Will we see a water bond on the November ballot?

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decease times; font-size: 16px;”>As California suffers under another year of drought, viagra lawmakers in Sacramento debate the scope of yet another bond(s) to be paid for on the taxpayers’ credit card. No one is arguing the need to update the state’s aging water delivery and storage systems.  The sticking points center on the Sacramento River Delta: who will oversee the costly plan to restore its ecosystem, and if the plan for restoration and water delivery our governor is pushing is an overreach.

Governor Brown supports the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/ .  Central is the construction of twin tunnels that will loop around the Delta to deliver water to our thirsty state. “The tunnels and intakes are part of the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a contentious proposal to re-engineer water management in the Delta. The project also includes 100,000 acres of habitat restoration and other projects. The California Department of Water Resources is in charge of the project, and a final decision is anticipated late this year or early next year.” Story in Sacramento Bee

youtube showing the Delta Tunnels and intakes–the middle intake larger than the town of Clarksburg

Californians have not approved a water bond since 2006.  Yet the legislature has passed several proposals for voter approval.  In 2009 they wangled an 11 billion dollar measure that was so laden with pork it was pulled from the 2010 ballot only to reappear and be slated for a 2012 vote by Californians.  Again it was pulled and again the legislature went to work churning out more proposals.

One stalled earlier this week in the state senate. SB 848  a 10.5 billion bond proposal authored by Sen. Lois Wolk (D) of Davis.  Republicans argued against it.  Without their support the ballot measure fell short of the 2/3 majority needed to pass.  Bob Huff (R) of Diamond Bar gave the reason: “The main issue was it was a conservancy, Delta-centric bond,” Huff said after the vote. “When we look at our constituencies, most of them are flatly opposed to it.” Sacramento Bee Story

The number of ballot measure proposals are dwindling and the clock is counting down for the November ballot.  Should the 11-member Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy  have a prominent role doling out bond funds?  Will these environmentalists be good stewards of monies borrowed on the taxpayers’ IOU?  The authors of the different proposals have tried to distance their measures from the contentious Delta Plan.  But with the estuary being the largest in the western Americas, and with state water supplies scarce and mismanaged, there may be a measure in one form of another with the plan and billions in more debt on our November ballot.  Whether it will be another boondoggle only time will tell and the taxpayers of the state of California, of course, will pay for it.


Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis

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Gerry Nance

Pass a law allowing outhouses and wells.