This past week was a doozy. While we received great news from the Delta Stewardship Council, Governor Brown is still relentlessly trying to push through his boondoggle legacy project. Speculation of potential backroom deals for the tunnels has popped up in news reporting and cryptic tweets. This is the real legacy that Brown is leaving behind, and we will make sure it is written into history. Before Governor-Elect Newsom takes office, he is already at a crossroads. Will he continue in the shadow of Governor Brown, and carry out Brown’s tunnel vision? Or will he pave a path towards innovating and implementing sustainable water projects in communities across the state? Right now there are 3 steps you can take to help us point Governor Newsom in [...]
First off: Congratulations to attorneys Osha Meserve and Tom Keeling whose filings to the Delta Stewardship Council led to Councilmember Maria Mehranian re-recusing herself from voting on the WaterFix Certification of Consistency “in order to avoid any appearance of bias.” Councilmember Mehranian is a partner at the Cordoba Corporation which sought and lost a contract to work on WaterFix. She also wrote a blog on WaterFix for publication just 60 days prior to being appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council by Governor Brown. Ms. Mehranian attempted to reverse her recusal after Cordoba did not win the WaterFix contract. We still believe that these conflicts should disqualify Ms. Mehranian completely from membership on the Council, but for now thanks to the [...]
ACTION ALERT: Time to Oppose the Delta Tunnels at the Delta Stewardship Council! What: Public Hearing Regarding Appeals of the Consistency Certification for CA WaterFix: public comment period When: Oct. 26th starting at 9 am Where: Ramada Inn, West Sacramento, Conference Center Pack a lunch; pack a book and some knitting; charge up your cell phone. And be ready to stand up for the Delta! But first you have to do some prep work! The California Department of Water Resources has filed with the Delta Stewardship Council a “consistency determination” for California Water Fix. This filing is how DWR will get approval from the Delta Stewardship Council that the Delta tunnels project is consistent with the Council’s Delta Plan. [...]
The recent legislative failures to stop the Cadiz Water Project and to enact the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund sting a little more knowing that the JLBC hearing is just a few short days away (September 11)—a meeting that would rubber stamp a 50-year State Water contract before Delta tunnels amendments have been finished and reviewed by the Committee and before a detailed financial plan for the tunnels is available. Instead of approving these two bills that would have benefitted the public trust, the legislature, fueled by MWD’s influence, are continuing to push through the JLBC hearing to put a rush order on tunnels construction. What’s worse is knowing that MWD’s influence and the Resnicks’ political contributions are shaping [...]
ACTION ALERT: It’s Time to Stop the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Hearing Rescheduled for 9/11!
ACTION ALERT: It’s Time to Stop the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Hearing Rescheduled for 9/11! AB 2649 has died at the end of the legislative session, thanks to your efforts to stop it. Had it passed, the bill would have sunseted the requirement to hold the JLBC meeting to proceed with the State Water Project contract extension and its unfinished, unseen amendments related to the Delta tunnels project. Unfortunately, what would have been a second win for Delta advocates, has been interrupted by news that the JLBC hearing has been rescheduled for September 11, 2018. That means it’s time for us to stop it from meeting from happening prematurely for the third time. MEETING DETAILS: WHO: Joint Legislative Budget Committee [...]