Caldwell: Confused Guv Brown SUING ALL Californians—Over Twin Tunnel Boondoggle—For Real

I bet you did not know that Jerry Brown is SUING you.  Yes, he is suing all 38 million Californians.  He wants a boondoggle to pay off his union friends and crony capitalist—while killing off farms and adding to the cost of water.  Since the legislature won’t help him and he can not pass a bond measure—he wants the courts to order the financing!

“The lawsuit names the California Department of Water Resources vs. All Persons Interested in the matter of the Authorization of California Water Fix Revenue Bonds. That would be you.

As the notice explains, “The Department of Water Resources constructed, operates and maintains the State Water Project. Currently, Project Water is conveyed across the Sacramento Delta through a series of levees, ship and other canals, flood protection channels, salinity gates, and other facilities, all of which have been modified over the past 150 years. The department has approved the financing of the planning and design and the acquisition and construction of conveyance facilities known as the California Water Fix. The California Water Fix would transport water by way of two underground tunnels running below the Delta.”

Get ready for court—imagine that might have to rent the new partially tax financed basketball arena so some of us can fit in—after all we are defendants and we have a right to attend.

Delta Tunnels

Editorials : Guest Opinion: Brown’s blunder down under

Andy Caldwell, Santa Barbara News-Press,  8/10/17

 

The biggest news story last week appeared in the classifieds. The legal notice declared a summons for all interested persons to appear in court in Sacramento as a defendant in a lawsuit. The lawsuit names the California Department of Water Resources vs. All Persons Interested in the matter of the Authorization of California Water Fix Revenue Bonds. That would be you.

Translation? Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to finance his Twin Tunnels project by way of a lawsuit. Each tunnel would be 150 feet below ground, 40 feet in diameter and 30 miles in length. The tunnel project would be as big a project as the English Channel tunnel and as big a boondoggle as Boston’s Big Dig.

As the notice explains, “The Department of Water Resources constructed, operates and maintains the State Water Project. Currently, Project Water is conveyed across the Sacramento Delta through a series of levees, ship and other canals, flood protection channels, salinity gates, and other facilities, all of which have been modified over the past 150 years. The department has approved the financing of the planning and design and the acquisition and construction of conveyance facilities known as the California Water Fix. The California Water Fix would transport water by way of two underground tunnels running below the Delta.”

The Twin Tunnels project is the multibillion-dollar equivalent to Mr. Brown’s high-speed rail project. The state of California is, of course, low-balling the cost at $16 billion, as this figure does not include the interest on the bonds, which will, at a minimum, cost another $20 billion. Nor does it include the billions more needed for habit restoration and enhancement. Mr. Brown has overestimated the value of the project, considering it won’t add to our water supply. The tunnels are simply a means of conveyance only.

Whereas most everyone agrees the Delta needs fixing, there is little agreement that the Twin Tunnels are the right fix. Hence, Mr. Brown is trying to move forward with this project by way of a lawsuit, which seeks to validate his authority to proceed without either voter, legislative or rate-payer approval.

Here is where you come in. Our county relies on state water to supplement our water supply. That means your water bills are going to go up significantly over time and you won’t have any additional water available to justify the cost. Rather than this project, we need more dams, reservoirs, desalination and reclaim projects in this state, and we need to quit wasting 40 percent of the water we have in storage for fish.

I am very much afraid that Gov. Brown will actually make water less available due to the expense of this project, as it will make the state water unaffordable, leading to the cancellation of state water contracts. This will not just affect the parties that rely on state water directly. For instance, in Santa Maria, if state water becomes unaffordable, that means the city may end up using more groundwater than they do now. That will affect the water supply available to farmers.

Andy Caldwell is the executive director of COLAB and host of The Andy Caldwell Radio Show, weekdays from 3-5 p.m., on News-Press Radio AM 1290.

 

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Comments

  1. This is the lunatic that wishes to lead an independent California Republic.
    CA might be better served offering the position to Kim Jong Un.

  2. Tired of the bullshit baldy pecker nose brown —we will fine him back and wet mop his face

  3. Brenda Torres says

    So that’s why he wants the ‘Restrictions on Water’ to continue! Even with all that rain we got this last winter, Governor Brown doesn’t want them lifted…

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