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Voluntary Agreements?

But, is it really voluntary when one side gives you a gun and asks you to shoot yourself, or they'll take the gun and do it for you?

Nov 30, 2018

The State Water Resources Control Board was all set to adopt a proposal to double the amount of water allowed to flow unimpeded down the rivers to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and out to sea.  Then they got a letter from Governor Brown and newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom.  They asked the board to delay the vote until December 12th.  Since governors appoint the board members it was unlikely they would refuse the offer.  But, why the delay?

They would prefer that the irrigation districts that will be impacted by the river proposal come to voluntary agreements rather than a forced mandate from the state.  We are all for voluntary agreements and anyone who can come to a real compromise that makes sense to both sides should do so.  But, is it really voluntary when one side gives you a gun and asks you to shoot yourself, or they'll take the gun and do it for you?  

Remember, if you agree to a deal you don't really want, but are only taking it because it's better than to terrible deal being offered, you have relinquished your right to fight in the future.  Once you voluntarily agree and sign the deal, it's done.  Don't give away your right to fight unless you are really getting something you can live with.


A chance to finally solve the Delta quandary

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