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 [...]
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. This process checks off a box to move forward with construction of the tunnels. [...]
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 [...]
Celebrate Yesterday’s Victory While Racking Up Another More Important Victory Before The Legislative Session Ends!
Assembly Member Richard Bloom has put into play a gut and amend bill, AB2649, which would repeal the required Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) hearing for oversight of the State Water Project contracts and the Delta tunnels, replacing the meeting with an even WEAKER oversight process! We need your help calling Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, JLBC Chair, Senator Holly Mitchell Assembly Member Bloom, Speaker of the Assembly Rendon, and Assembly Member Richard Bloom. Bloom’s bill would repeal the existing Water Code (Section 147.5). This is not good because the existing Water Code (Section147.5) if followed properly and enforced effectively, could provide real oversight. Bloom and his staff are telling callers that his bill would increase regulatory oversight, but that [...]
EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT: Clear Your Thursday Morning—The JLBC Scheduled SWP Contract Extension Hearing with No Public Notice
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 [...]
Dear Restore the Delta Supporters, It’s back. In the coming days and weeks, Delta tunnels proponents are trying to give a corrupt water handout to big agriculture on the backs of California taxpayers and water ratepayers, AGAIN. Please participate in this calling campaign aggressively and repeatedly, until we say all is clear. Three key state legislators – Senator Holly Mitchell, President pro Tempore of the State Senate Toni Atkins, and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon will decide if California should OK a 50-year blank check water contract. Call these decision makers today and tell them to further delay the final Joint Legislative Budget Committee hearing until they have been provided basic information on the State Water Contract including the [...]
ACTION ALERT: It’s time to stand up for the Delta on August 21st at the State Water Resources Control Board meeting!
On August 21, the State Water Board will hold a public meeting for their Bay-Delta Plan updates in Sacramento. Unfortunately, the period to receive written comments via email, snail mail, or over the phone is over—this means that we need as many activists as possible to deliver public comments in-person on August 21. Depending on the volume of comments, this meeting is anticipated to continue on Wednesday August 22, but it is of the utmost importance that we have a large turnout on the first day of the meeting (August 21). MEETING DETAILS: WHO: State Water Resources Control Board, Bay-Delta advocates, environmental and public trust NGO’s WHAT: A public meeting to consider the adoption of proposed amendments to the Water [...]
Our friends at Food & Water Watch need your help. It’s time to tell key legislators: it would be completely irresponsible to hold a final hearing on the water contract until we have all the information! From our friends at Food & Water Watch: In the ongoing saga to stop Governor Brown’s multi-billion dollar corporate water project, CA Water Fix, now he’s moving quickly to amend California’s water supply contract so he can stick taxpayers with the bill without providing any process for transparency or public oversight. Send a message to key state legislators: tell them to stop Governor Brown from making his next move on this corrupt water deal! We recently exposed a major California water agency for breaking [...]
This Thursday, July 19, the Construction Joint Powers Authority for the Delta tunnels project is meeting in Sacramento to discuss the possibility of authorizing its Executive Director to implement a professional services agreement with the Hallmark Group—a construction company that faced public scrutiny last fall when a state audit revealed Hallmark was unqualified to successfully execute a project like the twin tunnels. JPA MEETING DETAILS WHAT: Construction Joint Powers Authority (JPA) meeting WHERE: Sacramento Public Library, Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95184 WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:00 p.m. To let the JPA board know we are listening, we need as many Delta advocates to attend Thursday’s meeting and deliver public comments. It is important to remind [...]