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Clean Water Plan

Jul 10, 2019

Why This Bay Area Senator Was the Sole No Vote on Newsom’s Clean Water Plan:  “Bob Wieckowski stands alone.  He was the only state senator to vote against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to clean up dirty drinking water in the California’s poorest communities, which passed the Senate in a 38-1 vote on Monday.  The bill — SB 200 — passed the Assembly last week without a single vote in opposition.  To be clear, Wieckowski thinks clean water is an important priority. His quibble is that California will pay for it with revenue generated from the state’s cap-and-trade auction. … ”  Read more from KQED here: Why This Bay Area Senator Was the Sole No Vote on Newsom’s Clean Water Plan

California Senate approves clean drinking water fund:  “The California Senate on Monday sent legislation to Gov Gavin Newsom’s desk that will spend $130 million a year over the next decade to improve drinking water for about a million people.  About one million of California’s nearly 40 million residents don’t have access to clean drinking water because of pollution from humans or natural causes, a fact state lawmakers have called an embarrassment for a state with the fifth-largest economy in the world. The problem is statewide, but it is concentrated in the Central Valley — the capital of the state’s $20 billion agriculture industry. … ”  Read more from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat here:  California Senate approves clean drinking water fund