5 things we learned about Gavin Newsom during the budget – Politico 7/11/23
Newsom included in his budget proposal language to fast-track a hotly contested Delta water tunnel to move water to the Southland. Turns out it was mostly a negotiating tactic. Including the proposal — and then summarily dumping it — allowed the administration to make what appeared to be a major concession. Several environmental activists and close budget watchers noted that the tunnel was never Newsom’s baby, anyway, despite his support for moving the project forward – and questioned whether he would really go to the mat for it in the state budget. As the dust settled, three people familiar with the negotiations confirmed to POLITICO that the governor was indeed bluffing.
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta responds:
It’s great news that the tunnel ‘was never Newsom’s baby.’ If Governor Newsom doesn’t see the tunnel as his project, there’s a really simple way to end it. Tell the California Department of Water Resources ‘No Delta Tunnel.’ We can then turn to the big list of water projects that all Californians support. We have lots of ideas. We’re always happy to talk with anyone from state agencies or the Governor‘s office to work on solutions beyond the tunnel.”
A través de reformar derechos del agua intentan salvar al salmón y ríos en California – Radio Bilingue (national) 7/7/23
Los cantos nativoamericanos se escucharon alto en las escalinatas del Capitolio en Sacramento, capital de California, el miércoles 5 de julio.
Se escucharon también las demandas no sólo de las tribus indígenas sino además de organizaciones de pescadores, grupos ambientalistas y conservacionistas que por primera vez unen fuerzas para para demandar cambios urgentes a la distribución del agua de los ríos en California, dice el líder indígena y moderador del evento.
“Lo que tenemos en común es el disgusto y la falta de confianza sobre cómo se está administrando el agua en California y cómo está impactando nuestro medio ambiente, nuestros peces, nuestro hábitat y básicamente a California.”
Through water rights reform they try to save salmon and rivers in California – Radio Bilingue (national) 7/7/23
Native American chants were heard loudly on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento, California’s capital, on Wednesday, July 5.
“Demands were also heard not only from indigenous tribes but also from fishermen’s organizations, environmental groups and conservationists who for the first time join forces to demand urgent changes to the distribution of river water in California, says the indigenous leader and moderator of the event. “What we have in common is disgust and lack of confidence about how water is being managed in California and how it’s impacting our environment, our fish, our habitat and basically California.”