As we learn more and more, it is not from the media. Rather, we have to build up our own network of trusted sources who just might get it right. This is what an inquisitive citizen found.
We know that the water legislation was basically written by large water users... Metropolitan Water District and Westlands Irrigation District. Knowing that, it is easy to see why they did not allow any input from those who live and work in the Delta nor from the legislators that represent them. All of this was kind of covered by some of the media. There are even follow up stories on the political ramifications for State Sen. Lois Wolk or the next actions by Assembly member Alyson Huber (though she had to write it herself.)
But, this highly touted legislation is really not worth much. Consider the requirement to determine the "flow criteria" for maintenance of the Delta. The initial hearings on this have begun, but it is only a show for the public. Brian Poulsen of the law firm Somach, Simmons & Dunn provides more news than the media.
In late 2009, the California Legislature passed legislation requiring the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to develop new flow criteria for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) ecosystem to protect public trust resources. As an initial step towards complying with this mandate, on January 7, 2010, the State Water Board held a pre-proceeding conference to prepare for and discuss procedural aspects of its upcoming informational proceeding to develop flow criteria for the Delta ecosystem.OK, so they met on this big project and what did it mean? Not much. Poulsen (but not the media) reports what happened.
It is unclear at this time what impact the Proceeding will have on water users since the Proceeding may not ultimately result in numeric flow criteria for the Delta. Further, and as explained by several Board members, whatever criteria are developed will not be binding in future proceedings.I don't care how much Assemblyman Jared Huffman puffs about this bill, in the long run, it is a waste of taxpayer money holding hearings on something that is not binding, may or may not be used but boy did we every have a great show. Too bad that Huffman is seen as the progressive leader of the 6tj District. With Progressives like Huffman, we will soon be back in the 20th Century. It is too bad that none of the Green office holders in the 6th AD chose to run against him.