By John Earl
The Surf City Voice is taking a working vacation in order to make revisions that are necessary to improve our coverage of water management issues in Orange County and southern California. On July 23 we will resume regular publication with updated coverage of previous stories and brand new stories. Rest assured, this is not down time: we will continue gathering news in the no-nonsense investigative fashion that thousands of readers have grown accustomed to since our start two years ago. In fact, when we resume publication we will be expanding our coverage of water news statewide with the opening of our companion news portal, Cal Water News (www.calwaternews.org). Cal Water News will address, in part, the problem of news blackouts by mainstream media, non-profit, and corporate news services of stories related to transparency and misconduct by water management officials. It will also actively encourage and assist public citizens to become more involved in the management of the water that they own.