This November, California voters will almost certainly vote on
whether to authorize billions of dollars of taxpayer spending for
a water bond. But crucially, the next few weeks will determine
what water bond will be on the ballot in November – how much
borrowing it authorizes, what it spends that money on – and
whether it is a good investment in California’s water
In signing this year’s budget, Gov. Jerry Brown dedicated $832
million from California’s burgeoning cap-and-trade program to
affordable housing and mass transit, including his embattled
high-speed rail project. Also tucked into the legislation
are directions to set aside agricultural land on the periphery of
If Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers want voters to weigh in this
year on a multibillion-dollar water bond – a big if – they will
need to compromise on what may seem like an arcane point: Who
controls the money earmarked for the Sacramento-San Joaquin
From the Los Angeles Times, in the Capitol Journal column by
So let me get this straight: The state government is telling us
we can’t hose down the driveway and should feel guilty about
watering the lawn. But it’s OK for somebody to pump all the
groundwater he wants?
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Jon Healey:
As much as Republicans might yearn for deep-blue California to
fall into the deep blue ocean, the GOP-led House Appropriations
Committee agreed this week to provide $5 million to support the
development of an earthquake early warning system that could help
reduce the injuries and damage caused by a big quake.
From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, in a commentary by former
U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey:
On a warm evening in 1988 at the Democratic National Convention
in Atlanta, I sat with a group of women delegates from the North
Coast listening to Rachel Binah — our coastal protection
political and spiritual leader — who was rallying us to oppose
offshore oil and support then-Rep. Barbara Boxer.
It’s been four months since Governor Jerry Brown signed what he
and Democratic lawmakers called “emergency drought legislation.”
It promised nearly $700 million in immediate drought relief. But
nearly 90 percent of that money has yet to be spent.
Thousands of boxes of food aid are making their way to people
affected by the drought in Yolo County. … It’s part of a state-funded
program for people who have less work or no work because of the
Having passed an on-time budget and concluded their committee
hearings, California lawmakers have escaped Sacramento for a few
weeks and retired to their districts for a July recess. When they
return, much of the remaining legislative session will be devoted
to trying to get a new water bond on the November ballot.
A group of lawmakers leading the water bond negotiations in the
Assembly are set to unveil their own plan Tuesday morning, in
hopes of pushing through a new measure before the Legislature
goes on summer recess later this week.
A bill to help streamline a project to connect Lake San Antonio
and Lake Nacimiento with an underground pipeline has passed out
of a key state Senate committee. Assembly Bill 155, authored
by Salinas Assemblyman Luis Alejo, cleared the Local Government
and Finance Committee with bipartisan support, Alejo’s office
said Wednesday in a news release.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a drastically cheaper water bond set
off a fresh round of negotiations in the Capitol on Wednesday, as
lawmakers and stakeholders seek to craft a plan that addresses
the state’s myriad water needs without a bloated price tag.