Not For Us!!
Does anyone really believe that Brown and Newsom would have stepped in if San Francisco wasn't part of this?
Nov 09, 2018
Governor Jerry Brown and soon-to-be Governor Gavin Newsom have asked the State Water Resources Control Board to delay their decision on the plan to force San Francisco and several Valley water districts to give up a big hunk of their water supplies for the environment. The decision had already been delayed to the day after the election (do you have to wonder why?) and now it has been delayed again.
San Francisco has been grappling with the conflicting goals of environmental street cred and their thirst for pristine water from Yosemite Valley. The Board of Supervisors had voted unanimously to give up the water, but the Mayor vetoed it and now some supervisors are reconsidering their votes.
Remember, the City of Modesto, the county, local irrigation districts, and the Modesto Bee had all been fighting what they called the 'water grab' by the state. They had done economic studies showing how the farming community would be devastated. The water board dismissed their estimates as highly exaggerated.
We can't help but believe that if this had just been about The Valley, this would have been a done deal. But, the fact that San Francisco is part of this equation makes it tougher for the water board. Does anyone really believe that Brown and Newsom would have stepped in if San Francisco wasn't part of this? Would they have stepped up for farmers?
We don't think so. They did not request the delay for us.
Brown, Newsom wade in to delay plan to withhold water from cities, farms
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