Friday, September 21, 2007

Info Update... water issues.

I know that I promised some sample letters by today, but they will have to go on hold for a couple of days. They will end up here. In exchange, here are some additional information items. I will publish them as soon as I can.

I started the morning on the phone with Mindy McIntyre, Water Programs Manager for the Planning and Conservation League. She is sending me their latest position on Schwarzenegger's proposals. I will work with that.

The special session will start when Speaker Nuñez says it starts. So far, he has not said "go." However, he has taken a few actions. To begin with, we know which members of the Assembly Nuñez named to be working on this: (according to the web site of Assm. John Laird.

  • John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) - Lead
  • Lois Wolk (D-Davis)
  • Juan Arambula (D-Fresno)
  • Mary Salas (D-Chula Vista)
  • Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael)
  • Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank)
  • Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles)
  • Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park)

Let me note three important facts.
  • There are more users of Metropolitan Water District water (Salas, Krekorian, Feuer, Eng) than any other. Since we know that the water district favors new dams, this fact will have a large say in the outcome.
  • There are no Republicans in this working group. This could be a major problem if a supermajority is needed for anything.
  • With the exception of Arambula(known to have been in Nuñez's dog house over the Temperance Flat Dam which Arambula supports) and Wolk, there are no representatives from the Central Valley and they are split between North (Davis) and South (Fresno).
Also, Laird, while having otherwise solid environmental credentials, is known for his ongoing support of Water District plans no matter what. He is maybe the most knowledgeable choice, having written an undergraduate thesis on the history of water development in California. However, that "special knowledge" may not be all to the good if it manifests itself as only looking at business as usual solution.

This is not the time for business as usual solutions. The Delta is a New Orleans in waiting. We have a finite resource (water) and a growing demand from increased urbanization. We must have sustainable solutions this time and that is not business as usual.

Here is what Fish Snffer Editor Dan Bacher says of the Schwarzenegger proposal.

The measure provides for $5.1 billion in surface storage and identifies three sites for this storage - Sites, Temperance Flat Reservoir and the Los Vaqueros Expansion Project. The Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley and Temperance Flat Reservoir in the San Joaquin Valley are included in the bond, in spite of the fact that the water would cost $1,000 to $2,000 per acre foot. Who is going to buy this water?

I think that Nunez has tried to stack the deck and hopes to decide the outcome by the choice of who works on the legislation. The only ones I trust are Wolk and Huffman and that is not enough.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Learn the truth behind TEMPERANCE DAM! 45+/- yrs of felony altering of Fresno's water system; now being tied into the main line during the so-called "infrastructure upgrade." Fresno turned inside out; haphazardly patched now setting on top of clamped sewer/water lines. Massive building and health code violations; parcel maps altered to cover up evidence. Residents run off property in order to alter sewer/water lines; some never seen again. Others exposed to disease-carrying raw sewage back spills; despite illness, lung/respiratory, infections, soil testing refused. It appears that construction of this dam may be for a PLANNED Katrina-like disaster. Real estate theft behind this would result in massive insurance claims paying for redevelopment. Former appraiser for City of Fresno is ringleader - being allowed to continue the heinous crimes against innocent residents in order to carry this out - trail of burgary, ID theft, missing persons, forged deeds (verified by expert), suspected homicide. City of Fresno's risk analyst caught conspiring - committed perjury to discredit their own records in order to call ME a 'liar." Filed Restraining Order, prohibiting me from reporting this to anyone else at the City of Fresno. Is it any wonder Schwarzenegger simply responds with instructions to report it to the City - after what was done to my family members and me in order to pull this off, they now have me pinned into a corner with no way out.
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