It’s here. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee hearing on the State Water Project contract extension and Delta tunnels amendments has been scheduled for THIS THURSDAY, August 30 at 8 AM. Their decision to schedule this meeting at the eleventh hour with no public notice has transformed a public meeting into a backroom deal.
We cannot let the JLBC play dirty and win—we need a strong turnout of Delta advocates at the hearing to stand up for the Delta, sane water management practices, and honest public process
Currently, we are unaware of where the hearing will take place. Please keep an eye on your email for the exact hearing location and address over the next two days.
In the meantime, we must aggressively call three key state legislators: Senator Holly Mitchell, President pro Tempore of the State Senate Toni Atkins, and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon. These legislators will decide if California should OK a 50-year blank check water contract that would clear yet another path for the Delta tunnels.
Your call could have an enormous impact. Staffers will be tallying the calls they receive.
Call key these state legislators making this decision today. Here’s how:
1. Call Senator Holly Mitchell, Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee: (916) 651-4030 Sacramento Office; or (213) 745-6656 Los Angeles Office;
2. Call President pro Tempore of the State Senate Toni Atkins: (916)651-4039 Sacrmanto; or 619-645-3133 San Diego Office;
3. Call Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon: (916) 319-2063 Sacramento Office; or (562) 529-3250 Lakewood Office;
4. Tell these key decision makers:
“Your upcoming decision on the State Water Contract will impact taxpayers and our water throughout the entire State of California. I urge you to delay the informational hearing until all information regarding financing of the Delta tunnels has been provided to the legislature and public input can be given. It is completely irresponsible to give no notice of a public meeting, and by proxy discourage input from constituents. It is also irresponsible that legislators are expected to make an informed decision without access to contract amendments and no idea what the cost impacts would be for taxpayers and water ratepayers.”
Governor Brown is pushing to build two massive water tunnels in Northern California to send water primarily to large agribusinesses. The tunnels will destroy the SF Bay-Delta estuary, leaving urban ratepayers and property taxpayers with the bill. You would pay the $19.9 billion, plus interest and overruns for a total of $50 billion, but get none of the water, especially if water is rerouted to the Central Valley Project’s agricultural users.
Supporters of the tunnels do not have the full funding for the multibillion billion project approved yet, but they want the State Legislature to allow them to extend a key water contract for 50-years as a way to stick Californians with the project for good. But the legislature hasn’t even been provided a full copy of a proposed contract on the tunnels or a basic financial analysis!
Once they hold this final hearing, they give up ALL legislative oversight on changes to the state water contract that will be in effect for the next 50 years. This contract change provides state water contractors a virtual blank check with no Legislative oversight on future projects like the tunnels.
Thank you for your continued advocacy. It takes a team effort to ensure that the best water management decisions are made for Californians by our legislative leaders.
Yours in Service,
Restore the Delta