It was unpopular because it was expensive, badly designed and did little to fix California's water problems.
As if we need further confirmation, JC sent this interesting bit of wisdom:
Inland Empire residents may face rate hikes if an $11 billion water bond is kept off of the November ballot.Oh, I see. So ratepayers will end up paying for THEIR OWN projects, instead of having other people pay for them? Wow. What a revolutionary idea!
A delay would not stall local projects, but change who pays for them.
"Our projects will move forward," said Ken Manning, Chino Watermaster board's chief executive officer. "They're not contingent on the bond money. Rate payers will just end up paying more."
(Oh, and what does this mean for the other water bills? Are they going to remain shallow promises, unfunded and unloved?)
Bottom Line: The easiest way to get something done is to use other people's money. Unfortunately, OPM also means that the worst projects get done -- and we pay for them. I'm glad the bond is in a coma, and I hope it never comes back.