The Next Governor
It's beginning to look to us like Villaraigosa is setting up a North v. South strategy with water as a big component.
Nov 14, 2016
Is it too early to think about our next California Governor? Probably, but the candidates are announcing their intentions (Steyer May Not Run, First Latino Governor, The Governor's Race Begins). We're going to make a wild guess. We think the winner will be a Democrat. Should Republicans sit it out? Should farmers? Should you? Or, should people who don't think they can vote for a Democrat take a look at the differences between the candidates?
There is a good chance that water will be an issue between these Democrats, and they won't be singing off the same page. We have been told that Antonio Villaraigosa sees water as an important issue in the Latino community in our Central Valley and especially in the Latino communities of Southern California.
In our October 25th newsletter we told you about TV ads in Spanish running in Southern California that called California's current policy of sending water through the Delta into the ocean crazy. Latinos in Southern California apparently have the same feelings about water policy that farmers and the residents in the Central Valley have. Villaraigosa has been the voice of these ads.
It's beginning to look to us like Villaraigosa is setting up a North v. South strategy with water as a big component. San Francisco has, for whatever reason, become the political heart of the one-party state of California (Think Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, and the Bay Area Congressional Dems). The San Francisco democrats are hand-in-hand with the environmental left. Candidates like Gavin Newsom and Tom Steyer will vie for support from that area and they will support current water policy. Villaraigosa looks like he will represent the huge population of Southern California and those of us here in the Central Valley with our many voters to counter environmental extremists in the Bay Area.
Villaraigosa has already made several trips to the Central Valley where we are told he sees water as a connecting point between Southern California Latinos, Central Valley Latinos, and Central Valley farmers. But, remember, it's not just about Latinos and farmers. It's about all the people of SoCal who see their water bills rising despite reducing their water use. And it's not all about farmers in the Central Valley either. It's about all the people of the Central Valley who see the current water policy as crazy. Southern California gets a huge part of their water from the Delta, and the Latinos who have been surveyed do not agree with the environmental left that sending it to the ocean instead of to them and to farmers makes any sense. We have reason to believe this message will also translate to all the people of Southern California when they have a candidate who makes the case. Villaraigosa looks to us like he's already started to make that case. All the people of Southern and Central California could and should unite on this issue.
Here are some findings from the polling of Southern California Latinos:
60% of Latinos have seen the water ads.
87% of Latinos who have seen the water ads see them as positive.
97% agree that we need to ensure a reliable water supply for all Californians, including agriculture.
75% of Latinos agree with this statement: "Agriculture is a cornerstone of California's economy that provides many Latinos jobs and feeds California families and the world, healthy, nutritional food at affordable costs and they should get their fair share of water."
We are going to keep an eye on Villaraigosa's campaign. You may be thinking that Trump's win for the Presidency, plus the House and Senate wins by Republicans will solve the water crisis. But remember, it's difficult to get anything done in California with the current State Water Board appointed by Jerry Brown.
Villaraigosa looks like he could change that balance. We're going to keep an eye on his campaign and try to help with the TV ads that support our position on water.
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