EDITORIAL: Feinstein offers an equita...

EDITORIAL: Feinstein offers an equitable water plan

There are 8 comments on the www.fresnobee.com story from Feb 18, 2010, titled EDITORIAL: Feinstein offers an equitable water plan. In it, www.fresnobee.com reports that:


While only a temporary fix, it would let farmers get crops in this year.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

We have supported a balanced approach to dividing up California’s limited water supply that recognizes the needs of protecting the environment, providing drinking water to urban residents and giving farmers a fair share of this crucial resource. But water allocations for agriculture on the San Joaquin Valley’s west side are far from equitable. Federal law and court decisions have led to thousands of acres of fallowed farmland, caused economic devastation to some of Fresno County’s poorest communities, and damaged the Valley’s agricultural-based economy.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is now offering an amendment to the federal jobs bill that would temporarily modify pumping restrictions and give farmers up to 40% of their normal allocation. West-side farmers received only 10% of their federal allotments last year. Feinstein’s proposal is a reasonable solution to the water allocation disparity. It would not do away with the Endangered Species Act, which has caused some of the pumping restrictions, but would provide temporary relief to the communities suffering from farm-related job losses.

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“Government Accountability”

Since: Oct 07

Orange Cove

#1 Feb 18, 2010
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The Resnicks Manipulate Water Policy With Big Campaign Contributions

17 February 2010

Stewart Resnick, the Beverly Hills agribusiness tycoon who owns 115,000 acres of farmland in Kern County, appears to be putting his bets on Jerry Brown as the winner of the gubernatorial race in the November election - even though Brown hasn't officially declared himself as a candidate.

- Dan Bacher

Excerpts:

"Resnick was heavily involved in the creation of Kern County Water Bank — a controversial underground water storage facility in the southern San Joaquin Valley. The Westside Mutual Water Company, owned by Resnick, now owns 48 percent of the bank. One of the reasons why Central Valley reservoirs were drained so low over the past few years was to fill the water bank and southern California reservoirs."

"The Resnicks have also written big checks to the campaigns of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and presidential candidates from both parties in the 2008 election. They contributed a total of $271,990 to Schwarzenegger’s campaign coffers. They haven’t contributed to the Republican candidates for Governor, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner yet, but don’t be surprised if they do."

" For a complete list of Resnick’s contributions, go here...
http://californiawatch.org/data/resnick-and-a...

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MORE of above article .. http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/...

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“How Limousine Liberals, Water Oligarchs and Even Sean Hannity are Hijacking Our Water,".

http://www.alternet.org/story/144020/how_limo...

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“Government Accountability”

Since: Oct 07

Orange Cove

#2 Feb 18, 2010
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Poll:$11.4 billion water bond may be in trouble

By Malcolm Maclachlan | 02/18/10

A new statewide poll suggests that the $11.4 billion water bond on the November ballot is in trouble.

More than half of those surveyed by Tulchin Research, 55 percent, described themselves as opposing the bond and, of those, about 32 percent said they would "definitely" vote against the proposal.

About 34 percent said they were supportive of the bond. Of those, 12 percent said they would "definitely" vote for it. About 11 percent were undecided.

The early survey by pollster Ben Tulchin was conducted Jan. 20-25 of 600 likely November voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points. Supporters of the bond were critical of the survey's findings.

The bond, officially called the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010, reflects a compromise reached by the governor, Legislature, water agencies and environmental groups after months of negotiations. Backers say the bond will ensure ongoing urban and farming water supplies while also paying for restoration work in the sensitive Sacramento Delta.

Some environmental groups oppose the bond, while others say the price tag is too high and that the proposal would give too much money to large agribusiness enterprises.

"These are early poll results," said Tina Andolina, legislative director with the Planning and Conservation League. "We’re still going to ramp up our campaign and get the word out there. The Yes campaign has a lot of money I know they’re willing to pump into this. Even with these early poll results, we still have our work cut out for us."

MORE ... http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php...

