This just in … Governor Brown’s water bond letter: “We must act now so that we can continue to manage as good stewards of this vital resource for generations to come. But we can and must do so without returning California to the days of overwhelming deficit and debt.”

Leave it to my wonderful readers to dig up what I hadn’t been able to find (Thank you!) … here’s the letter from Governor Jerry Brown: “To My Fellow Citizens of California: Drought conditions in California grow more serious by the day. Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board issued mandatory conservation measures to ensure that our water supply […]

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This just in … Governor Brown pushes smaller water bond; Senator Wolk responds

Governor Jerry Brown is pressing his case for a smaller bond, reports the Sacramento Bee: “Gov. Jerry Brown, pressing his case Tuesday for a smaller water bond on the November ballot, criticized the existing, $11.1 billion bond as “pork-laden” and “with a price tag beyond what’s reasonable or affordable.”  Brown has been pushing for a $6 billion bond since June, with […]

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Senators Steinberg, Wolk, Pavley and DeLeon discuss the newly revised water bond and the tunnels

  Today, Senators Steinberg, Wolk, Pavley, and De Leon met with the press to talk about the water bonds and the tunnels. Here’s what they had to say: Senator Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg: I’m joined by President Pro Tem elect Kevin De Leon, Senators Wolk and Pavley, who have been the two Senate leaders in putting together a water bond. […]

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Senate cuts $3 billion from water bond in response to Governor’s request: Revised $7.5 billion bond maintains priority projects, helps communities enhance water supply, prepare for drought

From the office of Senator Lois Wolk: “The State Senate announced today that it has cut $3 billion from its water bond proposal, Senate Bill 848, responding to requests by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. for a more scaled-down bond. “This revised version of SB 848 responds to the Governor’s desire for a smaller bond while remaining a comprehensive approach […]

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This just in … Senator Wolk issues statement on failed water bond vote: Republicans block Senate Democrats “no tunnels” water bond

From Senator Lois Wolk’s office: The State Senate’s Democrats yesterday all lined up in support of a new water bond authored by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), but the measure, SB 848, failed to gain the required two-thirds vote due to Republican opposition and demands that the measure include more funding to enable the construction of two tunnels underneath the […]

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Senator Darryl Steinberg talks about the tunnels and the water bond

Senator Darryl Steinberg appeared on NBC Los Angeles News Conference, where he spoke about a number of issues, one of them being the water bond.  Here’s what he had to say: Conan Nolan: Next week some policy decisions will be heard in the California legislature regarding water, and we’re not just talking about drought, but long term water allocations to […]

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Update on Assembly water bond efforts

From Alf Brandt at Assemblyman Anthony Rendon’s office, this update on the Assembly’s water bond efforts: “The last week has seen many developments with AB 1331 (Rendon) and the Assembly’s water bond efforts. Requests for Last Week’s Amendments.  On March 5, Assemblymember Rendon amended his AB 1331 to increase the amount of funding available for water storage (surface and groundwater) […]

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News worth noting: Rendon proposes increasing funding for water storage in AB 1331, Wolk responds, $387M in Army Corps projects for CA, and WebEx meeting next week on Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study

Assemblymember Rendon adds increased funding for water storage in AB 1331:   Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, announced today that he is proposing amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 1331—the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014—to increase funding for above and below ground water storage from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion. The […]

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This just in … Wolk’s water bond SB848, passes another committee; Organizations and agencies state their support

From Senator Wolk’s office: Senate Bill 848 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), the first water bond proposal from either the California State Senate or Assembly to be approved by a committee or floor vote, earned passage from its second committee today. The Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee voted 6-2 to approve the $6.895 billion water bond measure, which aims to replace […]

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Natural Resources and Water Committee approves Wolk water bond to address state’s urgent water needs

From Senator Wolk’s office: “The Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee voted 6-0 today to approve a $6.895 billion water bond by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to begin immediately meeting urgent water needs throughout California. Senate Bill 848, also known as “The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality & Water Supply Act,” would replace the $11.14 billion water bond currently slated […]

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