Lawmakers in Sacramento representing various factions in the
water debate are squabbling over what to include in a bond they
submit to voters on the November ballot, or whether to just scrap
the whole thing and wait for a better time. There will probably
be no better time.
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Gary
It’s been 40 years since the June 20, 1974, opening of
“Chinatown,” the fictionalized drama about power, corruption and
what is arguably L.A.’s most crucial resource: water. The iconic
film was Hollywood’s make-believe version of an undying reality:
In L.A., you have to follow the water.
They don’t know what’s going to be proposed, but they know they
won’t like it. That message was clear at Thursday night’s
gathering to fire up opposition to any attempt by the state to
curtail river diversions by those with century-old water rights.
A recently completed inventory of tricolored blackbirds has found
a steep drop in the birds’ spiraling population statewide, with
scientists worrying that this year’s drought will lessen future
Scientists say it would have been a catastrophe of unprecedented
proportions. If the Glen Canyon Dam had failed, it would have
changed the lives of millions of people and reshaped the history
of the American West.
Lawmakers working both above and below the surface on California
drought relief are making explicit progress this week. While
insisting on secrecy for key deal-making, House of
Representatives and Senate members are also publicly moving