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Grace

Fresno, CA

#3 Feb 19, 2010
wow

“Government Accountability”

Since: Oct 07

Orange Cove

#4 Feb 19, 2010
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Feinstein may drop Valley water plan

She responds to 11 upset West Coast Dems.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010
By Michael Doyle / Bee Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Facing objections from a dozen West Coast lawmakers, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that she might drop her controversial bid to direct more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers if the Interior Department takes action on its own.

"If there can be some administrative action taken to take advantage of the recent bountiful rain and snow and provide reasonable water supplies this year, the legislation may not be necessary," she wrote to one of the lawmakers late Thursday, adding that she will "remain open to ideas" offered by other Democrats.

Feinstein's suggestion could disappoint water-starved west-side Valley farmers, who were hoping her proposed legislation would override federal water delivery decisions.

But Westlands Water District spokeswoman Sarah Woolf remained optimistic that Feinstein will keep pressing for more farm water. "I don't take that to mean her efforts won't continue. I don't think she's backing away," Woolf said.

Citing potential dangers both to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and West Coast salmon industry, 11 lawmakers from California, Oregon and Washington on Thursday wrote Feinstein, bluntly urging her to withdraw her controversial water proposal.

"I think it's a massive miscalculation," Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, said in an interview. "It's destructive, both environmentally and politically."

The objections raised by Miller and his House of Representatives colleagues mirror warnings by California salmon fishermen and environmentalists. The congressional objections carry special weight, though, because they hinder Feinstein's ability to accomplish her goal.

MORE ... http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/1827922....

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“Government Accountability”

Since: Oct 07

Orange Cove

#5 Feb 19, 2010
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Feinstein may drop Valley water plan

She responds to 11 upset West Coast Dems.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010
By Michael Doyle / Bee Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Facing objections from a dozen West Coast lawmakers, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that she might drop her controversial bid to direct more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers if the Interior Department takes action on its own.

"If there can be some administrative action taken to take advantage of the recent bountiful rain and snow and provide reasonable water supplies this year, the legislation may not be necessary," she wrote to one of the lawmakers late Thursday, adding that she will "remain open to ideas" offered by other Democrats.

Feinstein's suggestion could disappoint water-starved west-side Valley farmers, who were hoping her proposed legislation would override federal water delivery decisions.

But Westlands Water District spokeswoman Sarah Woolf remained optimistic that Feinstein will keep pressing for more farm water. "I don't take that to mean her efforts won't continue. I don't think she's backing away," Woolf said.

Citing potential dangers both to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and West Coast salmon industry, 11 lawmakers from California, Oregon and Washington on Thursday wrote Feinstein, bluntly urging her to withdraw her controversial water proposal.

"I think it's a massive miscalculation," Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, said in an interview. "It's destructive, both environmentally and politically."

The objections raised by Miller and his House of Representatives colleagues mirror warnings by California salmon fishermen and environmentalists. The congressional objections carry special weight, though, because they hinder Feinstein's ability to accomplish her goal.

The escalating fight pits region against region, and some of California's most influential politicians against one another. It's already splitting fragile alliances among California water users, who in recent years have inched toward comity.

MORE ... http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/1827922....

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Feinstein finds opposition

The following House Democrats signed the letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein announcing their opposition to her plan, warning that it would drive large numbers of salmon “into extinction".

--Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon
--Rep. Pete DeFazio of Oregon
--Rep. Norm Dicks of Washington
--Rep. John Garamendi of California
--Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California
--Rep. Doris Matsui of California
--Rep. George Miller of California
--Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon
--Rep. Mike Thompson of California
--Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California
--Rep. David Wu of Oregon

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“Government Accountability”

Since: Oct 07

Orange Cove

#6 Feb 21, 2010
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Feinstein water transfer bill would hurt salmon, destroy wetlands, critics say

By Matt Weiser .. [email protected]
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has proposed legislation to make it easier to transfer water to San Joaquin Valley farmers from other areas of the state, part of her ongoing effort to help farmers contending with water shortages.

Feinstein made headlines last week with a controversial proposal to amend a federal jobs bill to guarantee San Joaquin Valley farmers 40 percent of their contract water deliveries from the federal government.

