AM News Thursday, 10.03.13
According to a new poll from the Public Policy
Institute of California, Californians want stricter
regulation of hydraulic fracturing. In addition, a
majority of likely voters surveyed opposed the
increased use of fracking.
Sixty-one percent of likely voters said they favor stricter rules, and 53% said they're against the expansion of
fracking in the state.
The PPIC poll was conducted over the phone and included 1,703 Californians.
The results echo a June poll conducted by USC and the Los Angeles Times. At that point, 58% of
registered voters said they supported a moratorium
on fracking until its environmental effects had been
In California, the shutdown affects some 150,000
employees, many in Federal Parks. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which includes Alcatraz
Island, Fort Point, and Muir Woods are technically
closed along with Yosemite National Park which
marked its 123rd anniversary Tuesday. The Point
Reyes National Seashore closed on Tuesday and
gave campers two days to leave the park.
Social Security field offices are open but with limited
services. IRS offices were locked and dark .
U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges were scheduled to
hear cases for the next two weeks before closing.
The U.S. Probation office is open.
The U.S. Marshals Service is open. Federal airport
screeners and air traffic controllers kept flights moving.
The Veterans Affairs clinics are open, and the
U.S. Postal Service continues to deliver the mail.
Flood control operations at Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino will continue, but the campgrounds will
be closing within the next week.
H.D. Palmer, a state finance spokesman, said there
will be wider effects. Programs to help low-income residents, such as free school lunches and
food stamps, have funding only through the end of
Furloughed employees were given a letter asking
creditors for leniency while their paychecks are in
limbo, but many remained fearful of missing car and mortgage payments. There is no guarantee that
employees who continue working will get back-pay when the budget crisis is over.
Employees were "told to watch CNN.”
Caltrans announced there will be a full overnight
closure of US Highway 101 at the Klamath River
Bridge from 10PM, Sunday, October 13, through 4AM, Monday, October 14.
A second full nighttime closure may be necessary
from 10PM, Monday, October 14, through 4AM,
Tuesday, October 15.
This project is replacing three hinges on the Klamath River Bridge in order to extend the service life of the
structure. A temporary traffic signal will remain in
place through late October. One-way traffic control will be in effect 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and motorists should anticipate 10
Fort Bragg will be joining schools from around the
world to celebrate International Walk & Roll to School Week October 7 – 11, 2013. The goals of this event are to raise
awareness about safe routes for walking and
bicycling, and to promote safety, health, physical
activity, concern for the environment, and a sense of community.
On Wednesday, October 9, International Walk & Roll
Day, Walking School Buses will travel with students,
parents, and community leaders to Fort Bragg
Over 5,000 schools in all 50 of the United States and over 40 countries are expected to participate . The
event is being organized locally by the Fort Bragg
Safe Routes to School Program.