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Legislation and Water Bonds

The State's water system is in peril and we need wise and informed legislation to put it back on track. Read articles about the legislation and politics behind our thirst for new dams, a perhipheral canal, water conservation, and other fixes to our ailing water system.

Another dam water bond; DiFi rips Dems

SACRAMENTO -- A new water bond has risen from the ruins of two weeks of backbiting and false hope.

Good thing too. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, an influential Democrat, has sent a letter accusing Democrat leaders of blocking progress on negotiations over how to respond to California's water crisis and subtly threatening to back a GOP/pro-business bond if they don't get their act together.

State Sen. Mike Machado, a Linden Democrat who has been actively pursuing a deal and working with Republicans regularly, submitted a $6.8 billion compromise Thursday.

Moving beyond the water bond

Failure to craft a bond measure presents a chance to tackle the deeper issues about water.
October 17, 2007
It's no tragedy that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats in Sacramento may fail to reach a compromise on a water bond for the February ballot. Sure, it's a setback for constituents in the Central Valley who sought extraordinary levels of statewide backing for dams in their communities. And it signals a political defeat for the governor, who has made water policy a centerpiece of his agenda this year. Nevertheless, it could still be a victory for California.

Schwarzenegger, Feinstein want it on the fall ballot

By Michael Gardner
July 11, 2008

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Dianne Feinstein yesterday unveiled a $9.3 billion water bond plan, but they immediately ran into stiff resistance over proposed dams and the cost to a cash-starved state.

The Republican governor and Democratic senator nevertheless believe that fears over prolonged drought and environmental collapse in the important Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta will convince lawmakers and voters that the bond measure offers California the best way out of a growing water crisis that threatens the economy and environment.

California Officials Propose $9.3 Billion Water Bond for November Ballot

SACRAMENTO, California, July 15, 2008 (ENS) - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California jointly announced a proposal Thursday to address a severe water shortage in California by borrowing $9.3 billion to increase water storage, conveyance and conservation.

Polluted water politics leaves state up a creek

The Fresno Bee – 7/13/08
By Jim Boren

In the debate over the state's precious water, the talking points are very clear. It's a battle over helping wealthy corporate farmers or saving the fish. You are either for the big guys or those who want to save the planet. There's no middle ground.

But like most difficult public policy questions, the issues are not so black and white when it comes to dividing up California's water. In a drought year, the rhetoric gets even more extreme.

Watch streaming video of the Feb 4 debate on water issues at Fresno State, moderated by U.S District Judge Oliver Wanger.

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