Getty)