...like so much else in this country.
I took Tuesday morning off and Melvin at least didn't have to answer for other people's decisions and mistakes. We left for Fresno around 2:00, passing in route many signs critical of current water regulations. It took us four hours to get to the Central Valley city, leaving us just enough time for Laotian food and a baseball game between the Fresno Grizzlies and the Reno Aces.
House Resolution (HR) 1837, the "San Joaquin Water Reliability Act," would repeal provisions for Central Valley water usage included in the San Joaquin River Restoration Act of 2009. The bill passed by a vote of 246-175, but reportedly "faces stiff opposition in the Senate from California's senators, likely dooming its chances there."
Although Melvin and I stopped at the state Department of Water Resources information center at Pyramid Lake, we know too little to take sides in this dispute. After all, before our stop there, everything we knew about water management in California we learned from watching Chinatown.
Our first stop in Fresno was B and K Asian Kitchen, where hot is hot! Also hot was Eric Hacker, who pitched seven scoreless innings for Fresno, allowing three hits but walking none while striking out three. The Grizzlies scored once in the sixth and three times in the seventh. Cody Ransom, who has been up and down with the majors and returned after Tuesday's game, hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth, not enough to get the Reno Aces back in the game.