Her "Water Transfer Facilitation Act" has received far less attention. It was approved by a Senate committee in December and awaits a floor vote.

The bill aims to streamline regulations surrounding water transfers among Central Valley farmers and water districts, who generally get their water in one of two ways: Some have actual rights to a specified allotment from rivers; others buy water under contract with the federal government.

In a given year, those who contract for water get only as much as the government thinks it can provide based on drought conditions and environmental need. Such is the case for many farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, who last year got just 10 percent of their contracted amount.

MORE ... http://www.sacbee.com/2010/02/21/2552773/fein...

NOTE ... there were 56 comments posted on this story when I added this post - pro and con Westside water.

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“Government Accountability”

Since: Oct 07

Orange Cove

#7 Mar 7, 2010
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Stuart Leavenworth: Feinstein says she's no Westlands 'shill,' but ...

By Stuart Leavenworth, Editorial page editor

[email protected] ... The Sacramento Bee

Sunday, Mar. 7, 2010

You know you've struck a nerve with an editorial when, on the very next business day, California's senior senator rings you on the telephone.

That's how I found myself spending an hour on Monday, engaged in an animated but civil exchange with U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein, calling me from her home near the nation's capital, was responding to a Feb. 27 editorial on her efforts to secure more water for the Westlands Water District, an agricultural giant in the San Joaquin Valley.

Westlands, a federal water contractor that lacks secure water rights of its own, has found itself vulnerable to cutbacks in supplies. Such cutbacks are the result of drought and court decisions aimed at protecting smelt and salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

MORE ... http://www.sacbee.com/2010/03/07/2586543/fein...

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I think this is an important exchange;

"Undoubtedly it's tough for certain farmers around Fresno, my hometown. Many have had to fallow land. Some have had to rip up orchards.

On the other hand, as I noted to Feinstein, scores of Fresno farm operations spent the last decade planting almond orchards, even though they lacked secure water rights or adequate groundwater. Is it the government's duty to help farmers who have made such risky decisions?

Feinstein's only answer was that the Central Valley is a major exporter of almonds, and the state should do all it can to protect the industry."

eldon thompson

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“Government Accountability”

Since: Oct 07

Orange Cove

#8 May 13, 2010
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CapitolALERT
The latest on California politics and government

'War is on' for water bond

May 13, 2010

With the statewide primary fast approaching, all eyes have been on candidates and measures going before voters June 8.

But with the general election still more than 170 days away, the battle over the $11.14 billion water bond that legislators placed on the November ballot has already begun.

"The war is on," said Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, R-Ceres, after a Capitol press conference today to kick off the campaign opposing the bond.
A bipartisan group of legislators slammed the legislation as flawed policy that will throw California deeper in debt without providing a real fix to the state's water woes.

"This is a multibillion dollar boondoggle with 19th-century solutions for a 21st-century problem," said Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, a vocal opponent of the bond. "It just won't work."
Wolk and Berryhill were joined by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo; Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine; Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks; and Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville.

Bond supporters acknowledged they face an upstream battle in asking voters to approve more debt but said the bond is needed and long overdue.

"This is a difficult time to be talking to voters about anything that costs money, let's face it -- we're not trying to back away from that," said Jim Earp, the chair of the committee supporting the bond.

Earp likened the need for the bond to homeowners borrowing money to fix a leak in the roof. Without the big investment, the issue could lead to greater damage, he said.

"You have to take care of a problem and the way most home owners do," he said. "They don't have $20,000, or $30,000 sitting in a bank account to redo their roof. They go out and get a loan for it. We're basically talking about a bond measure that addresses critical water infrastructure that we haven't addressed in decades on ends. We cannot keep putting it off."

The campaign supporting the bond is expected to rake in big dollars, with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tapping into his donor circles to raise money in support of the measure.

Berryhill said he expected to see a number of organizations, including environmental groups, "step up to the plate" and join the anti-bond campaign in coming weeks.

"Clearly, the other side has been water on their side ... but I am a firm believer that when you are pushing the truth you can do it with much less money," he said.

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