Governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed a legislation which is aimed at extending the deadline for putting water vote in the ballot. The deadline has been extended by 48 hours.
“Today, a legal action provides more tone to get a water bond which is acceptable- one that is cost effective and which takes into consideration the requirements of all people of California,” said Gov.Browm.” Let’s all join effort and get this done successfully.”
This action gives the governor more power to negotiate for the replacement of $11.4 billion water-bond which is currently listed on the November ballot. This measure is part of water-bond ,water policy which was passed in senate’s special session which helps to create clear part to help the state build peripheral tunnels.
The Governor has received praise from Senator Dianne Feinstein who is well known for her effort in supporting agricultural interest groups. Steward Resnick, who is the owner of Paramount Farms located in Kern County also praised the effort by the governor to revise the water bond which came into effect more than 14 years ago.
“Governor Brown has really worked hard to provide adequate funding for water storage and a wide range of other priority issues,” said Feinstein. This proposal also covers a $7.2 billion proposal which targets to solve the most pressing water problems facing the people of California which include restoration of delta, water storage, levee improvement, water reuse and groundwater remediation.’ I hope the members of the legislative assembly acts pretty fast to include it in the ballot and I will do all I can to ensure it is passed in November,” said the governor.
Governor Brown asserts that his proposal is tunnel neutral, but critics of the Delta Conservation Plan say the opposite. The opposing activists cited some provisions which showed that the water bond proposal by the governor does not qualify to be tunnel neutral.
Restore the delta group asked the legislature and the governor to remove the taxpayer’s funding which would be required to replace the amount of river flows which would be taken by the tunnel and have taxpayer’s funds to mitigate the damage.
“The governor is asserting that his proposal is tunnel neutral yet the proposal asks for funding for replacement water,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, the director of Restore the Delta. He says that the Mayor seems not to understand what the impact of this proposal would be. This plan seems to be interested in growing mega water projects for mega billionaire farmers and not for the ordinary citizens.
The advocacy group said that the amount of funding which would be required for the bond would be anywhere between $1.3 and $1.4 billion.
The opponents say the project proposed by the governor will destroy the biggest estuary on America’s west coast which acts as a nursery for many species. It will cause harm to ground fish, halibut, herring, sardine, soupfin shark and salmon and crab populations among others. Habitats from Southern Washington all the way to Southern California will be affected.
The advocacy group says that the governor will take huge tracks of fertile land out of production so as to help them irrigate drainage impaired land on the San Joaquin Valley and supply water to oil companies and developers in southern California.