News in Brief—Lake County Record-Bee


BLM Hosts Central California Resource Advisory Council Virtual Meeting

The Bureau of Land Management Central California Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet virtually on Wednesday, November 2 from 1-4 p.m. The public must register in advance to participate.

The virtual meeting will be an informational format and a copy of the agenda is available on the Central California Resource Advisory Council website. Council is briefed on the management plan for the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, designated by Congress in 2021 as the only BLM-managed National Scenic Area. The RAC will also hear updates from the district and field offices, including the Casa Diablo IV geothermal development project and a post-season overview of the wildfires.

“We look forward to discussing specific activities in the Bishop Field Office as well as projects across the district,” said Chris Heppe, Central California District Manager. “By participating in this effort, we can all help shape the future stewardship of our public lands.”

The public can pre-register at Registered people will receive a link and phone number to join the meeting. The public will have an opportunity to address the RAC during the 12 noon meeting. Individual public comment time may be limited due to the number of people wishing to speak. Written statements to the council may also be sent prior to the meeting to the BLM Central California District Office, Attention: RAC meeting comments, 5152 Hillsdale Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762.

The 12-member council advises the Secretary of the Interior through the BLM on a variety of planning and management issues related to BLM public lands in central California. The BLM maintains 38 registered advisory committees throughout the West. Each Citizens Council is made up of members with diverse interests in local communities who help develop committee recommendations by sharing their unique perspectives.

To learn more about the Central California RAC and to view the final agenda, visit Please contact us for reasonable arrangements to attend. If you have specific questions, please contact the BLM Public Affairs Officer for the Central California District, Philip Oviatt, at [email protected] or 661-391-6117.

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The first and last debate

Maybe you thought California’s only gubernatorial debate in 2022 was going to be boring.

Perhaps you assumed because Gov. Gavin Newsom leads his opponent, Republican Sen. Brian Dahle, by 30 percentage points in the polls, first had to be persuaded into debate, and then only agreed over the radio on a Sunday at the same time as a 49ers game that the whole thing would feel called and restrained.

You would be wrong.

At KQED’s San Francisco studios, Newsom and Dahle squared off, with the governor denouncing his opponent’s opposition to abortion and California’s climate policies, and Dahle deriding the “governor’s dream of being president” and putting him in charge of almost everyone in California made woe.

If you don’t have time to watch the entire hour-long debate, CalMatters’ Alexei Koseff was there and has the best takeaways.

  • Newsom: “He does not support reproductive freedom, does not support reproductive choice, unrelated to rape, unrelated to incest.”
  • Dahle: “Californiaans flee California for a reason — because they can’t afford to live here — and he’s out of touch with the everyday, hard-working, middle-class Californians.”

More election news:

  • Cash Flow: The first thing the new Legislature should do when it meets December 5 is to take up Newsom’s proposal to tax oil companies’ “deadweight profits.” Since the governor announced his proposal in early October, the California oil and gas lobby has spent nearly $6 million influencing who gets elected and sworn into office on Nov. 8.
  • Our downside: On Friday, the California Association of Realtors apologized for its role in promoting redlining and other racist housing policies that have spurred segregation in the state. The apology tour is part of the group’s effort to promote a constitutional amendment planned for the 2024 vote that would repeal a realtor-sponsored 1950s law that required cities to get voter approval before building public housing.

– Emily Hoeven, CAL Matters


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