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The Problem with Felicia!

"She has utterly failed in her duties to the state, treating this job as an extension of her old one – attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council."

Feb 11, 2019

For those of you who have been longtime readers of our newsletter you know our dissatisfaction with the too close connection between the state water board and the NRDC. 

The article below from Mike Dunbar at the Modesto Bee addresses the lack of trust people from our Central Valley have for Felicia Marcus, the Chairwoman of the State Water Board.  Her appointed term on the board is up and newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom will either be reappointing her or someone else in her place.  


As the Modesto Bee's Dunbar points out, "she has utterly failed in her duties to the state, treating this job as an extension of her old one – attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council."  There is no doubt that her past with the NRDC and her votes consistent with that past are a problem when it comes to credibility with the Central Valley farm community, and everyone else in the Valley.

Felicia Marcus was appointed by former Governor Jerry Brown.  If Governor Newsom reappoints her, it will tell us all we need to know about future water policy for us and the rest of California.  It will be status quo, and it will be a sad day, and a reminder of where the Central Valley is when it comes to water policy, i.e., more for fish, less for us.  

The last board vote that took more water from North Valley rivers away from people and farms and to the fish was 4-1.  Even if Newsom appointed a conservative farmer to the board the vote would still be 3-2.  We wouldn't win, but at least we'd have a more fair fight.  

Farmers in the Valley feel like the NRDC is running state water policy, and the reappointment of Felicia Marcus will prove it.  As Mike Dunbar says "the well is poisoned. No one in this region – or the state’s entire ag community – trusts the board’s decisions or Marcus."

We don’t trust water board’s chair. Please, Governor make a change

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