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Weekly Updates: Another Water District Taxes for Tunnels, And More

Weekly Summary: July 8, 2016

Another Water District Charging Property Taxes for Delta Tunnels Planning: Zone 7 Water Agency  Documents released under the California Public Records Act reveal that the Zone 7 Water Agency of Alameda County has been using property taxes to pay for Delta Tunnels (BDCP/CA WaterFix) planning costs before even one shovel of dirt has been turned. Taxpayers never had a vote on these taxes.

“We are seeing a similar shell game being used to fund Delta Tunnels planning in water districts across the state,” said Barrigan-Parrilla. Read our press release

Rebutting the Latest “Fast Facts” from Delta Tunnels Backers On June 30, 2016 the California Natural Resources Agency put out another “fact sheet” extolling the virtues of the proposed California WaterFix (Delta Tunnels). This new effort is entitled “Fast Facts” and like most of the claims made by tunnel proponents, it plays fast and loose with the facts. Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the claims made in this new public relations effortRead blog post.  

LA Times column: No room for bass in Gov. Jerry Brown’s delta tunnel plan  Excerpt: "Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton….” Hold it there. Cotton growers don’t like those fish jumpin’. Neither do hardly any other growers in the thirsty San Joaquin Valley. Not bass, anyway, jumpin’ in the bucolic California Delta. They want `em dead. Striped and black bass, so popular with recreational anglers, are trying to survive in water that San Joaquin Valley growers desperately covet for their crops. And the fish are messing it up. Read article.

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