Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015
Sam Wolson / Special To The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news

Smelly dead whales on Pacifica beach to get proper burial // SFGate

"A pair of dead whales, which have been decomposing on a Pacifica beach for weeks, will have to be buried due to “quality of life” issues for surrounding residents, officials said.

"In other words, giant, lifeless, rotting carcasses are not pleasant to live next to.

Witching to find water

May 12, 2015

The lack of rain has forced California farmers and wine makers to turn from the sky to the ground to find water. It’s down there, but you have to know exactly where it is in order to drill a well.  

There are a couple of options for how to do this: you can have a geologist use mapping and scientific data to get a lay of the land; or you can can hire a water witch. These are people who search for water using two thin sticks or iron rods that they say cross each other when there’s water  under the earth.

Reuters / Nacho Doce

One the May 8th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of California’s drought. Governor Brown’s mandatory water conservation plans have attracted national attention. How are the media reporting on California’s water crisis and water policies? We’ll also talk about the historic drought in Brazil. We’ll be joined by freelance journalist Matt Weiser, San Jose Mercury’s Lisa Krieger and independent journalist Mauricio Savarese joins us from São Paulo, Brazil. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


When California’s new groundwater law was written, who had a seat at the table and who was left out? On the May 7th edition of Your Call, we continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by talking about the state’s first-ever rules for pumping groundwater. The new law requires different groups and interests to work together to figure out how to preserve the state’s depleted groundwater. They include water agencies, agriculture, rural residents, and tribal governments. Who has a voice and who doesn’t? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


On the May 6th edition of Your Call, we continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by talking about the $110 billion bottled water industry. Arrowhead, Crystal Geyser, Dasani, and others sell water from California. Americans bought 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. Nearly two-thirds of those bottles are not recycled. Why do so many Americans buy bottled water? And what do you want to know about this multi-billion dollar industry? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.