18 Nov 2009

If you think I was harsh on the water bills...

Read this interview (via DW) with State Senator Wolk (D-Davis). Here are some nice (?) quotations:
  • She told The Record's editorial board Monday that, realistically, the efforts [water bills] were a waste. "It was awful, incredibly awful," Wolk said. "I've never seen anything like this."
  • She said the legislation was written by Westlands Water District, which serves western Fresno and Kings counties, and the Metropolitan Water District, which serves much of Southern California. "They wrote it in private meetings, and then it emerged in the middle of the night."
  • Wolk remains dumbfounded by the role of Sacramento Democrat Darrell Steinberg, president pro tem of the state Senate. Despite representing a county bordering the Delta, Steinberg pushed Schwarzenegger's water package through the Legislature. She called his role "disturbing." Steinberg threw Northern California Democrats "under the bus," Wolk said.
  • In the end, Wolk believes the bills, including an $11.1 billion bond requiring voter approval, were a step backward
Well, I guess we know how she would have voted in the poll!


  1. Steinberg got paid off by some of the billionaire central valley farmer for carrying their water on this bill (pun intended). If he doesn't get elected to higher office, I expect him to take a lucrative consulting deals with MWD, Westlands or the big farmer.

  2. http://calitics.com/diary/10488/whos-got-ideas-for-governor-steinberg

  3. My own state after having followed the law-making on this closely for a long time is utter confusion. We were told that the Delta was dying. The drinking water of 25m people was at risk. OK, I thought. Let's problem solve and I began closely following the draft bills. But by the time the special session neared completion, bills estimated between 9-$12bn kept morphing unrecognizably. Reading updated drafts became impossible. The Governor didn't even deign to give us final drafts when he signed the things.

    Left to pore over draft versions marred with scratch-throughs, the only thing that became obvious was that the remaining texts bore no resemblance to what had been advertised as the social imperatives. Top of the ticket was no longer saving the Delta. It was $3bn worth of unspecified new dams, followed by an unfathomable and clawless set of stewardship proposals for the Delta that may offer solutions but Who Could Possibly Know After So Much Rearranging of the Molecules of the Argument?

    If someone who is at worst literate but dedicated couldn't follow it, then what does that say about the messaging to those who didn't try? I don't know what is the way forward and I'm sick of those who, while lying freely, insist they do.

    What I do know is that what happened in Sacramento got so far away from even interested stakeholders as to amount to bait and switch.

  4. As they say - there are two things you never want to see being made, sausage and legislation. Sometimes an old adage is sadly apropos.

  5. ...and we didn't even get to see it! (back room stuff...)


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